10 best universities to study business in Canada
Canadian universities offer international students a vast array of options to study business and entrepreneurship.
The popular news magazine Maclean’s released its 2018 ranking of the best schools in Canada for different fields of study: Biology, Business, Computer Science, Education, Engineering, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Medicine, Nursing and Psychology.
For those of you interested in pursuing a career in business, we put together a list of the 10 best-performing Canadian universities based on Maclean’s 2018 rankings of business schools in Canada.
The UBC Sauder School of Business offers undergraduate and graduate programs to approximately 4,000 students.
The school is located in the in the city of Vancouver on UBC’s Point Grey campus. UBC Sauder provides a global business perspective through rigorous and relevant teaching.
The school offers an abundance of international study opportunities abound from semesters abroad to business development workshops in destinations such as China and Kenya, among others. UBC Sauder is committed to research with specialized research centers that focus on social innovation, impact investing, urban economics and more.
University of Toronto
The Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto has a long history with courses in commerce and management being since 1901.
Students may pursue undergraduate and graduate programs in business administration, finance, and commerce. The undergraduate BCom curriculum merges business with other interdisciplinary studies, so students can pursue their interests and achieve a breadth of experience in various fields.
The University of Toronto is no stranger to top rankings. This year the U of T ranked #1 for engineering and computer science.
University of Alberta
The University of Alberta is mainly known for engineering, science, and medicine. This year the University of Alberta, also ranked among the top Canadian universities to study Computer Science. Located in the city of Edmonton, the university also offers more than 400 programs in 18 faculties.
The University of Alberta’s School of Business born in 1916 offers undergraduate, masters, and doctoral degrees, as well as executive education and lifelong learning programs. Entrepreneurship at the University of Alberta is accomplished through partnerships with different faculties and stakeholders in the industry. eHUB is the University of Alberta’s entrepreneurship centre, where resources, networking opportunities, and funding are offered to students or student teams.
Western University offers more than 400 specializations, majors, and minors at the undergraduate level. The university has 82 physical locations across London, Ontario.
Western’s Ivey School of Business may have fewer programs on offer than other business schools, but their quality does undergraduate Honours Business Administration is offered in a 2+2 format, so students may pursue subjects that interest them in the first two years of their studies, then focus on business studies in the last two.
Honours of Business Administration students at Western’s business school have the opportunity spend a semester abroad. Up to 25 percent of students decide to participate in an exchange program in the second year of studies. Western’s Ivey School of Business currently has over 40 different partner schools across Europe, Asia and South America.
McGill is located in Montreal’s vibrant downtown, so are never far from off-campus activities and cultural events.
McGill University’s very own Desautels Faculty of Management offers a BCom, MBA, and Ph.D. programs, as well as interdisciplinary programs such as the Doctor of Medicine (MD)/MBA and MBA/Law programs, offered jointly with the Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Law.
McGill’s business faculty also has a teaching centre in Tokyo, Japan. The BCom program claims to provide the most flexible course variety of any Canadian commerce program. Students can choose from 12 different majors, 13 different concentrations, four different honours (including two joint honours with the Economics department), and three different minors.
The school partners HEC Montréal to offer a unique bilingual MBA degree.
The Schulich School of Business at York University ranked #1 in Canada by Forbes, CNN Expansion & Corporate Knights. The school offers a popular Bachelor of Business Administration program at the undergraduate level, which offers students the possibility to study abroad in any partner schools.
At the graduate level, there are six MBA programs on offer — including an MBA in India, and a joint MBA/Master of Fine Arts/Master of Arts program — in addition to five specialized Masters programs, five graduate diploma programs, and a Ph.D. program.
The school offers exclusive entry to an average of 252 new enrolments every year.
Queen’s University is located in Kingston Ontario. The school is home to international students from more than 100 countries. The university is known for its lively student life and outstanding research facilities.
Queen’s Smith School of Business offers undergraduate and graduate students a BCom program and four MBA programs.
The school combines team-based and experiential learning with small class sizes. The maximum class size is 80 students in B.Com classes. There are many ways for students to get involved and expand their professional network through co-op programs, coaching services and network events.
The DeGroote School of Business at McMaster offers a range of study programs, including a Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Commerce, MBA and Ph.D. programs, executive development and international exchanges.
The school’s Commerce Internship Program provides commerce students the chance to work for 12 to 16 months. In addition to internship opportunities, undergraduate programs take into consideration professional accreditation. A student enrolled in the Honours Bachelor of Commerce Program can apply to become a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA) and Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP).
University de Montreal
University de Montréal is located just outside the center of the city of Montréal. The quaint surrounding neighborhood of Côte-des-Neiges is made up of various coffee shops, bars, and restaurants, and various options for student accommodation.
University de Montréal’s has its own dedicated business school, which offers undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. level degrees. HEC Montreal is a French-language school founded 1907.
HEC offers the student the Bachelor of Business Administration in various languages: French-language, bilingual (French and English), and trilingual (French, English, and Spanish).
HEC currently boasts 149 partner institutions in 45 different countries.
University of Waterloo
Even though Waterloo does not have a business school or faculty, its interdisciplinary business-related study programs offer an attractive amount of flexibility. For example, the Honours in Arts and Business program allows students to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree with a Business focus.
Also, the Science and Business program, an ‘opportunity for students to blend a scientific outlook with business methodologies’. Business-oriented co-op opportunities are plentiful in the local neighborhood and abroad. Students have the flexibility to select a four-month study term and four-month paid work term.
Waterloo’s solid co-op program works with 6,900 employers to help students gain valuable work experience in Fortune 500 companies, start-ups and other organizations.