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Pursuing your Executive MBA in Canada

Whether you’re looking to study in the heart of Canada’s capital or join us virtually from anywhere in the world, our Executive MBA program offers you the flexibility to pursue the next stage of career growth at one of Canada’s top-accredited institutions.

Degrees awarded by the University of Ottawa are recognized around the world and our graduates enjoy successful and prosperous careers. The curriculum and relationships you build with your fellow candidates and other Telfer Executive MBA alumni will provide you with invaluable perspectives and experience that will transform your career and personal growth.

Study permit

As an international student, you will require a study permit in Canada if:

  • You attend any classes in person in Ottawa.
  • You attend any classes online while visiting Canada for any reason.

Language requirements

The Telfer Executive MBA is offered in English, and you must be proficient in written and spoken English to join the program. You must submit ONE of the following University of Ottawa approved-language proficiency tests to confirm your English proficiency: TOEFL or Academic IELTS.

International trips

Your full cohort convenes in person during your two mandatory international trips. You must participate in these immersive program components, regardless of whether you are completing the rest of the program remotely.

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Working in Canada

You may be considering options to kick-start your career in Canada or find work to pay your tuition fees. Our program’s alumni network exposes you to exceptional opportunities to work while you study.

Requirements to work in Canada

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) outlines the requirements you need to meet to work in Canada while you study as an international student:

Living in Ottawa

The Centre for Executive Leadership is located in the heart of Canada’s capital, just blocks from Parliament Hill. Our facility is in the business section of downtown, with the following within walking distance:

  • University of Ottawa campus
  • Byward Market (the city’s premiere shopping, cultural and entertainment district)
  • Rideau Canal
  • Canadian Museum of History and Canadian Museum of Nature
  • National Arts Centre

Learn more about living in Ottawa

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Resources for International Students

See our resources for international students, including information to help you plan your trip to Ottawa. Learn how to navigate your journey to our city and the first few weeks following your arrival, including what you should bring, what to wear in Ottawa, where you can stay and how you can get around town.

Tapojit Deb

Five years ago, while moving from Singapore to Ottawa to pursue my EMBA, my goal was to have a career shift from technology consulting to strategy and management consulting. Graduating from the Telfer Executive MBA with its practical strategic learning experience with six different client organizations, was an amazing opportunity and positioned me for what I aspired to achieve. It also positioned me in an organization as one of their consulting leaders. Today, I can call Canada my 'home'.

— Tapojit Deb, EMBA 2020
Associate Director, Cognizant 

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