Thank you for your interest in the Ivey MBA Program. We understand that starting an MBA is a big decision, and we would be happy to answer any questions you might have. Before writing to us, please visit the FAQ section below, which provides responses to many common questions. If you still have remaining questions, please fill in the Contact Us form below, and a member of our team will respond to you shortly.
Frequently Asked Questions
Ivey welcomes two sections of students each year in March. Ivey's Preparatory Knowledge Program (optional, Pre-Ivey programming) starts at the beginning of March, with official classes beginning mid-March. The program is approximately 12 months in length.
There is no typical day as the schedule will change often throughout the year. During the first six months when you take your core courses over two modules, you’ll have 3 classes a day of 90 minutes each, Monday to Friday, starting at 8:20 AM and finishing at 1:00 PM. During this time, you will also have assignments and meetings with your learning team, career counselling sessions, and extra-curricular activities. From September to March there are 5 elective periods with each student having their own academic schedule depending on the electives he or she has chosen. The assignments and group work continue, and there is typically an increasing amount of time spent on career-related activities. During the month of December, you will have the option to participate in one of three international study trips, which the majority of students participate in. Module 3 will take place in the last two weeks of the program and is considered the capstone course of the program.
There is no typical student at Ivey. We have an extremely diverse class with a wide range of experience and backgrounds. Check out our latest class profile.
No. At Ivey we pride ourselves on providing an MBA experience that cannot be delivered on a part-time or distance studies basis. Because of the interactive nature of the case-method and our focus on developing leadership essentials and a strong network of personal and professional relationships, it is necessary that students commit to pursuing the program in London for the year.
Yes, we absolutely believe you can. We consider ourselves specialists in talent identification and development. If you are successful in being admitted to Ivey, it is our view that you do not need an internship. We also have a commitment to letting candidates know if we DO feel that an internship would be beneficial to them, and we do not admit them if we don't think they'll be successful and thrive in our program. For more on this topic, check out this article, written by our Executive Director of Career Management and Corporate Recruiting, Sharon Irwin-Foulon.
We encourage all candidates to participate in our events to get a better sense of their fit with the program. Our events calendar can be found here and includes Class Visit and Open House events on the Ivey Campus as well as First Class on the Road events, which take the Ivey Case-Method to classrooms in various cities, including Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton. If you are living farther away, we also have online events.
Before making an appointment, we recommend completing a resumé assessment. This allows our team to provide you with feedback on your fit with our admissions requirements. From there, we will direct you to the best next steps.
Our application process is competitive and fit is assessed based on your MBA career goals and expectations as well as how you can demonstrate leadership orientation and depth in your experience compared to other candidates.
The success of your application is based on your ability to demonstrate strong depth of experience and impact on the businesses you've worked for, as well as your ability to perform well within team based settings, in addition to your GMAT score, references, essays, and all the elements that make up a strong application.
If you haven’t already, we recommend completing a resumé assessment, which will allow our team to provide you with feedback on your fit with our admissions requirements.
Application deadlines can be found here.
The Admissions Committee would like to see a minimum of 2 years' full-time work experience at the time of applying, as well as demonstrated leadership qualities and job progression. Keep in mind as well that the average number of years' work experience in our class is closer to 5.
You might find it helpful to view our class profile to see the quality and background of students in our current class: https://www.ivey.uwo.ca/cmsmedia/3778169/2018-class-profile.pdf
The range of work experience for our MBA class is 2 to 10 years. After 10 years of experience, our program is not the best fit. This is due to a) the case-based nature of our program, where students must be contributing at a level similar to their peers, and b) our ability to manage the career expectations of students whose experience exceeds that of what our recruiters are looking for from Ivey MBA graduates. If you have more than 10 years of work experience, we encourage you to check out our Executive MBA Program, which might be a better fit.
Here is a government link for you to explore regarding studying in Canada and how to get a study permit: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/index.asp
The Ivey website also has some information for International Students at Ivey MBA: http://www.ivey.uwo.ca/mba/admission/international-applicants/
If you have any further questions regarding this process, please contact the International & Exchange Student Centre at Western University:
General Inquiries: 519-661-2111 ext. 89309
To Book an Appointment: 519-661-2111 ext. 85908
If you are interested in pursuing an application to the Ivey MBA Program, the first step is to submit your resumé to the MBA Admissions Team for a preliminary assessment.
This will allow the team to review your background and provide you feedback on your fit with our program admission requirements. You can send the MBA Admissions Team your resumé using the following form: http://go.ivey.ca/MBARA
As a general guideline, your resumé should highlight your education and academic focus; work experience, responsibilities, and accomplishments (organized by company); and organizations to which you belong. Your resumé can also include bullet points highlighting specific skills as well as personal interests or leadership qualities.
A GMAT or GRE score is a mandatory component of the application, and we cannot assess your file without it. We do not offer waivers under any circumstance.
A competitive GMAT score would be in the 600-plus range, with a competitive score being closer to 685. Keep in mind that a GMAT score is only one piece of criteria that the admissions committee assesses, in addition to MBA fit, quality and depth of work experience, leadership, judgement and character, and MBA readiness.
Yes, Ivey accepts both the GMAT and the GRE. However, candidates interested in pursuing post-MBA careers in the Financial Services or Management Consulting sectors should consider writing the GMAT to ensure a competitive profile as recruiters in these industries may request a GMAT score as part of their application process. Candidates should research the application criteria for their employers-of-preference before deciding which exam to write.
Ivey has one of the largest and most qualified Career Management (CM) departments in North America. The Career Management team’s mandate is to provide you with the tools and resources needed to navigate your career path well into the future. We are extremely proud of our employment statistics, with our track record of placement consistently 90% or higher. For our current full employment report, please click here.
Recipients of scholarships and awards are selected based on academic excellence, GMAT score, employment experience, demonstrated leadership, and the admissions interview. Candidates of exceptional quality are automatically reviewed for admission awards ranging from 10% to 75% of tuition. Candidates will be assessed on academic merit and leadership qualities demonstrated through education, activities and work experience. Candidates who are selected to receive a scholarship or award will be notified at the time of the admissions offer.
For more information on scholarships and financing options for students, please visit https://www.ivey.uwo.ca/mba/finance/scholarships-awards-loans/
Our alumni are always happy to share their Ivey experience. They regularly attend our MBA events around the world, and the best way to connect with them is to attend an Information Session or one of our Experience Events (First Class on the Road, Women in Management, MBA Fair etc.). To register for an upcoming event, visit our events website.
We also have current student ambassadors who are available to speak to you about their student experience – they can be reached here.