MBA/JD Combined Degree

Historically, the disciplines of business and law have been closely associated in both the public and private sectors. In our global economy, businesses now deal with more complex issues concerning government regulations and international trade policies. With the growth in the size of law firms, lawyers are faced with new administrative challenges of managing a professional service firm. Our MBA/JD combined degree delivers the skills to improve the effectiveness of managers, policymakers, and legal advisers by providing students with strong management skills and in-depth specialization in law. The combined degree can be completed full-time in four years, one year less than taking each degree separately. This unique program allows individuals with an undergraduate degree in any area, the opportunity to combine management courses with studies in law.

Partner - Faculty of Law

The Faculty of Law is renowned across Canada for its continued commitment to high academic achievement and assisting individuals with building rewarding careers. Created in 1912, the Faculty of Law is the oldest law school in Western Canada. The Faculty has grown into a dynamic and innovative institution.

For over eight decades, the Faculty of Law has helped launch the careers of many who have had a profound influence on their fellow citizens, our society, and our country. Three graduates have gone on to the Supreme Court of Canada, one has been Premier and many others have been appointed to the judiciary and to Cabinet, and some have been named to the Order of Canada. Their outstanding careers and accomplishments in public and private life speak eloquently for the worth of the Faculty's legal education and the value of the degrees.

Program Overview

The program structure and the focus of studies during the four years vary depending on when a student is admitted into the joint program. Typically two years are spent in law, one year in the MBA program, and a joint year combining courses from both areas. Students currently enrolled in the law program may apply to the MBA and combined program after completing their first or second year of studies. MBA students completing their first year may also apply for admission.

Courses in the MBA will cover the fundamentals of accounting, economics, finance, marketing, strategy, and organizational behaviour. Students can select MBA electives to complement their studies in law.

MBA / JD Combined Degree Outline

Admissions

Admission into the combined MBA/JD program is competitive. Only a limited number of applicants are selected for entry into the program each year. A Selection Committee composed of representatives of the Faculty of Law and the Alberta School of Business will determine admission into the combined program.

Prospective applicants must apply to and be separately admitted to both the Faculty of Law and Alberta School of Business. Prospective JD/MBA students may apply to both schools concurrently. Typically, students in the first year of the regular MBA Program or the first or second year of the Faculty of Law are eligible to apply for the combined program.

MBA/JD Combined Program Application Process

Students are asked to indicate their interest in the MBA/JD program during the application process and on their statement of intent. Once a student has been separately admitted into both the MBA Program and the JD Program, the student is asked to notify the MBA Office of their desire for the MBA/JD Program and their successful admission into the Faculty of Law. 

The application to the MBA Program is outlined in the Admissions section of our website. In your Statement of Intent explain how the MBA/JD will allow you to fulfill your career goals. For current JD students applying to the MBA program, we do not require two years of post-graduation professional experience.

Program Costs

During the MBA year, students are assessed MBA tuition. Tuition is assessed on a per course basis. For domestic students, tuition for an MBA course is currently ~$1,344. The cost to complete the entire MBA portion of the MBA/JD combined degree is approximately $19,000 plus non-instructional fees. 

MBA/JD students are eligible for scholarships and awards in the MBA program during their MBA year. 

Contact Information

Faculty of Law

For more information about the JD program at the Faculty of Law, contact: law.admissions@ualberta.ca

Master's Program Office

For more information about the MBA at the Faculty of Business, contact: mbaadm@ualberta.ca