Canada’s Best Business Schools of 2021

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Last updated December 2, 2021

The first Canadian business degree was granted by Queen’s University 100 years ago. Beginning in 1921, and until the mid-1960s, business school curriculum focused primarily on training this country’s chartered accountants and other professionals for careers in high finance. But business education, like business itself, has evolved considerably since then.

Today, business degrees at every level, from BComs and BBAs to MBAs and EMBAs, cover not only core disciplines like accounting, finance, marketing and human resources, but, increasingly, digital technology, big data, entrepreneurship, corporate social sustainability, international business, product management and more.

And they produce among the very best returns on investment of any degree type.

Ninety-two per cent of business school graduates were employed full-time in StatsCan’s most recent study on labour market outcomes for students. Business grads are also among the highest paid, earning more than $90,000 per year according to global employment website Monster.com — 74 per cent more than the average grad.

This year’s ranking of Canada’s top B-Schools factors in CourseCompare’s usual metrics, including job placement rates, graduate earning potential, student satisfaction and employer reputation scores. But as we emerge from a pandemic into an uncertain economic future, CourseCompare’s editorial team also wanted to know which business schools are once again evolving their curriculum — and their classrooms, employer partnerships and co-op programs — to groom leaders for the new digital economy. Below are 20 schools that are definitely up to the challenge.

CourseCompare’s annual school rankings are determined using a process that considers several core metrics and principles. Read more about our methodology here.

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Rotman School of Management 5/5

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Smith School of Business at Queen's University 5/5

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Ivey Business School 5/5

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McGill Desautels Faculty of Management 5/5

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Schulich School of Business 5/5

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UBC Sauder School of Business 5/5

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University of Alberta 4/5

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DeGroote School of Business 5/5

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HEC Montreal 5/5

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University of Waterloo Conrad School of Entrepreneurship and Business 5/5

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Concordia University John Molson School of Business 5/5

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University of Calgary Haskayne School of Business 5/5

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Simon Fraser University Beedie School of Business 5/5

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Dalhousie University Rowe School of Business 5/5

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Saint Mary’s University Sobey School of Business 5/5

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Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University 5/5

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University of Victoria Peter B. Gustavson School of Business 5/5

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Wilfrid Laurier University Lazaridis School of Business and Economics 5/5

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University of Guelph Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics 5/5

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Université Laval Faculty of Business Administration (SFA ULaval) 5/5

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Rotman School of Management

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Rotman School of Management, named for its principal benefactor, Joseph L. Rotman, currently serves more than 3,000 students each year. Roughly 2,300 undergraduate and 1,000 postgraduate students study at this downtown Toronto campus. Within six months of graduation, 92.5 per cent of students are able to find work in their field, with MBA graduates earning an average salary of $115,000. Rotman offers students the choice of more than 90 elective courses and the ability to personalize their MBA experience based on future career aspirations.

Studying business in Canada’s largest city and economic capital offers significant opportunity to learn by doing. Co-op programs with some of the largest businesses in the world, such as Amazon, J.P. Morgan, and Mercedes Benz, are common destinations for Rotman students.

 

What Students Are Saying

This is the best business school in Canada, IMO. Employers recognize it and MBA grads have some of the best salaries in the country after graduation. The analytics program is basically a bolt-on to core business school, networks, curriculum, etc. just with profs that can take you deeper into data. Oh, and some of the best data scientists in the world are at UofT. If you're professionally mature and ready for a challenging master's program in Toronto, then you can't really go wrong here.

Jack Gilligan, Master of Management Analytics

Undergraduate Programs

Rotman offers a full-time bachelor’s of commerce degree, which is a joint program with the faculty of arts and science at the University of Toronto. The school aims to give students the tools required to accelerate their careers in accounting, financial analysis, or entrepreneurship. A network of more than 16,000 commerce alumni gives graduates access to a global community of business professionals.

Rotman also offers 30 student-run organizations, at least 10 of which focus on different career specialties and assist with developing the skills required to excel. Core to campus life is an emphasis on bringing a business idea, or an already established business, to Rotman where students can advance their enterprise through these clubs and teams.

