Joint Degree Programs


MBA/JD Joint Degree Program


The Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University has a formal full-time joint-degree program with the School of Law. Students enrolled in the program who fulfill the requirements set for graduation by both schools will receive both a JD and an MBA degree. The MBA/JD joint-degree program is designed for individuals who want to specialize in the legal, contractual, and governmental aspects of management.


Program Structure


The Weatherhead School of Management offers two curriculum options for MBA students: the accelerated, 11-month MBA Program (for students with undergraduate business degrees), and the traditional, two-year MBA Program (for students with all other undergraduate degrees).


Students enrolled in the traditional MBA Program may complete the three-year JD program and the two-year MBA program in four academic years by completing 127 credit hours (including a 7 credit hour overload which can be taken during the academic year or during the summer semester). Students in the accelerated MBA Program may complete the MBA/JD Program in three years, plus one summer semester, by completing 116 credit hours. Joint-degree candidates may start the MBA/JD program at either school.


The School of Law allows joint-degree students to use 12 credit hours from the MBA to fulfill both JD and MBA requirements. The Weatherhead School of Management allows joint-degree students to use 12 credit hours from the School of Law to fulfill both MBA and JD requirements. Students must achieve a grade of C or better to receive double credit for the courses. This reduces the total number of hours required for the two degrees by 24 credit hours.


The School of Law is a full-time day program with no evening division; therefore, MBA/JD students may enroll only on a full-time basis, except during summer sessions. Joint-degree students must receive both the JD and the MBA degrees simultaneously upon completion of degree requirements at both schools in order to receive the 24 hours of cross-credits described above.


Admission to the MBA/JD Program


MBA/JD applicants must meet all of the admission requirements of both schools, including taking both the LSAT and the GMAT, completing separate applications to both schools (indicating on both applications that they are applying for the MBA/JD), and paying both application fees. Students may defer the decision to apply to the MBA/JD program until after enrolling in either the MBA or JD program provided that the application to the second school is received before the beginning of the third semester in either program. Students are expected to take one full year of study in one program followed by one full year of study in the other. During the third and fourth years of the MBA/JD, students combine courses in both schools each semester. Additional information may be obtained by phoning the Weatherhead School at 216-368-2030 or the School of Law at 216-368-3600.


Registration


Throughout the joint-degree program, MBA/JD students continue to register in the first school they attended. After completion of both degree programs, two separate diplomas are awarded. Course work for both programs must be completed within six years of the date of initial enrollment in either program.


MBA/JD Curriculum


For more information about the MBA/JD curriculum, visit the website: http://weatherhead.case.edu/academics/masters/mba/joint/mbajd/.


MBA/MD Joint Degree Program


Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine and Weatherhead School of Management collaborate to offer the joint MBA/MD degree program. The MBA/MD provides physicians with the management knowledge and skills necessary to deal with rapid changes in the healthcare industry and the economy.


Program Structure


Students can complete the four-year MD degree and the two-year MBA degree in five years or less. The Weatherhead School of Management offers two curriculum options for MBA students: the accelerated, 11-month MBA Program (for students with undergraduate business degrees); and the traditional, two-year MBA Program (for students with all other undergraduate degrees).


Students enrolled in the traditional MBA Program may complete the four-year MD program and the two-year MBA program in five academic years by completing 51 MBA credit hours plus all requirements for the MD program. Students in the accelerated MBA Program may complete the MBA/MD Program in four years, plus one summer semester, by completing 38 MBA credit hours plus all requirements for the MD program. Joint-degree candidates may start the MBA/MD program at either school. The School of Medicine is a full-time day program with no evening division; therefore, MBA/MD students may enroll only on a full-time basis. Joint-degree students must receive both the MD and the MBA degrees simultaneously upon completion of degree requirements at both schools in order to receive the dual degree.


Admission to the MBA/MD Program


MBA/MD applicants must meet all admission requirements of the School of Medicine and the Weatherhead School of Management, including taking both the MCAT and the GMAT and completing separate applications to both schools. MD students may apply to the MBA/MD program as late as the beginning of the third semester of medical school. Students are expected to take one full year of study in one program followed by one full year of study in the other. During the third and fourth years of the MBA/MD, students combine courses in both schools each semester. Additional information may be obtained by phoning the Weatherhead School at 216-368-2030 or the Medical School at 216-368-3450.


Registration


Throughout the joint-degree program, MBA/MD students continue to register in the first school they attended. After completion of both degree programs, two separate diplomas are awarded. Course work for both programs must be completed within six years of the date of initial enrollment in either program.


Curriculum


To learn more about the curriculum for the traditional and accelerated MBA/MD program, visit the website: http://weatherhead.case.edu/academics/masters/mba/joint/mbamd/.


