Opinion

The Appeal Of A Canadian MBA

The reality of a global world is that in order to be successful, you must be an expert in every aspect of the business. And one of the best ways to get that expertise is to earn an MBA in Canada, where students benefit from a high-quality education, an enjoyable lifestyle, and great job potential after graduation.

Over the last decade, the number of international students enrolled in Canadian schools has more than tripled, with 184,000 in 2008 and 572,000 in 2018. The increase is partly due to the country’s generous policies for both residents and visitors.

Unlike in some other countries, Canada’s tuition rates are somewhat affordable for international students (and for citizens!). At the same time, the cost of living in some of Canada’s cities is reasonable, with every type of need covered and available.

And Canada really does offer diversity. In fact, more than half of the students and faculty at the Schulich School of Business at York University are from outside Canada, and it even partners new international students with second-years to provide help with acclimating to daily life, cultural differences, and possibly a new language.

Canada’s MBA programs serve as more than just a gateway to new global experiences, though. The level of education is extremely high, and several programs have earned top spots in various rankings lists – repeatedly. Each business school has a unique spin on how to teach students both quantitative education as well as soft skills. The Smith School of Business at Queen’s University, for example, focuses on hands-on experience and team-based learning to provide students with a comprehensive outlook of the business world. At the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business, however, faculty ensures that students gain a strong understanding of both the theory and application of business fundamentals. And as an added bonus, numerous programs also offer partnerships or campuses abroad to further strengthen students’ global education.

But once students become graduates, it can be nerve-wracking trying to find a job. For international graduates who want to remain in Canada to advance their careers, however, welcoming immigration policies can help them breathe easier. The Post-Graduation Work Permit Program allows foreign nationals to work in Canada for up to three years, and also provides them with a more streamlined path to permanent residence and citizenship. This visa also helps the Canadian government: International students and visitors contributed more than $31 billion to the economy in 2016-2017. Just imagine how much they contribute as professionals with salaries!

Going to business school in Canada should be an easy decision. Its multicultural, welcoming communities and overall opportunities make it one of the best places to earn an MBA and to develop a rewarding professional life.

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Sasha Ramani

Sasha Ramani is the Head of Canada and Corporate Strategy at MPOWER Financing a provider of scholarships and loans to international students pursuing university in Canada and the United States. He studied at the University of Waterloo (Canada), Wilfrid Laurier University (Canada), and Harvard University (USA)

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