The Complete guide to MBAs

Part–time or full–time? Online or in person? Internship in Regina or trade mission in Brazil? Canada's MBA programs offer more choice than ever. Our guide shows you where each school shines

University of Alberta

Alberta School of Business, Edmonton

Tuition: $47,000

Length: 16 mos.

EMBA: $58,000, 20 mos.

Strengths: Innovative Specialties, Diversity, Local Connections, Social opportunities

The University of Alberta MBA makes excellent use of its location at the centre of Canada’s oil industry. A course called Energy Industries and Markets teaches students to negotiate the technological, environmental and governmental aspects of the industry with lessons from industry leaders and trips to the field.

But the University of Alberta has more to offer than proximity to the oilpatch. Other innovative programs include Public Policy and Leisure, and Sports Management.

Most programs require 16 months of study, but a Fast Track MBA for people with a foundation in business takes only 10 months. There is also a focus on team building, including a white–water rafting trip during orientation, and a strong social scene at the campus bar, Hudson’s.

Alberta also offers a joint EMBA program with the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business, which includes an international study trip.

University of Athabasca EMBA

Centre for Innovative Management, St. Albert

Tuition: $43,740

Length: 28 mos.

Strengths: Part–time Options, International Connections

Most of the coursework in the Athabasca University EMBA is done online, but students are required to do one week in residence either in Canada or abroad. Currently, there are residencies offered in Singapore, Germany and Brazil, with site–specific focuses for each. For example, students who choose Singapore will take the course Doing Business in Asia Pacific. Students who choose Washington, D.C., will focus on Global Strategy and NAFTA. The Risk Taking and Leadership course requires a week in California’s Silicon Valley.

The online nature of the program means the university has a widespread alumni network. This year, the school launched an online community so that alumni and students can network.

University of British Columbia

Sauder School of Business, Vancouver

Tuition: $40,541–$42,541

Length: 16 mos.

EMBA: $65,000, 18 mos.

Strengths: Local Connections, Diversity, Top Facilities, Social Opportunities

The Sauder School of Business MBA includes a core–curriculum session where full–time students spend the first semester studying all of the critical areas of business.

The school is focused on fostering relationships between future leaders. In the fall of 2009, UBC opened its swanky new 81–room MBA House residence. Those who don’t live on campus can still meet their future colleagues and competitors at MBA House’s on–site library and café. The school organizes several events to facilitate contact between students and alumni, including a speaker series called Business Now, plus annual hockey and golf tournaments.

Sauder’s EMBA program includes courses in executive coaching as well as a popular leadership course that incorporates everything from case studies to yoga.

Brock University

Faculty of Business, St. Catharines, Ont.

Tuition: $10,600–$20,500

Length: 8–16 mos.

Strengths: Innovative Specialties, Local Connections, Co–op/Internship Opportunities

Brock’s MBA program promotes partnerships rather than competition. Students with a business background can be exempted from the first year of the program.

The course allows students ultimate flexibility about what and how they want to learn. One popular option at Brock is the Independent Study course, which allows students to take on a research project in an area of their own choosing. The program is also home to the Corporate Social Responsibility Institute, where students gain experience in a growing field by offering non–profit organizations free business advice.

University of Calgary

Haskayne School of Business

Tuition: $27,420

Length: 16 mos.

EMBA: $58,000, 20 mos.

Strengths: Good Career Centre, Local Connections, International Connections

The Haskayne School of Business takes advantage of the local pool of business talent by offering a speaker series and mentorship programs. Those include leaders in the energy industry, some of who teach in the school’s Global Energy EMBA.

The school’s new campus in the heart of the downtown financial district will thrust students into a thriving commercial centre, which includes a strong contingent of companies with global reach. Haskayne students can take advantage of that global reach with international study. The school offers an impressive 29 exchange programs to choose from.

The school recently renewed its focus on leadership with a special capstone course and wilderness retreats to the Rocky Mountains, where students practise aboriginal survival methods.

The MBA also has a unique consulting program that allows students to make extra money while at school.

Calgary offers a joint EMBA program with the University of Alberta, which includes an international study trip.

