Graduate Studies FAQ
Incoming Graduate Students
During these unprecedented times we have received a lot of questions surrounding our graduate study programs from incoming students. As such, the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies have put together a list of FAQ to help clarify updated policies and procedures. Check it out here.
DO I NEED AN UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE IN BUSINESS TO APPLY TO THE MBA DEGREE?
No, a business background is not required. In the Laurier Integrated Core, you will be exposed to all the foundational areas of business study. You will be taught to think holistically across all functional areas.
DO I NEED WORK EXPERIENCE TO APPLY?
Yes, you are required to have a least two years of Full-time work experience for all of our MBA degree programs, except the for the Full-time with Co-op option in Waterloo. Candidates may apply with no or up to two years of full-time work experience. We count Co-op work terms from your previous undergraduate degree as full-time work experience if they have been acknowledged on your transcript.
IS THERE AN APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR ADMISSIONS?
We have rolling admission for all of our MBA programs. We encourage our applicants to apply as soon as they are ready, as the programs can fill up quickly. Rolling admission means that offers of admission are awarded year-round to all successful candidates for all of the upcoming intake dates until a program is full. Contact the MBA Program Office to see if we are still accepting applications for your preferred MBA degree.
The Waterloo MBA programs preferred application deadline is to have Part-one of the two part application complete by June 30th, 2021 for the 2021 intake of the Full-time MBA and the Full-time MBA with Co-op. The deadline for Part-one of the application for the 2020 Part-time Evenings MBA is August 7th, 2020. Note that you do not need a GMAT score to complete Part-one of the application. You can bypass that information but then will be required to submit your unofficial GMAT score in Part-two of the application process. Please contact the MBA office or send us an email regarding your application if you are ready to apply or need assistance.
Please Note: All international candidates must have their applications in by January 15 of each year for the Waterloo MBA programs.
The deadline date for all of our Toronto MBA programs is February 2021 for the April 9th, 2021 intake. If you are an eligible candidate interested in applying for the April 2021 intake please contact Maureen directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.) for each of our MBA degree programs.
HOW DO I APPLY?
The application process for all of the Lazaridis MBA degree program formats is now completely online. There are two steps. The first step is to complete the application form online, and pay the application fee of $125.00. It normally takes 4-6 business days from the date you complete this form before you receive access to Step Two. You can expect to receive an email from the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies with the instructions on how to complete the application, by uploading all your relevant documents to the online portal.
Click here to read more or to get started.
WILL MY APPLICATION BE ASSESSED IF I’M MISSING SOME DOCUMENTS (GMAT SCORE, TRANSCRIPTS OR A REFERENCES ETC.)?
The admission committee will not assess the application until all the necessary documents have been received via the online application portal.
IF I AM AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT, WILL MY INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION BE RECOGNIZED?
We welcome applicants from all over the world to our MBA programs at both of our Waterloo and Toronto campus locations. The diversity of education, experience and culture is a great contribution to our MBA classrooms. Normally we are looking to see that you have the education equivalency to a four-year Canadian undergraduate degree in any discipline from an accredited university.
If you are a student applying on an international visa, then you will need to apply to our one year Full-time OR Full-time with Co-op MBA programs in Waterloo.
We may require you to have your education assessed by an external agency. We refer our internationally educated candidates to WES, ICAS, or Ontario Comparative Service for an assessment. Simply request a general assessment of your previous degree(s) to determine the comparative level of education in Canadian academic standards.
If you are required to complete additional education in Canada to bring your education to four-year Canadian degree equivalency please note that College certificates, College courses, and/or Continuing Studies courses do NOT count. Qualifying/eligible upgrading courses include Canadian University degree eligible half-credit courses taken at a Canadian University or College and/or a Canadian University diploma.
IS A DEPOSIT REQUIRED ONCE I FORMALLY ACCEPT MY OFFER OF ADMISSION?
Yes. When you accept an Offer of Admission to the MBA degree program, you must return your accepted Offer of Admission with a $1,000.00 confirmation deposit to hold your place in the program. The confirmation deposit is applied to your first term’s tuition fees. If you cancel your accepted Offer of Admission, or if you fail to satisfy your conditions of your Conditional Offer of Admission, for the term specified on the offer before the start date of your admitted program, you will be refunded half ($500.00 of the $1000.00 confirmation deposit). The $500.00 non-refundable portion of your confirmation deposit will not be applied to any future terms if you cancel your Offer of Admission before the program start or fail to meet your conditions.
CAN I DEFER MY OFFER OF ADMISSION TO THE NEXT YEAR?
