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Become the responsible business leader needed to build a better world.  

Design your future by choosing a concentration that challenges your perspective, expands your network, and empowers you to confidently lead change. Connected to decision-makers and a world-class tech hub; rooted in an impact-driven and hands-on philosophy, our customizable MBA empowers you to lead with confidence, empathy, inclusivity, and sustainability.   

Let our Master of “Better” Administration ignite your career-transforming journey. 

It starts with you. 

MBA Stats

 
100%
Employment rate within 9 months
 
$97.5K
Average salary three months after graduation
 
27%
Average salary increase three months after graduation

Why the Telfer MBA?

You deserve a business education tailored to your career objectives. Accelerate your MBA and complete the program in one year (offered in English only) to move onto your next challenge or maximize learning and career development simultaneously with our professional 2-year program (offered in English or French). For the professional MBA in French, if you reside in the National Capital Region, you are required to attend both in-person and online courses. If you live outside of the region, you may attend online distance learning courses at the same time as your on-campus peers.

We will give you the practical experience employers value by having you work alongside some of Canada’s most notable organizations on real management challenges through a capstone project, paid internships*, real-life cases and competitions.

As the largest bilingual English-French university in the world, the University of Ottawa offers both a French and English MBA program. Subject to availability, you can choose to take your elective classes in one or both languages to enhance your proficiency and increase your international opportunities.

In our English professional and intensive MBA, you can customize your degree to gain the specialized skills and expertise that employers want. Select from one of four concentrations that include Digital Transformation & Analytics (DT&A), Finance, Management Consulting, and Sustainable Management. 

Note that concentrations are offered based on availability and sufficient demand. They may not be available to each cohort.

Our French professional MBA allows you to complete your degree with a concentration in Management Consulting.

We have achieved the highest standard of accreditation putting us in the top 1% of business schools in the world, which means you’ll get to work with some of the brightest minds coming from diverse industries and cultures who, like you, have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share.

We are located in the heart of a G7 capital and connected to a world-class tech hub. Our city is surrounded by nature and offers year-round entertainment. Studying in Ottawa gives you the opportunity to find jobs in public and private sectors in various industries. 

Joining Telfer Nation means you are family for life. We will support you in this journey from the day you apply and beyond graduation. We will do this by giving you unlimited access to our dedicated career centre resources, our industry mentors, and our network of over 30,000 alumni who we actively support through our MBA conferences, leadership workshops, and alumni events throughout the world.
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Which Telfer MBA program is right for you?

The business world is constantly evolving and in need of unique leaders. Knowing that everyone has different experiences and goals, we offer you a variety of options to personalize your degree and offer you the skills, knowledge and learning experiences you need to advance your career. 

Intensive MBA (ONE YEAR)

Complete the Telfer MBA in one year so that you can quickly take your career to the next level in this program designed to support high-level coordination and integration.

Units:
45 units over the course of 3 terms
Duration:
12 months (16 or 20 months with optional internship)
Schedule:
Week-day classes
Class Experience:
30 to 50 students per class
Offer:
Classes in English only
Minimum work experience requirement:
3 years
Testing requirement:
GMAT or GRE
+ Expand

Professional MBA - In English (two years)

Adapted to the realities of working professionals, this program structure allows you to directly apply the knowledge acquired in the Telfer MBA to your professional role while maintaining and accelerating your career.

Units:
45 units over the course of 6 terms
Duration:
24 months
Schedule:
Weeknights + week-end classes
Class Experience:
30 to 50 students per class
Offer:
Classes in English only
Minimum work experience requirement:
3 years
Testing requirement:
GMAT or GRE
+ Expand

Professional MBA - In French (two years)

Suited to the realities of francophone working professionals, this program structure allows you to directly apply the knowledge acquired in the Telfer MBA to your professional role while maintaining and accelerating your career. 

Units:
45 units over the course of 6 terms
Duration:
24 months
Schedule:
Weeknights + week-end classes
Class Experience:
15 to 30 students per class
Offer:
Classes in French only
Minimum work experience requirement:
3 years
Testing requirement:
TAGE MAGE or TCT
+ Expand

Executive MBA

Designed specifically for senior and mid-career executives, our EMBA is an experiential learning program that integrates six consulting projects to provide you with a global, practical, and relevant learning experience.