Cape Breton University

Shannon School of Business, Sydney, N.S.

Tuition: $18,161–$19,183

Length: 12 mos.

Strengths: Part–time Options, International Connections

The Shannon School of Business is a school with ever–expanding options. Students can earn an MBA as a full–time student, as part of a 26–month program that requires a July residency, or as part of a weekend program that takes place in five cities in Canada. If that’s not enough choice, the university also offers four courses in development: strategic leadership, First Nations, peace–building, and international business, with courses on government, business and sustainability marketing coming in 2011. Forty–two per cent of the students are international, and the Shannon School partially funds six students’ trips to partner universities in the U.S. or Mexico. For those seeking inspiration on campus, the Shannon Speaker Series offers speeches by well–known Canadians such as Gwynne Dyer and Harry Rosen.

Carleton University

Sprott School of Business, Ottawa

Tuition: $13,012

Length: 12–16 mos.

Strengths: International Connections, Part–time Options, Diversity

Sprott is a school that’s increasingly looking abroad. In addition to traditional specializations like financial management, Sprott now allows students to choose the International Development Management program, which combines leadership skills with a deep understanding of international development. The school is well located to offer this program: the Canadian International Development Agency is headquarted nearby.

The program is offered in a full–time format for the aspiring professional without work experience, and a part–time evening stream for managers who are already in the workforce. Sprott also offers MBA programs in China and Iran.

Unlike many schools, Sprott allows students the opportunity to earn a minor, with concentration areas like Financial Management and Technology Management.

Concordia University

John Molson School of Business, Montreal

Tuition: $8,267–$15,107

Length: 12–16 months

EMBA: 15 mos. $68,000

Strengths: Co–op/Internship Opportunities, Top Facilities

The JMSB offers students plenty of options, including an MBA co–op, an exchange program, an accelerated MBA program and even a joint MBA/CFA degree. Housed in the state–of–the–art LEED–certified, 17–floor JMSB building, the new David O’Brien Centre for Sustainable Enterprise focuses on providing comprehensive sustainable strategies for business and development organizations. Continually refining its curriculum, JMSB has added eight new courses in the past year alone, including a summer finance course based in New York and the timely Global Climate Change: Business Opportunities and Threats course.

Concordia recently revised its EMBA curriculum to place more emphasis on responsible management. The 15–month intensive program holds class once a week and includes a 10–day trip abroad. With a median age of 35, the student body of the EMBA is one of the youngest in the country.

Dalhousie University

Dalhousie Corporate Residency, Halifax

Tuition: $38,416–$39,438

Length: 22 mos.

Strengths: Local connections, Co–op/Internship opportunities, Part–time options

Dalhousie has refocused its business school on experiential learning with its Corporate Residency program. They have expanded their internship program to eight months so students can have a deeper level of involvement in an organization.

The school conferred with a board of Nova Scotia business leaders two years ago to identify weaknesses in graduating MBA students. The result was the 22–month Personal and Professional Effectiveness program, in which students focus on the interpersonal skills they need to develop to become good leaders. Students looking for a global view can take the Management Without Borders course that brings together graduate management students from four schools to discuss issues affecting the international business community.

Dalhousie also offers a three–year online MBA in Financial Services, which targets industry professionals who work full time.

University of Guelph

College of Management and Economics, Guelph, Ont.

Tuition: $39,995

Length: 24 mos.

Strengths: Innovative Specialties, Part–time Options, Local Connections

The University of Guelph’s online MBA exploits the school’s strengths in agriculture and hospitality. In 2009, the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management celebrated 40 years of business, and the Ontario Agriculture College dates back to 1874. Upon admission, participants choose to concentrate on one of two fields: Food and Agribusiness Management, or Hospitality and Tourism Management. After that, students can grow their skills from anywhere as they complete classes online. That said, students must be prepared to travel for three residency courses that take place on the Guelph campus, which is located about 90 minutes by car from downtown Toronto. Case studies are widely used, and a major research project is optional.

HEC Montréal

Tuition: $6,800–$13,600

Length: 12 mos.

