2021-11-17T09:26:38-05:00November 9th, 2021|

Best Canadian universities for MBA and management programs

As an international student, a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) or a degree in Management, Business, or Marketing from a Canadian university can add immense value to your professional career. Whether you’re planning to work in Canada after your education or return to your home country with international credentials and a global management outlook, a Canadian degree can put you on a path to success.

MBA and Masters’ programs in Business or Management streams are graduate programs, which means that you can only apply to these after completing your undergraduate or Bachelor’s degree. However, you can get an early start by opting for undergraduate programs in Management or Commerce in Canada right out of school. Many Canadian universities accept international students who’ve been educated in other countries, but the fees and eligibility criteria for domestic and international students usually differ.

If you aren’t sure about the universities you should be targeting, we’ll showcase some of the best Canadian universities for MBA and Management, the programs they offer, including Marketing, Commerce, and Business, the fees for international students, and the broad admission requirements you’ll need to meet.

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Eligibility criteria for admission into management programs in Canada

Undergraduate programs in Commerce and Management

For admission into undergraduate programs in Canada, you’ll typically need a good academic background and a high school equivalent diploma. University admissions are generally competitive, so the better your academic grades, the higher your chances of receiving an offer of admission.

If English isn’t your first language, most post-secondary schools will require you to take the IELTS or TOEFL test to assess your language skills. Depending on the university and program you’re applying to, you may also need to have studied certain subjects in school, such as high school level English and mathematics.

Many Canadian universities also take into account your previous extra-curricular achievements, such as participation in sports or volunteer work. Once your application is selected, you may need to sit for one or multiple rounds of interviews.

MBA or Graduate programs in Management, Business, or Marketing

For graduate programs like MBA or Masters programs in Business or Management streams, Canadian universities will require you to have an appropriate Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from your home country. You’ll also need a good GPA, as well as a Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) score that is over their minimum threshold. GMAT is usually the preferred option and while most schools don’t disclose their GMAT cut-off, you can check the average scores of former or current students who were accepted into the program to get a better idea of what your target score should be.

In most cases, you’ll only be eligible to apply for an MBA in Canada if you have at least two years of work experience with supporting professional references, in addition to your undergrad degree. Other admission requirements may vary, but will often include an essay submission and video or personal interviews.

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As an international student, you might not be eligible for Executive MBA programs. Executive MBA programs, unlike traditional full-time MBA programs, are meant for business executives and typically require applicants to have eight or more years of professional experience and a full-time job on a valid work permit in Canada. 

If you’re planning to apply for a part-time MBA program on a study permit, you will not be eligible to work while studying and may not be able to complete any required work placements.

Top Canadian universities for MBA and Management programs

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Unless otherwise specified, the fees listed in this section are total program tuition fees for students applying in the admission year 2021-22. As an international student, you will also need to account for non-tuition fees, taxes, and living expenses. Please check your university website for the latest fee estimates.

According to the QS Global MBA Rankings for 2022, 11 Canadian universities feature in the global top 200 list for MBA, Management, and Business programs. These are:

Rotman School of Management, the University of Toronto

Programs offered

  • Graduate programs: Two-year, full-time MBA, Morning/evening MBA, one-year Executive MBA, Global Executive MBA
  • Undergraduate program: Rotman Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)

Fees for international students: 

  • For a full-time MBA, international students starting the program in September 2022 will need to pay $131,120 CAD to cover tuition for two years. 
  • The morning/evening MBA program lasts three years with a total international student fee of $383,787 CAD  for students entering the program in 2023. 
  • The undergraduate program fee for international students currently ranges between $60,000 to $68,000 CAD per year for four years of study.

Smith School of Business, Queen’s University, Toronto and Kingston, Ontario

Programs offered

  • Graduate programs: 12-month, full-time MBA, Executive MBA, Accelerated MBA for Business Graduates, Master of Science in Management, Master of Management Analytics, Master of Management in Artificial Intelligence, Master of Management Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Master of International Business
  • Undergraduate program: Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)

Fees for international students: 

  • The international student tuition fee for the full-time MBA program at Smith School of Business is $102,100 CAD. 
  • The 2022-23 fee for one-year graduate programs ranges between $54,950 and $87,650 CAD, although the Master of Science in Management costs $14,982 CAD. 
  • For the Bachelor of Commerce program, the tuition fee for international students is $51,275 CAD per year.

Ivey Business School, Western University, London, Ontario

Programs offered

  • Graduate programs: One-year MBA, Accelerated MBA, Executive MBA, MSc in Management, and Master of Management in Analytics. 
  • Undergraduate program: Ivey HBA, a four (2+2) year program where students will study an arts, social sciences, or science program in the first two years, and join the HBA program in their third year.

Fees for international students: 

  • The Ivey MBA program fees for international students is $120,500 CAD. 
  • The fee for the MSc program is $69,950 CAD and for the Master of Management in Analytics program, it is $69,000 CAD. 
  • The Ivey HBA program costs international students $172,575 CAD for four years of study.

Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University, Montreal

Programs offered: 

  • Graduate programs: MBA, Law MBA, Master of Management in Analytics, Master of Management in Finance, Master of Management in Retailing, McGill-HEC Montreal Executive MBA, International Masters Program for Managers
  • Undergraduate program: Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)

Fees for international students: 

  • The institution’s MBA program costs $99,500 CAD.
  • The fee for other Masters programs ranges between $48,960 and $54,990 CAD, except for the International Masters Program for Managers, which is conducted across five different countries, and costs around $66,500 CAD
  • The international student tuition fee for the BCom program is around $56,544 CAD per year. 

Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto

Programs offered

  • Graduate programs: MBA, Master of Management, Master of Marketing, Master of Business Analytics, Master of Supply Chain Management, Master of Management in Artificial Intelligence
  • Undergraduate programs: International Bachelors of Business Administration (iBBA), Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA)

Fees for international students: 

  • The tuition fee for Schulich’s MBA program is $106,900 CAD for international students. 
  • Other Masters programs cost between $56,700 and $80,150 CAD. 
  • The fee for undergraduate programs is around $1,132 CAD per credit or $33,960 CAD for a 30-credit course load per year. 

Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia, Vancouver 

Programs offered

  • Graduate programs: UBC full-time MBA, Professional Master of Business Administration (PMBA), International Master of Business Administration (IMBA), Master of Management (MM), Master in Business Analytics (MBAN), Master of Science in Business Administration
  • Undergraduate programs: Four-year Bachelor of Commerce, and a combined Bachelor + Master of Management Dual Degree.

Fees for international students: 

  • The tuition fee for the full-time MBA program is $90,057 CAD. 
  • The MBAN and MM programs cost $60,249 CAD and $50,616 CAD respectively. 
  • For the BCom program, the fee is $53,245 CAD for the first year. 

Alberta School of Business, University of Alberta, Edmonton

Programs offered

  • Graduate programs: 20-month, full-time MBA, FastTrack MBA, part-time MBA, Executive MBA, Energy MBA. The university encourages international students who are not permanent residents or Canadian citizens to apply to the full-time MBA program.
  • Undergraduate program: Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) with 11 areas of specialization to choose from, including Marketing, Business Studies, and International Business.

Fees for international students

  • International students will pay around $60,000 CAD in tuition fee for the full-time MBA program. 
  • The total (four-year) tuition fee for the BCom program is around $105,000 CAD.

John Molson School of Business, Concordia University, Montreal

Programs offered

  • Graduate programs: Two-year, full-time MBA, Executive MBA, MBA in Investment Management, MSc in Business Analytics and Technology Management, MSc in Management, MSc in Marketing, MSc in Supply Chain Management. 
  • The Marketing program at John Molson School of Business also features in the global top 100 in the QS Business Masters Rankings 2022 for Masters in Marketing.
  • Undergraduate programs: Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) programs in Administration, Business Technology Management, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management, Marketing, and Supply Chain Operations Management.

Fees for international students

  • The full-time MBA program at John Molson School of Business costs $41,500 CAD in tuition for international students. 
  • The tuition fee for the MBA in Investment Management as of June 2022 will be $87,000 CAD. 
  • The tuition fee for BCom programs varies between $81,834 and $128,480 CAD, depending on the subject you pick and the length of the program (three or four years).

Rowe School of Business, Dalhousie University, Halifax

Programs offered

  • Graduate programs: Blended/online MBA, two-year Corporate Residency MBA, Master of Science in Business
  • Undergraduate programs: Bachelor of Commerce Co-op program (BComm), Bachelor of Management (BMgmt)

Fees for international students

  • The tuition fee for the full-time Corporate Residency MBA is $82,205 CAD and the Master of Science in Business program costs around $44,369 CAD. 
  • For the four-year BComm and the BMgmt programs, the tuition fee ranges between $111,480 and $118,808 CAD.

HEC Montréal

Programs offered

  • Graduate programs: One-year, full-time MBA, Master of Management in International Arts Management (MMIAM), MSc in Data Science and Business Analytics, MSc in International Business. 
  • HEC Montréal also offers an MSc in Marketing, which is delivered in French. The university is among the top 100 in the world for Marketing, according to the QS Business Masters Rankings 2022 for Masters in Marketing.
  • Undergraduate programs: Bachelor programs in Business Administration are available in French.

Fees for international students

  • The international student tuition fee for the full-time MBA program is $54,000 CAD. 
  • The MMIAM program is conducted across several countries and the fee is around US$ 45,900. 
  • The fee for the MSc programs is either $30,000 or $30,500 CAD depending on whether you’re opting for a thesis or supervised project.

DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University, Burlington and Hamilton, Ontario

Programs offered

  • Graduate programs: 20-month MBA, 28-month MBA (with co-op) program, Blended Learning part-time MBA, Executive MBA in Digital Transformation program 
  • Undergraduate programs: BCom, Integrated Business and Humanities (IBH) program

Fees for international students

  • The DeGroote MBA program tuition fee for international students is $86,000 CAD, while the MBA (with co-op) program will cost you around $91,500 CAD.
  • The four-year undergraduate programs cost between $167,936 and $174,928 CAD.

As a leading study destination, Canada is recognized globally for its world-renowned programs in management fields. Whether you’re exploring undergraduate or graduate programs in business, commerce, marketing, or management, a degree from a Canadian university will help set the foundation for your future career.

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