Recently, Rotman began offering a course in cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, Litecoin and decentralized finance more broadly.

Postgraduate Programs

Rotman’s MBA program has an average GMAT score of 662. It offers masters programs in areas such as financial risk management, and finance, which in addition to professional accounting (a graduate diploma program) are the schools’ three core strengths. Many graduates find themselves bound for finance and consulting roles in major industries, from venture capital to healthcare and banking.

Also noteworthy is Rotman’s well-respected Initiative for Women in Business, which offers female students added career development and practical training focused on three key areas: personal performance, leading growth and transition support.

Locations

Toronto

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Smith School of Business at Queen's University

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The Smith School of Business at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, has six areas of focus for prospective students to choose from: Sustainable finance, customer analytics, business venturing, social impact, corporate reporting and professionalism, and business research. More than 3,000 students study to earn their bachelor’s degree, master’s, graduate diploma, or PhD at Smith School each year.

The School’s BComm is one of the hardest in Canada to get into, with an annual average cutoff of around 87 per cent for incoming students — and a job placement rate of 98 per cent. Corporate partnerships with financial industry leaders such as Scotiabank and IBM assist with funding and technological improvements at the school at every level, where many graduates go on to do internships or fill high-paying associate roles immediately after graduation.

Smith prides itself on launching businesses. The school runs the Dare to Dream program, which invests in student businesses and entrepreneurship ideas. Most recently, the company Indie Tech, an AI driven software company founded by a Smith student, won the grand prize.

 

What Students Are Saying

As a wife, mom and business owner, I did not think I would ever have the opportunity to go back to school and complete my MBA. The Smith Executive MBA experience not only made it possible, it has given me much more than a degree. I have come out of the program with a fuller sense of my abilities, learned to be a stronger leader, and gained a depth of understanding in areas that were not as clear before. I am now better able to contribute to my company and industry. The added bonus was the opportunity to work and learn with some of the most talented people across the country.

Rose Bhura, Executive MBA - The National Program

Undergraduate programs

Undergraduate students at Smith School of Business can apply for the bachelor’s of commerce program, a four-year program that emphasizes accounting and digital business technologies in the first two years. Smith prides itself on its job placement rates for all programs, with the career advancement centre helping to get 98 per cent of bachelor of commerce grads employed within six months.

Postgraduate programs

The Smith School’s full-time MBA covers areas such as analytics, corporate strategy, accounting, leadership, and communications, as well as more than two dozen electives. Additional accelerated MBAs are available in cities other than Queen’s home of Kingston, such as Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, and Montreal. The accelerated MBA programs are designed for students who want to build on management techniques, after already getting business practice during their undergraduate studies or through work experience.

The Smith School has a job placement rate of 95 per cent for MBA graduates within just three months of program completion and an average graduate salary of $128,681.

Locations

Kingston, Ontario

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Ivey Business School

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Ivey in London, Ontario, is one of the country’s best providers of real-world business education. Western specializes in case-method learning, essentially a simulation of a real world experience where students must decide what to do. Within several months of graduation, 91 per cent of students typically secure a job in their field, and earn an average salary of $115,000. Roughly 1,300 undergraduate students and 300 postgrads study at Ivey each year.

Western’s Ivey Business School was the first North American business program to offer programs in Hong Kong with the EMBA program at Cheng Yu Tung Management Institute. Ivey Business School Asia offers ICE, AMT, and specialty China consortium programs for students to get an upper hand in international business markets.