EMBA: 15 mos., $72,000

Strengths: International Connections, Top Facilities, Local Connections

For a small university, HEC continues to punch above its weight. It is the only francophone business school in Canada to have made it into the Financial Times Top 100 global rankings. It offers a full–time program in both English and French, and a part–time evenings–only option for French speakers. With 600 seats and hundreds of thousands of databases, books and periodicals, the school also has the largest bilingual business library in the country.

New this year, students have the option to earn an MBA with a specialization in Financial Services and Insurance.

Its partnership with business schools in Belgium and Switzerland extends networking opportunities to Europe.

HEC and McGill have a joint EMBA program that is modelled around the “five mindsets of a manager.” The program offers lunch and learn sessions where top executives share insights and answer questions.

Laurentian University

School of Commerce and Administration, Sudbury, Ont.

Tuition: $9,204

Length: 12 mos.

Strengths: Part–Time Options, Innovative Specialties

Situated in Sudbury, Ont., the largest city in Ontario’s resource–laden north, Laurentian caters mainly to local professionals. Those include mining industry managers who work for the likes of Xstrata and Vale. Students at Laurentian benefit from the flexibility of the program. While business undergrads may complete all classes in a year, part–timers take up to eight years to complete their degree.

The scenic campus is located on peaceful Lake Ramsey, which is actually just minutes from the city’s small downtown.

The school also offers an online MBA program, developed in partnership with the Certified General Accountants–Canada. This program teaches the skills accountants need to move into senior management. Topics such as organizational behaviour, marketing, and strategy are at the core of the program. Some advanced electives are available for those with business undergrad degrees.

Last year, the Laurentian MBA became available at a satellite campus in Barrie, Ont. Students meet in the evenings after work from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Laval University

Faculty of Business Administration, Quebec City

Tuition: $3,995–$9,395

Length: 12 mos.

Strengths: Part–time Options, International Connections

Laval allows students the option to complete their program either full time or part time, and gives them a choice of 17 different concentrations. While the majority of classes are held in French, the school does favour bilingual candidates at admission. To encourage bilingualism, the school is adding more English classes every year, and by graduation, students must be able to effectively communicate in both English and French.

Depending on his or her chosen concentration, each student is required to either write an essay, complete an internship report, or complete a business development project. The International Management specialization emphasizes a trilingual learning environment and allows students to earn a double diploma, one from Laval and another from a partner university abroad where students spend the summer semester.

Laval has plans to add an EMBA program in the near future.

University of Manitoba

Asper School of Business, Winnipeg

Tuition: $21,000

Length: 11–1/2 mos.

Strengths: Local Connections, Innovative Specialties, Part–time Options

When the Asper School of Business opens its new campus in downtown Winnipeg’s historic Exchange District, it will be even closer to the heart of Manitoba’s business community than it already is. The Exchange District is not only a cool neighbourhood to live in, it’s also home to many of Manitoba’s movers and shakers.

The MBA program, which is the only one in the province, offers students plenty of opportunities to network with local leaders. The school hosts the annual International Distinguished Entrepreneur Award (IDEA) gala and the annual Business Adventurers’ Banquet. The banquet regularly attracts more than 200 guests. Even the Grey Cup attended this year, accompanied by Jim Bell, the current Winnipeg Blue Bombers president.

The school is also getting recognized beyond the Red River. It has a new partnership with the Canadian Marketing Association. Last year, it became one of just five schools in Canada deemed a Center of Actuarial Excellence by the Society of Actuaries.

McGill University

Desautels Faculty of Management, Montreal

Tuition: $59,000

Length: 16 mos.

EMBA Tuition: $72,000

Strengths: Local connections, International Connections, Quality Specialties

No longer discriminating between Quebec and non–Quebec residents, McGill is putting everyone in the same boat with a new tuition fee of $29,500 per year.

McGill revamped its program two years ago to reflect an increasingly interconnected world. Based on an interdisciplinary approach, the core curriculum is now less rigid, and new courses are being added each year. This year, students will participate in weekly reflection sessions under the guidance of world–renowned professor Henry Mintzberg, whose book Managers Not MBAs provides a new framework for management education.

