Acceptance Rate
Average Undergrad GPA
Years Work Experience
Average Age

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
590 - 650
2.6 - 3.2


Regular Application Deadline
May 15

Rolling Admission Deadline
May 15

Other Admission Factors


GMAT Score
Essay / Personal Statement

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Faculty Information

Students Say

Located in Ottawa, the capital of Canada, the Telfer School of Management offers "a great place for learning with such a dynamic environment." Students are drawn to the "triple accreditation" (AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS) and the fact that the school is "bilingual" meaning the "MBA [is] available in French." The program has a "strong focus on global environment," a "solid reputation relative to other schools in the area," and a "low cost of tuition." It's "location in the national capital region" offers many "connections with local industry and the federal government." Consequently, "a lot of government workers" attend the program. "Because of the triple accreditation the school has, we get a lot of international students," one student explains. "This allows us to work and interact with many diverse cultures that we would normally not be exposed to. In a global marketplace, this is invaluable and should serve me well."

The "dedicated professors" are "available and reliable" and a real "pillar of strength and wisdom." The majority of the faculty are "well versed in their areas" and "showcase some of the brightest in their respective fields." "There are some very knowledgeable professors at this school who go the extra mile to connect with students and," one happy student reports. The administration is also "available and courteous," making an overall "very well organized administrative support unit."

The MBA at University of Ottawa is an intensive "one-year program," which "means less time out of the workforce." Despite the short program, the program "still incorporates a large practical component (consulting project and international trip)." The school places students in teams "for the duration of the program" which lets students "combine our strengths to overcome our weaknesses." It is also worth noting that the University of Ottawa is "very good at supporting partners and acknowledging the toll of an MBA on families." One student sums up their experience succinctly: "I just have two words: 'NET AWESOME'!"

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Courses in Sustainability

Sustainability course is

MBA6298B Business Opportunities Arising from Environmental Issues (1.5cr.) This course identifies business opportunities for Cleantech and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) companies resulting from environmental issues, with a focus on climate change. It addresses new business opportunities in established companies as well as in start-ups. First, it covers clean energy and the Ontario “Feed in Tariff” program. Then it addresses how ICT products can be made more energy efficient, thus reducing greenhouse gas emissions and also reducing dollar costs. Finally it brings together clean energy and IT, by identifying business opportunities associated with Smart Buildings and Smart Grid. MBA6295I Seminar: Social and Environmental Sustainability (1.5cr.) Introduction to the concept and benefits of social and environmental sustainability at the operational and strategic levels within organizations. The focus of the course is on how an organization can engage in, benefit from and report on activities that demonstrate social and environmental sustainability, and how sustainability can be aligned with organizational strategy. It identifies three levels at which an organization can be sustainable and provides examples of how to achieve the highest level. Each year the course will focus on a current environmental or social issue and students will have the opportunity to address other areas as per their individual interests. This is a “how to” course from a corporate perspective. MBA 6297B New Business Models For Sustainability (1.5 cr.) The transition to a sustainable society involves new sustainable businesses including net zero energy houses, energy efficient campuses, solar energy systems, waste-to-energy technology or hydrogen-powered cars. To gain wide acceptance, they must address change management challenges in the form of existing legislation, established regulations, municipal zoning regimes, obsolete standards and codes, established practices and limited availability of skilled manpower. This course shows how these barriers to innovation and change can be overcome with new business models such as novel financing tools e.g. green mortgages, special incentives, shared ownership arrangements, feed-in tariffs for solar and renewable energy, new fiscal instruments such as a carbon tax, novel service arrangements, and new design and governance models for municipalities and regions. Students will have the opportunity to select a technological challenge or business opportunity and explore the institutional barriers that need to be addressed for successful deployment.

Research Opportunities in Sustainability


Career overview

Average Starting Salary
Accepted employment by 3 months after graduation

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

General Management
Information Technology
Human Resources

Students Say

Since the Telfer School of Management is "well connected to the local business commu- nity," many MBA students find work in Canada's capital. Seventeen percent of a recent graduating class found work in government. The average mean base salary for that class was a little over $77,500. Employers who most frequently hire Ottawa MBAs include Adobe Systems, Bank of Nova Scotia, Bank of Canada, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), Costco, Deloitte, L'Oréal, RBC Royal Bank, SwiftTrade Securities, TD Waterhouse Investment, and Xerox Canada.

Job Function

Job Function % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Other 31%
Marketing / Sales 24%
General Management 18%
Finance / Accounting 12%
Information Technology 9%
Human Resources 3%
Operations / Logistics 3%


Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Government 33%
Other 25%
Consulting 15%
Technology 15%
Financial Services 6%
Manufacturing 3%
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology / Healthcare 3%

Prominent Alumni

Ian Telfer
Chairman of Goldcorp Inc.

Harley Finkelstein
Chief Operating Officer, Shopîfy

Bernie Ashe
Chief Executive Officer, Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group

Guy Laflamme
Head of 2017 Celebrations, City of Ottawa

Dominique DeCelles
General Manager Hispanic Zone - Active Cosmetics Division, L'Oreal Americas


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Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
Part Time



28% female
72% male

Campus Life

Students Say

Since the student body at University of Ottawa is "such a unique blend of local, national and international students that it is very hard to pinpoint what my fellow students are 'like'." However, most students are "friendly, outgoing, and helpful," and "the average age is late twenties, early thirties." Students get along well, perhaps thanks to "the program's approach to team work" which "facilities this positive environment."

As "[the university] is in the heart of downtown Ottawa, Canada's capital city," there is plenty to do both on campus and off. "Day to day, there is freedom to do what you want," one student explains. "If you want to be very involved in the school, you can be. If you prefer to do your own thing, that's fine as well." As Canadians, "we celebrate winter (given the weather), and enjoy the summer." "Due primarily to its intensive, twelve-month nature," there may not be as much time for extracurricular activities as at other programs. As one student states, "The important thing to know going into this program, is that you are willing to give it your all for a full twelve months."

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access

Campus-wide Internet Network

Internet Access for All Students

Admissions Office Contact

Danielle Charette
Manager of Academic sector

55 Laurier Avenue East, Room 4160
Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5




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