This podcast provides some behind the scenes numbers about MBA program in the Great White North, as well as some tough questions candidates should ask themselves before applying. The headline is that the traditional power-house schools like Ivey and McGill have essentially fallen dramatically behind and largely rely on their alumni success versus any real weight in the current placement numbers.

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2 responses to Canadian MBA Programs for Consulting

  1. Patrick,

    With +500 podcasts loaded across this site, I unfortunately cannot remember the details about each one but I am sure I would not say that. What where my exact words?

    Many, but not all, great candidates are going to US programs. That is not odd, that is completely normal since many still select schools based on rankings and the quality of the applicant pool. The operative word is “had” since they are not “having” the best reputations.

    It would be odd if they did not do this. Think of a school like Oxford. It had a great standing and still probably does, but how many students flock there? Same logic. Had is not the same as have.

    It includes things like the applications process and selection which drives this, but either way, they have lost some standing since other schools have improved so much.

    On the last point, how are they different? How can you determine if the academics are bad but the candidates are good?

    Richard Ivey is one of the 4 major case schools in the world and their candidates are very god, but on average the school has declined a little. A great student at this school is still an outstanding student overall. The average is the problem.


  2. I noticed you mentioned that these schools were very strong in the past.
    You say that allowing in less qualified students (for consulting) is a cause, but why is this so? Are the better candidates simply going to MBA programs overseas?
    That would seem odd considering that these programs had a good track record. Was it the candidates that stopped applying or perhaps something more on the school’s side, either in selection or preparation.

    Also, you mentioned the strength of Canada’s undergraduate programs. I suppose this means the candidate strength, again, and not the academics.

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