MBA/MIM Joint Degree Program


The Weatherhead School and the American Graduate School of International Management (the Thunderbird School) jointly offer a graduate level program in both management and international studies.


The MBA/Master of International Management (MIM) provides the strengths and career planning advantages of both schools for students who wish to build a career in international business by offering the following:

Program Structure


Because of the interdisciplinary advantages achieved when taking both degrees simultaneously, students in the MBA/MIM joint-degree program are able to accelerate and streamline course work in both schools. As a result, most students can complete the 81 credit hour joint program in 24 months, as compared to the 3½ years (102 credit hours) required to complete the two programs separately. In order to progress through the joint-degree program at the most efficient pace, students should start the program at the Weatherhead School of Management and complete the program at the Thunderbird School.


Both degrees will be awarded simultaneously at the completion of all degree requirements for the MBA and MIM.


Admission to the MBA/MIM Program


Prospective students who are interested in applying to the joint MBA/MIM program offered by the Weatherhead School of Management and the Thunderbird School should apply separately to each school. (Applicants to the Weatherhead School of Management should indicate their interest in the MBA/MIM in the appropriate area under “Intended Program” at the bottom of the first page of the Weatherhead MBA application.) Separate transcripts, GMAT and TOEFL scores, recommendations, essays and other materials required to complete application at each school must be sent individually to each school.


The admissions committees of each institution will maintain independent control over their admissions criteria and procedures. Students must be admitted separately to each of the programs. Admission to one school does not guarantee admission to the other.


Students who have already enrolled in the MBA or MIM program before pursuing their interest in the joint MBA/MIM degree will be permitted to apply to the joint-degree program provided they have completed no more than 27 credit hours in either program.


Students applying to the joint-degree program are also eligible to apply for scholarships, fellowships and loan programs at both schools. Please refer to each school’s application for information regarding tuition, financial aid, etc.
To request application materials, contact the schools:


Director of Admissions
Weatherhead School of Management
Case Western Reserve University
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 
44106-7235
216-368-2030 or 800-723-0203
Fax: 216-368-5548
E-mail: bizadmission@case.edu


Director of Admissions
American Graduate School of International Management,
Thunderbird
15249 North 59th Street
Glendale, AZ 85306-6003
602-978-7131
Fax: 602-439-5432
E-mail: admissions@t-bird.edu


MBA/MIM Curriculum


For information about the MBA/MIM curriculum, visit the MBA/MIM website: http://weatherhead.case.edu/academics/masters/mba/joint/mbamim/.


MBA/MSM-OR and MBA/MSM-SC Joint Degree Programs


The joint MBA/MSM in OR or SC provides an exceptionally rich curriculum for students who are particularly interested in combining general management skills with depth in areas such as logistics or quantitative finance. The MBA/MSM-OR and MBA/MSM-SC programs share a common goal: to prepare quantitatively competent graduates to work in organizations creating highly technical products and services, providing technical support for managerial planning and control efforts, and acting as consultants. Graduates of both MSM tracks are skilled in the use of computers, mathematical models and statistics to solve practical business problems, and in the principles and concepts associated with a business specialty. They also possess a basic understanding of managerial functions, facilitating practical problem solving and effective communication with non-technical management personnel.


Program Structure


Students may pursue the MBA/MSM-OR or MBA/MSM-SC on a full- or part-time basis. Students planning to attend part time should confer with an advisor to determine the appropriate sequence of courses in the program. Full- and part-time students who already have begun the MSM or MBA program may apply to the joint-degree program provided they have completed no more than 18 credit hours in the MSM program or 30 credit hours in the MBA program (12 credit hours in the accelerated MBA program).


Students in the joint-degree program will receive both degrees simultaneously, regardless of whether course work for one of the degrees has been completed. Course work for both programs must be completed within six years of the date of initial enrollment in either program. Students in the joint-degree program will be granted an automatic one-year extension to the five-year deadline for completion of the MSM degree.


Retention Requirements


GPAs of students in the joint-degree program will be calculated separately to determine compliance with retention requirements in each program. Students may have up to an additional 6 credit hours beyond the minimum to meet degree requirements to improve their cumulative GPA in order to attain the graduation GPA requirement for the appropriate program.


Students must also comply with the 36 credit hour residency requirement of the MBA program and the 36 credit hour requirement for the MSM-OR/SC.


MBA/MSM-OR/SC Curriculum Structure


For more information, visit the MBA/MSM-OR website: http://weatherhead.case.edu/academics/masters/mba/joint/mbamsmor/ or the MBA/MSM-SC website: http://weatherhead.case.edu/academics/masters/mba/joint/mbamsmscm/.