What Students Are Saying

I graduated from Ivey's Executive MBA program in 2013 and have held senior management roles for over a decade in Japan, Taiwan, R.O.C., Indonesia, the US and Canada. I benefitted significantly from the EMBA program and would recommend it to any senior leader looking to develop themselves further and expand their career. Two aspects of the program that are often overlooked or undervalued by prospective students are the class structure and Ivey's' international footprint: Ivey uses the case-study method which is the same technique used by Socrates in his classroom. I cannot speak for the HMBA or MBA programs, but I found the application of the case-study method in the EMBA program to take full advantage of the combined experience in the room. The discussions were rich and rewarding and although balancing family / work / study schedules was challenging it was well worth the effort in terms of take-aways. If you want to know more just Google: "Ivey Methodology". While many other business schools in Canada offer graduate business degrees few if any have the global depth and breadth of the Richard Ivey School of Business. Although I graduated from Western University in 2000 - Ivey's home base - I did not consider a post graduate degree from Ivey until much later while on a business trip to Hong Kong. Ivey has a huge presence there and has for 20+ years. The value of having bricks and mortar campuses in Toronto, London (Ontario) and Hong Kong is an uncountable until you venture into the global business world. While attending I was very proud to find our Hong Kong dean keynote speaking at the 2014 Asian Financial Forum. If you plan on working with or for a multinational firm it goes without saying that the more international exposure you get the more valuable you become. Having professors that regularly teach at campuses around the world means a truly global degree.

Ryan McClure, Executive MBA

Undergraduate programs

Ivey offers an honours business administration program, which lasts four years. The program is centered around the Ivey Leadership Essentials, five aspects of business management that the school hopes to instil in each student. Those aspects are leveraging team talent, managing priorities, embracing complexity, taking action, and communicating persuasively.

Postgraduate programs

Western’s business school offers a masters of science in management which builds on previous undergrad business experience, an MBA, accelerated MBA, EMBA, and MBA direct for honours Bachelor of Arts students. Ivey’s PhD program develops student’s talents and research skills while focusing on a teacher training component ideal for those who wish to become business professors.

Locations

London, Ontario

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McGill Desautels Faculty of Management

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Desautels Faculty of Management consistently ranks among the world’s top business programs More than 2,600 students (~2,300 undergrad and ~300 postgrad) study at Desautels. The school boasts an employment rate of 78 per cent after six months, for those seeking employment at the time, with 16 per cent of students opting for further graduate studies. MBA students have an average job placement rate of 85 per cent in that same period, with an average salary of more than $87,000.

Desautels stands out with the highest GMAT score required for admission, with students averaging 670 points on the exam. This leads to some of the best minds from more than 75 countries around the world attending McGill’s business programs every year.

Undergraduate programs

McGill offers a bachelor of commerce program which leaves students with an international worldview and critical thinking skills. Students can choose from one of 12 majors, and 14 concentrations to focus their vision on what aspect of the business world they want to pursue. Students from Quebec are eligible for a three-year program, while applications from the rest of Canada, or coming from abroad, enroll in a four-year program. Areas of study including accounting, information systems, labour management, and sustainability are available to students.

Postgraduate programs

The school’s MBA program is offered in several term lengths for flexibility, and the EMBA program is tailored specifically for those with established skills in managerial positions. McGill has an average GMAT score of 670, one of the highest entries on this list. Desautels’ PhD program in management lets students either pick one or combine several areas of specialization including accounting, marketing, retail management, and organizational behavior.

Locations

Montreal

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Schulich School of Business

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Schulich is one of the most international business schools in Canada, with a satellite campus in Hyderabad, India, as well as offices in China, South Korea, and Russia. About 500 undergraduate students and 400 postgraduate students study at both the Toronto and Hyderabad campuses. Schulich recently developed the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Working Group, which aims to bolster engagement, representation, perspectives, and inclusion of Black and Indigenous staff and students.

International business education is one of York’s strong suits, with campuses on two continents and offices in four countries. This level of access to international networks and information is a key differentiator among Canadian business schools.

Undergraduate programs

Schulich offers  bachelor of business administration, and international bachelors of business administration programs. Specializations in accounting economics, operations management, and family business studies are available for students to choose from after their second year in the program.

Competition to get into Schulich is strong. The School receives thousands of applications per year and suggests high school applicants who have not earned average grades in the high 80s or low 90s demonstrate considerable extracirruclar achievements in their applications.

Postgraduate program

Schulich offers two MBA programs, one standard MBA and one MBA in India. MBAs at Schulich last between 16 and 40 months, since full-time and part-time options are available. The average GMAT score for Schulich students is 660, with a minimum score of 550.

