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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.

The sooner you submit your application, the closer you are to joining Telfer Nation.

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Admission Criteria

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 on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The average GMAT score last year was 628.

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Candidates whose native language is neither English nor French are required to provide evidence of proficiency in one of these two languages. Candidates must submit one of the following: TOEFL, IELTS, CANTEST, or PTE Academics.

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. 

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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 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 and GRE 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.

Application Process

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 or GRE 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 or GRE, 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.

  • 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 or GRE): To speed up the evaluation process, please upload a copy of your GMAT or GRE report. At your testing centre, request that official GMAT or GRE 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
        Ottawa, ON
        K1N 6N5 Canada
    • 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.

Application Calendar

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


Canadians, permanent residents and Americans application deadline

Fees and Financing

Learn more about the fees accompanied with the MBA program, and opportunities for financial support and scholarships.

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Have any questions? Talk to a recruiter via email, chat, or book an appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you can apply to more than one program; however, to facilitate your application process, we encourage you to reach out to our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to help guide your efforts.

You can submit your application before receiving your GMAT or GRE 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 2) Resume or Curriculum vitae 3) Letter of Intent 4) Admission Test Scores (GMAT or GRE) 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.

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