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"Initially going into this M.B.A. program I didn’t know what to expect, and having already earned a J.D. it felt a little remedial, like a step backwards. When classes began my mind was made over, and I’ve particularly enjoyed the Public Relations course. The Program has actually allowed me to narrow down and focus what my career choice and area of practice will be as an attorney. The resources and other authorities that are based in real world current and past events help make the information very practical."

First Year MBA-PPM Student, Malika E., J.D.

The W. Edwards Deming School of Business

Master of Business Administration

(with a concentration in Professional Practice Management)

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The Master of Business Administration program with a concentration in Professional Practice Management is believed to be the first program of its kind – designed specifically for recent J.D. graduates who are facing employment challenges. (Enrollment is limited to qualified applicants holding a Juris Doctor degree.)

The Program teaches the skills necessary to manage a successful solo or small legal practice. It combines a traditional M.B.A. curriculum with assignments directly related to the practice of law. For those that qualify, it is also the only University program approved for Title IV Federal Financial Aid, allowing some to borrow tuition and living expenses while also deferring repayment of existing federal student loans.

This Program is only offered in a telecommunications format. This format differs from other University programs in its delivery. Interested individuals should carefully read the Catalog Supplement for the Program. The Program is also special in that students can only enter in February and August, and unlike other University programs, it is subject to enrollment caps.

The objectives of the Program are:

  1. To develop the business skills necessary to start or manage a professional law practice.
  2. To offer a program of coursework and practical exercises in management and sound operational practices that will improve the likelihood of success of a professional law practice.

Successful graduates of the Program must demonstrate:

  • The application of knowledge in the legal, theoretical, marketing and operational skills necessary to manage or consult to professional law practices.
  • The ability to evaluate common issues and implement procedures focused on various professional practice scenarios based on sound reasoning and analysis.
  • The ability to author a properly formatted and presented Business Plan of appropriate depth and breadth to present to potential partners or lenders.


The MBA-PPM™ program is presented through a distance education modality using telecommunications technology requiring no classroom or seminar attendance.

The 36 semester unit Program requires three semesters of study. While materials and instruction are presented in a non-traditional manner, it is an objective of the University to maintain criteria comparable to resident graduate business programs with respect to program content and academic standards.

Coursework is submitted and graded via the University’s online learning platform. The online platform gives students and faculty one central place to log on and interact through discussion forums, submit and retrieve feedback on lesson assignments, and access any ancillary electronically available course materials.

Each course in the Program contains a series of readings, lesson assignments, and regular online asynchronous discussions. Students are evaluated through examinations, written research assignments and participation in course interactions. Students conclude the Program with the presentation of a comprehensive business plan.

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Telecommunications Policies and Methods

Entering students may commence study during of the months of February and August and form a small cohort group. Each semester consists of sixteen consecutive weeks of instruction. Students are enrolled in three courses per semester.

In this Program, our faculty believe that regular and substantive interaction with students is an important element of the learning experience. Therefore, through electronic message boards, electronic mail or by telephonic means, faculty is regularly available throughout the weeks of instruction.

The telecommunications learning modality allows students to electronically submit the required weekly assignments and interact directly with each other and the faculty through asynchronous online discussions.

In most courses, eighty percent of a student’s course grade is based on the written assignments. The remaining twenty percent is based on the student’s regular and substantive interaction.

Attendance is achieved by signing in to the learning platform which provides links to the course syllabus, materials, and online discussions. Although students are not required to login at any specific time of day, weekly attendance is monitored and required to maintain satisfactory academic progress and enrollment.

The first and second semesters include one required proctored examination which students must pass to earn academic credit for that semester. These comprehensive examinations encompass material from all courses completed during that semester and are graded on a Credit/No-Credit basis. The capstone to the Program is a business plan prepared by the student and presented to the faculty.