Additional postgraduate programs such as master of accounting, master of business analytics, master of management, master of marketing, master of finance, master of management in artificial intelligence, master of real estate & infrastructure, and master of supply chain management can be completed in eight to 12 months of full-time study, and in as many as 24 months of part-time study.

Locations

Toronto

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UBC Sauder School of Business

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Sauder School of Business in Vancouver is home to more than 4,000 students working towards their degrees. More than 100 programs and certificates for those looking to further both their education and career are offered. Sauder also offers one of the most multicultural MBA programs in North America, with as many as 70 per cent of students coming from outside of Canada. Sauder offers a specific Ch’nook indigenous business education program, which aims to address the needs for sustainable business development among indigenous communities.

Sauder’s Ch’nook indigenous business education program integrated indigenous identities, culture, values, and language into a business education. The program regularly works with Indigenous communities and organizations, and is inclusive of all First Nations, Metis and Inuit.

Undergraduate programs

Sauder offers a bachelor of commerce program that helps students develop their skills and make themselves marketable to employers. UBC routinely reaches the top positions on several business program lists, including our own. The program boasts international exchange opportunities to develop student’s understanding of the international trade and business markets.

Postgraduate programs

Students can apply for one of several masters programs including an MBA, international masters of business administration (IMBA), masters of management, or a joint bachelor and masters of management dual degree program. Sauder’s master of science in business administration program is designed to prepare students for a future PhD program. Students can also apply for a PhD in business administration.

Locations

Vancouver

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University of Alberta

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The Alberta School of Business was the first school in Canada to be accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business in 1968. Today, more than 2,000 undergraduate students and 750 postgraduate students, as well as about 50 PhD students, attend UAlberta’s business school. UAlberta puts a focus on entrepreneurship across each of its programs, not just business. In an effort to promote innovation, UAlberta uses its courses to develop commercial ventures, healthcare and life science labs, clinical trials, and technological innovations.

The University of Alberta is one of a few schools to focus heavily on real estate business ventures. With specific programs, clubs, and partnerships designed to give students the best experience possible, U of A real estate programs rival some of world’s leading post secondary institutions.

Undergraduate programs

UAlberta offers a bachelor of commerce program, which includes 11 majors including  accounting, business economics and law, business studies, and human resource management, to name a few. For more than 100 years, bachelor of commerce students have been heading to Alberta to get one of Canada’s best business educations. First and second year students take preliminary classes to introduce and develop a foundation in business understanding. In the first year, students are thrown into a number of research projects for their marketing and introduction to Canadian business courses.  Students choose one of the 11 available majors in their third year, and complete the degree in their fourth year of study.

Postgraduate programs

Alberta school of business offers five different MBA programs, three of which are tailored for students scheduling needs. Those include full time, fast track, and part time MBA courses. Alberta has a minimum GMAT score of 550, and an average of 630. UAlberta also offers a specific Energy MBA that puts emphasis on developing leaders for the energy and natural resource industries. It also offers a master of accounting program for those hoping to earn CPA designation.

 

Locations

Edmonton

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DeGroote School of Business

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McMaster’s Degroote School of Business in Hamilton, Ontario produces some of the most employable business leaders in the country. Within six months of graduation, 97 per cent of students have found a job in their field. Globally, the school is recognized as a leader in teaching, community, and research in healthcare management and digital technologies.

The Allen H. Gould Training Floor is one of only three simulated trading floors in Canada. Equipped with Reuters stations, Bloomberg terminals, and seven screens displaying real-time stock market data, this is an invaluable tool to business students looking to learn more about trading.

Undergraduate programs

DeGroote School of Business offers a bachelor of commerce degree, the first two years of which put emphasis on the foundations of business. After students begin their third year of classes, they can earn admission to the honours commerce program, or remain in the bachelor program. An internship program with commerce students includes partnerships with major organizations such as Proctor & Gamble, RBC, Microsoft, and Ford, among others.

