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The Best MBA Programs in Canada

The Ultimate Guide to Canada's Top MBA Programs

by Molly Ellison, photo courtesy of Paul Bica via Flickr.

The ultimate guide to Canada’s best full-time MBA programs. Compare Canada’s top MBA programs head-to-head and get the inside scoop from Admissions Directors and students.

5 Reasons to Get Your MBA in Canada

1. Canada is an ideal choice for international students. The country welcomes 90,000 international students annually and graduates are eligible for a work permit post-graduation that usually lasts for an amount of time equal to the program length of study, up to 3 years.

2. Canada has historically been a pioneer in business education – the first MBA program outside the U.S. was established in 1948 at Western University’s Ivey Business School.

3. In 2016, Forbes named Canada the 10th best country in the world for business, beating out economic powerhouses like the U.S., China, Singapore and Australia. QS TopMBA also ranked it as the #4 country for volume of jobs for MBA graduates.

4. When compared to other MBA program-hotspots such as Hong Kong, Singapore and the U.S., Canada boasts an affordable cost of living and high quality of life.

5. The country has several major metro areas to work in post-MBA. Canada’s largest city, Toronto, was recently deemed the most diverse city in the world – 51% of its population was born outside of Canada.

Working in Canada and Post-MBA Career Opportunities

  • Visa – Graduates from MBA programs are eligible for a work permit equivalent to at least their length of study and up to 3 years, depending on the school. For instance, Rotman and Schulich offer 3-year work permits despite having shorter program lengths. In general, Canada has friendly immigration policies and is continually ranked highly in its attitude toward immigrants.
  • Taxes – Income tax rates range from 15-33%.
  • School reputations
    • University of Toronto – Rotman School of Management MBA – The University of Toronto is among the world’s most prestigious universities (ranked #19 by Times Higher Education) and has one of the strongest research and teaching faculties in North America. Rotman is consistently ranked as one of Canada’s leading MBA programs. It is also a finance powerhouse, with nearly half of its graduates landing jobs in the competitive industry.
    • Western University – Ivey Business School MBA – Ivey is the original MBA program in Canada – it was established nearly 70 years ago. The program is known for its case study approach – throughout the 12-month program students study more than 300 cases.
    • Queen’s University – Smith School of Business MBA – Queen’s MBA program puts a huge emphasis on collaboration – students are assigned a team at the start of the program that they work with throughout the 12-month program. Employers seem to appreciate this approach – 98% of the Class of 2016 was employed within six months of graduation.
    • York University – Schulich School of Business MBA – Schulich is ideal for a student looking to customize his or her MBA experience. There are 2 intakes in January and September, and students can complete the MBA in 16 or 20 months. The program boasts 20 specializations, several international experiential learning opportunities, multiple full- and part-time schedule options, and culminates in an 8-month field study project where students work with a real client.
    • McGill University – Desautels Faculty of Management MBA – McGill University is one of Canada’s most prestigious universities, and Desautels measures up to the school’s impressive reputation. It’s located in one of the country’s most student-friendly cities and emphasizes experiential learning during the 2-year program.
    • University of British Columbia, Vancouver – Sauder School of Management MBA – The University of British Columbia, is a public research university and British Columbia’s oldest institution of higher learning. Sauder’s MBA cohort has a huge international student population and it boasts a prestigious partnership with Yale University. It’s also one of the only MBA programs in Vancouver, Canada’s third-largest city.
  • Geography – Canada has vast employment opportunities for MBA graduates – QS TopMBA ranks it fourth in the world for volume of jobs available for MBA graduates. It also boasts several world-class cities, including Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver.
  • IndustryCanada offers a range of opportunities for MBA grads looking to pursue a career in the financial sector. Specifically, Toronto is the 4th largest city in North America and the banking industry has a strong presence. The country’s “Big Five” banks – the Bank of Montreal, the Bank of Nova Scotia, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, the Royal Bank of Canada, and Toronto-Dominion Bank – are based in the city. Manufacturing, energy, construction and real estate are other big industries in Canada. Popular industries for MBA grads include consulting and technology. 
  • Return on Investment – In 2017, Financial Times ranked Smith, Ivey, and Rotman #41, #42, and #100 for value for money.

