Joint Program in Management & Law (MBA/Law)

Interdisciplinary Programs
MBA-Law (and MD-MBA) options provide students with a specialized knowledge base while preparing them for management and leadership roles.

Collins Oghor, MDCM/MBA'18
& Michele Orr Gaucher, B.C.L., LL.B, and MBA'17

A unique program capitalizing on McGill's long and successful tradition of simultaneously integrating common and civil law training with advanced management education, this challenging program prepares students for an active and diverse career. Students master successively greater challenges in legal and administrative theory and practice. They prepare for leadership positions in private and public enterprise, government service, large corporations, and as management consultancies. Graduates leave the four year-long program with MBA and BCL, LLB degrees.

Program Structure

Due to its intensive and challenging nature, this program is restricted to the most dedicated full-time students. Candidates who have been granted exemptions in either Faculty will be required to take substitute courses.

Students pursue their coursework across 4-5 years of classroom lecture, discussions, and practical sessions, exploring all aspects of advanced management and legal theory. Students enrolled in the McGill MBA program's first year are eligible to apply for the Joint MBA/Law Program, those enrolled in the Faculty of Law may apply for the Joint Program during their second year.

The breakdown of these two options is:

Option A

  • Year 1: MBA Courses
  • Year 2: Law Courses
  • Year 3: Mixed Law and MBA Courses
  • Year 4: Mixed Law and MBA Courses

Option B

  • Year 1: Law Courses
  • Year 2: Law Courses
  • Year 3: MBA Courses
  • Year 4: Mixed Law and MBA Courses
  • Year 5: Mixed Law and MBA Courses

Required: 21 credits of the Core need to be completed by the joint MBA-Law students, please click here for further details.

Admission requirements

Interested students must meet the individual admission requirements of and apply to both the Faculty of Law and the Desautels Faculty of Management. Candidates must also demonstrate a strong fluency in both French and English, in preparation for Law classes.

Minimum requirements for admission to the MBA program:

  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited university, with a grade point average of 3.0 out of a possible 4.0 ("B" average).
  • Successful completion of the GMAT (Graduate Admissions Test).
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) for students earning an undergraduate degree outside Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. TOEFL is not waived for students of four-year university programs whose language of instruction is English, if the university is located in a non-English speaking Country. A minimum score of 600 on the paper-based test, 250 on the computer-based, or 100 on the iBT test is required.
  • A minimum of one year of full-time work experience following graduation with an undergraduate degree is preferred.

Students accepted to the Joint Program either do so beginning their first year in the MBA program with a guarantee of admission to Law the following year (upon successful completion of all first year courses), or starting in Law with the option to begin taking MBA courses during the second year, should they pass all courses.

Application deadline

The deadline for applications to the Joint MBA/Law varies depending on student credentials. For more information, please visit the Faculty of Law Joint MBA/Law admissions site.