Postgraduate programs

McMaster’s business schools offers an MBA program, which puts a substantial focus on learning through experiences. DeGroote uses co-ops and internships to give students an opportunity to learn in the real world. DeGroote has an average GMAT score of 600 points.  The school also has an EMBA program on offer with emphasis on managing digital systems and using that information to make decisions. It also uses the Allen H. Gould Training Floor, a pseudo-simulation of financial markets. It is one of only three in Canada.

DeGroote’s health policy PhD program focuses on developing health leaders for several purposes. PhD students at DeGroote work with other health and science students to study and teach. There are roughly 30 students each year.

Locations

Hamilton, Ontario

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HEC Montreal

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Hautes etudes commeerciales de Montreal (literally translated to high commercial studies of Montreal) is a French language institution that focuses on management education and research. Opened in 1907, HEC is recognized as the first established school of management in Canada. Nearly 10,000 undergraduate students an an additional 3,200 postgraduate students study each year at this central Montreal institution.

HEC is one of the oldest business schools in Canada, educating business leaders and since 1907. That experience and pedigree comes with rankings on not only our list, but Financial Times (#7), Forbes (#2), and The Economist (#2).

Undergraduate programs

HEC offers a bachelors of business administration in three language styles. Firstly, it is offered as a French course, with core courses being offered in Quebec’s official language. Secondly as a bilingual program with those courses being offered additionally in English. And lastly as a trilingual course with the third option being spanish. The bachelor’s program lasts three years, with an optional but highly encouraged semester abroad offered as well.

Postgraduate programs

HEC Montreal offers a full time MBA program, with an average GMAT score of 625 and a minimum of 570. A joint EMBA program with McGill University is designed to give students a network of contacts and the decision making abilities needed to thrive in the business world. Students in the EMBA program propose solutions to real world business problems, giving them insight into what the future will hold. More than half a dozen other masters programs are available, as well as a PhD in administration.

Locations

Montreal

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University of Waterloo Conrad School of Entrepreneurship and Business

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As one of Canada’s technological hubs, it only makes sense that the city also has a school of entrepreneurship and business. Since 2002, Conrad has been developing students’ marketable skills and partnering with industry leaders, such as RIM, the makers of Blackberry (also from Waterloo). Around 1,200 students each year come through Conrad School.

The school partners with one of the former biggest companies on Earth. Research in Motion, developer of the Blackberry, was founded in Waterloo. As one of the country’s tech hubs, often referred to as the Silicon Valley of Canada, students looking to make the next great technological innovation can get unprecedented experience with Waterloo.

Undergraduate programs

Waterloo’s business school offers courses to those outside of business programs as well. Business, entrepreneurship, and technology courses, enterprising co-ops, and minors in entrepreneurship are open to all undergrad students at Waterloo. There are three programs available specifically for engineering students as well. Students who are attending for business specifically, such as accounting and finance, can enroll in the entrepreneurial mindset career specialization, which covers customer experience, marketing, design, and leadership.

Postgraduate programs

Conrad does not offer an MBA program, instead opting for other courses focusing heavily on entrepreneurship. The school offers three courses, the master of business, entrepreneurship and technology, the graduate-level business and entrepreneurship, and the graduate diploma in business and entrepreneurship.

Locations

Waterloo, Ontario

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Concordia University John Molson School of Business

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John Molson School of Business at Concordia University in Montreal welcomes more than 10,000 students each year. Roughly 8,800 undergraduate and 1,500 postgraduat students pass through the John Molson school annually. The school advertises EMBA graduates have an employment rate of 100 per cent, while MBA grads have an employment rate of 86 per cent within three months. The John Molson School of business is another member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business on our ranking.

John Molson School of Business boasts an impressive 100 per cent employment rate for EMBAs after three months. Additionally, the school was just granted a $500,000 donation to establish a Centre for Women Entrepreneurship and Leadership.

Undergraduate programs

The John Molson School of Business offers a bachelor’s of commerce degree, with nine specializations available for students to pick from. They include accountancy, economics, human resource management, marketing, and others. There is also a bachelor’s of administration program, which covers core business principles and entrepreneurship ideas.

