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Ivey Business School at Western University

Contact our general manager with any questions. Profile updated: August 16, 2016.

School Data

Annual Tuition: $83,250 CDN

Annual Tuition Non-Resident: $111,750 CDN

Full-Time Enrollment: 151

Average GPA: 3

Median GMAT: 680

GPA Range (mid-80%): 2.7-3.7

International: 31%

Female: 33%

Male: 67%

Average Age: 28

Application Deadlines: Round 3: July 15, 2019. Round 4: September 23, 2019. Round 5: November 12, 2019. Round 6: January 6, 2020.

Two things make Ivey Business School, based at the University of Western Ontario in Canada, stand out from the crowd. The first is its deep commitment to the case method. Forget lectures: the entire Ivey MBA is taught via cases which the school creates itself — it is the second-biggest writer of cases, after Harvard Business School.

Ivey students can expect to study about 300 case during the program, which can range from Alibaba’s Corporate Values to Starbucks Customer Service, via Tata Motors and Cirque du Soleil. The point is to create a practical, action-oriented education which the school likens — in a pretty snappy analogy — to “being in a corporate flight simulator for a year.”

The second thing that makes Ivey different is that its full-time MBA is short for North America, lasting just 12 months — a timeframe far more popular in Europe. That makes it a serious option for people who don’t want to take two years off work. Obviously, that means that certain elements present on other MBAs are dropped; study trips (to China or South America) are optional, and there is no internship. The short duration helps a lot with ROI, though.

The result is a super-efficient and very job-centered MBA experience. Ivey was Canada’s top-ranked school in Bloomberg Businessweek’s rankings from 2014-18 and was also rated number one in Canada for student and recruiter satisfaction during that period.

Indeed, job-finding is one of Ivey’s specialties. Recruiters get involved right from the admissions process, ensuring that Ivey only selects students that it is sure it can help find a job in the short time available. The careers service is helped by a helpful and supportive alumni network consisting of 25,000 people in over 100 countries.

The system works. Over 90% of Ivey MBAs to find employment within three months of graduation, almost all of them in Canada. That includes the 30% of MBA students who are international, the vast majority of whom come to Canada because they are looking to settle in the country. The biggest recruiters are consultants and banks, though the country’s vibrant tech sector — centered in Toronto, just a couple of hours away — is hoovering up more and more.

Jay Kiew, MBA 2018

I chose Ivey for three reasons. One, it was number one in Canada at the time I was applying. I knew I wanted to stay in Canada, so I knew that it would help me get into the big consulting firms where I wanted to go. (It worked: I now work for Deloitte.) Two, the network. I probably wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for the generosity of Ivey alumni. Over 30 people, from senior managers to partners, gave me valuable feedback that helped me land my post-MBA job. Three, the case methodology seemed like a great technique. The most valuable thing I learned was emotional intelligence. From working intensely with teams, I became far better at reading other people’s emotions better and quicker, which has been extremely useful in my current job, where I work a lot with highly stressed execs.

JD Clarke, Executive Director, Ivey Masters Programs, Recruitment and Admissions

Recruiters tell us that they want MBAs with grit and resilience who can deal with difficult situations — people with good communication skills, who can work out how to get things done in large organizations and who can think on their feet in meetings and sell their ideas. It goes without saying that MBAs come out of business schools with technical skills, but the case method teaches all those soft skills as well. These days knowledge is a commodity, but we give people an experience where they learn to apply their knowledge in a live environment.

Ivey does not identify top employers, rather lists all companies who engaged with Ivey MBA students and denotes those that hired an Ivey MBA graduate with a “*”.

Contact Information

Location:
MBA Recruiting & Admissions
2nd Floor 1255 Western Road
London, Canada ON N6G 0N1
Admissions Office:
(519) 661-3212
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Ivey’s One-Year MBA Program

Ivey’s full-time MBA program is one year in length and begins each March with up to 150 students.

Our one-year format recognizes that part of the big cost of doing your MBA is time away from your career. With only one year out of the workforce instead of two, we’ve minimized your opportunity cost while providing a world-class package of intense curriculum that will help you to achieve your career goals and get you back to work quickly.

Top MBA Program in Canada

Ranked #1 in Canada for five years running by Bloomberg Businessweek for both student and recruiter satisfaction, Ivey Business School has one of the best MBA programs in the country. We’re proud of both our student experience and how well our graduates consistently perform in the marketplace.

#1 for Career Management

Work with our top-ranked Career Management team to prepare for post-MBA jobs, career transitions and skills for long-term career success. Our consistently strong job placement rates are a testament to the talent and resources of our Career Management team.

Top 20 Alumni Network Globally

Join a network of 26,000 alumni in 105 countries and discover why The Economist consistently ranks our alumni network top 20 in the world. You’ll have access to a community of engaged and responsive alumni, allowing you to build connections that will foster career growth, mentorship opportunities, and lifelong friendships. Meet our past graduates.

Practice Business Every Day

The Ivey MBA curriculum is delivered using Ivey’s case study method, combining theory with practice. Using almost 300 cases a year, we engage students in an action-oriented and dynamic approach...

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