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Leave of Absence

About Ivey’s Leave of Absence Program

The one-year Ivey MBA is perfectly aligned with many corporate leave policies. The Leave of Absence Program for the full-time MBA is designed to provide assistance in making the transition back to the company you are currently working for, following completion of the MBA. This opportunity is also available to candidates of the MBA Direct for HBA Graduates Program.


As an incoming Ivey MBA student, you are eligible for enrolling in the LOA Program if you worked at your pre-MBA employer in a full-time capacity and completed a minimum eight months of consecutive service.

How to Enrol

Enrolment in the Leave of Absence program is subject to approval.

Once you have completed your MBA application and received your offer of Admission to the MBA Program, all you will be required to provide is a signed commitment agreement form. Please submit your signed form to Mary Townshend.

How do I receive the $10,000 incentive from Ivey?

A student must provide Ivey with a signed Employment Contract from their pre-MBA employer no later than the last day of the MBA program (unless special arrangements have been made). Note that a student must return to their pre-MBA employer in a full-time capacity. This contract may be subject to verification with the employer during Ivey's review. In lieu of a signed contract a new letter (not the original letter) stating the following may be accepted:

  • on company letterhead
  • student will be offered x position and/or x title at the company
  • the role is in a full-time capacity
  • start date of new role at the company
  • signed direct Manager and/or Human Resources
  • contact phone number of person signing

Upon satisfactory review of this contract/letter, the incentive will then be applied to a student's Western account before the end of the MBA program.

If a student received the LOA financial incentive and chooses to terminate their employment before September 1st of their year of graduation, they are required to pay back the full value of the award.

Frequently Asked Questions

For Employers

Ivey’s Leave of Absence Program allows companies to retain valuable talent within their organizations and support the growth and development of individuals who have proven their high potential and their leadership capabilities. These individuals will return post-MBA with the ability to contribute at an even higher level, take on a new role, or encompass a broader area of expertise.

If you are interested in more information on this program on behalf of your company, please contact

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