Postgraduate programs

Concordia’s business school offers a number of postgraduate programs, other than the standard MBAs. CPA courses and graduate diplomas in areas such as administration and investment management are offered. For the aforementioned MBA programs, John Molson requires a minimum GMAT score of 580. The school offers full and part time MBAs, executive MBAs, and a specific MBA in investment management, which lets you work towards a CFA charter while simultaneously earning the MBA.

Locations

Montreal

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University of Calgary Haskayne School of Business

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Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary is recognized for having one of the top MBA programs for environmental and social impact, as well as being one of the top 100 in the world. Nearly 2,500 undergraduate students and 425 postgraduate students attend Haskayne each year. More than 70 per cent of Haskayne students find employment in their chosen field within three months of graduation.

Haskayne’s focus on environmentalism has made it a globally recognized player in the green movement. Specific programs in sustainable energy development, and partners with industry leaders in green power, are building diverse cohorts tackling the future of power.

Undergraduate programs

UCalgary’s business school offers a bachelor of commerce program that provides students with the fundamentals of business understanding. The four year course has the opportunity for international exchange programs across three continents. Haskayne puts an emphasis on experiential opportunities through co-ops, to give students real world experience that will give them insight into how the business world actually operates.

Postgraduate programs

The school offers a number of MBA programs to accommodate schedules. Daytime, evening, and accelerated MBAs are offered at Haskayne. The school requires a minimum GMAT score of 550, with an assumed GPA of 3.0-4.0. EMBAs, combined MBAs, thesis MBAs, and a summer program are also offered. The Haskayne master of management program lasts 10 months, diving into comprehensive coverage of business technologies, finance, and entrepreneurial thinking. Haskayne also offers a doctor of business administration program and a PhD program.

Locations

Calgary

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Simon Fraser University Beedie School of Business

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Simon Fraser’s Beedie School of Business in Vancouver was the first school in Canada to offer an executive MBA program in 1968. The school prides itself on globalization and emerging markets research, as well as substantial focus on the environment and innovation technologies. As one of Canada’s hubs for international trade, entrepreneurship, and technology, the entire Vancouver area is used by the school with three campuses in the city.

Beedie School of Business launched the first ever partnership EMBA program for the Americas in 2011, partnering with Vanderbilt University, Mexico Autonomous Institute of Technology, and the Institute of Management Foundation in Brazil. The program lets second year students travel between the four countries to learn more about each market.

Undergraduate programs

Beedie School of Business offers a bachelor of business administration program that prioritizes problem solving, case learning, and being able to adapt to a changing global market. Students can add further certificates and joint majors to their degree to stand out after graduation as well. Students can use SFU’s career management centre, which works exclusively with BBA students to offer assistance and resources for projects. With access to workshops, company tours, and networking opportunities, the career management centre for BBA students is a significant resource for students to use.

Beedie’s marketing and human resource programs are extremely competitive, but the school has an employment rate of 90 per cent, with two thirds of those graduates joining business, finance, or administration programs.

Postgraduate programs

Simon Fraser’s business school offers full and part time MBAs, as well as a master of technology MBA. Beedie requires a minimum GMAT score of 550. The school’s internationally diverse classroom offers a great understanding of business fundamentals, furthering students’ education on leadership, international business, and sustainability.  Additionally, the school offers EMBAs, and a specific EMBA in Indigenous business leadership, the only MBA program in North America that focuses on addressing indigenous business, economic development, and entrepreneurship.

Locations

Vancouver

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Dalhousie University Rowe School of Business

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Rowe School of Business at Dalhousie University in Halifax focuses on several of the pillars of business education. Accounting, finance, technology, supply chain and decision science, marketing, management, and strategy are all covered in Rowe’s classes.

Dalhousie emphasizes disruption. That may seem like an industry buzzword, but the school expects students to find ways to change the standard and innovate on markets that have been set in their ways for decades.

Undergraduate programs

Rowe has two undergraduate programs that prospective students can choose from, a bachelor of commerce co-op program, and a bachelor of management. The former offers one of only a few mandatory commerce co-ops in the country, completed over three terms at three separate organizations. The latter combines several practices including information management, environmental resource management, and administration. Both allow students to choose from several majors as well.