Top Full-Time MBA Programs in Canada

Canada is home to the first MBA program outside the U.S. – housed at Western University’s Ivey Business School. Ivey and other top Canadian b-schools, such as the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management and University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Management, hold their own in international rankings by the Financial Times, the Economist, and Bloomberg Businessweek. With a range of globally acclaimed schools, Canada boasts diverse options for prospective MBA candidates.

University of Toronto – Rotman School of Management MBA

  • Rotman was ranked as the #1 MBA program in Canada by the Financial Times in 2017.
  • The 20-month program offers ample networking and experiential learning, including flexible opportunity for a 4-month paid internship.
  • Rotman MBAs can specialize in one of 14 majors – from brand management to risk management – and choose from over 90 electives.
  • The school’s innovative Self-Development Lab helps build students’ communication and teamwork schools in a collaborative setting.
  • Rotman is situated in Toronto, Canada’s largest city, but that’s not all that gives the program a worldly approach. International students account for more than half of the class of 2018.

Western University – Ivey Business School MBA

  • Ivey put Canadian business education on the map – it was the first MBA program launched outside of the U.S.
  • Ivey’s MBA program is internationally renowned for its unique case study approach to learning – throughout the one-year program, students delve into more than 300 cases. As J.D. Clarke, Executive Director of Masters Programs Recruitment and Admissions, says: “It’s like getting 15 years of work experience in the matter of a year. You’re working on 300 real business situations.”
  • The school has additional campuses in Hong Kong and Mumbai, and offers optional study and consulting trips to China, India, Eastern Europe and South America.
  • The MBA program is only one-year long and has just one intake in March.
  • The program is located in London, Ontario, a mid-sized college town that is only 2-hours by car or 2.5 hours by train from Toronto.

Queen’s University – Smith School of Business MBA

  • In 2015, alumnus Stephen Smith, who is now Chairman and CEO of First National Financial Corporation, gave the business school a $50 million gift.
  • The program has rigorous team-based pedagogy – students are assigned to a team for the core of the program (6 months), and a significant portion of students’ overall grade is derived from teamwork
  • The January start program is 12 months long with a 16-month option for those looking to pursue a dual degree. Options for the dual degree include a Master of Finance, Master of Management Analytics, Juris Doctorate, or Health Quality.
  • Each student gets assigned a Team Coach, Career Coach, Executive Coach and Lifestyle Coach during program.
  • Queen’s MBA program offers support for non-native English speakers by offering an 8-week, intensive language course before the MBA classes start.
  • Queen’s MBA was ranked #1 in Canada for Salary Increase and Value for Money by Financial Times in 2017, and #1 for Salary and Job Placement by Bloomberg Businessweek in 2016.

York University – Schulich School of Business MBA

  • Schulich is Canada’s #1 MBA Program according to The Economist, Forbes, CNN Expansion, América Economía and It is also ranked #1 in the world by Corporate Knights for business sustainability.
  • Looking to specialize? Schulich’s MBA program offers 20 options, ranging from health industry management, to business and sustainability.
  • Students can start in January or September, and finish in 16 or 20 months.
  • Schulich has two campuses in Toronto, Canada’s business hub, and a campus in Hyderabad, India, granting students impressive access to multinational corporations and other key industry players.
  • The program culminates in a Strategy Field Study, an 8-month consulting project where students work with a real client.
  • Schulich’s International MBA (IMBA) program includes a 4-month work term and is designed for students who speak at least two languages and want to gain knowledge of international business management.
  • Students who have completed an undergraduate degree in business may be eligible for the Accelerated MBA program, allowing them to complete the program in a reduced amount of time.

McGill University – Desautels Faculty of Management MBA

  • McGill offers a unique integrated core where each of its 5 core modules – Leading, Measuring, Resourcing, Creating, and Competing – is taught by a team of professors from different disciplines.
  • Located in French-speaking Montreal, 95% of the program’s students are multilingual and represent 30 countries.
  • Many call Montreal Canada’s “cultural capital” and QS Top Universities recently named it the best city in the world for international students.
  • Desautels brings C-suite talent directly to students by hosting robust industry expert panels and a CEO speaker series.
  • For professionals based in Tokyo, Desautels’s MBA Japan program offers weekend classes in the heart of the city to accommodate students’ busy schedules.

