Popular MBA Programs in Canada


MBA programs in Canada are generally for duration of 2 years with few of them getting over in 18 months (known as accelerated MBA). However there are many schools which offer one year MBA program as well, say for example- Edwards School of Business MBA, Ivey MBA Program at the McMaster University, Thompson Rivers University, Ted Rogers School of Management, Faculty of Business-University of Manitoba and these one year program are amazing option for people who don’t have time of two years to spend on the MBA degree. This works as a great option for those who are already having a post graduate degree and are looking for second specialised degree. Almost all MBA programs require 4 years of bachelors’ degree along with Graduate Management Test (GMAT), minimum work experience and TOEFL scores as the Language test. Canadian universities require an average score of 500-650. However GMAT is not the only criteria and institutions looks at other factors that may cover up a low GMAT score. These factors include personal statement, letter of recommendations, Statement of purpose, Extra Curricular activities, career aspirations which must be showcased in a perfect manner to the university. The average tuition for top MBA schools in Canada ranges from $CAD 45,000-$CAD 55,000.

If you aspire to study and work in Canada, we have a list of the top MBA programs that you can consider while applying:

1. University of Toronto – Rotman School of Management, located in the heart of Toronto, is well known for MBA programs. It offers variety of MBA programs

  • Full time MBA program – 16 months of rigorous study schedule with four months of internship or summer courses making it a 20 month Course.
  • Part-Time MBA – Morning or evening program where student need to devote two hours per day, twice a week. This arrangement helps to complete the program in 32 months and best part of this program is that you can continue with your professional commitments.
  • Joint MBA Program – You can combine various options like Law, Engineering, Pharmacy along with MBA
  • Executive MBA – This is an intense 13-month long MBA program with four terms, each of which has a week-long on-campus residential session. This course is supposed to be for senior professionals with at least 7-8 years of work experience.

2. York University – Schulich School of Business , located in Toronto

  • Full-time MBA: offers the option of either a September or January intake. The duration of the program is minimum 16 months or an average of 20 months or a maximum of 24 months.
  • Dual degree: offers a dual degree programs where you can opt for the joint degree and complete your education in another field along with an MBA in a shorter period separately. You can well coordinate law and fine arts with your MBA study.
  • Part-time MBA: The program can be completed in a minimum of 40 months or a maximum of 72 months. You have the liberty to choose from the evening classes, day classes or classes on alternate weekends at the Keele campus. Evening classes are also offered at the downtown King and Bay campus.

The Schulich MBA also offers the option of switching between a part-time and a full-time MBA program.

  • The Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA: The EMBA program is scheduled at the Schulich School of Business in Toronto. The program involves alternate weekend classes at Schulich as well as residential weeks at the Schulich and Kellogg campuses. The program starts in January and is completed by June the following year.

3. Western University – Ivey Business School

Ivey business school has its main campus at London, Ontario and offers variety of programs.

  • Full-time MBA: The program begins in March and is an intense one year program well-suited for those looking to complete their full-time program within a year and get back to their professional life. Beginning with focus on the core courses the curriculum heavily employs case study method to prepare students to face real world challenges.
  • Dual degree: Students can opt for a joint degree in management and law to complete both the courses in three years instead of four.
  • Executive MBA: This is a 15 month program and is meant for senior executives having minimum of eight years of work experience. It requires a commitment of around 25 hours a week to complete the group projects and various assignments.

4. University of British Columbia – Sauder School of Business

Sauder School of Business is located in Vancouver and it consists of a 16 month full-time MBA program, a part-time MBA program which is 28 month, a dual MBA/JD and an executive MBA program in healthcare and strategic management.

5. McGill University – Desautels Faculty of Management

The school is located at Montreal, Quebec. The programs include a 20 month long full-time MBA program, a part-time MBA, dual degree programs (MD MBA and Law MBA) and a 15 month long MCGill-HEC Montreal Executive MBA.

6. HEC Montreal

With its campus located in Montreal, Quebec; it offers a 13 month long full-time MBA. It also offers a two year part-time MBA program, but the language of study for part time MBA is French only. It also provides MCGill-HEC Montreal Executive MBA.

7. Queen’s University – Queen’s School of Business

It offers a 12 month full-time MBA as it’s flagship program at the Queen’s Kingston, Ontario campus, starting in January. It also offers various dual degree programs and a 16 month executive MBA starting in August offered anywhere in Canada.

8. University of Alberta

Alberta offers a full time MBA program of 16-20 month duration. It also offers dual degree with several options, a part-time MBA with classes held in the evenings and a 20 month long executive MBA program.
Canada is a country which respects diversity and offers a high standard of living, so irrespective of ethnicity; one can feel at home being here. International students can qualify to work in Canada after completing their MBA under PGWPP (Post-graduation Work Permit Program). Skilled Canadian work experience acquired under the PGWPP helps in qualifying for permanent residence in Canada. Your spouse may also be eligible to apply for a work permit and work as long as you hold a valid study permit. Once a student cracks through some MBA courses in Canada, they will have direct access to various resources necessary to accelerate their career. There’s life outside the campus as well with a lot of activities in and around as well as a lot of places to explore. Hence, one of the best destinations for students who want to pursue a career in business is Canada.

– Team Leverage

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