Units:
54 units
Duration:
21 months (17 months of classes with 4 months of Individual Business Consulting Project)
Schedule:
Alternate Friday and Saturday classes (2 days/month off of work)
Class Experience:
30 to 40 students per class
Offer:
Classes in English only
Minimum work experience requirement:
5 years
Testing requirement:
GMAT upon request
+ Expand

Joint JD-MBA option

Earn both the Telfer MBA and uOttawa’s Common Law JD degrees in less than four years in this joint option designed to give you the tools, knowledge and hands-on experience you will need to move seamlessly between business and law.

Units:
132 units / Juris Doctor (JD) (84 units) + Intensive MBA (48 units)
Duration:
3.5 to 4 years
Schedule:
Week-day classes
Class Experience:
30 to 50 students per class
Offer:
Classes in French or English
Minimum work experience requirement:
3 years
Testing requirement:
LSAT + GMAT or GRE if applying to the English program or LSAT + TAGE MAGE or TCT if applying to the French program.
+ Expand

Joint LL.L-MBA option

Offered to French-speaking students, earn both the Telfer MBA and uOttawa’s Licentiate in Law degrees in three years in this joint option designed to give you the tools, knowledge and hands-on experience you will need to move seamlessly between business and law.

Units:
120 units / Licentiate in Law (LL.L) (72 units) + MBA (48 units)
Duration:
3 years
Schedule:
Week-day classes
Class Experience:
30 to 50 students per class
Offer:
Classes in French only
Minimum work experience requirement:
3 years
Testing requirement:
TAGE MAGE or TCT
+ Expand

Graduate Diploma in Leadership and Management

Quickly upgrade your skills with a balanced study schedule that allows you to continue working, while understanding the strategic importance of management and improving organizational performance. This Diploma’s units count towards the Telfer MBA should you choose to pursue that degree.

Units:
15 units
Duration:
1 year (Part-time)
Schedule:
Weeknights + week-end classes
Class Experience:
30 to 50 students per class
Offer:
Classes in English only
Minimum work experience requirement:
3 years
Testing requirement:
GMAT or GRE
+ Expand

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Now that you’ve seen our program options, find out which one is your best match:

The Telfer Advantage

Triple Crown Accreditation

The Telfer School of Management is one of only 2 business schools in Canada and within the top 1% of business schools in the world to have achieved the triple crown of accreditations, the highest standards of international accreditations awarded to MBA programs by the most demanding global organizations:

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you need to take the GMAT, GRE, TAGE MAGE or TCT test to apply to the MBA.

The French MBA requires the completion of the TAGE MAGE or TCT (French admissions tests). We offer two online TCT sessions for candidates who cannot take the TAGE MAGE test.

The English MBA requires the completion of the GMAT or GRE test (English admissions tests). There is no preference if you take the GMAT or the GRE tests for admission to the English MBA.

You will need at least three years of work experience in a full-time position to apply.

This does not include part-time positions, summer jobs, and co-op placements; however, the admissions team will consider this work experience when reviewing your complete application.

Telfer MBA classes begin the week following Labour Day and are dependent on your course selection. You can view your student schedule in your student portal on uOzone.

View uOttawa’s important dates to determine when you MBA classes start.

If you are a Canadian, permanent resident or American applicant, your MBA application deadline is May 15th. If you are an international applicant, your MBA application deadline is March 1st.

The Telfer MBA costs vary depending on program option and student citizenship. View our cost breakdown:

  Canadian student International student
Intensive MBA $28,000 $65,000
Professional MBA $30,000 $68,000
Executive MBA $75,000 $75,000
JD-MBA/LL.L-MBA J.D.or LL.L tuition + $28,000 or $30,000 J.D. or LL.L.tuition + $65,000 or $68,000
GDLM $12,000 $18,000

 

The tuition fees are rounded approximations and also include the ancillary fees. For more information about tuition fees, scholarships and financial aid, visit our financing page.

Students in the J.D. or LL. L. program can apply to either the MBA Intensive or Professional program in their first year of studies. They have a choice of opting for either the Intensive ($28,000) or Professional ($30,000) program, in addition to the tuition fees payable to the uOttawa Faculty of Law. 

The professional MBA program retention rate is 93%. The graduation rate for the professional program is 88%. The intensive MBA program retention rate is 94%. The graduation rate for the intensive program is 92%.

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