Business Administration/ Juris Doctor

Combine your business knowledge with your law degree to better prepare you for successful careers in your desired field.

The 3+3 Program allows exceptional students to complete their undergraduate studies in three years and begin the Duquesne Kline School of Law in their fourth year. Business students will graduate with a BSBA in General Business upon successful completion of their first year of law school. The Business 3+3 Law Program prepares students for a successful career in law, government, or corporate. The 3+3 Law curriculum engages students in experiences that will develop their research, analytical, and advocacy skills.

3+3 faculty introduce you to the best practices of leadership, business-government relations, critical decision-making, negotiation, organizational behavior and more while guiding you in how to apply such skills in your next journey of law school. You are encouraged to join the student law organizations and to take advantage of internship opportunities to help sharpen both personal and professional talents necessary for a successful career in law.

3+3 Law students complete the Business Core, Bridges Requirements and electives. Students are required to complete 97 credits by the end of their junior year.

Students will be required to maintain the following criteria in order to be admitted into law school in their fourth year.

  •  3.5+ GPA
  • Score in the 60th percentile on LSATs
  • Complete an admission interview

The 3+3 Law Program is not available to transfer students. Once a student matriculates, all coursework must be completed at Duquesne. 

Interested undergraduates must apply to the Duquesne Kline School of Law in their third year of undergraduate study. 

Legal Studies Minor 

The School of Business offers a Legal Studies Minor that partners well with the 3+3 Law Program and Duquesne's Pre-Law Certificate

Students can earn a minor in Legal Studies by completing  BLAW 251 Business Law (from Business Core) plus four additional courses.   Students can take ACCT 412 Intro to Income Tax Accounting, BLAW 355W Law of Business Organizations, BLAW 353W Contracts, and BLAW 354 Commercial Transactions.

Pre-Law Certificate 

The 15-credit pre-law program gives students access to over 50 courses from multiple disciplines across Business The certificate program is an excellent addition to all undergraduates with a decided major. 

Students who successfully complete the requirements for the Pre-Law Certificate with a 3.0 GPA or higher are eligible to receive a $5,000 scholarship for their first year at the Thomas R. Kline School of Law of Duquesne University.


Program Information

Our accelerated program allows exceptional students to complete their undergraduate studies in three years and begin the Duquesne Kline School of Law in their fourth year