MBA/MSSA Joint Degree Program


The MBA/Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA) joint-degree program is offered in partnership with the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. The program is designed for candidates who wish to prepare for advanced social work practice in a variety of clinical settings, while developing the skills to assume management responsibility in those organizations.


Program Structure


MBA/MSSA students may begin the joint-degree in either the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences or the Weatherhead School of Management. Students will continue to register in the school at which they began the program, regardless of the school they are attending. Students who wish to be considered for an internship between the first and second years of the program may prefer to begin the curriculum at the Weatherhead School.
There are 102 credit hours in the joint MBA/MSSA Program (51 credit hours at MSASS, 51 credit hours at Weatherhead), compared with 124 credit hours if both degrees were completed separately. By integrating the course work, completing some course work over the summer, and reducing the elective requirements in each program, joint-degree students may complete the MBA/MSSA in three years, instead of the four years required if both degrees were to be completed separately.


Admission to the MBA/MSSA Program


Candidates must apply separately to the MSSA program at the Mandel School and the MBA program at the Weatherhead School, and complete all application requirements of both schools, indicating on both applications their intent to join the joint-degree program. Applicants must have completed a minimum of two years of full-time experience in a social service organization. Admission decisions are made independently by each school. For more information, please contact the Weatherhead School at 216-368-2030 or visit the MBA/Master of Science in Social Administration website: http://weatherhead.case.edu/academics.masters/mba/joint/mbamssa/.


MBA/MSN Joint Degree Program


The MBA/MS in Nursing (MSN) joint-degree program is offered in partnership with the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. The joint degree combines the 63 credit hour MBA and the 40 credit hour MSN degree in a 78 credit hour integrated academic experience for nurses who wish to advance their practitioner, management and leadership skills.


Program Structure


The curriculum plan is designed for MBA/MSN students who intend to complete the joint degree in four semesters, with course overloads and an internship opportunity in the summer between the first and second year of the program. Some MBA/MSN students prefer to complete the joint degree at a slower pace. Those students will finish in five semesters, and will have the opportunity to obtain internships during the first and second summers between academic years.


Admission to the MBA/MSN Program


Candidates must apply separately to both the Weatherhead School of Management and the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, including submission of official scores from the MAT or GRE for the School of Nursing and the GMAT for the School of Management. After admission, students will register in the School of Management for their entire course of study in the MBA/MSN. For more information about the MSN degree, visit the website: http://fpb.case.edu/.


MBA/MSN Curriculum


For details about the curriculum structure, visit the website: http://weatherhead.case.edu/academics/masters/mba/joint/mbamsn/.


MBA/MPH Joint Degree Program


The joint MBA/Master in Public Health (MPH) degree was developed by the School of Medicine, the School of Graduate Studies and the Weatherhead School of Management to provide the skills and knowledge necessary for those who wish to attain the following goals:

Program Structure


Because of the complementary nature of both degrees, students who integrate the MBA/MPH course work to complete the joint degree will be able to reduce the degree credits of the MPH by 6 credit hours and the MBA by 12 credit hours. Joint-degree candidates will thereby reduce the total requirement for both degrees from 99 to 81 credits hours. Full-time MBA/MPH students may be able to complete the joint-degree in two or two and one half years, including one or two summer sessions. Students completing the MBA/MPH on a part-time basis may complete joint-degree requirements in four to four and one half years. Both diplomas will be awarded upon completion of all course work for both degree programs. Students enrolled in the MD program at the School of Medicine can also integrate the dual MBA/MPH degree program with their MD degree program.


Admission to the MBA/MPH Program


MBA/MPH candidates must complete separate applications, participate in the required admission tests (the GMAT for the MBA program) and be admitted separately to each program. Throughout the MBA/MPH program, joint-degree students will continue to register in the school where they first register. MBA/MPH students may be included in the resume book and the on-campus interview schedule at the Weatherhead School of Management Career Management Center throughout the duration of their joint program.


For more information about the MPH program, contact the program director, MPH Program, School of Medicine, 216-368-3197.


MBA/MPH Curriculum


For details about the curriculum, visit the website: http://weatherhead.case.edu/academics/masters/mba/joint/mbamph/.


JD/MNO Joint Degree Program


This program combines the Master of Nonprofit Organizations (MNO) degree with the Juris Doctor degree (JD). It provides preparation for students interested in, for example, practicing law within a nonprofit organizational setting; working as a program officer in a foundation; serving as a leader or manager of a non-profit organization; working in the area of non-profit public policy and advocacy; or working in the field of planned giving.


Students must apply and be accepted for each degree program to qualify. New students can apply to both programs simultaneously or at separate times. Students who choose to begin their studies in the JD program must apply to the MNO program prior to completing their first year at the School of Law.