University of British Columbia, Vancouver – Sauder School of Management MBA

  • Ranked by Financial Times in 2016 as the #3 MBA program for international students in North America, and #4 for international mobility.
  • Sauder boasts an impressive dual-degree program partnership with Yale University that gives high-achieving students the opportunity to pursue a Master of Advanced Management at the Ivy League institution.
  • The MBA program values an intimate learning environment – its cohort is never larger than 100 students.
  • International students account for about two-thirds of the Class of 2017, which is more than any other top MBA program in Canada.
  • Vancouver is among the most startup-friendly cities in the world and the best city for tech entrepreneurs in Canada, according to the 2017 Genome Startup report.

Application Tips from Canadian B-School Admissions Directors

Graham Sue, Associate Director of Recruitment & Admissions, Schulich MBA

“With many specializations and ways to gain global exposure, our MBA/IMBA students can have multiple career paths to consider. This is why it is important to ensure that you have a clear idea in your mind as to what your ultimate career goals are. Not only do we want to know why you are pursuing an MBA, but we also want to know that you’ve thought about your own measures of success. We want all of our students to succeed, which is why it’s important to ensure that there is good “fit” between you and the school.” -Graham Sue, Former Associate Director, Recruitment & Admissions, York University – Schulich School of Business

Leigh Gauthier - University of Toronto Rotman School of Management

“Make sure that it’s [your resume] accomplishment-based… I still find today that a lot of students are writing down what they’ve done in terms of their responsibilities, but they’re not getting to the meat of it… What we’re looking for here is quantifying as best as possible… Answer the question: how is that organization better as a result of you having been there?” -Leigh Gauthier, Assistant Director of Recruitment and Admissions, University of Toronto – Rotman School of Management

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“Ask your target schools to send you a list of companies that come year over year to recruit… that says a lot about the quality of students there. If they’re getting well-recognized firms that come to campus to recruit, that means that those firms are very happy with the talent they are recruiting. We spend a lot of time surveying our recruiters because it’s very important that we’re meeting their talent needs. And that loops right into our admissions process.” -J.D. Clarke, Executive Director, Masters Programs (Recruitment & Admissions), Western University – Ivey School of Business

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“Any one of our MBA programs offers you an opportunity to work with an application advisor. The application advisor is going to be your point of contact from start to finish. When you start an application online, you’re asked to provide 2 things: your unofficial transcript and your resume and your application advisor will contact you within 24-48 hours, and they will do a preliminary assessment… So this is a point of contact to help you prepare your strongest application and present yourself in the best light. They are there also to help answer any questions you have during the process.” -Teresa Pires, Assistant Director for Recruitment and Admissions, Queen’s University – Smith School of Business

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“The most important aspect of the UBC MBA application is to demonstrate your full capability to us. We are looking for students that demonstrate their ability to handle the intense workload and who are ambitious enough to take on the numerous opportunities offered throughout the (program’s duration of) 16 months. During your time in the program, there’ll be career events, opportunities for mentorship, extracurricular activities and case competitions, to name just a few – so it’s important that we find students who can thrive in our program and for applicants to show that they can achieve this in the application.” -Michael Holaday, Director of Recruitment and Admissions, University of British Columbia, Vancouver – Sauder School of Business (QS Top MBA Interview)

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“Aside from academics, GMAT and work experience, leadership qualities are also very important, and we take into consideration an applicant’s extracurricular activities and drive. In addition, the interview is something that is very important, as this is where the candidate has the opportunity to demonstrate that they are the right person for the program.” -Antoinette Molino, Assistant Director of MBA Admissions, McGill University – Desautels Faculty of Management (QS Top MBA Interview)

