Congratulations on your decision to embark on your MBA journey.
Here is everything you need to know to get started.
Our MBA applications are evaluated on a rolling basis, in the order in which they are received. Review the list of items that you need to apply, and follow our step-by-step checklist for submitting your online application. You can also book an appointment with a recruitment specialist who will walk you through the process. Once your application is complete, it will be reviewed by our admissions team for the next available academic year.
A minimum of three years of full-time managerial or professional work experience is required. Part-time positions, summer jobs, and co‑op placements do not count toward this experience, but they are considered favourably during your file evaluation. Preference is given to those who have greater work experience, particularly when there is evidence of management responsibilities and a net career progression.
A Canadian baccalaureate degree, or equivalent, with a minimum admission average of B (70%) is required. The admission average is calculated in accordance with the Graduate Studies guidelines (the last 60 units for Canadian and American transcripts, or the last 20 courses for foreign transcripts). All post-secondary studies are considered at the time of admission, with the most recent studies considered first.
*Exceptionally, a limited number of candidates may be considered for admission on the basis of substantial managerial or professional training, and at least 10 years of work experience. This experience indicates strong evidence of management responsibilities and career progression, even if such candidates do not hold a Canadian bachelor’s degree or its equivalent, or if the candidate does not meet the minimum academic requirements.
You must achieve a competitive score in the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) to apply to one of our programs in English, or in the TAGE MAGE to apply to one of our programs in French.
Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT): a minimum overall score of the 50th percentile with a minimum of the 45th percentile in verbal and quantitative.
Graduate Record Examinations® (GRE®): a minimum overall score of 310 with at least the 45th percentile in verbal and 40th in quantitative.
French speaking students who are applying to the MBA in French have to take the TAGE MAGE Test instead of the GMAT or GRE.
The results are an essential part of the candidate's file. A competitive and above-average result is a positive element in the analysis of the application file. The medians for the overall and TAGE-MAGE sub-test results are:
Final score: 257/600 points
Part I - Problem Solving: 23/60
Part II - Verbal skills: 26/60
Part III - Logical Reasoning: 27/60
- A TAGE MAGE test can only be taken once between January 1 and June 30, as well as between July 1 and December 31. A candidate may take the test twice in a calendar year. A fee will apply for each test.
- A score on the TAGE MAGE test is valid for 2 calendar years.
- For more details about the TAGE MAGE
If you have not already registered for one of these tests, we are pleased to announce that a TAGE MAGE test will be available in person (on campus) on the following date:
Ontario is currently under a stay-at-home order until May 20. As a result, we postponed the next test date originally scheduled for May 12. We are exploring alternative test dates and will provide more information as soon as it becomes available.
Due to the distancing requirements, the number of registrations is currently limited to 10 candidates for each session.
The TAGE MAGE is two hours long and consists of six sections. The fee for the test is $180 (taxes included).
As soon as we receive your application, we will send you the link to register.
The TAGE MAGE test is only offered to candidates applying for one of our programs. Sessions are also offered by HEC Montréal and FNEGE.
N.B. In case of cancellation, no refund will be offered.
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 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).
Applicants may be contacted for an interview with one of the admissions members. The interview explores the student’s background in a team-based working environment, their objectives for following an MBA, and their ability to communicate effectively.
How to Prepare a Strong Application
Build your resume
Make sure to update your resume with your latest work experience, volunteer activities, education, certifications, honours and other key details in a 1-2 page document. This will provide the Telfer admissions team with a strong overview of your professional background, and can set you apart from other applicants.
Write your letter of intent
Think about why you want to complete an MBA in order to list your motivations and professional goals in your letter. Make sure to include a description about what makes you unique in a professional environment, and what you would like to accomplish upon completion of the program.
Prepare to write your graduate admissions test
Make sure to study for your GMAT or GRE (for a program in English) or TAGE MAGE (for a program in French) admissions test in advance, obtain any resources (Kaplan, Princeton Review, etc.) that can help you prepare for the exam like books or practice tests. You can also register for tutoring services or preparatory courses that expose you to the types of questions you will see on the exam.
Register for and take your GMAT, GRE (for a program in English) or TAGE MAGE (for a program in French) test
Make sure you register for your test date well in advance. Choose a convenient testing location that is located near you. Get a good amount of rest the night before, eat an energizing meal, and stay hydrated going into your test. Good luck with your test!
Complete language proficiency tests
If you do not already natively speak French or English, you will need to write a language test to show your level of proficiency in one of these languages. Find out more about the kind of test you need to write and choose from one of the standardized test options available [+].
