Business and commerce education in Canada


Approximately 70 schools in Canada offer degree programmes in at least one aspect of management. About 50 of these are in English and twenty in French. A number of schools offer courses in both languages.

  • Undergraduate business and commerce degrees generally require three or four years of full-time study (depending on the province). The most common undergraduate business degrees in Canada are the Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and the Bachelor of Management (BMgt)
  • Business and commerce programmes at the master’s level are offered by over 40 Canadian universities. The most common programme is the Master of Business Administration (MBA); others include the Master of Applied Science (MASc), Master of Science (MSc) and Master of Management Studies (MMS). Master’s degrees generally require two full-time years of study, although increasingly universities are offering general or specialised one-year graduate diplomas
  • Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) programmes, 
which are currently offered by many Canadian business schools, are gaining prominence; they are programmes that enable senior managers to obtain a graduate degree in business
  • PhD programmes, which are usually research degrees, typically take three to five years to complete. Canadian business schools produce about 100 doctoral graduates each year
  • Executive Development programmes are short-term, intensive programmes designed for those who are already employed in the management industry

International students are an invaluable part of Canada’s academic community; they enrich campuses and classrooms 
by introducing global perspectives into the curricula.

International students enrolled in Canadian business and commerce programmes receive various forms of support from the universities they attend, and all schools offer a wide range of services to help facilitate their integration and enrich their experience in Canada. Students from abroad are often permitted, depending on the province, to work on campus while pursing 
their studies.

The Canadian Federation of Business School Deans (CFBSD), which formed in 1976, works with its members to assist Canadian business schools in providing high-quality education that is relevant and valuable to contemporary management. CFBSD’s membership comprises 65 university level business schools, as well as educational and industrial associations

Written by Timothy Daus (2011)
Executive Director
Canadian Federation of Business School Deans (CFBSD)