Best Business schools in Canada
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Best Business schools in Canada
-With 300,000 international students, Canada is breaking all records to become one of the most attractive study destinations among the international student community. While students go to explore various subjects, management is one of the top draws for foreign students in Canada.

“Canada is internationally recognized for a competency-based teaching approach that prepares students to be productive in the workplace immediately after graduation,” says Ms. Marie-Josee Charbonneau, Counsellor & Head, Advocacy Program, High Commission of Canada in India. In fact, employability is one of the major factors that attracts students towards Canada. Not just that, the country boasts of a long list of quality business schools which feature in almost all the major ranking platforms of the world.

 

If you plan to pursue your MBA from a Canadian university, it helps to know which are the best business schools in the country. Here we bring you the top business schools in Canada along with the admission requirements and deadlines for the same.

 

Here are the best business schools in Canada:

 

1.   Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

Perhaps one of the finest management schools in Canada, the Rotman School of Management is a division of the famous University of Toronto and has been consistently placed among the top 100 business schools in the world by the major ranking platforms like FT and QS. In fact, the school ranks among the top 10 for the most popular finance programme and is placed among the best business schools for research.

 

Departments: Rotman has 7 academic departments, which includes Accounting, Business Economics, Finance, Marketing, Operations Management and Statistics, Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management and Strategic Management.

 

How to apply for MBA?

While Rotman has deadlines for admission, it still has rolling admissions for aspirants who miss the deadline. In fact, Rotman has around 5 application rounds with separate decision dates from October to May.

 

International students should apply by the third round so that they have enough time for ensuring students permit and funds for the course.

 

Requirements:

Here are the admission requirements for MBA:

  1. Students are required to have Bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

  2. Work experience of 2 years

  3. GRE and GMAT Score for MBA and IELTS, TOEFL, MELAB and PTE as English language requirement.

  4. Two reference letters

  5. Two written essays and 1 video essay.

Exam

Minimum requirement

GMAT

674

GRE

-

IELTS

7.0

TOEFL

Ibt- 100(22 in speaking and writing)

2.  Ivey Business School, University of Western Ontario

Founded in 1922, the Ivey School of Business is part of the University of Western Ontario and boasts of campuses in London, Detroit, Michigan besides Ontario. According to a Bloomberg Businessweek report, MBA graduates from Ivey are ranked first in leadership skills, strategic thinking, collaboration and communications skills. MBA rankings giant, Financial Times, ranks Ivey among the world’s top 100 business schools.

 

Departments: Business, Economics and Public Policy, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General, Management, Information Systems, Management Communications, Management Science, Managerial Accounting and Control, Marketing, Operations Management and Organizational Behavior.

 

How to apply for MBA?

Ivey has 4 rounds of applications for International students. Deadlines are in April, August, October and November.

 

The best time to apply for international candidates is in Round 3 and 4.

 

Requirements:

Here are the admission requirements for MBA:

  1. Academic transcripts

  2. Work experience of 2 years minimum

  3. 2 or 3 reference letters

  4. Resume

  5. GRE and GMAT score for MBA and IELTS or TOEFL as English language requirement.

  6. 2 essays on topics given in the online application

Exam

Minimum requirement

GMAT

655

GRE

-

IELTS

7

TOEFL

Ibt-100

MELAB

85

PTE

70

3.  Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia

A division of the University of British Columbia, the Sauder School of Business is a major attraction for international students across the world. In fact, Sauder alone has an alumni network across 74 countries. Sauder is consistently ranked among the top 100 business schools in the world by both The Economist and The Financial Times.

 

Departments: Accounting, Finance , Law and Business Communications, Management, Information Systems, Marketing and Behavioural Science, Operations and Logistics

Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources, Strategy and Business Economics

 

How to apply for MBA?

The Sauder School of Business has 4 rounds of application for its full time MBA program. Deadlines are in November, January, March and May.

 

It is advisable for internationals students to apply within the first 2 rounds so that there is enough time to apply for the Student Permit.

 

Requirements:

Here are the admission requirements for MBA:

  1. 3 or 4 years Bachelor’s degree with a B average or 72% or a GPA of 3.3

  2. Academic transcripts

  3. Work experience of 2 years minimum. Although most students have 3-5 years of experience

  4. GRE and GMAT score for MBA and IELTS or TOEFL as English language requirement

  5. Resume

  6. Reference letters

  7. Two short answers, one written Essay and one video essay.

Exam

Minimum requirement

GMAT

650

GRE

139 in verbal and quants

IELTS

7.0

TOEFL

Ibt-100

MELAB

84

PTE

70

4.  Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University

Desautels Faculty of Management is another business school which attracts majority of the international students in Canada. MBA aspirants from over 75 countries join the student community at Desautels every year. Founded in 1906, it is one of the faculties of the McGill University and is consistently ranked among the top business schools by major ranking platforms like The Economist and Forbes.

 

Departments: Accounting, Finance, Information Systems, Marketing, Operations Management, Organizational Behaviour and Strategy and Organization.

 

When to apply for MBA?

