Frequently Asked Questions

What is the application process?

Select 'Apply Now' on the program page and choose your preferred start date. Submit the program application form and select a payment method. A program advisor may contact you to discuss your eligibility for the program. Once your application is approved, you will be billed directly or receive an invoice. Payment of program fees is due within 30 days of receipt of invoice and no less than 15 days before the program start date.


Is there an application deadline?

In most cases, program applications must be received no later than 14 days before the start of a program. This ensures time for our team to provide all necessary support and materials to participants in advance and allows participants sufficient time to complete pre-reading and preparatory work.


Are funding resources available?

Organizations and participants in Canada may benefit from the Canada Job Grant or the Canada Training Credit to offset a portion of program fees. Visit our Funding Resources page to learn more.


What does the program fee cover?

The program fee covers program materials, meals, and hotel accommodations for sessions at Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre or Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Program sessions offered in Toronto and Calgary include program materials, breakfast, and lunch; participants are responsible for accommodations and meals outside of program hours. Program fees are tax-exempt.


Can I reserve a spot in the program?

Seats in programs may be reserved for a limited time, pending availability. Contact a program advisor to request a reservation. A program application must then be confirmed within 15 business days and no less than 30 days before the program start date.


When are new program dates announced?

Programs are offered throughout the year in Calgary, Banff, London, Toronto, and online. Contact us to receive a notification of new dates for specific programs.


How should I prepare before attending the program?

Our Program Managers will contact all registered participants before the program start date with instructions to join our online Learning Management System. Once logged in, you can create a class profile, view other participants’ profiles, and access a list of assigned pre-readings, cases, and activities. Plan to review and complete preparation work in advance of each class session.


How are online programs delivered?

Online programs are delivered through a blend of live interactive virtual sessions with Ivey faculty facilitators and self-paced learning modules. Each module guides you through videos, cases, and exercises that help you prepare for and reflect on your learning. You’ll then participate in a live online class to discuss and apply your new knowledge with peers and faculty. All components of virtual programs are required for participants.


Will I need to attend the entire program?

To make the most of the group learning experience, all participants must attend all program sessions and activities, including group work, virtual classes, and coaching sessions. Scheduled social events are also highly recommended!


Will I need to attend all virtual program sessions?

All participants are expected to attend and participate in virtual sessions during scheduled times. These sessions are live and highly interactive, requiring your full attention. We also recommend that you plan to turn your web camera on as much as possible during virtual sessions.


Will I receive a credential after completing the program?

Upon completing the program, you will receive a digital credential from Ivey — Canada’s top-ranked business school. Your digital badge connects to a unique URL, allowing you to showcase your commitment to professional development on social media, websites, portfolios, and professional networks. Stay connected with Ivey and enjoy exclusive thought leadership content, event invites, and networking opportunities with your fellow alumni.


Are discounts available?

All graduates of The Ivey Academy receive a 25-per-cent discount towards future enrolment in select programs. Western University and Ivey Business School alumni also receive a 25-per-cent discount on select programs. Employees of charitable and non-profit organizations receive a 40-per-cent discount on select programs. Discounts are not stackable. Visit our discounts information page for more details.


Should I bring a laptop?

Most of our program materials are delivered in paperless digital format. We recommend bringing a laptop or tablet to class sessions.


Will I have time for work calls and meetings?

Program attendance requires your full focus and commitment during class sessions. Regular breaks are provided for meals and refreshments, though we encourage you to dedicate time away from work to immerse yourself within your program.


What if I need to cancel, withdraw, or transfer my program admission?

Please visit our Terms and Conditions page for full details about cancellations, withdrawals, and transfers.


Will I need to obtain a visa if I am coming from overseas?

Visa requirements vary depending on your nationality and country of residence. Please use the Government of Canada ‘Find out if you need a visa to travel to Canada’ tool or consult the Canadian consulate or embassy in your home country.


Contact a program advisor to learn more.