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11 Aug 2017 6.6K 4 mins Share

Should I pursue an MBA in Australia or Canada?

Is the question – Is Australia better than Canada for an MBA programme – bothering you and keeping you up all nights? Or are you thinking if you should choose Canada over Australia for an MBA?

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Study an MBA - in Australia or Canada?

Some of you aspiring MBA graduates might be pondering right now: Why should I study an MBA in Australia? Is it worth studying an MBA in Canada? Is it easy to get a study visa for an MBA in Australia? What types of jobs can MBA students studying in Melbourne get...?

It’s not an easy task to choose a foreign country for your higher studies, especially when you’re given two options to choose from and both are closest to your heart. I’m sure there are many Indian students who dream of studying either in Canada or Australia but given a chance they would like to choose both. So it becomes little difficult to turn down one country and go for the other.  

But it’s not just choosing one country over another based on your likes and dislikes but based on proper research that you should start early on.

Typically, you must think of the following questions when planning for an MBA either in Canada or Australia:

  1. What will be the course content? Is it going to be the same at the universities that you have shortlisted in both countries?
  2. Are you taking an education loan? How are you going to repay and in how many years?
  3. Are you looking at a higher ROI? If so, which country will pay you well?
  4. Are you looking to study and settle in Canada? Or do you want to return to your native country after completing your MBA?

Study an MBA in Australia

Entry requirements

  1. You might need to appear for GMAT, to apply for an MBA programme in Australia (depends on the university where you want to study).
  2. Most universities in Australia ask for 3 or 4 year bachelors degree with minimum 60% in bachelors.
  3. Some universities might ask for relevant work experience from the applicants, without which they may not grant admissions to their MBA programmes. (Minimum 3 years of managerial work experience is required.)
  4. Also, you may be required to submit your English language proficiency – IELTS/TOEFL/PTE scores.

Where can you study an MBA in Australia?

  1. La Trobe – ranks 14th in Asia-Pacific, La Trobe's MBA is an accredited programme by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). La Trobe also has an extended MBA programme on offer. Students who have relevant work experience but do not have an undergraduate degree may also apply for an extended MBA programme at La Trobe. Besides common MBA programmes, La Trobe offers double MBAs to students, such as Master of Financial Analysis/MBA.
  2. RMIT's MBA programme is in top 10 Australian MBA programmes. This programme is for graduates who have limited work experience.
  3. Western Sydney University has MBA programmes, with specialisation in Human Resources Management, Hospitality & Tourism, Logistics & Supply Chain Management, Marketing and Innovation & Entrepreneurship.

Other popular universities where you can apply for your MBA include

  • University of Tasmania
  • The University of Sydney
  • University of Technology
  • University of South Australia
  • University of New South Wales

Visa process

  1. You will be mostly required to submit photocopies or notarised copies of your original certificates.
  2. To apply for an Australian study visa, you need a firm offer letter from your university, and you should submit your Original Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) letter.
  3. Your COE should clearly state your entry level, course name, CRICOS course, course fee and the date of admission and completion of your degree.
  4. You should keep all your academic and financial documents in hand to apply for your visa. Financial documents should include your proof of fund sources and cash deposits.
  5. You also need to submit your medical reports and proof that you have the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) till your course duration.


Some of the international scholarships to study in Australia are available with the following universities:

  1. Melbourne Institute of Technology
  2. Federation University of Australia
  3. University of Melbourne (considered as the best Australian University in Asia-Pacific region)
  4. University of Wollongong
  5. Edith Cowan University
  6. Australian National University

Living conditions

Australia ranks at the top in civic engagement, and living conditions in Australia are quite decent as per the OECD reports. Life expectancy at birth is 82 years, which is higher than the OECD average (80 years). And 95% people have asserted that they know someone who can be of help in times of their need. 

Study an MBA in Canada

Entry requirements

  1. To apply for an MBA programme in Canada, you need to appear for a GMAT entrance.
  2. Some universities might ask for minimum 3 years of work experience to apply for an MBA programme.
  3. Either IELTS or TOEFL scores are accepted by certain universities as a proof of your English language proficiency.
  4. PTE score no less than 56 in each section might be demanded by some universities.
  5. Also, Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) or Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) tests might be demanded from international students by some universities .

Where can you study an MBA in Canada?

  1. Western University, Ontario
  2. Thompson Rivers University
  3. University of Saskatchewan
  4. Lakehead University
  5. McMaster University
  6. Trinity Western University
  7. University of Alberta

Visa process

  1. To apply for a study permit for your higher studies in Canada, you need to have a firm offer letter and your passport.
  2. You should provide enough evidence that you can support yourself financially and have money for your return transportation.
  3. You should not be a risk to the security of Canada (you may be asked to give police certificates).
  4. You need to be in good health condition (normally, the visa officer will inform you if you need to undergo a medical examination).


You can work part time on the university campus if you are a registered full-time student of the university. (You may have to abide by certain norms laid down by your university.) If you choose to work off-campus, you can do so for 20 hours per week. 

Some of the international scholarships to study in Canada are available with the following universities:

  1. University of King’s College
  2. University of Waterloo
  3. University of Manitoba
  4. Campion College
  5. University of Toronto
  6. Trent University
  7. Humber College

Living conditions

According to OECD, Canada ranks above average in housing, personal security, health status, income, social connections, jobs and earnings, education and work-life balance. It has been seen that 72% of Canadian people aged between 15 and 64 years have a paid job, which is higher than the OECD average. 


You have plenty of time now to decide where you want to pursue an MBA – Australia or Canada. Sometimes, we think too long before taking a daunting decision. And sometimes we keep waiting for more information till the cup of search fills to the brim, thus missing out vital information that sneaks out somewhere. You can turn this around if you plan early on, not too early though, and gather vital details, simultaneously carrying out your research. The continual efforts that you put will definitely yield good results.

When I say research, you need to do an effective research and, most importantly, focus on sources that will help you understand the entire process of applying for your MBA abroad. Have a good understanding by talking to us and we can guide you through.

Related: top 10 Unis to study an MBA abroad.

So which is your preferred destination for an MBA – Canada or Australia?

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