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Admission Criteria

Note bene:  Please note that the Master of Science in Management courses are only offered in English.

  • A four-year bachelor's (honours) degree in management (BCom), health sciences, life sciences, medicine, nursing, computer science, economics, social sciences, engineering, mathematics or a related field, or its equivalent.  Non- business applicants must have a foundation in management (equivalent to a minor in business) and may be asked to complete prerequisite courses as a condition of admission;
  • Minimum admission average of B+ (75%) calculated in accordance with the Graduate Studies guidelines;
  • Achieve a competitive score in the admission test (GMAT or GRE);
  • English proficiency;
  • An interview with admission committee may be required.

Application Deadline

International: January 15
Canada: March 1. Late applications may be considered. Please consult the Telfer Graduate Office for more information by phone 613-562-5884 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

International candidates should consult the Canadian Embassy in their country about the expected delays in obtaining the necessary student authorization in the event of an admission offer, and plan accordingly.

Any document not written in English or French must be accompanied by an official translation in English or French.

Note: The selection committee will not consider applications without all the required documents. Students admitted to the program are required to enrol full-time for at least three sessions.

Find a thesis supervisor before you apply

Finding a thesis supervisor before you apply to the MSc in Management program will give you a much greater advantage of gaining entry into the program if you meet all the admission requirements. By having a thesis supervisor and some idea of the topic you would like to pursue before you apply, you show the admissions committee that you are ready to start your research journey.

How to find a thesis supervisor

Telfer MSc Program Checklist

In order for your admission file to be reviewed by the Telfer School of Management Admissions Committee the following tasks must be completed:

  1. Complete the OUAC application form online at uOttawa.ca/graduate-studies/programs-admission/apply. Your application will be transmitted once you have paid the $100 fee. You will receive by email your uoAccess ID and password within 3 to 5 days. This ID and password will allow you to log in to the uoZone student portal uoZone.
  2. Upload via student portal, under the tab Applications, then uoDoc the following electronic documents:
    • Curriculum vitae (resume): Detail research or academic experience relating to your area of research interest and any pertinent volunteer work.
    • Statement of research interest(s): Clearly specifying what research topic you are interested in, why you are interested in this topic, and how it is related to your career goals and/or past experience. Your statement should be 500 to 1000 words. Identify at least one professor whose research interests correspond to yours. Include this information in your statement of intent. 
    • Admission test scores (GMAT or GRE). To speed up the evaluation process, please upload a copy of your GMAT or GRE report. 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-76-44 (MSc in Management)
    • Transcripts: transcript from each university level institution you attended.
      • 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
        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 bottom or 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.
      • N.B. 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
    • Official language proficiency test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, CanTEST, etc.) if applicable.  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. Request that official from ETS (TOEFL) or IELTS to make the results be available electronically to the Telfer Graduate Office.
      • TOEFL institutional code is 0993 and department code is 02.
  3. Add your two referees’ contact information in the Admission Portal checklist (uoZone). Your referees will receive an email from the University of Ottawa with a link to a recommendation form to be submitted virtually. The referees should be an academic contact with knowledge of your research abilities.  

Note

  • The selection committee will not consider applications without all required documents.
  • The University of Ottawa does not accept paper documents. If you submit paper versions of any documents at the time of the admission process, they will be shredded. Any documents received other than those required will be disregarded and deleted.
  • Any document not written in English or French must be accompanied by an official translation in English or French.
  • If you having problems uploading your electronic documents, please contact the Telfer Graduate Office by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Deadline date to submit a complete application file
January 15th 
- International students 
March 1st  - Canadian and permanent residents. Late applications may be considered. Please consult the Telfer Graduate Office for more information by phone 613-562-5884 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Admission Tests

GMAT & GRE

The MSc in Management offered in English requires one of the two following Admission Tests:

 

GMAT & GRE Tools (© Copyright Kaplan, Inc.)

N.B. The GMAT or the GRE is mandatory and will not be waived.

Language Requirements

Candidates whose first language is neither English nor French are required, must submit ONE of the following to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies to confirm their English proficiency (the test scores cannot be more than two years old as of September 1 of the year of potential entry into the 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)

With respect to test scores, they cannot be more than two years old as of September 1 of the year of potential entry into the MSc.

Candidates whose mother tongue is not French and who intend to study in French are advised to consult the French language description of the program for information on what proofs are accepted.

Considering the significant amount of research that is published in English, all candidates need the ability to read and understand written English. Candidates must include in their application evidence of having this knowledge.

Recognition of Courses

Exemptions, Retained Units and Advanced Standing

Students who have successfully completed compulsory units or their equivalents prior to admission will be granted an exemption, that is, they will be permitted to replace those units with elective units in the program on the advice of their supervisor, provided the units were completed with a grade of B or better no more than five years prior to admission to the MSc.

The maximum number of units for which an exemption can be granted is six. The general regulations of the FGPS, section B 2.6, apply for transfer of units.

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