Dual-degree students must receive the MNO and JD degrees simultaneously to be granted credit for specific courses taken in the other program.


JD/MNO students continue to register at their initial school of enrollment throughout the dual program. For more detailed information, contact the Mandel Center’s director of recruitment at: 216-368-6025 or via e-mail at mcnoadmissions@case.edu or the JD/MNO Advisor, School of Law at 216-368-3600.


MSSA/MNO Joint Degree Program


This program combines the Master of Nonprofit Organizations (MNO) degree with the Master of Science in Social Administration degree (MSSA). It provides career preparation for students with interests in non-profit management, social service, and the social work profession.


New students can apply to either program simultaneously or separately. Students must apply and be accepted for each degree program to qualify. Students who choose to begin their studies in the MSSA program must apply to the MNO program prior to completing their first semester of MSSA courses. Dual-degree students must receive the MNO and MSSA degrees simultaneously to be granted credit for specific courses taken in the other program.

 

For more information on the MSSA/MNO degree, visit the website: http://msass.case.edu/academic/.


MA/MNO Joint Degree Program


This program combines the MNO degree with the Master of Arts in Music History (MA). It provides preparation for students who desire to blend a strong background in music and the arts with management in non-profit organizations.


Students must apply and be accepted for each degree program to qualify. Students in either program must be admitted within the first year of study to the other program in order to be admitted to dual-degree status. New students may apply to both programs simultaneously or at separate times. Dual-degree students must receive the MNO and MA degrees simultaneously to be granted credit for specific courses taken in the other program.


For more information on the MA/MNO degree, visit the website: http://music.case.edu/mused/programs.html.


MBA/CNM


MBA students with a career focus in the management of non-profit organizations may obtain a Certificate in Nonprofit Management (CNM), offered through the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations, by completing 15 credit hours of Mandel Center courses (9 of the 15 credit hours may be counted as MBA electives). By enrolling in one additional course in two of the last three semesters of the MBA program, full-time students may complete the MBA and the CNM without extending their course of study or incurring additional tuition fees.


Credit Requirements for the MBA/CNM


Students in the dual program must complete 15 credits toward the CNM and 57 hours toward the MBA degree. These students may double count nine credit hours of Mandel Center courses that have been approved for credit in both programs. Because of double counting, students completing the CNM and MBA concurrently will have a 63 credit hour program requirement.


Courses currently approved for MBA and CNM credit


There is one required course for the MBA/CNM, MAND 401 (Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector).
For a complete listing of courses which are eligible for both the MBA and the CNM, visit the website: http://weatherhead.case.edu/academics/masters/mba/concentrations/nonprofit.cfm


Students wishing to propose any modification in the recommended sequence of study on the basis of prior course work, past experience, or professional interest must present a written request for consideration and approval by the MBA/CNM faculty advisor.


For more information, contact the Mandel Center’s director of recruitment at 216-368-6025 or by e-mail at mcnoadmissions@case.edu.


Admission/Enrollment Procedures for the dual MBA/CNM Program


Candidates must complete both applications and be admitted to each program separately. Full-time MBA students must apply to the CNM program no later than the end of the first year in the MBA program. MBA/CNM students must receive both credentials simultaneously to be granted credit for specific courses taken in the other program. Candidates who have previously completed the MBA degree or the Certificate in Nonprofit Management may not apply for the dual MBA/CNM program.


MSSA/CNM


The MSSA/CNM combines the Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA) with the Certificate in Nonprofit Management. The MSSA/CNM provides career preparation for students with interests in nonprofit management, social service, and the social work profession.


fifteen credit hours of Mandel Center courses. MSSA students should apply to the degree/certificate program no later than the end of their first semester in the MSSA program. Candidates must complete both applications and be admitted to each program separately. MSSA/CNM students must receive both credentials simultaneously to be granted credit for specific courses taken in the other program.


For more information, contact the Mandel Center’s director of recruitment at 216-368-6025 or by e-mail at mcnoadmissions@case.edu.


JD/CNM


The JD/CNM combines the Juris Doctor degree (JD) with the Certificate in Nonprofit Management. It provides prepa­ration for students interested in, for example, practicing law within a nonprofit organiza­tional setting; working as a program officer in a foundation; serving as a leader or manager of a non-profit organization; working in the area of non-profit public policy and advocacy; or working in the field of planned giving.


The program consists of five courses that must include a Law course, LAWS 234. Candidates must complete both applications and be admitted to each program separately. JD students must apply no later than the end of the second year in the JD program. JD/CNM students must receive both credentials simultaneously to be granted credit for specific courses taken in the other program.


For more information, contact the Mandel Center’s director of recruitment at 216-368-6025 or by e-mail at mcnoadmissions@case.edu.