J.D./M.B.A. in Healthcare Management at Union Graduate College

J.D./M.B.A. in Healthcare Management at Union Graduate College


Admission Requirements:

Undergraduate GPA 3.0 or better; must be matriculated in J.D. program at Albany Law School

Application fee of $60

All official college transcripts

Personal statement in a one-page or less essay

The GMAT, a requirement for M.B.A. admission, will be waived in lieu of an adequate LSAT score for joint program candidates

Recommendations are not required for J.D./M.B.A. joint program students, however the Union Graduate College (UGC) Admissions Committee reserves the right to request them if additional information is needed to make an admissions decision.

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 program.


Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management


The joint J.D./M.B.A. in Healthcare Management with Union Graduate College combines a rigorous M.B.A. curriculum with in-depth analysis of the healthcare industry. The degree compliments Albany Law School's concentration in health law and helps prepare students for careers in health administration, elder or healthcare law-as patient advocates, or in other health-related fields.

The Union Graduate College M.B.A. program is accredited by AACSB International, the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. The M.B.A. in Healthcare Management program is also accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)-a distinction shared by only a limited number of healthcare management programs in the nation.

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.  

Union Graduate College Tuition: $2,850 per course (2012-13)

For more information, please contact:
Erin Wheeler
Director of Student Recruiting
Union Graduate College
Lamont House
Schenectady, N.Y. 12308

Phone: 518-631-9850