JD/MBA Dual Degree Information

A Charleston School of Law student who has successfully completed two years of full-time study, which includes successful completion of Contracts I & II, and Business Associations, and who is in good academic standing may apply to the College of Charleston’s MBA program.  Students who transfer to the Charleston School of Law from another law school are not eligible for this dual degree program.

To earn the MBA, the student must successfully complete all requirements of that program.  To earn the JD degree, the student must successfully complete all graduation requirements of the Charleston School of Law, including the number of credit hours required for graduation.  For information about the Charleston School of Law requirements for graduation, please check the Academic Catalog.

Certain procedures must be followed before any credit from the MBA program will be considered for transfer purposes to the Charleston School of Law:

1. A leave of absence must be requested and approved in writing by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

2. If approved, the student will be on leave of absence during the time that he or she is enrolled in the College of Charleston’s MBA program, which in no event may be longer than two regular semesters (fall and spring).

3. In order to receive transfer credit, the student must submit an official transcript from the College of Charleston at the completion of the MBA program.  This official transcript must be submitted to the Charleston School of Law’s Office of the Registrar within eight weeks of completing the program.  For additional information, please see below.

Evaluation of Transfer Credit from the College of Charleston to the Charleston School of Law

Students who have been approved for leave to enroll in the College of Charleston’s MBA program may receive up to nine credits towards the School of Law’s graduation credit requirements for graduate-level courses taken through the MBA program.  Transfer credit may be granted for any course a student is required to take under the College of Charleston’s MBA program, provided that a grade of C or better is earned in the course. The Charleston School of Law’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs shall determine the specific courses for which a student will receive transfer credit. A course for which transfer credit is granted may not overlap with or substitute for any course that is offered at the School of Law.

Disclaimer

The College of Charleston is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges to award the Master of Business Administration (MBA). The Charleston School of Law is not accredited by the Commission on Colleges and the accreditation of the College of Charleston does not extend to or include the Charleston School of Law or its students.  Although the College of Charleston accepts certain course work in transfer toward a credential from the Charleston School of Law, or collaborates in other ways for generation of course credits or program credentials, other colleges and universities may or may not accept this work in transfer, even if it appears on a transcript from the College of Charleston. This decision is made by the institution subsequently considering the possibility of accepting such credits.

The College of Charleston is responsible for reviewing, approving and monitoring the Charleston School of Law statements of the relationship to ensure conformance with this disclaimer. (SACSCOC Policy on Collaborative Academic Arrangements)

Evaluation of Transfer Credit from the Charleston School of Law to the College of Charleston

The College of Charleston will examine courses transferred in or transcribed from the Charleston School of Law to ensure that they meet the requirements of the College of Charleston and the requirements of SACSCOC Principles of Accreditation.  The Charleston School of Law courses and components are assessed and monitored by the College of Charleston’s MBA program director. The units of credit earned at the Charleston School of Law are evaluated to ensure they comply with the College of Charleston credit hour definition.

  • For planning purposes, Charleston School of Law students should be aware that the College of Charleston’s MBA program will only consider the following courses as eligible for transfer credit, up to 9 credit hours, and only if a grade of B or better has been earned in the course:  Contracts I & II, and Business Associations.

To request permission for a leave of absence to attend the College of Charleston’s MBA Program, please fill out the form located here and return it to the Charleston School of Law’s Office of the Registrar.

For other questions about the JD/MBA Dual Degree, please contact Margaret M. Lawton, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Charleston School of Law.