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MBA in Canada: How to apply, fees & requirements

With proper research you can narrow your choices for earning an MBA in Canada
October 19, 2022
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Learn more about pursuing an MBA in Canada and find out if it's the right decision for you.

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Are you ready to pursue your MBA in Canada and not sure where to begin? Don’t let the process overwhelm you. Take a deep breath and relax. 

With the proper research you can narrow your choices and apply to MBA programs in Canada.

There isn’t one right choice to make. Many universities in Canada could potentially be a good fit for you. It comes down to your personal preferences and what you want from it. 

Canada is welcoming to international students

In 2019 there were 642,480 international students studying in Canada. Canada is seen as one of the most welcoming countries to foreign students. Take time to learn about visa requirements and the process.  

Students not only choose to study in Canada for the top-notch education they’ll receive, but also for their experience while in Canada. In fact, U.S. News and World Report rated Canada as the #1 country in the world for quality of life. 

Canada is known for its friendly citizens, great infrastructure, beautiful scenery and parks, low crime, and excellent health care.    

With so many international students in Canada, you are sure to meet other students in a similar situation. Remember, no matter where your classmates come from, you are all going through the experience together and sure to become good friends.   

What are your goals?

Think about what you are looking for in a school. For example, do you prefer a campus with a large student population or are you more comfortable in a smaller setting?
Universities are spread across Canada. While there are several schools in Toronto and the greater Toronto area, other schools are in smaller communities, each with their own unique attributes.    

What is campus life like? To get a feel for this, check out the university’s social media profiles. Also, look for profiles of students who attend the school. You’ll find Instagram or YouTube accounts of students like you. Learn from them, and don’t be afraid to connect. They’ll be happy to share their experiences and help you get a better understanding of life as a student there. 

Applying for an MBA in Canada

What is the admissions process like? There are some standard requirements for international students that you will need to meet in order to apply for an MBA program, but be sure to check with your school on their exact requirements. 

International students will generally need:

  • A 4-year undergraduate degree
  • GMAT score
  • English language proficiency
  • Previous work experience

In some cases, you won’t need to provide a GMAT score or show prior work experience, but check with your school to verify their requirements.
In many cases you will also need a credential assessment, which converts your academic achievements to a Canadian equivalency. Check with your school to see if they require a credential assessment and find out which report is needed. 

ECE® reports for Canada are processed in an average of five business days – the fastest turnaround in Canada. Once the report is complete, we send it to the school so they can continue the application process. Learn more about ECE® reports for Canada.      

Costs and Scholarships

Check out the list of MBA programs in Canada to start your research and to find out the tuition costs and what scholarships are available.   

Staying in Canada after graduation

Does the MBA program have a track record of graduating students who easily find jobs? Will you plan to remain in Canada after graduation? If so, you’ll find that the environment is friendly to immigrants graduating who plan to stay in Canada to work

Canada is waiting for you

When you’ve found programs that match your qualifications and campus life that appeals, and you understand the requirements as an international student, take time to apply to those schools. Don’t forget to include your credential assessment.  

The decision to select schools that are a good fit for you will take time, but enjoy the process. You will soon be studying for your MBA in Canada.     

Best of luck in your MBA program!