Postgraduate programs

Dalhousie offers three masters programs. A blended/online MBA, a corporate residency MBA, and a master of science in business. Students at Rowe School of Business have an average GMAT score of 595, with a minimum of 550, though only international students are required to take the test. The master of science in business program is designed to get students prepared for a future PhD program in 16-months.

Locations

Halifax

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Saint Mary’s University Sobey School of Business

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Saint Mary’s Sobey School of Business in Halifax is home to one of the oldest business programs in Canada. After graduation from an MBA program, students have a 93 per cent employment rate, and 35 per ent of those say they saw an increased salary within the same time period. The school has roughly 3,300 students, spread across the undergraduate and postgraduate programs, and roughly half of those are international students from about 80 countries.

Nearly half of the 3,300 students enrolled at Sobey School of Business come from outside of Canada. That level of internationalism gives students from everywhere better understanding of markets from around the world, and an advantage when joining the workforce thanks to student networking.

Undergraduate programs

Saint Mary’s offers a bachelor of commerce program where students can choose from 10 majors. Students enrolled in this program have the opportunity to study in one of 40 countries around the world. The school also has a partnership with Beijing Normal University, Zhuhai. Intended for students from China, this program involves taking classes from Beijing Normal University, and eventually traveling to China to teach classes yourself.

Postgraduate programs

There are eight total postgraduate programs offered at Sobey School of Business. Master of applied economics, master in finance, and master of technology entrepreneurship are joined by MBA programs with their own sets of specializations, of which there are five all together. Saint Mary’s requires students to achieve a minimum GMAT score of 500 to attend.

Locations

Halifax

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Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University

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Ryerson’s Ted Rogers School of Management in downtown Toronto is host to more than 11,000 students, split between undergraduate and postgraduate studies. As of 2018, MBA students had an average employment rate of 90 per cent within six months of graduation. The Ted Rogers school is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, joining a few other mentions on our list as part of the international organization.

Similar to U of T, studying in the largest city and economic centre in the country has its benefits. Access to major corporations in Toronto is an invaluable asset for any business student studying in the Greater Toronto Area.

Undergraduate programs

Ryerson’s business school offers 11 bachelor of commerce specializations for students to choose from, 10 of which are honours programs. They include marketing management, hospitality and tourism management, economics and management science, and entrepreneurship to name a few. Ted Rogers also offers two bachelor of health administration programs in health services management and health information management. The two health programs are joint ventures between Ted Rogers and the faculty of community services.

Postgraduate programs

Ted Rogers offers an MBA program that has produced industry leaders in sports, government, and information technology. The program requires a minimum GMAT score of 550, with an average of about 625. The school features a master of science in management, a thesis based program designed for those looking to break into an academic career in business. Additional programs such as a professional masters diploma in account and a master of health administration are offered. As is a PhD in management program.

Locations

Toronto

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University of Victoria Peter B. Gustavson School of Business

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The Peter B. Gustavson school of Business in Victoria is one of the more recent schools on the list, first opening in 1990. Roughly 800 undergraduate students and 150 postgraduate students are enrolled in bachelors, masters, and PhD programs. As of the 2019-2020 school year, 100 per cent of students enrolled in an MBA program found employment within three months of graduating. That number is 77 per cent of bachelors of commerce and 63 per cent for masters of global business students.

An unparalleled 100 per cent of students enrolled in MBA programs were able to find work within three months after graduating from the University of Victoria. The school regularly ranks on the best MBA program lists, and there are numbers to back it up.

Undergraduate programs

The Gustavson bachelor of commerce program is an intro to the business world, focusing on building a network with small class sizes. Students in other disciplines are able to use the Gustavson school to minor in business as well. First and second year students are given introduction, or “pre-core”, classes in microeconomics, English, math and statistics. Third and fourth year classes get more in depth, with students able to choose between areas like entrepreneurship, international business, and service management.

The school is also responsible for the Gustavson Brand Trust Index, the only study from an academic institution rating customer’s trust in various companies. For those curious, CAA is currently the most trusted brand in Canada according to the annual Index.

