Northamerican MSc in Management programs: Canada

Canada is an attractive country to study in – not only for Canadian citizens. Every year the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) index ranks it among the top-5 most valuable countries to live in. Referring to the Canadian Department of Citizenship and Immigration, the number of foreign students in Canada has been increasing for years, up to currently almost 200,000. Many students like the fact that the country offers the possibility to speak and learn not only English but also French. Not to mention the beautiful landscape and fascinating cities. But would you find results when searching for the keywords “Canada Master in Management“?

Canada and the Master in Management

Indeed. Recently, also Canadian universities seem to discover the Master in Management. At the moment 11 academic institutions offer the Master in Management , and more can be expected to come in the future. One of them, the HEC Montreal, really offers a Master of Science in Administration which basically is a Master in Management as the Financial Times Master in Management Ranking lists them. The following academic institutions offer Master in Management programs and are profiled on the website Master in Management Compass (

  • Brock University
  • HEC Montreal
  • Lakehead University
  • Queen’s University, School of Business
  • Royal Roads University
  • Ryerson University
  • University of Lethbridge
  • University of Manitoba, Asper School of Business
  • University of Ottawa, Telfer School of Management
  • University of Western Ontario, Richard Ivey School of Business
  • University of Windsor, Odette School of Business


The Master in Management as a threat for the MBA

Actually, the Master in Management is both quite a young and a European phenomenon. Traditionally the Master in Business Administration (MBA) was THE postgraduate education in general management. But within the first decade of the new millennium a new programme type with a similar focus emerged: the MSc in Management   (MiM).

Its key trigger was the so-called Bologna reform by which European countries since 1999 exchanged their traditional 5-year academic programs for the Anglo-Saxon bachelor-master system. As the bachelor in business required a consecutive master in business in order to offer students the same qualification as the old diploma the Master in Management was born together with other business masters. But at present the Master in Management is not just a follow-up program for business students nor is it offered only in Europe: Instead, business schools all over the world offer MSc in Management to graduates of all academic areas.

Canadian universities, at least eleven of them, seem to have seen the profit potential of this new program type as a severe alternative to the MBA, particularly for graduates without or with only little work experience.

Source: Master in Management Compass


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