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International MBA program

Schulich School of Business
Program summary
20 months
76,723.80 CAD excl. VAT
Start date: September 2020 - Toronto

Program description

Schulich MBA + International

The Schulich International MBA = A world of advantages

The IMBA is the Schulich MBA + International. Whether you are a Canadian or non-Canadian student you will gain a global vision and international perspective enabling you to work more effectively in your home country or abroad. The twenty-month full time program, which commences each Fall term, includes:

Global Work Term
Some 500 companies and organizations in close to 55 countries have sponsored Schulich work abroad terms. Non-Canadian students have the opportunity to work for employers in Canada.

Regional Specialization
In addition to studying the North American market, you will specialize in one of the world’s other major business markets: Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America or South and Southeast Asia.

Exchange Term
You will have an opportunity to apply to one of Schulich's exchange partners which are the world's top business schools enabling you to develop a network of contacts around the world with whom you can interact throughout your career.

International Field Study
During the international field study, you undertake a real-time strategic consulting project at a real world business or organization with international operations.


You will have access to specially designed international management courses, as well as to Schulich’s more than 100 elective courses in 18 areas of specialization with everything from finance to non-profit management.

Schulich Experience
Because the IMBA program is relatively small in size, you will enjoy personal attention and be able to interact on a one-on-one basis with both professors and fellow students. IMBA students have the benefit of studying at Canada's top business school participating in a global, innovative and diverse program.

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Application and Admission Requirements

The applicant is required to meet all admissions requirements and processes of the Schulich MBA, listed below, in addition to oral foreign language proficiency and a letter stating their reasons for applying to the IMBA program. Contact The Schulich School of Business to learn more about applying to the International MBA program.

  • Academic Background
    An undergraduate degree from a recognized university with at least a B average in the last two full years (or equivalent) of academic work.
  • GMAT Score
    An acceptable score on all four measurements of the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). Those applying for the Post - MBA Diploma in Advanced Management do not have to submit a GMAT score.
  • Work Experience
    Two years of relevant full-time work or life experience post degree. Two years of relevant work experience following graduation required from applicants with a three year undergraduate degree.
  • English Proficiency
    Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of English proficiency,with the exception of those who have studied for at least two years in a University where English is the language of instruction.
  • Computer Skills
    All applicants are expected to be computer proficient and have access to computing equipment that can interface with the Schulich network through a plug-in connection. A good working knowledge of a word processing program and a standard spreadsheet program (e.g. enter data into a spreadsheet; manipulate data using simple functions; print out a formatted report; insert spreadsheet output into a text file).

Degree and diploma etc.

Students graduate with an International MBA from the Schulich School of Business. Due to the International focus of the IMBA, students must demonstrate language proficiency consistent with a minimum level of an American Council for Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) level of Advanced-Mid in order to graduate.

IMBA Global Work Term:

global work term of the IMBAStudents in the IMBA program have the opportunity to gain first-hand work experience in the language and region they specialize in during their studies at Schulich. While on the Global Work Term, you will gain exposure to different business and cultural conditions, apply the latest management techniques and skills acquired in the classroom and enhance your understanding of your region of specialization.

To date, some 500 organizations in over 50 countries have hosted IMBA students for work on a variety of short-term projects. Host organizations have benefited tremendously from IMBA students’ unique education, fresh perspectives, well-honed management skills and strong motivation. Work Terms may be in private, non-profit or public sector organizations, and site projects may vary depending on role, company, industry and country. In the past, common projects have included industry analyses, market research and audits/assessments of company expenditures.

The Work Term typically takes place in Term 3 (May to August) or Term 4 (September to December), and is a full-time commitment that lasts a minimum of 12 weeks. The IMBA Program suggests that a host organization reimburse its IMBA student at a rate that accurately reflects the nature of the project the student undertakes. However, some students may choose to accept unpaid Work Terms in order to acquire specialized experience. It should be noted that in some countries unpaid Work Terms are the norm.

While it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to find an appropriate Work Term, the Assistant Director of the International MBA Program - Internships & Corporate Services, will provide you with support and advice to help you make connections and gain access to valuable resources.

One of the most memorable and meaningful experiences of the IMBA program, the Work Term will give you real-world international business experience to enhance your ability to participate in the global economy upon graduation.

Language study in the IMBA:

language studies in the IMBAAll IMBA students need to have verbal fluency in at least two languages. Students can enhance their skills in one of the world's major business languages: French, German, Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish and English as a Second Language (for students from abroad). Other IMBA region specialization languages may be considered and in the past have included: Portuguese, Cantonese, Hindi, Russian, Tagalog, Korean, and Serbo-Croatian. The language of specialization must be spoken in your region of specialization. Students graduate with the demonstrated ability to conduct business in an international language.

IMBA students graduate with the capacity to conduct business in a second language. Working on a language for two years of study within the IMBA program is not enough to achieve this level of proficiency. Therefore, students must enter the IMBA program with a minimum certified American Council for Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) oral proficiency level of Intermediate-High and this language is typically a student’s second language.

In order to qualify for the IMBA program, a language must be:

  • spoken in one of the regions offered by the IMBA (Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, North America or South and Southeast Asia); and
  • testable by an official Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) tester as trained and certified by ACTFL.

Supported languages are those taught in the IMBA program and include, but are not restricted to:

  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish
  • English as a Second Language (generally reserved for international students)

Talk to Schulich School of Business to discuss language possibilities.

Expenses / Tuition Fees

Fees for domestic IMBA students:

Per Term (Full time): CAD$ $62,724.40

Fees for international IMBA students:

Per Term (Part time): CAD$ 76,723.80

* Academic fees are approximate and vary with start date and program length. Figures above include ancillary and supplementary fees.

Special note for IMBA students: Bursary assistance is available to offset the cost of tuition for students during their Work Term.

Contact the Schulich School of Business to discuss fees and scholarship opportunities.

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