Best Business Universities in Canada: 2017 Ranking
Here are the 20 best business programs in Canada
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19: University of Regina (tie)
Only 41 years old, the University of Regina has already established itself as an institution that thinks outside the box. It was the ﬁrst university in Western Canada to offer co-op studies, and the province’s ﬁrst green roof was constructed on top of its Research and Innovation Centre. Find out more about the University of Regina here.
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19: University of Ottawa (tie)
The University of Ottawa is a diverse, bilingual university with 250 undergraduate programs and 200 graduate degrees in 10 faculties. Students can study everything from fine arts to hard sciences in French, English or both. The university has an extensive co-op program boasting a 95 per cent placement rate. Find out more about the University of Ottawa here.
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18: University of Victoria
Not many campuses can offer a 10-minute walk to the beach with surroundings of ocean, mountains and forests, but the University of Victoria has so much green space, it’s no wonder students flock outdoors in the springtime—which comes in early March—to study and suntan on blankets. But the location also influences UVic’s identity, which has research strengths in climate change, oceans science and alternative energy. Find out more about UVic here.
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17: Université du Québec à Montréal
Located in a dynamic, urban setting in the heart of Montreal’s Latin Quarter, the Université du Québec à Montréal offers more than 300 programs, maintains several degree options in the arts, social sciences, business and education, while targeting promising avenues of research in the health and natural sciences. Find out more about UQAM here.
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16: Wilfrid Laurier University
Wilfrid Laurier University has been an integral part of the Kitchener-Waterloo community for more than a century, and Brantford, Ont., since it opened a campus there in 1999. The main campus in Waterloo is squeezed mostly onto a single city block, so it can feel intimidating from the outside, though intimate from the inside. The $103-million Global Innovation Exchange building, which will house the math department and the school of business and economics, will be open to students in January 2016. Find out more about Laurier here.
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15: Laval University
Université Laval—famous for its successful Rouge et Or football team—is a large, research-intensive institution located in the Quebec City suburb of Sainte-Foy. At Laval, says rector Denis Brière, “knowledge, creativity and innovation are part of everyday life.” Three federal centres of excellence—in photonics, geomatics and Arctic climate change—are hosted here, as well as the Centre for Northern Studies. Find out more about Laval here.
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13: Concordia University (tie)
Concordia University in Montreal is one of Canada’s largest, offering more than 500 programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. It provides a flexible learning environment with evening classes, online courses and a library open 24-7. “This is an innovative, urban university for the next generation,” says president Alan Shepard. Find out more about Concordia here.
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13: University of Calgary (tie)
The University of Calgary is a young university in a dynamic city. A location in the country’s energy capital has its perks (excellent job opportunities) and its problems (a shortage of apartments). “We’re achieving the high standards we’ve set before us, as we near the goal of becoming a top five research institute in the country,” says president Elizabeth Cannon. Find out more about the University of Calgary here.
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12: University of Waterloo
The University of Waterloo is a research mecca. There’s the Balsillie School of International Affairs, a collaboration with Wilfrid Laurier University, and the prestigious Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics is nearby. The Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre opened in 2012, as did a campus in Stratford, Ont., dedicated to digital media and information technology. Find out more about Waterloo here.
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11: Université de Montréal
Université de Montréal looms large on the mountain, and its inﬂuence on Quebec society can be seen in its impressive list of alumni. Filmmaker Denys Arcand and former prime minister Pierre Trudeau strode its halls, as did 12 premiers of Quebec, who graduated from U de M or one of its affiliated schools. Find out more about the Université de Montréal here.
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10: Ryerson University
Ryerson’s polytechnic past means it has always offered degrees that lead directly to jobs. But the Digital Media Zone helps students to create them. “The DMZ allows students to become entrepreneurs while they’re going to school,” explains Sheldon Levy, who is wrapping up 10 years as president. The innovation hub, which opened in 2010, has incubated more than 130 start-ups and led to the creation of more than 1,200 jobs. Find out more about Ryerson here.
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9: McMaster University
Although its steel- and manufacturing-based economy gave Hamilton its “Steeltown” moniker, students need not be deterred by images of an industrial wasteland. McMaster is actually a green campus with ivy-covered buildings blending in with modern glass and steel. Located near lakefront conservation areas, pedestrians rule the school grounds, as cars are not allowed beyond the parking lots located along the campus perimeter. Find out more about McMaster here.
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8: Simon Fraser University
Since opening its doors 50 years ago in Burnaby, Simon Fraser University has spread to the downtown core of Vancouver, as well as the fast-growing suburb of Surrey. All three campuses have developed strong ties with their local communities. One example is UniverCity, a model sustainable community that SFU is developing on Burnaby Mountain. Find out more about SFU here.
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7: Queen’s University
Queen’s is a hub of academic research on the shores of Lake Ontario near the mouth of the St. Lawrence River. The campus is dotted with charming limestone buildings in Romanesque revival and neo-Gothic style, several more than 100 years old. More modern structures coexist, such as the new athletic centre, which houses three gyms, a food court and a coffee shop. Find out more about Queen’s here.
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6: McGill University
McGill attracts bright students from around the world. “A degree from McGill right now is worth a lot, because the reputation of McGill worldwide is strong,” says principal Suzanne Fortier. The university has cultivated more Rhodes Scholars and more Nobel laureates than any other school in Canada. Find out more about McGill here.
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5: York University
York’s students may complain about its location, which is so remote they have to take a bus from the subway station. But a new subway line under construction will make trips downtown or to Yorkdale Mall a lot more palatable. In the meantime, it attracts students to its renowned programs in business, law, science and fine arts. Find out more about York here.
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4: Western University
Built along the banks of the Thames River in the “forest city” of London, Ont., Western is one of the largest universities in the province. With more than 400 academic programs, 90 ﬁrst-year courses and approximately 175 student clubs, it is more than just a regional powerhouse; increasingly, the school is building international recognition. Find out more about Western here.
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3: University of Alberta
The research-intensive University of Alberta offers more than 200 undergraduate programs and 170 graduate programs. Located south of the Legislature Building at one end of Whyte Avenue, where Edmontonians shop and socialize, the main campus is a serene green space surrounded by newer steel-and-glass buildings devoted to engineering, science and medicine. Find out more about the University of Alberta here.
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2: University of British Columbia
An undergraduate could feel overwhelmed at a school as big as UBC, with its sprawling Point Grey campus and an international reputation for research and graduate programs. It’s an ongoing challenge that the university is addressing with efforts to create a more intimate learning environment by adding more student-centric learning spaces and engaging neighbouring municipalities as community partners. Find out more about UBC here.
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1: University of Toronto
With 8,000 faculty, more than 700 undergraduate programs and around 83,000 students on three campuses, the University of Toronto is in a class of its own. St. George, the leafy downtown campus, has the historic stone buildings, while the newer Scarborough and Mississauga campuses are in quieter suburban settings. U of T’s halls have echoed with the debates of several future premiers and prime ministers. Find out more about U of T here.
With startup culture at an all-time high, now is a great time to study business. For the second year in a row, Maclean’s has ranked the best universities in 10 program areas—including business. Using hard data provided by academic publishing company Elsevier and our own reputation survey sent out to academics, we score where to best study to reach the top in your desired field. Click through the gallery below to find out which university to attend to become your own dragon (without the Kevin O’Leary attitude). For a better understanding of the rankings, check out our methodology. Click here to see more program rankings.