Entering its third year, the bilingual McGill–HEC Montréal EMBA program is modelled around the “five mindsets of a manager.”

McMaster University

DeGroote School of Business, Hamilton

Tuition: $26,000–$31,500

Length: 16–28 mos.

Strengths: Co–op/Internship Opportunities, Top Facilities, Good Career Centre

DeGroote entices many students with its popular 28–month co–op MBA, which allows students with no work experience to sandwich three paid work terms between the four academic terms. The opportunity to gain work experience is particularly appealing to students who are fresh out of undergraduate schools.

The school also has a traditional 16–month MBA, an eight–month accelerated MBA, and a self–directed part–time MBA.

This year, DeGroote opened the Ron Joyce Centre, a new campus in Burlington, Ont., named after the former Tim Hortons leader. The expansion locates the school strategically in a city that many Bay Street executives call home.

MBA candidates can take part in the DeGroote mentors program, which pairs them with alumni or community business leaders who offer guidance on personal, academic and career goals.

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Faculty of Business Administration, St. John’s, Nfld.

Tuition: $4,398

Length: 12 mos.

Strengths: Part–time Options, Local Connections, Good Career Centre

Memorial University offers its students flexibility. Four out of five students are part–time, and they have up to eight years to finish their degree. But don’t let its focus on part–time students fool you into thinking the school isn’t produce strong teams.

Memorial has the best record in history for the 29–year–old John Molson School of Business MBA International Case Competition, which is the largest and oldest case competition in the world. At this year’s competition, the Memorial team made headlines in Montreal for the marketing plan they developed for the Canadiens.

Memorial students have access to the Gardiner Centre, which helps students research their future careers.

The school also brings experts from across Canada to speak to students on the Rock.

University of Moncton

Faculty of Administration, Moncton, N.B.

Tuition: $8,595

Length: 24 mos.

Strengths: International Connections, Innovative Specialties

Though located in a small city in New Brunswick, the University of Moncton is internationally focused. Just under half of the students and just over half the faculty are from abroad. The university is also part of a trilateral MBA partnership with the University of Illinois and Universidad Autonóma de Querétaro in Mexico. Students spend a semester on their home campus studying a curriculum focused on NAFTA issues before acquiring an internship in the U.S. or Mexico.

It’s also the only French–language program in Atlantic Canada.

Back in Moncton, the MBA rooms and student lounge have been renovated recently, making it a comfortable place to network. Unique courses are offered, too, such as green supply–chain management, corporate reputation and family business.

University of New Brunswick

Faculty of Business Administration, Fredericton and Saint John

Tuition: $17,660–$20,978

Length: 12–16 months

Strengths: Innovative Specialties, International Connections

Both New Brunswick campuses offer incoming MBA students unique programs and specializations.

At Fredericton, in MBA in Sport and Recreation Management, students take a combination of business and kinesiology courses. There’s also Engineering Management, a 12–month program designed for working engineers. Fredericton MBA students can also team up with an entrepreneur and bring a business idea from conception to reality. As well, they can participate in the Student Investment Fund, where students in the second year of the program help manage a portion of New Brunswick’s pension fund.

New options at the Saint John campus include a combined CMA and MBA degree, and a course that prepares students for the Project Management Institute (PMI) exam. Saint John students can take one of two concentrations: Innovation and Technology, or International Business, which requires an exchange to France or China.

First–year students all take a professional development course, which exposes them to everything a corporate leaders should know, from media relations to public speaking to art appreciation.

University of Northern

British Columbia

Faculty of Business, Prince George, B.C. Tuition: $32,336

Length: 18 mos.

Strengths: Part–time Options, Local Connections, Social Connections

The MBA at UNBC is designed for students who need ultimate flexibility. Classes run one three–day weekend per month, requiring just two one–week residencies in Prince George over the course of the entire program. Students who did not receive an undergraduate degree in business prepare with an individually tailored pre–MBA program.

