Master of Business Administration

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Western University’s Ivey Business School is Canada’s leading provider of real-world, case-based business education.

Drawing on extensive research and business experience, Ivey faculty provide the best classroom experience, equipping students, through Case-Method Learning, with the skills and capabilities they need to tackle today's leadership challenges. Beyond the classroom, Ivey students gain a global perspective on business issues, through international study trips, exchanges and practicums. per

Students interested in pursuing a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in the Ivey Business School, have two different options to choose from, depending on their current degrees.

Full-time Master in Business Administration

This 12-month curriculum starts in March of each academic year. Applicants must have two years of full-time work experience or have completed their Clerkship course in Year 3 MD studies. Visit the Ivey Business School, MBA program website to learn more.

MBA Direct for HBA Graduates

This eight-month curriculum is designed for past Ivey HBA graduates to earn their MBA degree in only eight months. The program starts in July of each calendar year. Visit the Ivey Business School, MBA Direct website to learn more.

Contact Information

Students interested in learning more about the Ivey Business Masters options should contact John-Derek Clarke, Executive Director, Masters Programs Recruitment and Admissions.

How to apply

Approval Process

  1. An application to the Vice Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education and Chair of the Doctor of Medicine (MD) Program Competence Committee must initially be filed by the MD student to request a one-year Academic Leave of Absence.

  2. The MD Program Competence Committee will review the application to reach a decision.

  3. The student application must include:
    1. Personal Letter of Intent to apply for enrolment in the Ivey Master Program
    2. Professional Curriculum Vitae
    3. Letter of support from Learner Experience Decanal Lead
    4. Letter of support from the student’s Academic Coach

  4. The MD Program Competency Committee will make a recommendation to the Vice Dean Undergraduate Medical Education for endorsement of a one year Academic Leave of Absence.

    1. All Academic Leaves must be approved by the Vice Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education (UME).
    2. The Chair of MD Program Competence Committee will notify the Vice Dean, UME in writing of the documents of intent from applicant and the decision of the Competence Committee.
    3. The Vice Dean, UME will review all information and may request to meet with the student.
    4. The Vice Dean, UME will reach a decision to support or deny the requested Academic Leave.
    5. A decision of support or denial will be communicated to the student in a letter signed by the Vice Dean, UME.
    6. All documents will be filed with the MD Program student file.
Contact: Dr. Shannon Venance, Vice Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education.


Timelines vary depending on the program. Please visit the Ivey Business School website for more details.

Financial Support

No financial support is offered for these options.


Why do an MBA?

Physicians are key leaders and innovators in today’s health care across Canada and internationally. Success in these career goals can build from and with a master’s degree in business. In the USA, an MD MBA stream is a highly sought career option. Graduates are well positioned for careers in leadership, working in industry, partnering with other professionals for innovation projects and in government health care leadership.

Where can this impact my career?

The business skills you learn will translate directly into career success. The colleagues in your program may be outside health care, but their support and experience will deliver a key professional network that will last across your career.

Can I do this before Clerkship?

You must fulfill the entrance requirements for each program. The time of entry for these programs would best be after Year 2, 3 or 4. Some may choose to enter during Year 4 and apply to the residency match the next year.