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Two Powerful Degrees

Separate yourself from the competition. Consider the combined Master of Business Administration and Juris Doctor Program (MBA-JD).

Our innovative program is designed to educate a new generation of leaders—business executives who can independently manage the legal challenges of contemporary corporate life; lawyers who can address the business needs of their corporate clients; and entrepreneurs who will move seamlessly between business and law.

Our MBA-JD program provides you with exposure to a unique community of business and legal leaders in both the public and the private sector. Through numerous externships available in the Faculty of Law and consulting projects offered by the Telfer School of Management, you can gain valuable work experience for academic credit during each of the four years of study. In addition to private-sector placements, externships are available with the courts, federal tribunals, government agencies and departments, and non-governmental organizations. Given the complementary skills required for success in both business and law, you can earn both the MBA and the JD degree in less than four years.

For more information, visit the Faculty of Law website.

Program Overview

Our MBA-JD program is reserved for ambitious students with a demonstrated record of success. You are admitted to the joint program according to the admission requirements of each faculty.

Curriculum

Year 1 Complete first-year JD
Year 2 Complete full MBA program (consisting of 48 rather than 54 units) over one academic year, plus the summer
40.5 units consist of core courses and 7.5 units of business-related electives
Year 3 Complete second-year JD with the additional requirement of successfully completing a minimum of 34 units
Year 4 Complete 17 remaining units in the JD program by December

Note: Year 3 admission into the combined MBA program is exceptional. To be admissible to the joint program, you cannot receive your JD diploma until you have completed the MBA component. This means that receiving your JD diploma before completing the MBA program makes you inadmissible to the combined MBA-JD program.

Note: The MBA component is also available in French but over a period of two years.

Scholarships

Scholarships and bursaries available in both faculties

Admission

You can apply to the MBA-JD program through the Faculty of Law or to the MBA program through the Telfer School of Management for the first year of either program. MBA-JD program students will typically begin the joint degree by completing the regular first-year curriculum at the Law School. Upon meeting the academic requirements for first year, students who qualify will complete 48 of the 54 units of the one-year full-time MBA program. During the third and fourth years of the MBA-JD program, students must take all remaining courses necessary to meet the JD degree requirements. Graduates will receive both the JD degree from the Faculty of Law and the MBA degree from the Telfer School of Management once the requirements of both programs are fulfilled.

You can apply to the joint program in two ways:

Applying to the Joint Program or JD Program

  • Submit your online application to the joint program or the JD program for the first year of studies
  • Meet all JD program admission criteria
  • Submit all required documents to the Faculty of Law
  • During the first year of law studies, submit your application for the MBA program for the second year of studies
  • Meet all MBA program admission requirements
  • Submit all required documents to the Telfer School of Management

Note: Students admitted to the program without the MBA requirement of three years of full-time work experience must remain in the top half of their class in the JD program in the first year to remain in the program.

Applying to the MBA during your first year of law studies

  • Submit your online application to the MBA program for the first year of studies
  • Meet all MBA program admission requirements
  • Submit all required documents to the Telfer School of Management
  • During the first year of studies in the MBA program, submit your application for the joint program
  • Satisfy all admission criteria of the JD program

Note: Candidates who choose to apply first to the MBA program must meet all the admission requirements of the regular MBA program, including three full years of relevant work experience and completion of all 54 units. It is then more advantageous for students to start their studies in the Law Faculty.

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

For the JD program:

  • A baccalaureate degree with a cumulative grade point average in the range of 80 percent
  • A personal statement demonstrating why the applicant is uniquely suited for this program
  • Two reference letters, at least one of which should come from an academic source
  • A satisfactory LSAT score
  • Proficiency in either English or French

Note: Candidates who choose to apply first to the MBA program must meet all the admission requirements of the regular MBA program, including three full years of relevant work experience and completion of all 54 units. It is then more advantageous for students to start their studies in the Law Faculty.

For the MBA program:

  • A baccalaureate degree with a cumulative grade point average in the range of 70 percent
  • A minimum of three years of full-time work experience. (Co‑op placements and work internships completed to meet the requirements of a postsecondary academic program or summer and part-time employment will be viewed favourably at the time of admission, but do not constitute a replacement for the full-time work experience requirement.) Students admitted to the program without the MBA requirement of three years of full-time work experience must have an admission average of at least 6.5/10 in the first year in their law program to remain in the program.
  • A competitive GMAT or GRE.

Application deadlines:

Deadline to apply for the JD or joint program: November 1

Deadline to apply for the MBA program: May 15

Contact Information

JD Program

University of Ottawa

57 Louis Pasteur St.

Ottawa ON  K1N 6N5

 
Tel.: 613-562-5800, ext. 3288
 

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commonlaw.uottawa.ca

MBA Program

Graduate Office
55 Laurier Avenue East, Room 4160

Ottawa ON  K1N 6N5


Tel.: 613-562-5884
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telfer.uOttawa.ca/mba

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