Doctor of Medicine - MBA Combined Degree

The MD/MBA program targets a select group of medical students who recognize the value of combining medical studies with management skills and expertise. The combined degree program develops physician managers capable of pursuing careers that balance clinical care with managing change in a healthcare environment. Graduates will have the ability to pursue careers in a wide range of healthcare areas, from the small clinics to large tertiary healthcare facilities.


The combined program combines the four-year Doctor of Medicine degree with the Master of Business Administration degree. The combined degree program requires five years of study. Upon successful completion of the combined program, graduates will receive both an MBA and MD degree at the conclusion of the five-year period. There are no changes to the MD degree requirements other than adding an extra year to the overall requirements and allowing a break between the pre-clinical and clinical years (between year two and year three) of medical studies to allow the student to complete the requirements for the MBA. The MBA requirements are 42 credits.

Current University of Alberta MD students can apply at any time in the first two years of the MD program to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (for admission into the MBA program). Please contact the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry for more details on gaining admission into the MD program.


Admission Requirements

MD/MBA applicants would follow the same application process as all other MBA applicants, with two key differences:

  1. MD/MBA applicants can submit their MCAT score, rather than a GMAT or GRE score; and
  2. MD/MBA applicants can be considered for admission without two years of post-graduation work experience.
MBA Admission Requirements

Program Overview

During the MBA year of the MD/MBA, students would join our normal MBA courses. Students would complete our core MBA curriculum (the same as all MBA students) and also have the ability to choose 3 elective courses to round out their program. For the elective courses, students would have the opportunity to take one or two courses from the School of Public Health.

The combined year is designed to be completed in 11 months, beginning with MBA Orientation in August and completing with elective courses in the following Spring Term (May - June).

MBA Program Outline (MD/MBA)

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 ~$1,222. The cost to complete the entire MBA portion of the MD/MBA combined degree is approximately $19,000.

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