Canada is listed in our top study abroad countries. In this post we look at the best Canadian universities and colleges that draw international students to its campuses. We also look at the various types of MBA programs they offer (full-time, part-time, executive MBA, joint MBA).
Best MBA Colleges in Canada for international / Indian students
Why choose Canada for your MBA
You can expect a high standard of living while in Canada. It’s a country that respects diversity, so irrespective of your ethnicity, you can feel at home in Canada.
Medical insurance is usually covered by the government so your health worries are taken care of. 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.
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.
Note Covid19 update to PGWPP policies:
According to the official website, quote “If you started your online studies outside Canada before you applied for a study permit, you may still be eligible for a PGWP. Only the time you spent studying online after your application was received will count toward the length of your PGWP.”
Your spouse may also be eligible to apply for a work permit and work as long as you hold a valid study permit. Read Life and Jobs after MBA in Canada
[Editor’s Note: Article updated in July 2021 to reflect the latest data]
Cost of Living in Canada
Following is a list that can give you an idea of the approximate cost of living in Canada.
Cost of living in Canada
|Milk (1 litre)||$2|
|Potatoes (4.5 kg)||$9|
|Groceries for one person (per month)||$250 – $350|
|Litre of gas/petrol||$1.15 – $1.30|
|Public transit fare||$2.50 – $3.00|
|Restaurant meal||$15 – $30|
|Fast food meal||$5 – $10|
|Cup of coffee||$2|
|Pint of beer||$5 – $7|
|Movie||$13 – $20|
|Mobile (cell) phone package||$50|
|Internet (1 month, high speed)||$40|
|Cable television (per month)||$25 – $50|
|Postage stamp (within Canada) (0-30g)||$0.61|
|Postage stamp (international) (0-30g)||$1.80|
|Youth hostel (per night)||$25|
|Rent (bachelor apartment, large city, per month)||$700 – $1,100|
|Rent (bachelor apartment, small city, per month)||$500 – $700|
List of the top MBA universities in Canada
For the reasons we shared, if Canada is where you aspire to study and work, we have a list of some of the top MBA programs that you can look at.
1. University of Toronto – Rotman School of Management
Located in the heart of Toronto, the University of Toronto offers one of the well-known MBA programs in Canada.
Full-time MBA program:
This involves 18 month of rigorous academic study and four months of internship or summer elective course making it a 24 month long program. The first year focuses on the core courses. In the second year, you can choose to specialise in the area of your interest by choosing an MBA major or from a range of electives offered.
Tuition Fee: $95,000
Joint MBA program:
Various options are available where you can combine education in engineering, pharmacy, law and global affairs along with an MBA.
Tuition Fee: The cost is combined fee for MBA and the joint degree.
Here, you have two options-either a morning MBA for which you have to devote two hours before work or an evening MBA where you’re required to put in two hours after work twice a week. This arrangement allows you to complete the program in 32 months while continuing with your professional commitments.
Tuition Fee: $100,300
This is an intense 13-month long executive MBA program with four terms, each of which has a week-long on-campus residential session. In addition, there are weekend classes held twice a month on Fridays and Saturdays. This program is meant for senior professionals with at least eight years work experience.
Tuition Fee: $100,300
Here are a few related posts on Rotman:
– How to get into the Rotman School of Management
– MBA in Canada (Rotman) as an international student
– Rotman School of Management – MBA Admissions Team Interview
– Rotman MBA (Toronto, Canada) beckons Indian students
2. York University – Schulich School of Business
This is another good program having its campus in Toronto.
This program offers the option of either a September or January admission. The program can be completed in a minimum period of 16 months or an average of 20 months or a maximum of 24 months.
Tuition Fee: $84,000
Schulich offers 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 than the two degrees studied separately. Law, fine arts, arts are some fields you can combine with your MBA study.
Tuition comprises part payment to Schulich and part to the respective school of graduate studies
The program can be completed in a minimum of 40 months or a maximum of 72 months. At the Keele campus, you can choose between evening classes (twice a week) or alternate weekends or day classes. 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 held 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. It commences in January and gets completed in June the following year.
There is also an option of ‘Schulich MBA in India’ where you spend time in Hyderabad as well as the Schulich campus in Toronto.
Read this related post:
– Schulich School of Business MBA Interview with Admissions Team.
3. Western University – Ivey Business School
This bschool has its main campus at London, Ontario.
This is an intense one year MBA program that begins its session in March. It is well-suited for those who wish to complete their full-time program within a year and get back to their professional life. The program begins with focus on the core courses. The curriculum employs case study method extensively to prepare students to face real world challenges.
A joint business and law degree helps complete both the courses in three years instead of four.
This 15 month program is meant for senior executives with a minimum of eight years work experience. You need to be able to commit around 25 hours a week to complete the group projects and various assignments including reading.
Here’s a related article:
– Ivey MBA Canada – Interview with Associate Director of Admissions
4. University of British Columbia – Sauder School of Business
Located in Vancouver, Sauder has a 16 month long full-time MBA program, a 28 month duration part-time MBA program, a dual MBA/JD and an executive MBA program in healthcare and strategic mining management.
5. McGill University – Desautels Faculty of Management
Located in Montreal, Quebec, this school offers 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.
How to get into McGill University
6. HEC Montreal
Again this college has its campus in Montreal, Quebec. It offers a 13 month long full-time MBA with the option of English or French as the language of study. The two year part-time MBA program has only French as the language of study, so it would be irrelevant to a majority looking for English as the medium of education. It also provides MCGill-HEC Montreal Executive MBA as mentioned earlier.
7. Queen’s University – Queen’s School of Business
The programs offered include a 12 month full-time MBA at the Queen’s Kingston, Ontario campus, starting in January, various options for dual degree and a 16 month executive MBA starting in August offered anywhere in Canada.
8. University of Alberta
This business school allows you the option of a 16-20 month long full-time MBA, dual degree with several options, a part-time MBA with classes held in the evenings and a 20 month long executive MBA program.