Lazaridis Full-Time MBA

Earn your Master of Business Administration in just 12 months at our Waterloo campus.

One-Year, Full-Time MBA

Since 1976, the Lazaridis Master of Business Administration (MBA) program has been delivering an innovative, world-class professional business education program. We were the first Canadian university to offer a one-year, full-time MBA program targeting candidates seeking to acquire the degree in the shortest timeframe possible. This was made possible by designing an intensive integrated core curriculum exposing you to different key disciplines concurrently.

Real-Time, Practical Education

You will participate in various exercises and activities designed to show how all elements of business are integrated in effective decision-making. Following this foundation building term, you have the opportunity to specialize in various fields while gaining valuable practical expertise through case studies, a range of group projects and a field consulting project all delivered in our supportive educational culture.

With the added support of career service and professional development activities, you can develop the personal management skills needed to become a confident, well-rounded professional.

Located in the centre of Canada’s technology triangle the one-year MBA program runs from August to August. Priced competitively, the program offers you the chance to become part of one of Canada’s largest internationally-accredited business schools built on a reputation of industry-leading research, award-winning dedicated faculty and a superior student experience.

Program Design

One year (three academic terms).

Term 1 Integrated Core (Fall)

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

Term 2 (Winter)

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

Term 3 (Spring)

  • five electives
  • applied business research project (continued)
  • not-for-profit practicum (continued)

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 (73%) in the final year of 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 550 or higher. We also accept a GRE score. A GRE score must convert to the minimum 550 GMAT score required. We will also accept a CFA Level 1 Pass.
  • Three professional references, or if you have completed any education within the last three years, two professional referees and one academic referee is acceptable.
  • 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.
  • A minimum of two years of full-time work experience.

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 (73%) in the last 10 half credit courses completed. (Usually displayed as First Class or First Division Standing.)
  • The GMAT is mandatory for all students who have achieved their undergraduate degree outside of Canada, with a minimum score of 550. We also accept a GRE score. A GRE score must convert to the minimum 550 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.
  • Three professional references, or if you have completed any education within the last three years, two professional references and one academic reference are required.
  • A minimum of two years of full-time work experience.

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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