Postgraduate programs

The Gustavson MBA program is designed to train students to adapt to a changing business landscape, focusing on sustainable innovation. The program requires a minimum GMAT score of 550. UVic also offers a master of management and a master of global business programs, the former of which is built around travel as students visit three countries. The latter is for business leaders who want to keep their industry sustainable. A PhD program is also offered, with emphasis on international business.

 

Locations

Victoria

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Wilfrid Laurier University Lazaridis School of Business and Economics

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Lazaridis School of Business and Economics is home to the largest business and economics co-op program in the country. The school is made up of more than 6,000 students between undergraduate and postgraduate programs, with 14 specializations to choose from. The school boasts a 98 per cent employment rate for graduates of the bachelor of business administration program, and 100 per cent of bachelor of economics students as well, though no time frame is given for that figure.

Laurier’s Lazaridis School of Business and Economics is home to the largest business and economics co-op program in the country. The access students are granted to corporations, as well as the networking potential from such a large and diverse program, is valuable to those who stay within the industry down the line.

Undergraduate programs

Laurier’s business school offers undergraduate programs in business administration, computer science, financial mathematics, business technology management, economics, accounting, as well as joint or double degrees for several of these programs.

Postgraduate programs

Lazaridis School of Business and Economics requires students to achieve a minimum GMAT score of 550 to be admitted. Students can choose between the Waterloo campus for full time, full time and co-op, or part time evening courses, and the  Toronto campus, for part time alternate weekends, part time accelerated courses, or a joint MBA and master of finance program. Additional postgraduate programs in business economics,  business technology management, accounting, and management are available. As is a PhD in management which focuses on supply chain operations.

Locations

Waterloo, Ontario

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University of Guelph Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics

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The University of Guelph’s Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics is ranked as corporate knights MBA for a better world’s #1 school for MBAs in sustainability. Guelph is known nationally as an environmentally progressive school, focusing on agriculture and farming. The school has more than 3,500 undergraduate students and 330 postgraduates. U of G’s business and commerce program has an employment rate of 91.5 per cent after six months of graduation, and 98 per cent after two years.

Guelph is known for its focus on the environment, and its business programs are no different. Ranked as the number one school in the world for sustainability MBAs, anyone looking for an option to keep their business green should consider the Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics.

Undergraduate programs

The school offers both a bachelor of commerce program and a bachelor of arts in economics program. Minors in areas such as accounting, business data analytics, human resources, project management, and sport and event management are just a few of the options available for U of G students in business undergraduate programs.

Postgraduate programs

Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics does not require students to complete a GMAT exam to attend an MBA program. The school emphasises sustainability in its MBA programs, letting students pick from one of three specializations in sustainable commerce, food and agribusiness management, or hospitality and tourism management. U of G also offers a masters in leadership, which teaches students effective leadership techniques and is designed to help them climb the corporate ladder.

Locations

Guelph, Ontario

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Université Laval Faculty of Business Administration (SFA ULaval)

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Université Laval, just up the river from Montreal has more than 1,900 students working towards masters degrees and 300 working towards PhDs. The school has produced some of the most recognized names in Canada in the last century, including two Prime Ministers, among other world leaders. It should be noted that only some courses are available in English. If you want to attend Laval, you must be able to speak French proficiently.

Laval continued to push students’ education forward during lockdown by inviting virtual guest speakers, welcoming international students, and offering virtual exchange programs for those enrolled.

Undergraduate programs

Laval offers a bachelor of business administration, bachelor of business administration emphasis on accounting, and bachelor of quantitative finance programs. The accounting specific program is designed to assist students who are on their way to earning a chartered professional accountant designation. The quantitative finance program is far more numbers centric than the others, focusing on programming and risk management.

Postgraduate programs

Laval offers a master of science in business administration, master of science in business administration with dissertation, and an MBA program. The school has an average GMAT score of 550 for students that are accepted into masters programs.

Laval also has an EMBA program for executives with more than five years of experience under their belt, and a PhD program in business administration. Laval says the PhD program is to assist in the scientific advancement of management.

Locations

Quebec City

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