The capstone workshop addresses the political, economic and social issues specific to the Canada’s north. Team–building exercises take place on field trips to places like Prince Rupert (a growing northern port) and Whistler, co–host of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics.

University of Ottawa

Telfer School of Management

Tuition: $20,177

Length: 12 mos.

EMBA: $59,500, 21 mos.

Strengths: Local Connections, International Connections, Diversity

Telfer’s location in Ottawa puts students in close proximity to leaders from national associations, government and international affairs. Bilingual students can earn their MBA in French or English.

Three new elective course themes were added this year: sustainability, entrepreneurship and project management.

Telfer recently announced that it would jointly invest a total of $4.8 million with IBM to create the IBM Centre for Performance Management, a centre of excellence for business analytics, housed on campus.

One distinguishing factor of the EMBA is the six major consulting projects that take place. Another is the international component. Students travel to Silicon Valley to explore e–business and innovation in their first year and take an international consulting trip in year two.

University of Quebec–Montreal

Faculty of Management, Montreal

Tuition: $5,172–$20,000

Length: 12 mos.

EMBA: $5,373–$20,000, 24 mos.

Strengths: Part–time Options, Diversity, Innovative Specialties

The MBA program at UQAM has two different specializations. The Management Consulting stream requires at least four years of work experience and offers two residency courses. The Science and Engineering specialization does not require previous work experience, and students spend the last term creating a working business model for an enterprise of their choice. Both streams are in French and can be completed on either a full– or part–time basis.

Specializations are razor–focused; choices include non–profit organizations, urban management and real estate. The school is currently working on implementing a fashion and design specialization. It’s also in the process of building partnerships with schools in Poland, Russia and Tunisia.

Offered on a part–time basis only, UQAM’s EMBA program, at 978 students, is one of the biggest in the country. It’s also one of the most diverse, with nearly two–thirds international students.

Queen’s University

Queen’s School of Business, Kingston, Ont.

Tuition: $65,000

Length: 12 mos.

EMBA: $84,000, 15 mos.

Strengths: Co–op/Internship Opportunities, Part–time Options, Top Facilities, Good Career Centre, International Connections, Social Connections

MBA students at Queen’s benefit from a personalized support system that includes personal, team, fitness, lifestyle and career coaching. The school also offers hands–on fund management experience through the TriColour Ventreu Fund, a $3–million venture that students help oversee.

The business school recently broke ground on a $40–million expansion project that will add another 23,000–square–metre wing to the Kingston, Ont., campus.

The EMBA offers a boardroom–learning program that allows student to participate in video–conference meetings from anywhere in Canada. EMBA tuition includes a travel and accommodation stipend for the Global Business Project of up to $4,000.

For international perspective, the Cornell–Queen’s Executive MBA partners Queen’s with the School of Management at Cornell University in New York.

In addition to these options, Queen’s offers a 12–month Accelerated MBA for business graduates.

University of Regina

Kenneth Levene Graduate School, Regina

Tuition: $20,000

Length: 18 mos.

EMBA: $32,000, 10 mos.

Strengths: Part–time Options, Local Connections, Innovative Courses

The University of Regina School of Business is designed for busy professionals who wish to study part–time, and there’s no shortage of busy professionals in the currently booming province of Saskatchewan. Students may complete their degree in as little as 10 months, or as much as six years, with most finishing in approximately 18 months.

Kenneth Levene offers several innovative courses, including Aboriginal Entrepreneurship, and Privacy in the Context Of Information Technology. The school will offer an international MBA in the fall of 2011.

The EMBA is offered on alternating Fridays and Saturdays over 18 months. Courses of particular interest to working professionals include Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, and an international study tour.

Royal Military College

of Canada

Kingston, Ont.

Tuition: $6,000

Length: 16 mos.

Strengths: Innovative Specialties, Social Connections, Part–time Options

Only about one in five candidates in RMC’s MBA program is a civilian, and all students are enrolled in either the General or Logistics course stream. The RMC MBA curriculum is geared toward the needs of students who have military work experience, such as supply–chain management, transportation, finance or human resources. Many graduates go on to government work.