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“During the first six months you’re given more than you can possibly handle,” she says. “There’s a lot to take on academically and on top of that you’re meeting all your classmates for the first time, getting involved in real-world case studies and attending talks. The UBC MBA teaches you to work better, faster, and smarter.” -Kim Zatlyn, Class of 2012, University of British Columbia, Vancouver – Sauder School of Business

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“Ivey’s one-year program is attractive in that it minimizes opportunity costs while maintaining high standards in education; furthermore, the fast-paced learning environment prepares students for an easier transition back to the professional world.” -Kevin Marban, Class of 2015, Western University – Ivey Business School

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”One year may well be a short time to get hold of a new subject. I belong to the Marketing domain, and Finance remains my Achilles’ heel. The professors at Queen’s perhaps anticipated this. Around four months prior to the start of the program, we received a Financial Accounting Workbook. It was a smart move, for the time we would spend saying farewells and loitering around before heading to Canada allowed us to get our basics right on a subject most face issues in. Likewise, there were a few other helpful readings and hellos in that package, if one chose to indulge.” -Malay A. Upadhyay, Class of 2016, Queen’s University – Smith School of Business

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“One of Rotman’s main objectives is to have women comprise 40% of the student body by the year 2020. In addition to attracting more women to the MBA, the Rotman MBA has created an atmosphere that allows us to take advantage of available opportunities and be more ambitious in our career objectives. It has opened a Men’s Business Chapter within the Women’s Business Club to discuss the importance of diversity and inclusion and to develop strategies for increasing work equality.” -Juliana Luque Cala, Class of 2018, University of Toronto – Rotman School of Management

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“For my first course project, I was assigned to a team where all six members were from different places (Canada, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Japan, Azerbaijan and Bangladesh). I have learned how to reframe a challenge from a German professor. I have learned the intricacies of the oil industry from a new Brazilian friend. Every single moment at Schulich is an opportunity to look at life through a different pair of glasses.” -Ehsanul Mahmud, Class of 2018, York University – Schulich School of Business

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“The class size deserves special mention because the community feel at Desautels means that you feel at home for the duration of your MBA. You literally become a part of a family, one that will extend far beyond your school years. You will know and hopefully get to work with every single person in the program – and this means that your skills will be authentically endorsed by your peers. The class is also highly international (with a distinct Indian bias), and the exposure to different cultures and backgrounds is a huge advantage. Of course, there are downsides to this – it is harder to attract companies to the campus – but these problems are acknowledged and the faculty is working towards fixing them.” -Yash Sinha, Class of 2017, McGill University – Desautels Faculty of Management

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Rotman MBA vs. Ivey MBA vs. Schulich MBA

Queen’s MBA vs. Desautels MBA vs. Sauder MBA

Last updated March 2017

Rotman MBA vs. Ivey MBA vs. Schulich MBA

Degrees OfferedMBA

Skoll BAsc/MBA dual-degree

Pharma-D/MBA combined degree
JD/MBA dual-degree

Master of Global Affairs/MBA dual-degree

Morning/evening MBA

Master’s in Engineering/MBA


International MBA

MBA in India

Accelerated MBA



Class Size350148250
GMAT (avg)665665660
Age (avg)272829
Work Exp (avg)4.14.65
No. Nationalities382235
Start DateSeptemberMarchJanuary
Length20 months1 year16-20 months
Financial Times 2017 (2016, 2015)65 (60, 53)94 (88, 97)Not Ranked
The Economist 2016 (2015)
Bloomberg Businessweek 2016 (2014)2310 (1)Not Ranked
Notable RankingsTop-ranked MBA program in Canada by Financial Times

Ranks #3 globally for faculty research by the Financial Times

Ranks #9 for employer surveys by Bloomberg Businessweek
Highest ranked business school in Canada by Bloomberg Businessweek

Ranks #2 for employability among Canadian MBA programs by QS TopMBA
Ranked #56 for MBA programs globally by The Economist, the highest of any school in Canada

Ranked #5 globally for internationalism of alumni by The Economist
RequirementsMinimum GPA 3.0

GMAT or GRE score
*Will waive for those who have successfully completed all three levels of the CFA or JD/MBA candidates who have taken the LSAT.

