University of Guelph MBA

Guelph, Ont.

The University of Guelph prides itself on offering a specialized education, and its MBA program is no exception. The school’s College of Business and Economics offers three specialized MBA degrees: food and agribusiness, hospitality and tourism, and sustainable commerce.

The two-year program begins in May and takes place largely online. Students—mid-career professionals with a minimum of three years of business experience—complete their coursework remotely, with the exception of three residencies on campus. The hybrid model allows students to complete their degree while still pursuing a full-time career.

The program hosts a wide range of networking events, providing an opportunity for students and alumni to connect across the Toronto region. The “Gryphons on Bay Street” event in Toronto’s financial district allows alumni to connect and discuss their latest ventures. The program’s ongoing speaker series, called “Innovators: Leaders Pushing Boundaries,” features prominent politicians and industry experts including Canadian politician and diplomat Stephen Lewis and former Liberal party Leader Bob Rae.

In 2016, the MBA program moved into the renovated Macdonald Hall, a historic building equipped with modern classrooms and a career development centre. While on campus, students are encouraged to enjoy university traditions, including the painting of a cannon called Old Jeremiah and the rubbing of the university’s gryphon statue for good luck.

This year, the school hired Norm O’Reilly as the assistant dean of its executive programs. O’Reilly specializes in the business of sports, has co-authored eight books and was previously chair of Ohio University’s department of sports administration.

Full-Time: 24 months

Work Experience: 3-5 years

Cost: $44,450

Cost (International): $50,867

Incoming Full-Time Enrolment: 120

Female Students: 40%

International Students: 6%

Specializations: Hospitality and Tourism Management, Food and Agribusiness, Sustainable Commerce

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