Offering both full–time and part–time study options, RMC’s program is available on–campus in Kingston, Ont., or at a distance, although some residency is always required. RMC is offering a new elective course in industrial relations this year.

A highlight of the school is community spirit. Each year, the MBA builds spirit with its faculty versus student soccer game.

Royal Roads University

School of Business, Victoria

Tuition: $36,100

Length: 18 mos.

Strengths: Online Options, International Connections

Royal Roads’ program consists of online coursework and two three–week–long residencies on its campus in Victoria, with the option to complete the final residency in Grenoble, France. Students progress through the program as virtual teams and then meet face–to–face during the on–campus residencies.

Students who choose the MBA in Executive Management have the option of specializing in management consulting. The school also offers an MBA in Human Resources Management.

In lieu of a thesis, students may opt to complete a 188–hour research project focusing on an area of personal interest.

Ryerson University

Ted Rogers School of Management, Toronto

Tuition: $16,784

Length: 16 mos.

Strengths: Co–op/Internship Opportunities, Top Facilities, Diversity, Innovative Specialities

In the Ted Rogers MBA program, students participate in unique–in–Canada programs in the heart of Toronto’s downtown core. The program is focused on research, and all Ryerson MBA students must write a major research paper. MBA candidates spend eight months in the classroom and then participate in either a four–month internship (with companies like Scotiabank, Bell Mobility or Bombardier) or complete a four–month international exchange.

Ryerson’s Management of Technology and Innovation specialization is one of the few tech–based MBA programs in Canada. Ryerson is also the only school in Canada that requires students to take courses in diversity management and corporate social responsibility. The school’s Media Management MBA parallels the school’s strong media–based undergraduate programs. All MBA students take part in two annual “integrative case weeks,” during which classes are put on hold to allow for real–world experience and networking with senior executives from major Canadian companies. The Ted Rogers School is right on Bay Street.

Saint Mary’s University

Sobey School of Business, Halifax

Tuition: $11,330–$14,370

Length: 16–20 mos.

EMBA: $45,000, 18 mos.

Strengths: Part–time options, Local connections, Good Career Centre

The Sobey School of Business specializes in flexibility. Students have the option of choosing from seven concentrations, including Small Business and Entrepreneurship. They can also opt to become certified as CMAs or CMCs as they go. For students who already have an academic background in business or commerce, Saint Mary’s offers an accelerated MBA program that takes 12 months to complete as a full–time student, or 28 months as a part–time student. Sobey also offers MBA students a mentorship program in partnership with local businesses.

The EMBA allows students to bond with a single team for the entire 18 months to complete a major research project. This September, the EMBA program announced a new online career management portal that links them to a global community of professionals.

University of Saskatchewan

Edwards School of Business, Saskatoon

Tuition: $24,613

Length: 12 mos.

EMBA: $34,000, 18 mos.

Strengths: Local Connections, International connections, Part–time Options

The Edwards MBA has grown quickly over the past few years as international juggernauts like Cameco and Potash Corp. continue to expand in Saskatoon. The class that entered the school this fall will be the first to participate in the Edwards Business Residency Program. The program is designed to give students with little business experience the opportunity to work with a local company for six months where they can meet local executives. (The school began accepting students with little or no business experience this year for the first time.)

More networking opportunities are available with the Professional Development Program, and the networking doesn’t end in Saskatoon. The school’s International Study Tour allows students to visit a selected country and meet with local executives and Canadian trade commissioners who tour students around factories and offices. In the past, the school has taken students to India and China. This year, students will visit booming Brazil.

University of Sherbrooke

Faculty of Administration,

Sherbrooke, Que.

Tuition: $4,251

Length: 16 mos.

EMBA Tuition: $29,250, 22 mos.

Strengths: Co–op/Internship Opportunities, Top Facilities

While some schools have seen a decrease in their enrollment, Sherbrooke can boast a 25% increase over last year alone. The new four–month paid internship might have something to do with the school’s increased popularity. The co–op option includes a mentoring program that places students with working executives. The school also offers a four–year LLB/MBA program and a joint CMA/MBA option.

