There are many MBA programs out there. Ivey stands apart from traditional business schools because of its differences.
The Ivey MBA opens your mind to how the business world really works and prepares you to take challenges head-on.
Five interlinked elements give you not just the business fundamentals that you would expect from an MBA program, but also the leadership capabilities required to turn concepts into decisions, knowledge into action, and ideas into change.
Leaders don't sit back. In the classroom at Ivey, you'll lean forward and contribute every day in the case-method.
Before you start asking to see a course outline, let's make one thing perfectly clear. How you learn is more important. Because no matter how engaging a faculty member may be, you can't be lectured into becoming a great decision maker.
From day one in the program, the pace is fast and unyielding, and the adrenaline rush is undeniable. Each class is a journey through a complex, multi-disciplined business challenge. You are immediately confronted with the reality that, in business, things rarely fit into tidy functional boxes. You'll have too much information, or at times not enough, but through the program you'll become comfortable making decisions when faced with uncertainty.
Class preparation starts with each student tackling an individual assessment of the case and crafting a plan of action. From there, you test your ideas with your learning team and new ideas and strategies will emerge. You'll gain greater confidence in your decision, preparing you for class itself. The Ivey classroom is the final step, opening up the debate to diverse perspectives and the surprising conclusion that there is not 'one right answer'.
That's why Ivey is committed to Case-Method Learning. It's not just teaching, it's a powerful decision-making approach that becomes ingrained into how you operate. The transformation happens throughout your year at Ivey, as you dive into hundreds of cases. You'll build amazing problem solving skills and develop the ability to recognize and seize business opportunities, making you a rare double-threat.
Ivey attracts an exceptionally strong field of candidates with a staggeringly diverse range of educational, professional and cultural backgrounds. We have a finely-tuned admission process and we are confident that you'll be as impressed with your classmates as we are.
More than most MBA programs, the quality of your classmates truly matters at Ivey. Case Method Learning is exponentially more effective when you and your faculty member can draw on the diverse experiences and perspectives of the class.
Fit is everything at Ivey. Our admissions interviews give us the opportunity to ensure that you are the kind of MBA student who will contribute to the learning of others and wants to learn from others. These are peers who will challenge, motivate, and support you and expect the same in return.
We hold our faculty to the same high standards. The Ivey faculty has a strong connection to the school and fully embraces our unique teaching method. Experts in their fields, Ivey faculty members write cases, consult and research with organizations around the world and then draw on this experience in the classroom. They are deeply committed to your academic success and your leadership development.
With a better approach to learning and amazing classmates and faculty, there's really no limit to what you can learn
Anybody can learn a theory. All schools teach core business knowledge but that’s where the similarity ends. At Ivey, we believe knowledge is necessary, but not sufficient for career success. Pushing you to learn how and when to apply ideas is the difference that will take you from manager to leader.
Strong leaders are confident leaders. This confidence only comes with practice, practice and more practice. The Ivey classroom is where you will test your ability to apply what you’ve learned and have your perspective challenged by your learning team, classmates, and faculty. Through hundreds of cases and simulations, you’re exposed to several years of real-life business knowledge in just one transformational year.
At Ivey, you learn by doing. Each day, as you apply your learning, you accelerate your leadership capabilities. We call these capabilities Ivey Leadership Essentials. They are at the core of everything we do at Ivey and are what truly differentiate our Ivey MBAs.
Please click on each Leadership Essential to learn more.
Meet your network and learn the art of leveraging those influential connections.
In the halls at Ivey, you’ll grow a powerful and influential professional network, starting with a special bond between you and everyone from your year. It’s a bond that will last a lifetime.
As an Ivey MBA, you’ll also have access to one of the most prestigious alumni networks in Canada and the world. That means more “who you knows” than you will likely ever need. Ivey Alumni are busy leading the business world, but they also maintain strong connections to the school as recruiters, guest speakers, sponsors, and mentors.
Ivey does more than just connect you to influential people. You’ll also learn the art of effectively leveraging those connections. Developing new relationships and building on the ones you have is a core skill that’s vital to your career.
Ivey graduates have a culture of saying “yes” to meeting with other Ivey grads to talk business or mutual opportunities. This culture is fostered from day one and continues well beyond graduation. Ivey grads “get” each other, and they know that you chose Ivey because you value what makes it different from traditional business schools. That shared connection says a lot about who you are today and who you will become.
Building your skills today for limitless opportunities tomorrow.
The MBA program you choose should share your career goals. Our mandate at Ivey has never been just to prepare you for your first post-MBA job and be done with it. Rather, we want to give you the tools to create and navigate opportunities successfully throughout your career.
Our Ivey Career Management team is ranked #1 in Canada by our prestigious recruiting partners and they’re involved from the very beginning. In fact, your early career path exploration starts during the admission process when our career management team participates in your application assessment.
Career coaching is built right into the curriculum. Class time is devoted to the skills required to build a solid resumé, prepare for rigorous interviews, find hidden career opportunities, network effectively, and plan your career strategy.
We don’t hand out jobs. We provide access to exceptional coaching and knowledge you can use to launch and accelerate your career path. These days, the typical career of a young professional spans three radically different industries with eight distinct functions – your career success will depend on your ability to manage this change.
An Ivey MBA opens doors to an unlimited range of challenging leadership opportunities. Ivey Career Management coaching gives you the insight and career savvy you need to fully capitalize on them.
*among Canadian business schools, Financial Times
**Bloomberg Businessweek MBA ranking 2014, 2015, 2016