Previous degree from English-language university, TOEFL iBT (100 overall score, minimum 22 writing score) or IELTS (minimum 7.0)
GMAT or GRE score

Minimum 2 years of work experience

English proficiency
Undergraduate degree with at least a B-average in the last two full years of study

GMAT or GRE score

Minimum 2 years of work experience

Previous degree from or minimum 2 years of study at English-language university, TOEFL iBT (100 overall score, minimum 23 component scores) or IELTS (minimum 7.0, 6.5 component scores)
DeadlinesOctober 17, 2016
January 9, 2017
February 27, 2017*
April 17, 2017
May 29, 2017

*International students are recommended to apply by the February deadline
April 10, 2017
July 17, 2017
September 25, 2017
November 13, 2017*
January 8, 2018

*Recommended final deadline for international applications
September 2017 Intake:
April 30, 2017

*International students are recommended to apply by round 2 for each cycle.
Application Fee$175 CDN$150 CDN$150 CDN
Tuition$107,800 CDN$101,500 CDN$99,500 CDN
Est Living Costs
(taken from school websites)
$28,756 CDN annually$23,940 CDN annually$8,700 CDN per term
Application MaterialsOnline application

GMAT or GRE score
*Waived for those who have successfully completed all three levels of the CFA or JD/MBA candidates who have taken the LSAT.


2 professional references

1 traditional essay

1 reflection question

1 video response

Timed written response

Previous degree from English-language university, TOEFL iBT or IELTS
Online application

Transcripts from all former post-secondary institutions

GMAT or GRE score

TOEFL score

2 essays

2 video responses


2-3 reference letters
Online application

2 essays

1 timed essay

2 video responses

2 references

Transcripts from all former post-secondary institutions

GMAT or GRE score

TOEFL or IELTS score
International Opportunities16 partner universities for exchanges.14 partner universities for exchanges.

International study trip to China, India, or South America.

LEADER - A student-driven project that empowers communities in Eastern Europe and Russia.
75 partner universities for exchanges.

Campus in Hyderabad, India.

Optional study tour through South America.
Scholarships$4 million available annually for students.50% of MBA candidates receive a scholarship or award when accepted.N/A
Location105 St. George Street,
Toronto, ON M5S 3E6

St. George Station (TTS)

46 minutes (subway); 7 minutes (car); 32 minutes walking
1255 Western Road
London, Ontario, Canada
N6G 0N1
111 Ian Macdonald Boulevard
Toronto, ON, Canada
M3J 1P3

York University GO (TTS)

13 minutes (subway); 34 minutes (car)
Core Curriculum
16 required
1 required, 4-month paid internship
1 capstone course

Model-Based Decision Making

Integrating Models and Data

Managerial Economics




Finance I: Capital Markets and Valuation


Leading People in Organizations

Managing Customer Value

Operations Management

Economic Environment of Business

Business Problem Solving Capstone

Finance II: Corporate Finance

Managerial Accounting

Managerial Negotiations
10 required

Accounting and Control for Managers

Developing and Executing Strategies

Managing Operations

Leveraging Information Technology (0.75 course)

Communicating Effectively (0.5 course)

Decision Making with Analytics

Leading People and Organizations

Marketing Products and Services

Macroeconomics for Business Decisions (0.5 course)

Managing Financial Resources
14 required

Financial Accounting for Managers

Management Accounting

The Economic Environment of Business

Managerial Finance

Skills for Leadership

Managing for Value Creation

Marketing Management

Information Systems

Quantitative Methods

Operations Management

Organizational Behavior

Strategy Field Study Formation + Strategy Field Study

Strategic Management
ElectivesChoose up to 10 from more than 90 offered.45 electives offered.24 credit hours.