The campus opened the doors to a brand new 16–floor learning centre this September. The new centre has 41 classrooms, 45 meeting rooms and three video–conference rooms. The campus is directly connected to the Montreal metro, making it convenient for commuters.

The 22–month EMBA program at Sherbrooke is held one day a week on alternating Fridays and Saturdays at the Longueuil satellite campus.

Simon Fraser University

Segal Graduate School of Business, Vancouver

Tuition: $28,400–$28,750

Length: 12 mos.

EMBA: $34,000, 18 mos.

Strengths: Part–time Options, Co–op/Internship Opportunities

The Segal MBA program welcomes students who do not have an undergraduate degree in business. Students with expertise in another field take the MBA in order to parlay their experience into a successful business career. Core courses teach students basic management skills like finance, accounting, marketing, operations management, economics and strategy.

The academic portion of the program is 12 months, but the curriculum is equivalent to an 18–to–24–month program. Students participate in an international field study trip between semesters and cap the degree with a three–to–eight month internship.

The EMBA program offers students consulting experience through SFU’s Learning Strategies Group, a consulting service run by the school.

The SFU management program for business graduates is well–located for networking with local business: instead of being taught on SFU’s suburban campus in Burnaby, classes take place in downtown Vancouver.

University of Toronto

Rotman School of Management

Tuition: $78,903

Length: 13 mos.

EMBA: $89,000, 12 mos.

Strengths: International Connections, Co–op/Internship Opportunities, Part–time Options

Rotman is Canada’s most expensive MBA, but it offers students an impressive return on investment. Students may pursue international study in places like India, China and Dubai, or may opt for the London Internship Experience, a partnership with the Canada–U.K. Chamber of Commerce. In addition to an international faculty that includes stars like planning guru Richard Florida, Rotman also offers students a very active speaker series. The Value Investing class allowed students to travel to Omaha, Neb., to meet Warren Buffet last year.

Students can also try not–for–profit work through the Sonia and Arthur Labatt Fellowship, which was established in 2009. The fellowship allows community–minded students the capital needed to lead a non–profit venture. The eight fellows are newly minted Rotman MBAs who are paid to pursue full–time work opportunities with social, environmental and community organizations.

Rotman also offers an EMBA, and the Omnium Global Executive MBA Program, which is a joint program of the Rotman School of Management and the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. The program offers unequalled international experience: the Omnium addresses core business disciplines from a global perspective, with classes held in eight key business centres on four different continents.

It’s also worth noting that Rotman is a big school in Canada’s biggest financial centre. That makes for a great network.

Vancouver Island University

Faculty of Management, Nanaimo, B.C.

Tuition: $19,000

Length: 14 mos.

Strengths: Co–op/Internship Opportunities, International Connections

The Vancouver Island University offers a concurrent Canadian and British degree program. Graduates receive a Canadian MBA and a British master of science in international business from the University of Hertfordshire.

The program incorporates an internship and an applied business project completed in the final four months of the program.

The program is open to applicants with any undergraduate degree and no business experience, but students who didn’t study business prior to applying must spend two months completing a foundation program.

More than three–quarters of the student body in the MBA program at VIU are international students, and there are many opportunities to focus on international business, including exchange programs across the globe. There are also plans in the works for a field school in China that will allow students to get overseas experience.

University of Victoria

Faculty of Business

Tuition: $30,000

Length: 17 mos.

Strengths: International Connections, Local Connections, Co–op/Internship Opportunities

At the start of the MBA program, students complete a four–week orientation that focuses on the essentials of business and leadership before moving on to a foundation module made up of core courses. The latter session is interrupted twice for an Integrative Management Exercise, during which students apply their skills to real–world business problems while working with local or internationally located business leaders. Last year, students visited Seoul, Shanghai, Mumbai and Bangalore to assess the business potential for a developer of a high–tech street–lighting control system.

Students can specialize in entrepreneurship, service management, or the popular Global MBA, which takes students to Taiwan or Austria for an eight–week exchange. The final component of the MBA is either a management consulting report or a research report. Evening MBA students are allowed up to 33 months to finish their studies.

