Program Description


Delivering Content That Matters to You

The Telfer MBA is your program. We designed the Telfer MBA to give you the skills, knowledge and learning experiences you need to prepare for a meaningful, rewarding career. Our program also offers you the flexibility to pursue specific subjects and courses that matter most to you. Whatever your passions and goals, we are by your side to do whatever we can to help you reach them.

Driven to meet your needs and schedule

You can take our program over one or two years.

  • Intensive (one year): You will follow a rigorous schedule in which classes and scheduled program activities are held mostly during the day on weekdays.
  • Professional (two years): Taking our program over two years enables you to stay on the job. You will attend classes every Tuesday night, all day every other Saturday and occasionally on Sundays.

Content that enables you to deliver results

We have designed and organized our program according to the four essential competencies of high-performing managers in business today: strategize, work with data, work with people and deliver results. The courses that build these competencies are delivered in six distinctive course blocks.

You can customize your course load to reflect your preferred career path. Choose from a variety of elective courses organized by themes, such as finance, entrepreneurship and innovation, management consulting, and business analytics. You are free to choose courses from all four categories or to concentrate on a specific area.

The best possible environment in which to learn

Our program takes a competency-based approach to teaching that puts you in the center of the best possible environment in which to learn. Our professors teach proven concepts about management. Team learning enables you to learn from your peers, many of whom come from countries around the world. Our overall cohort and individual class sizes are small so that our program itself and every course within it provide meaningful opportunities for you to engage thoughtfully with your professors and peers.

Connecting you with accomplished professors conducting world-leading research

Our professors are seasoned teachers and expert researchers. They conduct their research through a variety of research units and strategic research clusters centered on business analytics and performance, finance and accounting, entrepreneurship and innovation, and health transformation.

Through their research, our professors uncover relevant insights into the major challenges facing today’s leaders and managers. These insights enable them to navigate through current problems and to anticipate and devise solutions to tomorrow’s challenges, particularly in strategic areas such as business analytics and performance, and innovation and entrepreneurship.

A dynamic program among the best in the world

We have reached the highest standards of international accreditation awarded to MBA programs by the most demanding global organizations: AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS.

We never sit idle, continuously improving our program. In particular, we regularly update courses and content to reflect the practices of contemporary organizations and the latest developments in international business.

Beyond the core: Focus your learning, obtain certifications that matter

Our program gives you the flexibility to focus on subjects that matter most to you. We have divided your elective courses into four categories. You are free to choose courses from all four (self-selected) or to concentrate on a specific area.


  • Venture Capital and Private Equity
  • Equity Valuation
  • Financial Modelling
  • International Project Finance


  • Project Management 1
  • Project Management 2
  • Case Competition
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Financial modelling


  • Entrepreneurship
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • International Trip
  • Financial modelling
  • Enterprise Social Media Strategies
  • Business and the Law


  • Financial modelling
  • Competitive Intelligence
  • Business Intelligence and Big Data/Analytics
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Enterprise Social Media Strategies

How you learn

Our program takes a competency-based approach to teaching that puts you in the center of the best possible learning environment.

Balance theoretical and practical

Our professors teach well-researched concepts about management that deliver proven results. When you grasp these ideas, you can critically assess current and emerging issues in either public or private organizations and implement strategies to ensure success.

We also use team learning. By collaborating closely with your peers—many with knowledge of business cultures that differ from yours—you gain an even deeper understanding of vital management concepts and practices and how they are applied in organizations today.

Be part of small, engaging classes

Fifty students—that is the maximum number of students in each cohort of our program. We keep our overall cohort and individual class sizes small so that our program itself and every course within it are engaging, providing meaningful opportunities for you to participate thoughtfully with your professors and peers.

A hybrid approach that integrates digital mobile technologies

We take full advantage of the latest digital mobile technologies to supplement and enhance what goes on in our classes. The integration of new technologies in our program gives you greater control over how you learn, and makes our classrooms livelier places to discuss, debate, explore and share ideas and knowledge.


Putting You at the center of Networks That Count

We are uniquely positioned to link with Canadian and international leaders from all management sectors. The close connections we have made with alumni and the business community enable you to learn alongside leaders, executives, and entrepreneurs as brilliant as they are inspiring.

Career center

Our school’s Career Center offers a range of events, services, and resources for the entire student body, including Telfer MBA students.