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3+3 Law Courses: Year 1

Introduction to Business provides an overview of the curriculum offerings and organization of the School of Business Administration. In addition to detailing the School's areas of concentration, the course will introduce the student to the School's advisement process, student organizations, study abroad opportunities, and career services. Current business concepts and trends will be discussed. The student will be expected to use technology as a communication medium throughout the course. Lecture. Experiential Learning. Offered fall only.
“What do information systems have to do with business,” you ask? Everything! A profound and fundamental shift is underway in our economy. A shift away from an industrial-based to an information-based economy. The information-based economy has complex implications for the management of the modern enterprise. The goal of this course is for students to see how modern businesses use information systems to increase profitability, gain market share, improve customer service, and manage inventory and daily operations across a wide variety of fields, including accounting, finance, marketing, and supply chain management. The course also highlights how innovative firms are constantly experimenting with new types of products, production processes, organizational structures, and competitive strategies that can only be enabled through the use of information systems. In other words, information systems provide the foundation for modern business enterprises. The information economy also has important and irrevocable workforce implications. Tremendous demand will exist for employees that can combine technical skills with business insight to create value for their organizations. Accordingly, this course is also designed to both explore careers in Information Systems & Technology (IST) and demonstrate how Information Systems (IS) can be utilized in any career to facilitate personal and organizational success. The course approaches the above topics by developing requisite technology concepts and skills required for success and efficiently and effectively applying those skills in a business context. Lecture, Online. Offered every semester.
BRDG 101 introduces students to the conventions of academic reading and writing. Students learn about critical reading, research, and the demands of various genres of academic writing. Students will write between 16 to 25 pages of writing (or equivalent multi-media project) with careful attention to the process of invention, drafting, and feedback. Students will also learn how to incorporate other voices into their own writing in order to join the scholarly and professional conversations of their majors and prospective careers. Hybrid Course, Lecture, Online. Offered every semester.
Topics include real numbers, factoring, rational expressions, exponents and radicals, solving equations and inequalities (including linear, quadratic, fractional, radical, and absolute value), non-trigonometric functions (linear, polynomial, rational, root, absolute value, exponential, logarithmic, composition), and graphing. Students must register concurrently for a section of MATH 101R. Prepares students for Math 111 - Calculus for Non-Science Students. Not sufficient preparation for Math 115 - Calculus I. Lecture, Online. Quant & Scientific Reasoning. Offered summer only.
Focuses on multiple modes of communication in business government, industrial, and not-for-profit or service organizations ranging from routine messages, memorandums, and e-mail to letters and professional presentations. Course highlights persuasion as a key component of all business and professional messages. Lecture, Online. Communication & Creative Exp, Crit Thinking & Prob Solving, Writing Enrichment. Offered every semester.
The goal of this core course is to help you develop the research and communication skills needed to succeed at Duquesne University as well as throughout your career. This broad set of skills, known as Information literacy, serves as a basic building block of your college education. Information literacy includes skills such as defining your information needs, conducting research effectively, evaluating and communicating your research results. You will also learn about ethical issues relevant to writing an undergraduate research paper including academic integrity, copyright, and citation. This course is also intended to cover the basic software and research tools used at Duquesne. Lecture, Online. Information Literacy. Offered every semester.
Marketing and Business Development is designed to educate students about the organizational functions of marketing and business development and their impact on organization success, society and the economy. In this course, students acquire comprehensive knowledge about marketing concepts, programs and strategies to develop sustainable relations with the market and create mutual value for the organization and its stakeholders. The course emphasizes business development which includes personal selling strategies, product and service innovation, strategic market system alliances and new market development. The challenges marketing professionals face are analyzed and ethical ways of approaching them are identified. Through the use of projects, written assignments, case discussions, and newsworthy marketing issues and trends, students are encouraged to apply the marketing process to managerial situations and opportunities. Lecture, Online. Offered every semester.
Contemporary organizations invest heavily in collecting and storing enormous quantities of data related to their business operations, markets, and supply chains. It is critical for future business leaders to understand the value of this data as a resource to be converted into useful, actionable information. Using an established decision-making methodology as an organizing framework, this course explores the acquisition, storage, analysis, and presentation of information suitable for the support of decision making. Course topic areas include data acquisition, data management, and data visualization in a business context. Where appropriate, these concepts will be supported with technological tools and will build on existing statistical analysis skills to support evidence-based decision making in realistic business scenarios. At the conclusion of the course, students will have necessary knowledge and skills required to explain and demonstrate how data and information can be used to support decisions and thus be a point of strength for an organization. Prerequisite: ISYS 184 Lecture, Online. Offered every semester.
BRDG 102 takes the lessons of thesis-driven, well-supported academic writing and critical reading taught in BRDG 101 and applies them to the analysis of literature. All BRDG 102 classes engage in close, contextual, and critical reading of literary texts. Through the practice of writing like a literary scholar, students will be prepared to write within their own academic and professional disciplines, by reflecting on the demands of genre and audience. Students will also enhance their social and ethical reasoning through exploring the multiple disciplinary lenses a primary text can be analyzed. Lecture, Online. Offered every semester.
Limits, continuity, and differentiation of algebraic, exponential and logarithmic functions. Sum, product, quotient and chain rule formulas for differentiation. Logarithmic and implicit differentiation. Graphing using the first and second derivative. Application of the derivative to optimization and related rates problems. Indefinite and definite integrals. Application of the definite integral to area problems. Credit is not allowed for both MATH 111/104, MATH 111/114, or MATH 111/115. Prerequisite: grade of "C" or better in MATH 101, or evidence of mastery of college algebra skills. Lecture, Online. Quant & Scientific Reasoning. Offered irregularly.
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The Internship Preparation Practicum course is the 1st of a two-course sequence (the second being BUAD 210 in the sophomore year) that prepares students with the knowledge and communication skills necessary to obtain their first internship/job and to be successful in their professional career. While the specific content will vary over time, the core knowledge acquired by students in this course includes awareness of career development resources at Duquesne, resume-writing, time management, and internships. The course has no prerequisites. It typically will be offered to second-semester freshman. Online, Other. Offered spring only.

