Ivey Business School – Western University Canada

Ivey Full-Time MBA Program Structure

The Ivey full-time MBA program at Western University Canada is completed in one year. It begins each March with two sections of students. During the year, students will learn business essentials from Canada’s only case-based MBA program. Prior to the program beginning, students may take part in three optional Preparatory Knowledge Programs: Economics, Finance & Accounting and Quantitative Analysis. PKPs give students an opportunity to brush up on the knowledge that will be required to learn effectively during the program.


Students enrolled in the Ivey full-time MBA program will learn using a case study method. Ivey uses over 300 cases a year, allowing students to experience real-world business scenarios and giving them plenty of hands-on experience that will prepare them for their careers. Students begin with learning business essentials with classes like “Accounting and Control for Managers,” “Marketing Products and Services” and “Leveraging Information Technology.”

During the year, students will have three elective periods. During this time, students choose to specialize and drill down into one of five career-focused electives: Finance, Entrepreneurship, Corporate Strategy & Leadership, International Management, and Marketing.

Students will also take part in the Leading Cross-Enterprise in the Global Business Environment (GLOBE) and Ivey Field Project, where they will learn about leadership and the global business environment while also completing a Business Plan Pitch for a real company.

After they have completed their program, students have an opportunity to apply for a student run volunteer program that takes place overseas: the LEADER Project. The LEADER Project takes recent grads to the Caribbean, Africa, Central Asia or South America to teach business skills and work with local entrepreneurs and business owners.

Class Profile

The most recent Ivey full-time MBA class contains a total of 148 students. They are 73 percent male and 27 percent female. They have an average of 4.7 years of work experience and are about 28 years old. Their median GMAT score is 665. They have citizenship in 22 different countries and speak 29 different languages. The main industry of focus amongst them is finance (26 percent) with professional services (15 percent) and Energy/Resources (10 percent) coming in second and third.


Ivey’s MBA Career Management (CM) department is one of the largest in North America. Students at Ivey meet their career advisor during their initial admissions interview and continue their relationship throughout their time there. Ivey also integrates career management into their curriculum with courses like Tactical Career Management. Every year, CM hosts Get Connected, a three-day event in Toronto with alumni and corporate partners.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition for the 2018 school year is $88,250 for Canadian students and $101,500 for international students. Students can expect about an additional $5,000 in casebooks, supplies and supplemental fees. That number also includes $750 for health insurance for international students.

Students who take the optional preparatory knowledge programs will pay $678 for the Economic Primer, $904 for the Quantitative Analysis Primer and $1,24 for the Finance, Accounting and Spreadsheets Primer.

As part of the admissions process, students will complete a Merit-Based Admissions Award and Scholarship Application. Students will be notified of any awards in their offer package prior to the start of the program. There are also options for external scholarships and awards as well as bank loans and government funding.

Admissions Procedures

Ivey has a notoriously thorough admissions process. To apply for the Ivey full-time MBA program, applicants must have at least two years of full-time work experience. They must submit transcripts from all post-secondary institutions, a GMAT or GRE score, a resume, two to three reference letters, an online application, two essay questions, two video responses to questions and an application fee of $150 CAD. For non-native English speakers, applicants must also submit a TOEFL score. Qualified applicants will receive an interview request within around two weeks of receiving the application.

Application Deadlines

Applications are processed as they are received. The deadlines for the Ivey full-time MBA program for the 2019 school year are as follows:

Round 1 – January 8, 2018
Round 2 – April 9, 2018
Round 3 – July 16, 2018
Round 4 – September 24, 2018
Round 5 – November 12, 2018
Round 6 – January 7, 2019