Arts Degree (BA) + Business Administration (MBA) with Co-op

New for the 2024/25 academic year, students from all programs within the Faculty of Arts will be able to pursue a pathway towards earning a Master of Business Administration degree (with co-op!) after graduation.

This unique, elite program lets you start your undergraduate Bachelor of Arts in any one of our 17 Arts majors with a conditional offer of admission to the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics’ full-time MBA co-op program already in hand.

Benefit from personalized mentoring throughout your undergraduate career to gain the experience and background needed to succeed at your graduate studies and throughout your professional career.

Program Highlights

Make the most out of your university career by taking advantage of all that Laurier has to offer you. Volunteer work, campus clubs, leadership programs, studying abroad, work experience – there are so many ways you can extend your classroom experience into the real world.

Here are just a few examples of the experiences you’ll have access to in this program:

  • Participate in senior small-group seminars designed to deepen your knowledge and enhance your research skills.
  • Benefit from mentoring throughout your undergraduate degree from current graduate students and faculty members in your program. Learn from their experiences and be ready to succeed in the graduate program.
  • Develop leadership and professional skills in training and development workshops offered across campus, including Laurier’s nationally acclaimed ASPIRE program.


2022 graduates who secured employment or went on to postgraduate studies


Laurier ranks in the top 6 percent of universities worldwide*


students who gained hands-on learning experiences at Laurier in 2022

*Center for World University Rankings (CWUR)


Format: full time      Duration: six years     Start: September (fall term) or January (winter term)     OUAC code: UAI

Program Details

What is the Arts Degree (BA) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program?

The Arts Degree (BA) + Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is an exciting new collaboration being built between the Faculty of Arts and the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics.

If you're successful in your application to the Arts Degree (BA) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) with co-op program, you'll receive two conditional offers of admission:

  • one to undergraduate studies (Bachelor of Arts) in your major of choice within the Faculty of Arts; and
  • one to graduate studies (Master of Business Administration) at the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics.

This means that if you decide to continue your studies at the graduate level, you will have already received a conditional offer of admission. You will begin your master’s program after you graduate from your bachelor’s degree program.

Learn more about the full-time MBA with co-op program you’ll be working towards.


Benefits of the Arts Degree (BA) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) with Co-op Program

Students accepted into the BA + MBA program receive mentoring and skills development opportunities throughout their undergraduate degree that will help them achieve the admission requirements for the MBA and help turn the conditional offer into an acceptance.

Curriculum Overview

This program is six years: four years in the BA program plus two years in the MBA program. The MBA program consists of three academic terms plus one paid four-month or eight-month work term.

Your MBA courses will cover all the pillars of strategic organizational leadership, including operations, marketing, finance, accounting, analytics, economics, organizational behaviour, and strategy.

Program Requirements

To qualify for admission to the MBA portion of this program, you must:

• meet all of the requirements of your undergraduate program;
• achieve a minimum GPA of 10.5 in the final year of your undergraduate program;
• complete BU205: Introduction to Applied Statistics (or an equivalent course) with a final grade of at least A-; and
• complete the Career Development and Experiential Learning Certificate offered by the Career Centre.

MBA with Co-op



Co-op is a way to integrate what you are learning in the classroom with practical experience in your field of study. The co-op program within the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics is the largest of its kind in Canada and has earned a 97-100% employment rate for many years now.

All Arts Degree (BA) + Business Administration (MBA) with Co-op students will participate in co-op as part of their graduate degree experience. Most MBA co-op students will earn four to eight months of paid work experience that will provide an invaluable addition to your resume and give you the insights needed to help you make the right choices for your career path.

Sound exciting? Learn more about our MBA with Co-op program.

Tuition and Scholarships

Getting a university education is an investment in your future.

At Laurier, we take financial health seriously by providing a wide variety of funding opportunities for you throughout your degree, such as scholarships and bursaries, and by equipping you with the skills to manage your finances effectively in the years to come.


"What I found here was not a focus on output but a focus on outcome, and making sure that when people leave this graduate program here, they have a better sense of what’s required to be more compassionate, more intelligent, and more capable business leaders."
Kanwar Anand

Your Career Awaits

It’s not only about the journey; it’s about the destination. Let us help you get to where you’re going.

Here are just some examples of our graduates' destinations. What’s yours?

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • brand strategist
  • human resources manager
  • project manager
  • senior consultant
  • senior tax analyst
  • start-up founder

Support After Graduation

Alumni for life means that you have access to Career and Employment Support offered at Laurier for your entire career.

Waterloo Campus

The Waterloo campus is tucked into about one city block, so you’re steps away from your classes, food and your new favourite study spot.

There are many ways to tour our Waterloo campus, whether that's on a guided tour with one of our Laurier student ambassadors, on your own using virtual reality, or even on-demand through one of our pre-recorded tours. See our campus spaces and start to picture yourself at Laurier.

"I really see that there are so many bridges from my past to potential futures. All of it comes back down to the core of the MBA – unlocking the opportunity to explore different areas."
Chris Hauser

Interested in More Info?

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