More than 150 electives.
Concentrations16 majors + General MBA

Brand Management

Business Design


Financial Reporting and Analysis

Funds Management

Global Management

Health Sector Management

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Investment Banking

Leadership and Change Management

Management Analytics

Process and Supply Chain Management

Real Estate

Risk Management and Financial Engineering

N/A20 specializations


Arts, Media & Entertainment Management

Business & Sustainability

Business Consulting


Entrepreneurial Studies


Financial Risk Management

Financial Services

Global Mining Management

Global Retail Management

Health Industry Management

International Business


Operations Management & Information Systems

Organization Studies

Public Sector: Business & Government

Real Estate & Infrastructure

Social Sector Management

Strategic Management
CAREERSClass of 2016Class of 2016Class of 2015
Placement w/in 3 months80%N/A88%
Average Salary (Sign-On Bonus)$92,524 ($17,337)$88,000 ($15,000)*

$90,700 ($10,054)
Salary Increase (Source)83%
(Financial Times, 2017)
75% (Financial Times, 2017)99% (Financial Times, 2013)
Top GeographiesN/A94% Canada
3% USA
3% Asia
Top Industries44% Financial Services
21% Consulting
10% Consumer Goods and Retail
8% Technology/Telecom
4% Energy and Natural Resources
3% Government
3% Entrepreneurship/Startup
29% Financial Institution
24% Consulting
12% Technology
8% Other
6% Telecommunications/Communications
6% Wholesale/Retail
3% Restaurant/Food Services/
Hospitality Services
3% Marketing/PR/Advertising
3% Healthcare
3% Real Estate/Property
3% Consumer Packaged Goods
29% Financial Services
12% Consulting
11% Consumer Products
8% Technology
7% Health/Pharma
7% Law/Accounting
6% Retail
6% Manufacturing
6% Real Estate
6% Government/Non-Profit/Other
2% Natural Resources
Top Functions34% Finance
29% Strategy/Consulting
13% Marketing
6% Other (includes Human Resources, Management Information Systems)
4% Business Analysis
4% Rotational Programs
33% Consulting/Corporate Strategy
9% Finance – Wholesale Banking/
Capital Markets
8% Marketing
8% Operations
6% Business Development/Corporate Development
5% Finance - Leadership
29% Finance/Accounting
23% Consulting
18% Marketing/Sales
9% General Management
8% Law/Real Estate/Other
8% Operations/Logistics
5% Technology

*Class of 2015
Company Score
(How many Top 10 Most Desired MBA Employers Recruit from School - McKinsey, Bain, BCG, Google, Facebook, Amazon, Goldman Sachs, Nike, Deloitte, Disney)

(How many Top 50 Most Desired Employers for Business Grads Recruit from School)
Alumni14,000 alumni in 70 countries22,000 alumni in 99 countries worldwide28,000 alumni in 90 countries

Queen’s MBA vs. DeSautels MBA vs. Sauder MBA

Degrees OfferedMBA

MBA/Master of Finance

MBA/Master of Management Analytics


MBA/MSc in Healthcare Quality



MBA Japan


International MBA (China campus)
Class Size819099
GMAT (avg)651N/AN/A
Age (avg)282828
Work Exp (avg)555
No. Nationalities133067% international students*

*Class of 2017
Start DateJanuaryAugustAugust
Length1 year2 years16 months
Financial Times 2017 (2016, 2015)100 (93, 86)Not Ranked (85, 100)Not Ranked (96, 81)
The Economist 2016 (2015)79 (80)NR (NR)NR (NR)
Bloomberg Businessweek 2016 (2014)18 (10)25Not Ranked
Notable RankingsRanked #1 in Canada for Salary Increase and Value for Money by Financial Times in 2017, and #1 for Salary and Job Placement by Bloomberg Businessweek in 2016.Dubbed a ‘Global Elite’ business school by QS TopMBA in 2017Ranked as the most international university in North America by Times Higher Education in 2017

Ranked #13 in North America for research excellence by QS TopMBA in 2017
RequirementsUndergraduate degree

2 years of work experience recommended but not required

GMAT or GRE score

English proficiency proven through TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or MELAB score
GMAT or GRE score

Minimum 2 years of work experience

Previous degree from an English-language university or TOEFL or IELTS scores
Undergraduate degree with at least a B-average

GMAT or GRE score

Minimum 2 years of work experience

Previous degree from an English-language university or TOEFL (minimum 100 iBT, 23 component score), IELTS (minimum 7.0 overall, 6.5 component), MELAB, or PTE Academic score
DeadlinesRolling admissions

