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Joint MBA programs

Our joint MBA programs serve the ambitious, proactive, diverse students who comprise McGill's student body. Fusing two disciplines, these programs allow students to benefit from the synergy of an advanced business education with one of today's other leading fields. Not only do students graduate with multiple degrees, but they are typically able to complete the Joint Program in less time than would be required to finish both programs in isolation.

Joint Program in Medicine and Management

This program allows students to graduate simultaneously with degrees in Management and Medicine. Joint Program prepares students to assume active leadership positions in health care.

Successful students graduate with a suite of tools for taking their place in the growing niche of physician-managers guiding the development of medical clinics, research facilities, and superhospitals.

Program structure

With an integrated curriculum covering five years and two distinct disciplines, the Joint Program distinguishes itself from alternative programs by situating students firmly within the Desautels Faculty of Management for their first year. This gives students an appreciation of the unique infrastructure foundational to modern health care and equips them with the means to make the critical inquiries and managerial decisions required of true leaders.

In their second year of study, students join the regular Medicine cohort at McGill, beginning a four-year program in medical studies integrated with specialised management courses focusing on contemporary health care issues.

Upon graduation, students receive an MBA from the Desautels Faculty of Management, and M.D.,CM degrees from the Faculty of Medicine.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have received or be within one year of receiving an undergraduate degree at a recognized college or university. An undergraduate degree consists of a three-year program leading to a bachelor's degree following a diploma of collegial studies in Québec (or equivalent), or a four-year degree leading to a bachelor's degree following the completion of high school. Successful candidates must hold this bachelor's degree when they register. Students must also submit an autobiographical letter describing their interest in the program and career aspirations, as well as three letters of reference attesting to their scholastic aptitude and program potential.

Additional course requirements

Specific course requirements are listed below. Candidates must successfully complete the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). that must be written no later than August one year prior to application.

One full year (two semesters) university-level courses, with laboratory work, in each of:

  • General biology
  • General chemistry
  • Organic chemistry (one semester required only)
  • Physics
  • University-level courses in: Cell biology and Molecular biology

Application deadline

Applications for the MD-MBA program must be submitted no later than November 15.

Following the evaluation of the complete application package, selected candidates are invited to interviews, after which final admissions decisions are made.

Joint Program in Management and Law

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

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.