To earn the Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Professional Practice Management degree, a student must complete all courses outlined below (totaling 36 semester units) with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00. The Program requirements may be completed in a year and a half, and must be completed within five years from the date of initial enrollment.

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Curriculum and Program Schedule

The Program utilizes materials found in many traditional M.B.A. programs supplemented by assignments that address the opportunities and challenges in managing a small law practice.

Group A Courses
BUS511 Entrepreneurship 4 units
MKT513 Public Relations 4 units
MKT511 Marketing Management 4 units
Group B Courses
BUS602 Business Research 4 units
MGT515 Management of a Law Practice 4 units
FIN502 Financing the Business Venture 4 units
Group C Courses
FIN512 Taxes and Financial Planning for the Legal Professional 4 units
MGT511 Managerial Perspectives 4 units
BUS596 Business Plan 4 units

Total Semester Units Required for Graduation: 36

All individual courses in this Program are included in one of three semester groups. Students enrolling in the Spring Semester complete Group A courses and move on to Group B and Group C courses in subsequent semesters. Students enrolling in the Fall Semester complete Group B courses and move on to Group A and Group C courses in subsequent semesters.

Fall 2016 Semester
Courses Offered: Group B, Group C
Aug. 1st, 2016 First Day of Instruction/Semester
Nov. 20th Final day of Instruction/Semester
Nov. 21st – Dec 4th Final Examination Period
Spring 2017 Semester
Courses Offered: Group A, Group C
Feb 6th, 2017 First Day of Instruction/Semester
May 28th Final day of Instruction/Semester
May 29th – June 11th Final Examination Period
Fall 2017 Semester
Courses Offered: Group B, Group C
Aug 7th, 2017 First Day of Instruction/Semester
Nov 26th Final day of Instruction/Semester
Nov 27th – Dec 10th Final Examination Period
Spring 2018 Semester
Courses Offered: Group A, Group C
Feb. 5th, 2018 First Day of Instruction/Semester
May 27th Final day of Instruction/Semester
May 28th – June 10th Final Examination Period

Admission Policies and Requirements

Applicants are classified as either Regular Applicants or Special Applicants. All applicants should have as an objective the practice of law as a solo practitioner or as a member of a small legal practice.

Regular Applicants
Regular applicants must hold a Juris Doctor or similar degree from an accredited law school located in the United States.

Special Applicants
Special applicants are evaluated on a case-by-case basis and may be subject to additional enrollment limitations. Special applicants include:

  • Individuals who have a earned law degree from an educational institution located outside of the United States and have been admitted to practice law.
  • Graduates of unaccredited law schools who are admitted to practice in a state or the District of Columbia.

In some circumstances, it may be necessary for applicants who have attended colleges or universities outside of the United States to obtain an evaluation of their education from a credential evaluation service approved by the University. In addition, applicants whose native language is not English and who have not earned a degree from an appropriately accredited institution where English is the principal language of instruction must receive a minimum score of 530 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or 71 on the iBT, or its equivalent. For more information on TOEFL visit the website:

To apply for admission to the Program, an applicant must first complete the University’s Application for Admission Form.

If the applicant is accepted for admission to the Program, an enrollment commitment form will be prepared and sent to the applicant. At the time the commitment material and the $100.00 commitment fee are received by the Admissions Office, a formal enrollment agreement will be prepared and sent to the applicant for review and signature. All payments submitted for tuition and fees must be payable in U.S. dollars. Payments may be made by major credit cards (MasterCard®/Visa®/American Express®/Discover® ) or personal/business checks.

As set forth in the University’s General Catalog, Internet access and minimum computer requirements and skills are required as a condition of admittance.

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Transfer Credit

The acceptance of transfer credits between academic institutions lies within the discretion of the receiving college or university. Credits earned at William Howard Taft University may or may not be accepted by another institution depending upon its own programs, policies, and regulations. Due to the unique curriculum, the University does not accept transfer credit or portfolio credit for this Program.

