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.
Here are the admission requirements for MBA:
Students are required to have Bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
Work experience of 2 years
GRE and GMAT Score for MBA and IELTS, TOEFL, MELAB and PTE as English language requirement.
Two reference letters
Two written essays and 1 video essay.
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.
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.
Work experience of 2 years minimum
2 or 3 reference letters
GRE and GMAT score for MBA and IELTS or TOEFL as English language requirement.
2 essays on topics given in the online application
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
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.
3 or 4 years Bachelor’s degree with a B average or 72% or a GPA of 3.3
Work experience of 2 years minimum. Although most students have 3-5 years of experience
GRE and GMAT score for MBA and IELTS or TOEFL as English language requirement
Two short answers, one written Essay and one video essay.
139 in verbal and quants
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
Work History Form
Two reference letters
GMAT score for MBA and IELTS or TOEFL as English language requirement
Answer to 3 essay questions
5. HEC MontrÃ©al
One of the oldest business schools in Canada, the HEC MontrÃ©al 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.
The application process has four rounds. They are:
Round 1-June 1
Round 2-September 1
Round 3-October 15
Round 4-January 15
3 years of work experience
Two reference letters- At least one from the previous employer and other from professor.
GRE , TAGE MAGE or GMAT score for MBA and IELTS or TOEFL as English language requirement
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.
Schulich School of Business has two intakes- September and January. Both the intakes have 3 rounds each. Here are deadlines:
Round 1-January 15
Round 2- February 28
Round 3- April 30
Round 1- September 15
Round 2- October 15
Bachelor’s degree with B average in the last 2 years.
Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
Essays and Video essays
GMAT score for MBA and IELTS and TOEFL as English language requirement.
2 years of work experience
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.
The MBA semester starts in January. The deadlines are: March 20, June 12, September 18 and November 20
Bachelor’s degree with B+ average or 75%.
3 reference letters
GRE and GMAT score for MBA and IELTS, TOEFL, MELAB and PTE as English language requirement.
3 video essays
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.
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.
Bachelor’s degree with GPA of 3.0
GRE and GMAT score for MBA and IELTS, TOEFL as English language requirement.
Statement of intent, approximately 1 to 2 pages in length
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
The application for the MBA fulltime course closes on February 1 for international students.
Bachelor’s degree with B average or 70%
GMAT score for MBA and IELTS, TOEFL as English language requirement
2 reference letter
Statement of intent
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