Reach out to referees
Think of at least two professional contacts who you have worked with, who have a good idea of your professional background. Make sure you have had a conversation with them about being a referee for your application, and let them know they should expect to hear from the Telfer admissions team.
This guide will lead you through the steps of the online application process:
Specify which program(s) you are applying to at the University of Ottawa. If your program of interest is research-based, you also will need to identify your thesis topic and supervisor.
- You will be asked to share your contact information, academic background, test scores (if applicable for your program), and professional background.
- If you have not taken the GMAT, GRE (for a program in English) or TAGE MAGE (for a program in French) tests yet, you can proceed to the next steps, however, make sure to book an appointment with our graduate office before the application deadline to ensure your application will be complete.
- Upon completing your GMAT, GRE or TAGE MAGE, your test scores will be sent to the Telfer School of Management by your testing centre and added to your application file.
Make sure the information you have entered is correct, and that your personal documents have successfully uploaded into the portal.
Ensure that you click on the “Submit” button to make sure your application has been successfully submitted to OUAC.
In order for your application to be submitted fully, you will need to pay the non-refundable fee of $110 CAD.
You will receive an email from the University of Ottawa within ten days following your online submission. This email will contain your student number, uoAccessID, and password to access the uoZone student portal. If you did not receive this email, make sure to check your OUAC account to ensure that your application was successfully submitted.
Once you have received your uOttawa log-in credentials, sign in to the student portal where you will be able to submit the required documents to complete your application.
Get ready in advance, you will be required to upload the following documents within your uoZone portal once you have submitted your online application through OUAC.
- Curriculum vitae (resume): Outline your managerial and professional experience, as well as any pertinent volunteer work.
- Letter of Intent: State your reasons for pursuing a graduate program, as well as your contribution to the program given your background and experience. The letter should be at least 500 words.
- Admission test scores (GMAT, GRE or TAGE MAGE): To speed up the evaluation process, please upload a copy of your GMAT, GRE or TAGE MAGE report. At your testing centre, request that official GMAT, GRE or TAGE MAGE test results be available electronically to the Telfer Graduate Office.
- GRE institutional code is 0993
- The GMAT department code is 4BZ-76-75 (MBA)
- Transcripts: Please upload one transcript from each post-secondary institution that you attended. Transcripts from the University of Ottawa will be requested by our office.
- Transcripts from non-Canadian and non-American institutions should include the grading scale (often found at the bottom or the back of the transcript. If not, you need to obtain it from your school).
- If the transcript is not in English or French, a certified translation must be submitted.
- Note: Official and recent transcripts will be required in the event of an admission offer.
- Please have them delivered to the following address:
Telfer School of Management
55 Laurier Avenue East, Room 4160
K1N 6N5 Canada
- Please have them delivered to the following address:
- In the event of an admission offer, candidates who completed their studies in China 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 our institution.
- Official language proficiency test scores: Test scores from one of the following tests need to be submitted if applicable: TOEFL, IELTS, CanTEST, other. To be valid, the test score must be less than two years old at the time of application. To speed up the evaluation process, please upload a copy of your language test report. Ask an officer from ETS (TOEFL) or IELTS to make the results available electronically to the Telfer Graduate Office.
- TOEFL institutional code is 0993.
Add at least two referees’ contact information in uoZone. Your referees will receive an email from the University of Ottawa with a link to a recommendation form that can be submitted virtually.
Once you have completed these 10 steps, you will have officially applied to the Telfer School of Management! An admissions decision will be communicated with you via uoZone.
We strongly advise candidates to apply as early as possible to increase their chances of being considered for a scholarship. Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis.
International application deadline
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Fees and Financing
Learn more about the fees accompanied with the MBA program, and opportunities for financial support and scholarships.
Frequently Asked Questions
You can submit your application before receiving your GMAT, GRE or TAGE MAGE scores. However, you must add all the elements of your application to uoDoc, including your testing scores, for your application to be reviewed.
*Exceptional permissions may be granted, please contact the graduate office to inquire further.
You need to submit the following documents in order to apply to our MBA program. 1) Completed Application: Complete the OUAC application form online at uOttawa.ca/graduate-studies/programs-admission/apply 2) Resume or Curriculum vitae 3) Letter of Intent 4) Admission Test Scores (GMAT, GRE or TAGE MAGE) 5) Post-Secondary Transcripts 6) Official language proficiency test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, CanTEST, etc.) if applicable 7) Contact Information for two referees
Occasionally, mature applicants are admitted without having completed an undergraduate degree. Those admitted usually have at least 10 years of work experience in a senior management position, a superior GMAT score, and very strong letters of recommendation. Furthermore, many already have professional designations. Each case is considered on an individual basis.