University of Western Ontario

Richard Ivey School of Business,

London, Ont.

Tuition: $70,100

Length: 12 mos.

EMBA: $90,000, 15 mos.

Strengths: Innovative Specialties, Good Career Centre, International Connections

Choosing the Ivey MBA program means committing to a real network. Each student who graduates from an Ivey degree program is welcomed into the massive Ivey alumni family, with over 20,000 members in more than 100 countries. In fact, Ivey is Canada’s oldest MBA program: it took in its very first class more than 60 years ago. Ivey boasts that it has more C–level executives among its graduates than any other Canadian school.

Another reason to choose Ivey is its research department’s focus on cross–disciplinary learning. A combined JD/MBA program is offered for students who are interested in earning American–recognized law degrees while earning their business degree at the same time. The Ivey Health Sector MBA is meant for those interested in pursuing careers in the growing health–care field. The school is one of only a few in Canada that offers a course in value investing. In 2010, the class visited Warren Buffett at his company headquarters in Omaha, Neb.

The EMBA program also has some unique offerings, including an international trip to either China or India.

As well, the school is renewing itself physically: the first phase of a new $100–million facility will be completed in March 2011.

Wilfrid Laurier University

School of Business and Economics, Waterloo and Toronto

Tuition: $29,100–$30,884

Length: 12–20 mos.

Strengths: Local Connections, Part–time Options, Good Career Centre, Co–op/Internship Options

The Wilfrid Laurier MBA is one of the largest in Canada. About 500 students enrolled in the program last year.

It’s also well–located, offering students easy access to both Bay Street and Waterloo, the home of BlackBerry maker Research In Motion. (Last year, students worked directly with BlackBerry on a cutting–edge project.) That means Laurier students have access to a large network of well–connected alumni.

The program is offered full–time or part–time with evening and weekend options. The school has more than 120 full–time faculty members available to students.

Wilfrid Laurier is proud to be the first school in Canada to offer a fully integrated MBA/CMA program, and according to the school, graduates consistently perform well on the CMA Case Exam.

The school also has a mandatory not–for–profit practicum to emphasize the importance of social responsibility.

Wilfrid Laurier recently opened a Toronto office in the Exchange Tower (near the TSX), where alumni and students can mingle at events and lunch–and–learns.

A significant number of global work terms are available for students who want international experience.

University of Windsor

Odette School of Business, Windsor, Ont.

Tuition: 14,000 (2009 figure)

Length: 10 mos.

Strengths: Part–time Options, Innovative Specialties, Local Connections

The Odette MBA uses a variety of teaching techniques from case studies to computer simulations. The focus is on providing a solid foundation in the fundamentals of business. Students benefit from team–based projects with corporate partners such as Crayola, BMO Nesbitt Burns and the Local Health Integrated Network.

A weekend MBA is offered for managers and other professionals, and Odette’s 10–month master of management program prepares students in areas like international accounting and manufacturing management.

Windsor also has a joint MBA/JD degree program where students can combine legal and business management skills, graduating with both degrees in just four years. The JD degree can open doors across the border (which is only metres from Windsor’s campus.)

York University

Schulich School of Business, Toronto

Tuition: $51,424

Length: 16–20 mos.

EMBA: $110,000, 16 mos.

Strengths: Innovative Specialties, Part–time Options, International Connections

Schulich is a pioneer in international business education, having offered one of the world’s first International MBA programs in 1989.

Schulich has part–time and full–time study options, and students can easily swap between the two options to accommodate lifestyle and career needs. The program offers 18 business specializations, including Finance and Business Ethics, as well more unique options like Financial Engineering, and Arts and Media. The latter plays off York’s strengths in fine arts and theatre. It’s easy to find courses suited to unique business interests at Schulich, where there are more than 130 elective course choices.

A focus on “soft skills” is one thing that makes Schulich unique.

A minimum of five years of management experience is required for the EMBA, and students are required to participate in an international trip. Thanks to Schulich’s partnership with the Kellogg School of Management, students attend speaker series and lectures during summer weeks spent at Kellogg campuses from Miami to Beijing.