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Congratulations on Your Decision to Embark on Your EMHA Journey.
Here is everything you need to know to get started. 

Review the list of items you need to apply and follow our step-by-step checklist. You can also book an appointment with our recruitment specialist to walk you through the application process. 

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Admission criteria

You must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited Canadian school or its equivalent with a minimum average of 70% (B), calculated in accordance with University of Ottawa regulations. 

If you don’t meet the minimum academic requirements, you may still be considered if you’ve had substantial managerial responsibilities and at least 10 years’ work experience. You must show strong evidence of management responsibilities and career progression. 

You must have a minimum of five years of full-time managerial work experience in healthcare. Preference is given to applicants with significant work experience in the healthcare sector, particularly when they show evidence of management responsibilities and career progression

You must achieve a minimum of 75% in the required Harvard Modules as indicated below:  

N.B. Please note that the EMHA courses are only offered in English. 

If you’re admitted, you must read, understand, comment and build on the latest management-related scholarly literature. This literature is overwhelmingly in English, especially in the program’s particular concentration areas. So, although all students can write their course deliverables in either English or French, you must be able to understand, speak and write in English.

If your first language isn’t English, you must submit one of the following to confirm your English proficiency (test scores can’t be more than two years old as of September 1 of the year of you plan to enter the program): 

  • Proof of completion within the last five years of a degree program in an English-language university 
  • Proof of recent prolonged residence and exercise of a profession in an English-speaking country (normally for at least four of the last six years)  
  • A score of at least 100 (Internet-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. We don’t accept the General Training IELTS test.  
  • A score of at least 68 on the Pearson Test of English (Academic) — PTE Academic 

Application process

Complete the OUAC online application form. Your application is transmitted once you pay the application fee. You’ll receive your uoAccess ID and password by email in three to five days. They’ll allow you to log into the uoZone student portal. 

Prepare the following documents for upload to your uoZone account:  

  • Curriculum vitae (resumé): Outline your managerial and professional experience, as well as any relevant volunteer work. 
  • Admission test scores: Copies of your successful completion certificates for Harvard Modules. 
  • Transcripts: Upload copies of all unofficial transcripts for each postsecondary institution you’ve attended.  
    • Transcripts from institutions not in Canada or the U.S. should include the grading scale (often found at the bottom or on the back of the transcript). If not, you must get it from your school.  
    • The Telfer Graduate Programs Office will request any transcripts from the University of Ottawa.  
    • If your transcript is in a language other than English or French, you must submit a certified translation.  
    • If you receive an admission offer, you must provide official transcripts.  
    • If you’ve completed your studies in China and receive an admission offer, you must submit official translations (transcripts and diplomas) certified by the China Higher Education Student Information and Career Center (CHESICC). They must be sent directly to the University of Ottawa.
    • Send official transcripts to the following address:
      Telfer School of Management
      55 Laurier Ave East, Room 4160 
      Ottawa ON  K1N 6N5 
  • Official language proficiency test scores: Submit test scores from one of the following tests, if applicable: TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academics.
    To be considered valid, your test score must be less than two years old at the time you apply. Speed up the evaluation process by uploading a copy of your language test report. Request that your test results be sent to the Telfer Graduate Programs Office.
  • Recommendation letters: Enter the contact information of at least two referees, including your current immediate supervisor, in uoZone. These referees will receive an e-mail from the University of Ottawa with a link to a referral form for electronic submission.
  • Letter of intent : Clearly articulate your reasons for pursuing our graduate program, as well as your potential contribution to the program given your background and experience. The letter should be at least 500 words.

When you’ve completed all sections of the online application, you can submit your application. If you forget to fill in mandatory sections, you will be re-directed to the error/warning section. Review these notifications. You can then submit your complete application.  

To submit your application to the Telfer School of Management, you must pay the non-refundable fee. Application fees can’t be waived. 

You’ll receive an email from the University of Ottawa within 10 days following your online submission. It will contain your student number, uoAccess ID and password to access the uoZone student portal. If you don’t receive this email, check your OUAC account to ensure that your application has been successfully submitted.  

Once you’ve received your uOttawa login credentials, sign into the uoZone student portal, where you’ll be able to submit the required documents to complete your application.  

Once you’re logged in, go to the Applications section to access the uoDoc: Upload Admissions Documents application and upload your documents.  


  • The selection committee won’t consider applications without all the required documents.  
  • We don’t accept paper documents. If you submit paper versions of any documents during the admission process, they’ll be shredded. Documents received other than those required are disregarded and deleted.  
  • Any document not written in English or French must be accompanied by an official translation in English or French.  
  • If you’re having problems uploading your electronic documents, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   

Once you’ve completed these steps, you’ve officially applied to the Telfer School of Management! We’ll share our admission decision with you via uoZone. 

Application deadline

Deadline to submit a complete application file:  



Learn more about EMHA program fees and the opportunities for financial support and scholarships. 

Understand fees and financing options

Have any questions?

Book a one-on-one appointment with a recruitment specialist, if you have questions or need support with the application process. 

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