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Financial Information

The tuition for the Program is $495.00 per unit. Enrollment in the Program will generally qualify students for payment deferrals on existing federally-insured student loans. Applicants seeking deferrals on existing student loans should check with their lenders prior to enrollment.


Application Fee
Enrollment Commitment Fee (First Semester Only)
Computer Library Fee (Per Semester)
Administrative Accounting Fee (Per Semester)
(Installment Payment Option Only)
Transcript Fee (Two Provided at No Cost)
Late Payment Fee
(Returned Check/Declined Credit Card/ACH) (Per Item)
Graduation Check/Diploma Fee

The cost of books and materials, other than each course syllabus, is not included in the tuition. Most books and materials may be purchased at local colleges, retail bookstores, directly from publishers or over the Internet. The cost is estimated to average approximately $185.00 per course.

Financial Aid

Advancing your professional education is an investment in your personal and professional development. The University makes every effort to make a post-graduate education an achievable goal for all qualified applicants.

Students enrolled in the Program may be eligible for federally-insured student loans in amounts sufficient to cover 100% of tuition, fees, books and related costs – as well as an allowance for living expenses. For military personnel, The University participates in Veterans Administration and Tuition Assistance education programs designed specifically for active duty, reserve, veterans or military spouse and family.

The Taft University System Financial Aid Office personnel will work closely with applicants to ensure they receive the benefits available. Additional information on Federal Student Aid is available here.

Course Descriptions

Business Plan - BUS596 (4 Units)
In this course students develop and present a comprehensive business plan for a real or fictitious law practice that includes the traditional major topics including the executive summary, market and industry analysis, financing, marketing, management, and staffing. Prerequisites: First and second semester courses.

Business Research - BUS602 (4 Units)
This course will focus on practical theory and processes that managers can use to assist in the decision making matrix. It will also provide the foundation for developing the practical projects of each course and the program. The process will include analyzing the information, evaluating the results, and developing a strategy that leadership can implement. Prerequisites: None.

Entrepreneurship - BUS511 (4 Units)
This course presents an overview of all aspects of entrepreneurship including developing a viable concept, organizing the enterprise, market and financial planning, and controlling the organization with a special emphasis on concepts of goal setting, motivation and the psychology of achievement. Prerequisites: None.

Financing the Business Venture - FIN502 (4 Units)
This course focuses on setting out the basic principles of financial management and applying them to the decisions faced by the financial managers. It shows how managers value investments that may pay off at different points in time or have different degrees of risk. The course also explores financing alternatives available to the small or developmental stage enterprise. Prerequisites: None.

Managerial Perspectives - MGT511 (4 Units)
This course focuses on managerial careers, development of critical executive and managerial abilities, and the dynamics of organizational environment and systems as they impact managerial progression and work. Prerequisites: First and second semester courses.

Marketing Management - MKT511 (4 Units)
This course focuses on formulating and implementing marketing management strategies and policies. The marketing management process is important at all levels of the organization, regardless of the title applied to the activity. Typically, it is called corporate marketing, strategic marketing, or marketing management. For our purposes they all involve essentially the same process, even though the actors and activities may differ. The course will provide you with a systematic framework for understanding marketing management and strategy. Prerequisites: None.

Public Relations - MKT513 (4 Units)
This course presents information about public relations practice, a brief summary of its development, and addresses trends that might predict the future. Prerequisites: None.

Management of a Law Practice - MGT515 (4 Units)
This course presents a comprehensive analysis of the concepts of management applicable to the legal profession. Prerequisites: None.

Taxes and Financial Planning for the Legal Professional - FIN512 (4 Units)
This course focuses on Federal and state taxes including those of special concern to attorneys as well as the importance of establishing appropriate accounting procedures. It is also intended to provide an in-depth understanding of the basic principles underlying financial planning useful for the attorney and clients. Prerequisites: First and Second Semesters.



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