French, with 300 million speakers worldwide, is the third most widely used business language. If you want to pursue graduate studies at a francophone institution, the Université du Québec à Montréal’s business school has a solid reputation in boardrooms around the globe. UQAM offers three MBA programs, each with its own admissions criteria and delivery format.
The consulting management MBA is offered on a full- or part-time basis during evenings and weekends, and takes between 18 and 36 months to complete. Applicants must have a minimum of four years’ relevant work experience. Through an agreement with the Chartered Administrators Order of Quebec, a provincial regulatory body that oversees the profession, graduates of UQAM’s MBA in consulting management can be fast-tracked to obtain their certified management consultant designation.
The science and engineering MBA is open to those who have an undergraduate degree in science or engineering and who have less than three years of professional experience in the field. The program combines traditional lectures with on-site workshops in partnership with local companies. The two-year program is only offered full time, with intakes in September and January.
UQAM also offers an accelerated MBA in accounting—an 18-month program offered on evenings and weekends, beginning each September. The program is designed for students who already have a strong background in accounting, typically an undergraduate degree. Recent graduates who have obtained their chartered professional accountant designation are also eligible; no prior work experience is necessary.
The school of management is located in the heart of Montreal’s Latin Quarter. A major refurbishment project is currently under way, and by 2021, the 110-year-old heritage building will be completely modernized.
Cost: $8,500 (Quebec students), $18,720 (out-of-province students)
Cost (International): $18,550 per year
Incoming Full-Time Enrolment: 75
Incoming Part-Time Enrolment: 84
Female Students: 57%
International Students: 11%