September 11, 2017*

*Recommended final deadline for international applications
November 1, 2016
15 January, 2017
15 March, 2017
May 1, 2017
November 2, 2016
January 11, 2017
March 1, 2017
May 3, 2017
Application Fee$0 CDN$105.80 CDN$137.50 CDN
Tuition$91,000 CDN$89,000 CDN$71,278 CDN
Est Living Costs
(taken from school websites)
N/A$19,496 CDN annuallyN/A
Application MaterialsOnline application


Official transcripts from all former post-secondary institutions

GMAT or GRE score


Cover letter

3 reference letters

4 video questions

Personal interview upon completion of your application
Online application

3 essay questions


Work history form

2 professional reference letters

Transcripts from all former post-secondary institutions

GMAT or GRE score

TOEFL score

Applicant survey
Online application

[No list of application specifics was easily available]
International Opportunities27 partner universities for exchanges.28 partner universities for exchanges.

10-day study trip.
35 partner universities for exchanges,

Required 2-week Global Immersion Experience.
ScholarshipsMore than 50% of students are usually awarded merit-based scholarships upon admission.N/A25-40% of students are awarded scholarships upon admission.
LocationThe Stephen J.R. Smith School of Business Goodes Hall, Room 338, Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7L 3N6Bronfman Building
1001 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 1G5

McGill (Metro)

9 minutes (subway); 5 minutes (car); 12 minutes (walking)
Robert H. Lee Graduate School
137 – 2053 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

UBC Loop Bay 11 New (bus)

39 minutes (bus); 22 minutes (car)
Core Curriculum
10 required and a 6-month integrative project

Financial Accounting

Economics & Industry Analysis


International Business

Leading with Integrity


Management Information Systems (MIS)

Operations Management

Business Analytics

Professional Skills

Business & Corporate Strategy

Integrative Project (6 months)
5 integrated core courses

Global Leadership

Business Tools

Managing Resources

Value Creation

Markets & Globalization
12 required
1 experiential learning

Business Strategy Integration

Experiential Learning - option of either an internship or entrepreneurial project


Introduction to Finance

Organizational Behaviour

Marketing Fundamentals

Operations Fundamentals



Decision Making

Global Issues and Macroeconomics

Ethics and Sustainability

Leadership Development
Concentrations6 specializations


Entrepreneurship & Innovation


Healthcare Management

Marketing & Sales

General Management
4 specializations

Global Strategy & Leadership



Business Analytics
3 tracks, as well as an option to customize


Product and Service Management

Business Innovation & Entrepreneurship
CAREERSClass of 2016Class of 2015Class of 2015
Placement w/in 3 months98%*

*w/in 6 months

*Employed by graduation
Average Salary (Sign-On Bonus)N/A$84,000 ($13,800)$77,211 ($23,208)
Salary Increase (Source)85% (Financial Times, 2017)89% (Financial Times, 2013)$30,000 CDN (Sauder)
Top Geographies88% Canada
6% USA
2% Asia
2% Europe
2% Latin America
90% Canada
10% International
68% British Columbia, Canada
32% Outside British Columbia, Canada
Top Industries30% Financial Services
25% Consulting
18% Other
13% Technology & Telecommunications
6% Retail
4% Healthcare
4% Energy & Resources
28% Finance
24% Marketing & Sales
20% General Management
17% Consulting
11% Other
17% Financial Services
15% Technology
13% Consumer Products & Services
12% Consulting
12% Natural Resources
Top FunctionsN/A27% Finance
21% General Management
16% Consulting
14% Marketing & Sales
12% Other (Human Resources, Operations, etc.)
10% Management Information Systems
Company Score
(How many Top 10 Most Desired MBA Employers Recruit from School - McKinsey, Bain, BCG, Google, Facebook, Amazon, Goldman Sachs, Nike, Deloitte, Disney)

(How many Top 50 Most Desired Employers for Business Grads Recruit from School)
Alumni20,000 worldwide7,000 MBA alumni worldwide37,000 in 74 countries

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