Lazaridis MBA + Co-op

Gain the knowledge and work experience to get the career you want.

Canada's Largest Business Co-op

Wilfrid Laurier University is the home to the first business co-op program in Ontario and is now the largest business degree co-op program in Canada. We earned accreditation from the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education for meeting high program standards. The Lazaridis full-time Master of Business Administration (MBA) with co-op program is the first MBA co-op program in Canada to receive this prestigious accreditation.

Jump Start Your Career

For the past several years, the Lazaridis MBA with co-op program has achieved a 100% work term employment rate for our candidates’ first co-op work term. In any given year, we are proud to offer more than 4,500 job postings from over 900 organizations for co-op work term opportunities. Many of Canada’s leading companies are attracted to the reputation of the Lazaridis business co-op program which often leads to full-time employment opportunities.

The co-op program is designed for high-caliber, recent university graduates with less than two years of full-time work experience. If you need valuable real-life work experience or are interested in gaining experience in a new industry, the Lazaridis full-time MBA with co-op program will be the best choice for you. The eight months of work experience will provide an invaluable addition to your resume and give you the insights needed to help you make choices for your career path.

Program Design

20 months (three academic terms and two paid four-month work terms).

Term 1: Integrated Core (Fall)

  • Integrative Thinking
  • Strategic Management
  • Operations Management
  • Marketing
  • Economics
  • Financial Management
  • Accounting
  • Organizational Behaviour
  • Business Analytics

Term 2 (Winter)

  • paid co-op work term

Term 3 (Spring)

  • six electives

Term 4 (Fall)

  • paid co-op work term

Term 5 (Winter)

  • four electives
  • applied business research project
  • not-for-profit practicum

Electives

Electives are offered during the day and evening for your convenience. You can take advantage of any electives that fit within your individual timetable. For a list of potential elective courses, review course offerings.

Specializations

You will have the option within your elective terms to specialize your general MBA degree. The Lazaridis MBA offers nine specialization options for you to customize your studies to align with your career path.

  • Accounting
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial Management
  • International Business Management
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management
  • Strategic Management
  • Supply Chain Management

Admission Requirements

Domestic Applicants

  • A four-year undergraduate degree or equivalent in any discipline from a recognized university with a minimum B+ standing (77%) in the final year of university study, or most recent 10 half credit university degree courses.
  • Evidence of strong quantitative skills, normally by the successful completion of the GMAT test with a score of 600 or higher. The GMAT is mandatory for the co-op program. We also accept a GRE score. A GRE score must convert to the minimum 600 GMAT score required. We will also accept a CFA Level 1 Pass.
  • Referee information: three academic referees or two academic referees and one professional referee are required.
  • Applicants are not required to have work experience. Eligibility is limited to candidates with less than two years (0-2) of full-time work experience.
  • Applicants whose language of instruction during their undergraduate degree was a language other than English, must provide evidence of proficiency in English prior to admission. A minimum score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of 100 internet-based (iBT) (with minimum skill scores of 21 in each of the four skill sets), or TOEFL paper-based (pBT) minimum score of 600, or a minimum score of 7.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required.

International Applicants

International applicants include all applicants that have obtained a previous undergraduate or master’s degree outside of Canada, and will be attending with a Study Visa.

  • Education equivalent to a four-year Canadian undergraduate degree in any discipline from an accredited university with a minimum B+ average (77%) in the last 10 half credit courses completed. (Usually displayed as First Class or First Division Standing.)
  • Applicants are not required to have work experience. Eligibility is limited to candidates with less than two years (0-2) of full-time work experience.
  • The GMAT is mandatory for all students who have achieved their undergraduate degree outside of Canada. The GMAT is also mandatory for all students applying to the MBA with co-op option. The minimum score required is 600 or higher for co-op candidates. We also accept a GRE score. A GRE score must convert to the minimum 600 GMAT score required. We will also accept a CFA Level 1 Pass.
  • For students whose degrees were conferred by a non-English language institution, a minimum score of 100 internet-based (with minimum skill scores of 21 in each of the four skill sets) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or a minimum score of 7.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), is required.
  • Referee information: three academic referees or two academic referees and one professional referee are required.

Contact Us

Holly Paterson

hpaterson@wlu.ca

Lazaridis Hall

MBA Program Office, LH4001
64 University Ave. West
Waterloo, ON, Canada
N2L 3C7

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