Combined program students must apply and be accepted at each school independently. Union Graduate College applications are usually submitted by spring of the first year at Albany Law School. Second-year Albany Law School students may apply for the joint degree program.
The joint J.D./M.B.A. with Union Graduate College combines a strong foundation in business theory with experience in practical business applications. The program draws extensively on the experience and potential of Capital Region businesses and reflects the needs of today's business community. The M.B.A. program culminates with a capstone course where students serve as consultants to companies and address real-world challenges by delivering a business plan with executionable solutions. Students also complete a graduate internship which enhances their business experience. In combination with the Albany Law School Juris Doctor, the M.B.A. provides excellent preparation for those who plan on careers as in-house corporate counsel, with law firms that represent business clientele, or other career paths that require complementary knowledge of law and business.
Albany Law School and Union Graduate College belong to a federation of private, independent institutions called Union University. Union University consists of Union Graduate College, Union College, Albany Law School, Albany Medical College, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and the Dudley Observatory. Each institution has its own governing board and is responsible for its own programs, however, the institutions share a number of joint programs.
The joint program allows students to "double count" courses—reducing the total time it takes to complete the two degrees—so both degrees are earned typically in four years. As a result, the cost of earning the two degrees is significantly less than the cost of earning the degrees separately. Union Graduate College accepts up to four Albany Law School courses toward the M.B.A. degree. In addition, Albany Law School will transfer in one term's worth of free electives from the M.B.A. courses taken at Union Graduate College, which allows the student to eliminate the last term at Albany Law School. Courses taken as an undergraduate may also be considered for M.B.A. course waiver. In total, Union Graduate College can waive up to eight courses toward the M.B.A.; four taken at Albany Law School and up to four based on undergraduate course work.
Combined-program students typically complete the first year full-time at Albany Law School. The second year is spent as a full-time student at Union Graduate College. Some students complete the M.B.A. requirements in the second year. If necessary, students can complete the remaining courses by taking one evening M.B.A. course per term in the third and fourth years. Albany Law School follows a semester academic calendar while Union follows a trimester calendar.
The Union Graduate College M.B.A. program is accredited by AACSB International.
Union Graduate College Tuition: $2,740 per course (2011-12)
For more information, please contact:Erin Wheeler Director of Student Recruiting Union Graduate College80 Nott TerraceSchenectady, N.Y. firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 518-631-9850