3+3 Law Courses: Year 2

An introduction to probability and the more commonly used statistical techniques for analyzing data from one population, with an emphasis on their application to decision making and quality management. Coverage includes basic descriptive statistics, the concepts of probability and specific distributions, and elementary inferential statistics. Lecture, Online. Offered every semester.
Introduces students to the discipline of accounting and the principles of financial reporting. Students will develop a basic understanding of how to use the financial statements to assess the profitability, liquidity and solvency of business entities. Students will gain an understanding of how financial statement information is communicated and be exposed to new technology tools to analyze and visualize financial data. Lecture, Online. Offered every semester.
This course introduces students to the way in which a free market economic system resolves the basic social questions of what goods and services to produce, how scarce resources are organized to produce these goods, and to whom the goods are distributed once they are produced. Students will explore the components of the market system, supply and demand, and how they interact under conditions ranging from perfect competition to monopoly. Market failures and their remedies are also examined Lecture, Online. Crit Thinking & Prob Solving, Social & Historical Reasoning. Offered every semester.
Business Law is an introductory course exploring the nature of laws, its sources, and its relation to society, government and business. The course focuses on the traditional business law topics - property, contracts, torts, agency, business organizations and government regulation. Lecture, Online. Offered every semester.
This course introduces students to the practice of ethical reasoning. The course fosters students' ability to engage moral arguments with confidence and rigor in a context of moral diversity. BRDG 105 prepares students for more specialized coursework in ethics electives or in ethics courses that are required for their major. Hybrid Course, Lecture, Online. Offered every semester.
The Career Preparation Practicum course is the 2nd of a two-course sequence (the first being BUAD 110 in the freshman year) that prepares students with the knowledge and communication skills necessary to obtain their first internship/job and to be successful in their professional career. While the specific content will vary over time, the core knowledge acquired by students in this course includes interviewing, networking, personal career management, and job-searching skills. Prerequisite: BUAD 110. This course typically will be offered to first-semester sophomores. Online, Other. Offered fall only.
The focus of this course is to help students acquire the cultural intelligence they need to interact effectively in diverse environments and cultures. While business is an increasingly global proposition, cultural differences impact everything from how employees are hired to how they are led to how business strategies are formed. Consequently, this class will examine the international aspects of organizational behavior, human resource management, labor relations, corporate strategy, political risk and ethical issues. We will cover micro topics (e.g., cross-cultural communication) as well as more macro topics (e.g., formulation of international strategy). This course ties in directly our mission of preparing students to be successful in contemporary business—an environment characterized by rapidly evolving international and cultural challenges. Lecture, Online. Crit Thinking & Prob Solving. Offered every semester.
The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to cost concepts, product costing systems, budgeting systems, and the development of accounting data for internal managerial decisions.  Students will gain an understanding of how accounting information is communicated within an organization and continue to work with technology to analyze and visualize accounting data. Prerequisite: ACCT 214 Lecture, Online. Offered every semester.
This course introduces students to the basic economic principles of the aggregate economy. Students will explore the determinants of, and relationships among, the level of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), unemployment, inflation, foreign trade and interest rates. In addition, various theories of the role of fiscal and monetary policy to promote stabilization will be addressed. Lecture, Online. Crit Thinking & Prob Solving, Social & Historical Reasoning. Offered every semester.
This course takes a three-pronged approach for instilling in students actionable knowledge critical for navigating the opportunities and challenges inherent in managing themselves and others in organizations. First, students review contemporary management research, focusing, for example, on micro-level theories of motivation and decision-making, meso-level theories of teamwork and leadership, and macro-level theories of organizational culture and structure. Second, students apply these theories to analyze real-world situations, to generate and evaluate alternative courses of action, and to recommend and defend best courses of action. Third, students are provided opportunities to enhance their interpersonal and teamwork skills as well as their communication skills, which are essential in the workplace. Lecture, Online. Offered every semester.
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3+3 Law Courses: Year 3

This course provides insight into the role of Operations and Supply Chain Management (SCM) in linking the functions and business entities responsible for the exchange of goods, services and information to complete the business transaction from supplier's supplier to customer's customer. The course focuses on managing the flow of materials, goods, services, information and cash via the processes, technologies, and facilities that link primary supplier through to ultimate customers. Attention is given to such managerial concepts as forecasting, production planning, materials planning, purchasing and supplier management, production – manufacturing and services, transportation, inventory management, warehousing, packaging, materials handling, quality and lean management and customer service. Recognition is also given to important interrelationships between supply chain management, marketing, and financial management with discussion of Enterprise Resource Planning Systems (ERP) and Materials Requirement Planning (MRP). Interdisciplinary managerial concepts are presented to show how integration of the supply chain processes offers great potential for improving corporate profitability and return on investment. The course has numerous exercises to reinforce class content and supplement lectures. Prerequisite: STAT 285 Lecture, Online. Offered every semester.
Business Finance is a core course required for all undergraduate business majors. Students are introduced to the concept of shareholder wealth maximization through the following topics: financial statement analysis, time value of money, capital budgeting, cost of capital, risk and return, and impact of financial leverage on the value of the firm. Prerequisites: ACCT 214 and STAT 285. Lecture, Online. Offered every semester.
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Six electives are required in the third year.
This course provides students with ethical decision-making tools to assess and resolve various ethical dilemmas commonly found in the students’ lives and in many business organizations. It will emphasize the individual as decision-maker and focus upon ethical issues and dilemmas facing managers in most business organizations. Time is spent evaluating processes organizations go through to act in a socially responsible manner, and balance the needs of multiple stakeholders. Social and ethical problems, existing in global societies where businesses must operate, also are investigated. MGMT 368W is a writing intensive (W) designated course. Assignments seek to improve ethical decision-making skills and develop basic communication competency. Lecture, Online. Ethical Reasoning & Moral Resp, Writing Enrichment. Offered every semester.
The primary objective of this capstone course is to improve students’ ability to think critically and view things from the perspective of the total organization by drawing on and applying theories, concepts and tools from strategic management and earlier business courses. The course utilizes comprehensive case studies, organizational projects and team work to provide an integrative learning experience. The course provides students with the opportunity to: (a) expand individual decision making paradigms to explicitly consider the ethical, global and sustainability dimensions of all business problems; (b) improve the system-thinking skills needed to integrate knowledge from all the functional areas of business; (c) develop the entrepreneurial mindset needed to explore creative possibilities and recommend original solutions; (d) sharpen the collaborative skills needed to work effectively in group settings; and (e) strengthen the influence skills needed to communicate effectively and successfully defend their decisions in both oral and written forms. This course is aligned with the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) by adopting learning content and experiences best suited to achieve the first PRME principle (i.e. Develop the capabilities of students to be future generators of sustainable value for business and society at large and to work for an inclusive and sustainable global economy). Lecture, Online. Capstone Experience, Experiential Learning, Writing Enrichment. Offered every semester.
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