If you encounter unique personal circumstances that require a deferral, you are asked to kindly review the Graduate Admissions Toolkit.
Click here to read more. Please be sure to contact the MBA Program Office for further information and request details.
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 Degree 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) 4 years
- Toronto Part-time Double Degree MBA and Master of Finance alternate weekends (early April) 4 years
- Toronto Part-time Accelerated MBA (early April) 2.3 yrs
CAN I SPECIALIZE IN A CERTAIN FIELD OF BUSINESS DURING MY MBA?
Yes, please see our specializations page to view the many options. A specialization is acknowledged on your transcript and requires four specific elective courses in any one of the areas of specialization. Toronto MBA electives are selected in part by the interests of the current students which results in selective course offerings each year in Toronto. Please contact the MBA office directly for more information during the elective stage of your degree.
CAN I TRANSFER BETWEEN MBA PROGRAMS OR BETWEEN MBA CAMPUS LOCATIONS?
- All Lazaridis MBA Degree Program options are campus-specific and are customized in duration and delivery style to their specific campus locations.
- Transfer requests between programs that are offered on the MBA Candidates home campus can sometimes be accommodated if the student has completed the Integrated Core Component and has the eligible credentials. I.e. Transferring from Full-time Waterloo to Part-time Waterloo, after the core, or transferring from the Part-time Toronto alternate weekend comprehensive MBA to the MBA with the CPA or to the double degree, MBA with Master of Finance.
- Some transfer requests between MBA campus locations have restrictions.
- All Toronto MBA programs are privatized and special fees apply. Students admitted to any of the Toronto MBA programs are expected to complete their full course of studies in the Toronto program. Students who elect to take specific MBA courses on the Waterloo Campus, do so under the terms and conditions of the Toronto program. Transfers to the Waterloo programs are only allowed in exceptional circumstances following a required two-term withdrawal from the Toronto program.
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 Lazaridis MBA program format. Please view the most up to date information available on the Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies tuition page.
For Waterloo MBA program details, please contact Holly Paterson at email@example.com.
For Toronto MBA program details, please contact Maureen Ferraro at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Switching Degree Programs?
CAN I OPT INTO THE DOUBLE-DEGREE, THE MBA & THE MASTER OF FINANCE IF I AM CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN THE COMPREHENSIVE GENERAL MBA?
Yes, you can. However you must decide to make the change during one of your four Integrated core component 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 specific admission requirements for the double degree. At the beginning of term five, you will then register for the pre-selected Master of Finance program courses to complete the full 4-year part-time double–degree program. Contact the MBA office directly for further details.
CAN I OPT INTO THE MBA WITH THE CPA OPTION IF I AM IN THE COMPREHENSIVE GENERAL MBA?
Yes, you can. However you must decide to make the change during one of your 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. Contact the MBA office directly for further details.
WILL MY FEES BE REFUNDED IF I MOVE FROM THE MBA WITH THE CPA OPTION TO THE COMPREHENSIVE GENERAL MBA?
Students who choose to opt out of the CPA Option at any time during the first four terms of the program, the Integrated Core or during 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-enroll in the original program. Students cannot switch streams more than once.
WILL MY FEES BE REFUNDED IF I MOVE FROM THE DOUBLE DEGREE, THE MBA & THE MASTER OF FINANCE TO THE COMPREHENSIVE GENERAL MBA?
Students opting out of the double-degree, the MBA & Masters in Finance at any time during the first four terms of the program, the Integrated 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-enroll in the original program. Students cannot switch streams more than once.
Career Prospect Questions
WHAT CAREER PROSPECTS WILL I HAVE AFTER I GRADUATE?
Plenty. The Lazaridis MBA is going to change your life! It will change how you think and how you manage. You might choose to move to a completely different industry, or you may decide there are excellent managerial and leadership opportunities right where you are now that you are equipped with the MBA degree. Lazaridis MBA graduates are empowered to find new opportunities or to create them. Our MBA alumni hold prestigious positions in leadership and management the world over, consistently acquiring high-level positions in their fields of business.
Want to meet some of our MBA Alumni? Click here to view a sampling of our Graduate Success Stories. You are always welcome to contact us and we can connect you with a current MBA candidate or a graduate of the program who is working in an industry or company or field that you are interested in learning more about.
Our MBA career services staff also maintain an open-door policy, allowing you to connect with them when you are ready. Once you are admitted to the program, we encourage you to get involved. Learn about all of the opportunities you have in making connections, networking, and taking advantage of the specialized programs and resources.