Frequently Asked Questions

Admissions Questions

Is there an application deadline for admissions?

Yes, the Waterloo MBA programs application deadline is May 1 and the Toronto MBA program application deadline is February 1 of each year.

Note: all international candidates must have their applications in by January 15 of each year.

We encourage applicants to apply as soon as they are ready as we have rolling admission to all of our programs. This means offers of admission are awarded year-round to all successful candidates for all of the upcoming intake dates.

Is a deposit required once I formally accept my Offer of Admission?

Yes, Accepted Offers of Admission must be accompanied by a confirmation deposit. The confirmation deposit is non-refundable, but will be applied to your first term’s tuition. Failure to meet any admission condition(s) or cancellation of your acceptance for the term specified on the offer will not result in a refund and the confirmation deposit will not be applied to any future terms.

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What are the admission criteria for the MBA program?

Click here for a list of all of the admission requirements (GPA, GMAT, reference letters etc.).

Will my application be assessed if I’m missing some documents (GMAT, transcripts, and references etc.)?

Applicants can certainly submit their application before sending all of their documents. However, the admission committee will not assess the application until all necessary documents have been received by us (e.g. successful GMAT score, if required).

Do I need a business background in order to apply?

No, a business background is not required. In the Integrated Core, you will be exposed to all fundamental areas of business.

If I am an international student, will my degree be accepted?

All applicants whose previous degree was achieved outside of Canada are eligible to apply to the full content MBA at Laurier. However, you may need to have your previous degrees and diplomas assessed by an assessment agency. We often refer our international candidates to WES, ICAS, or Ontario Comparative Service. Simply request a general assessment of your previous degree(s) from them to determine the comparative level of education in Canadian academic standards. We welcome international candidates to our MBA program.

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Program Questions

What is the starting date of the program?

We offer several program formats at each of our two campus locations, Waterloo and Toronto. There is only one start date a year for each of our seven formats.

Program start dates:
  • Waterloo Full-time (mid-August) one-year program
  • Waterloo Full-time with Co-op (mid-August) 20-month program
  • Waterloo Part-time evenings (early September) 3.3 years
  • Toronto Part-time alternate weekends (early April) 3.3 years
  • Toronto Part-time MBA/CPA alternate weekends (early April) 3.3 years
  • Toronto Part-time MBA/CFA® alternate weekends (early April) 3.3 years

Can I specialize in a certain field of business for my MBA?

Yes, please see our specializations page to view the many options we offer.


Tuition and Funding Questions

At Laurier, we are proud to offer a world-class MBA program that allows you to experience the return on your investment much quicker than any other program in Canada.

Tuition and fees vary for each Laurier MBA program format.

For Waterloo MBA program details please contact: Holly Paterson at hpaterson@wlu.ca.

For Toronto MBA program details please contact: Maureen Ferraro at mferraro@wlu.ca.


Can I opt in to the double-degree, the MBA and the MFIN if I am in the Comprehensive General MBA?

A: Yes, you can do this ONLY during one of the four Integrated core terms, and before term five begins at the very latest. All back fees are due and payable at this time. You must also already possess the admission requirements for the double degree. At the beginning of term five you then register for the pre-selected MFIN program courses to complete the full 4-year part-time double–degree program.

Can I opt in to the MBA with the CPA Option if I am in the Comprehensive General MBA?

A: Yes, you can do this ONLY during one of the four Integrated core terms, and before term five begins at the very latest. All back fees are due and payable at this time. At the beginning of term five you then register for the pre-selected CPA program courses to complete the full 4-year part-time program.

Q: Will my fees be refunded if I move from the MBA with the CPA option to the Comprehensive General MBA?

A: Students opting out of the CPA Option at any time during the core or the CPA elective stage of the degree, will NOT be refunded any of the incurred fees. Please note: Once a student removes him or herself from a program, they cannot re-enrol in the original program. Students cannot switch streams more than once.

Q: Will my fees be refunded if I move from the double degree, the MBA and the MFIN to the Comprehensive General MBA?

A: Students opting out of the double-degree, the MBA /MFIN at any time during the core or during the MFIN courses, will NOT be refunded any of the incurred fees. Please note: Once a student removes him or herself from a program, they cannot re-enrol in the original program. Students cannot switch streams more than once.


Career Prospect Questions

What career prospects will I have after I graduate?

Our MBA graduates consistently acquire high level positions in their business field of choice.

Just click here to view some of our Graduate Success Stories.

Our career services staff also maintains an open-door policy to ensure that all of our students obtain a career in the path they pursue. The staff here is always willing to go the extra mile to help map out the steps needed for a student to achieve his or her careers aspirations.

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