There are three application deadlines for admission to Desautels Faculty of Management MBA programme:

Round 1- November 1

Round 2- January 15

Round 3 – March 15

 

Requirements:

Here are the admission requirements for MBA:

  1. Bachelor’s degree

  2. Academic transcripts

  3. Work History Form

  4. Two reference letters

  5. Resume

  6. GMAT score for MBA and IELTS or TOEFL as English language requirement

  7. Answer to 3 essay questions

Exam

Minimum requirement

GMAT

655

IELTS

7.0

TOEFL

Ibt-100

 5.   HEC Montréal

One of the oldest business schools in Canada, the HEC Montréal is a French language private management school established in 1907. Over 35% of the students in the institute are international students from 147 countries. Not just that, the school’s faculty consist of 40% educators from international shores. Although it is a French, students are also taught in English and Spanish.

 

When to apply for MBA?

The application process has four rounds. They are:

Round 1-June 1

Round 2-September 1

Round 3-October 15

Round 4-January 15

 

Admission requirements:

Here are the admission requirements for MBA:

  1. Bachelor’s degree

  2. Academic transcripts

  3. 3 years of work experience

  4. Two reference letters- At least one from the previous employer and other from professor.

  5. Resume

  6. GRE , TAGE MAGE or GMAT score for MBA and IELTS or TOEFL as English language requirement

  7. Answer to 3 essay questions

Exam

Minimum requirement

GMAT

625

GRE

-

IELTS

7-8

TOEFL

100-115

6.  Schulich School of Business, York University

Ranked among the top business schools in the country, the Schulich School of Business is a faculty of the York University in Toronto. Schulich is most known for its pioneering international MBA courses in Canada. Schulich also introduced North America’s first cross- border executive MBA - Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA.

 

Departments: Accounting, Organization Studies, Economics, Finance, Marketing, Operations Management and Information Systems and Policy / Strategy.

 

When to apply for MBA?

Schulich School of Business has two intakes- September and January. Both the intakes have 3 rounds each. Here are deadlines: 

 

September

Round 1-January 15

Round 2- February 28

Round 3- April 30

January:

Round 1- September 15

Round 2- October 15

 

Admission requirements:

Here are the admission requirements for MBA:

  1. Bachelor’s degree with B average in the last 2 years.

  2. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions

  3. Essays and Video essays

  4. Two recommendations

  5. A resume

  6. GMAT score for MBA and IELTS and TOEFL as English language requirement.

  7. 2 years of work experience

Exam

Minimum requirement

GMAT

661

IELTS

7

TOEFL

Ibt-100

7. Queen's School of Business

Based in Ontario, the Queen's School of Business is a part of the Queen’s University. Queen hosts around 300 international students every year and has a strong exchange network with 100 business schools across 37 countries. One of the Queen's star programmes is Queen's School of Business Executive Education which offers open enrollment in various parts of the world.

 

Departments: Accounting, Business economics, Business Ethics, Accounting, Finance, General Business, International Business, Management information systems, marketing, Organisational behavior, Strategy and Organisation and so on.

 

When to apply for MBA?

The MBA semester starts in January. The deadlines are: March 20, June 12, September 18 and November 20

 

Admission requirements:

Here are the admission requirements for MBA:

  1. Bachelor’s degree with B+ average or 75%.

  2. 2 years of work experience

  3. 3 reference letters

  4. GRE and GMAT score for MBA and IELTS, TOEFL, MELAB and PTE as English language requirement.

  5. Resume

  6. 3 video essays

Exam

Minimum requirement

GMAT

650

GRE

140+

IELTS

7

TOEFL

Ibt-100

MELAB

90

PTE

70

8. Alberta School of Business, University of Alberta

The Alberta School of Business of the University of Alberta finds its name among the top 10 business schools in Canada while it finds a place among the top 100 in Business schools ranking. Alberta offers a 16-20 month long full time MBA programme.

Departments: Accounting, Operations, and Information Systems, Finance and Statistical Analysis, Marketing, Business Economics, and Law and Strategic Management and Organization.

 

When to apply for MBA?

Alberta School of Business has one intake i.e in Fall. Applications are accepted at the school on a rolling basis. However, international students should apply by June 1.

 

Admission requirements:

 

Here are the admission requirements for MBA:

  1. Bachelor’s degree with GPA of 3.0

  2. 2 years of work experience

  3. 3 reference letters

  4. Resume

  5. GRE and GMAT score for MBA and IELTS, TOEFL as English language requirement.

  6. Statement of intent, approximately 1 to 2 pages in length

Exam

Minimum requirement

GMAT

550

GRE

152-153

IELTS

7

TOEFL

Ibt-100

MELAB

85

PTE

68

9. Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa

The University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management is one of the popular business schools in Canada and is renowned as one of the only three business schools in North America with a triple international recognition- by AACSB, EQUIS & AMBA. Telfer School of Management is ranked among the top 100 business schools by major ranking platforms across the world.

 

Departments: Business analytics and performance, health systems management and innovation & entrepreneurship

 

When to apply for MBA?

The application for the MBA fulltime course closes on February 1 for international students.

 

Admission requirements:

 

Here are the admission requirements for MBA:

  1. Bachelor’s degree with B average or 70%

  2. 3 years of work experience

  3. GMAT score for MBA and IELTS, TOEFL as English language requirement

  4. Academic transcripts

  5. 2 reference letter

  6. Statement of intent

Exam

Minimum requirement

GMAT

630

IELTS

7.0

TOEFL

100

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