MBA Consulting Project

The Telfer MBA Consulting Project enables you to finish our program by putting your business skills and knowledge to use by helping an organization solve a vital real-life problem.


An internship is a perfect opportunity to gain business experience, expand your professional network, decide on a rewarding career path and get paid while you earn your graduate degree.

Networking events

We organize a range of events, enabling you to get involved in rewarding competitions and connect with prominent business executives and original thinkers.


Telfer School is the proud home of more than 25,000 alumni. We cultivate strategic relationships with an ever-increasing number of our alumni to connect you with their insights and with the experiences and opportunities of their organizations.

Your classmates

Our MBA program attracts talented individuals from around the world who bring varying educational backgrounds and professional experiences. The exchanges and discussions with your classmates will be an important part of your learning and will enrich your experience.


Experiences You'll Remember

You can learn just as much about management outside of the classroom as you can inside it, if not more. We open the door to a range of experiences that will not only enrich your studies and inform your career path but that you will also remember and cherish for the rest of your life.

Build international friendships that last

Be a member of a community of emerging business leaders made up of men and women from around the world. They include Canadian students from across the country and international students from around the world who represents a range of organizational cultures, commercial enterprises, and professional disciplines.

Learn about business practices in different cultures

Each year, students in the MBA program may elect to spend time at a school in Europe learning from international professors about European business practices.

Join 250 MBAs from across Canada at the MBA Games

Be part of Team Telfer at the MBA Games. The annual competition pits teams made up of MBA students from 25 business schools across Canada against each other in a series of events that challenge their academic acumen, athletic prowess, and team spirit.

MBA case competitions

Take part in one or many case competitions. These challenging events give you a chance to put your skills and knowledge to the test against students from other business schools while gaining valuable feedback from industry leaders who act as judges.

Telfer MBA conferences

Learn from special guests who share their wisdom and fresh insights on practical business matters, such as leadership, entrepreneurship, performance management and business analytics.

Get involved

Join the MBA Student Association. It is a great opportunity to develop lifelong friendships, contribute to the program and student experience, enhance your leadership skills and have fun while doing it.


Admission Criteria

  • A Canadian baccalaureate degree, or equivalent, with a minimum grade of B or 70 percent. All post-secondary studies are considered at the time of admission, with the most recent being considered first.
  • A minimum of three years of full-time managerial or professional work experience. Part‑time and summer jobs and co‑op placements do not count toward this experience but are considered favorably during the file evaluation.
  • A competitive score in the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Last year's average GMAT was 612.
  • English proficiency.

Exceptionally, a limited number of candidates may be considered for admission on the basis of substantial managerial or professional training and experience (at least 10 years), provided there is strong evidence of management responsibilities and career progression, even if such candidates do not hold a university degree or do not meet the minimum academic requirements.

Application Deadline (complete file)

Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis. We strongly advise candidates to apply as early as possible to increase their chances of being considered for a scholarship.

  • International: February 1
  • Canadian and American: May 15

Admission Tests

You must achieve a competitive score in the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

  • GMAT Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT): a minimum overall score of the 50th percentile with a minimum of the 45th percentile in verbal and quantitative. Last year's average score was 612 and the range 570-780.
  • GRE Graduate Record Examinations® (GRE®): a minimum overall score of 310 with at least the 45th percentile in verbal and 40th in quantitative.

N.B. The GMAT or the GRE® is mandatory and this admission requirement will not be waived.

Language Proficiency

Candidates whose mother tongue is neither English nor French are required to provide evidence of proficiency in one of these languages. Candidates applying to the English MBA must submit ONE of the following to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies to confirm their English proficiency (the language test scores cannot be more than two years old as the date of application of potential entry into the MBA program):

  • Proof of completion within the last five years, of a previous degree program in an English language university.
  • Proof of recent prolonged residence and exercise of a profession in an English speaking country (normally at least four years over the last six years).
  • A score of at least 100 (Internet-based) or 250 (computer-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
  • A score of at least 7 in at least three of the four Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) tests (Reading, Listening, Writing, Speaking) and at least 6 in the fourth. The General Training IELTS test is not accepted.
  • A score of at least 14 on the CANTEST, administered by the University of Ottawa, with no individual test score below 4.0, along with a score of 4.5 on the oral component of the test.
  • A score of at least 68 on the Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE Academic).

Last updated Dec 2017

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