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Canada’s 10 Top Business Schools for Employability

Discover Canada’s 10 top business schools for employability

Canada was the first country outside the US to offer the MBA degree and remains one of the world’s most popular study locations among international applicants.

It is also home to employers who display a consistently strong demand for MBA graduates – Canada ranks fourth in the world for the volume of job opportunities on offer to MBAs in the QS Jobs & Salary Trends Report 2016/17

Even so (and as is the case for any study location) the employment prospects for those who study an MBA in Canada will be a chief consideration for anyone interested in pursuing the qualification at one of its top business schools, whether their ambition is to remain in Canada after graduation or not.

This is why employability is one of the two indicators by which institutions in the QS Global 250 Business Schools Report 2017 are assessed (you can read more about the report here). A total of 18 business schools in Canada feature in the report as a whole and the 10 top business schools shown below are those which scored highest for employability:

Canada's top business schools for employability in 2017

Source: QS Global 250 Business Schools Report 2017

MBA in Canada: Where to find the employability top 10

Canada’s 10 top business schools for employability are spread across most of the country’s major urban areas, although it is those based in the province of Ontario that lead the way.

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Those looking for a full-time MBA in Canada might find it interesting to note that half of this top 10 offer programs in Ontario, the country’s most populous province. The University of Toronto’s Rotman School, London’s Ivey Business School and Kingston’s Smith School of Business occupy the first three positions here. In fifth place, meanwhile, is a second Toronto-based school, York University’s Schulich. Rounding off the top 10 is the Telfer School, based in Canada’s capital city of Ottawa.


Two of the top 10 are to be found in Canada’s predominantly French-speaking province of Quebec. Both schools are located in Montréal – Canada’s second-most populous city (after Toronto) and one in which most residents possess a working knowledge of both French and English. McGill’s Desautels Faculty of Management and HEC Montréal both offer full-time MBAs in the English language, while HEC Montréal also has a full-time program in French.


There are also two options to study a full-time MBA in Canada with institutions based in the province of Alberta, in this employability top 10. Those programs are available at the University of Alberta (based in Edmonton) and the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business. Whereas Edmonton is Alberta’s capital city, Calgary is its largest city.

British Columbia

Vancouver is Canada’s third-largest city and is home to UBC Sauder School of Business. In placing sixth here, Sauder is this top 10’s sole entrant from British Columbia – Canada’s westernmost province.

  • Find out which of Canada’s 10 top business schools for employability made the top 20 for North America as a whole by downloading the QS Global 250 Business Schools Report 2017.
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Written by Tim Dhoul

Tim is a writer with a background in consumer journalism and charity communications. He trained as a journalist in the UK and holds degrees in history (BA) and Latin American studies (MA).

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