Program Formats

Earn your MBA, your way.

One Degree, Multiple Program Formats

Located in the centre of Canada’s technology triangle, the Lazaridis MBA program offers you the chance to become part of one of Canada’s largest internationally-accredited business schools built on a reputation of industry leading research, award-winning dedicated faculty and a superior student experience.

We’ve pioneered MBA design features that are now industry standard, such as the common core curriculum, and continue to provide students with a combination of industry-leading instruction, practical experience and small classes across multiple delivery formats.

With the added support of career service and professional development activities, you can develop the personal management skills needed to become a confident, well-rounded business professional.

The part-time MBA formats are designed for working professionals who want to earn their MBA while maintaining their full-time job. Earning your MBA while you continue to work provides you with the opportunity to immediately apply the knowledge you gain in the program to issues facing you daily in your workplace.

Delivery Options

Full-Time MBA

Earn an MBA in Waterloo in only 12 months.

Since 1976, the Lazaridis Master of Business Administration (MBA) program has been delivering an innovative, world-class professional business education program. We were the first Canadian university to offer a one-year, full-time MBA program targeting candidates seeking to acquire the degree in the shortest timeframe possible. This was made possible by designing an intensive integrated core curriculum exposing you to different key disciplines concurrently.

Full-Time MBA + Co-op

Gain the knowledge and work experience to get the career you want.

The co-op program is designed for high-caliber, recent university graduates with less than two years of full-time work experience. If you need valuable real-life work experience or are interested in gaining experience in a new industry, the Lazaridis full-time MBA with co-op program will be the best choice for you. The eight months of work experience will provide an invaluable addition to your resume and give you the insights needed to help you make the right choices for your career path.

Part-Time Evenings

Work while you earn an MBA two evenings a week.

The part-time evenings Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is designed for working professionals who want to earn their MBA while maintaining their full-time job. Classes are held twice a week in the evening so you can balance work, home and school-life. You will learn in small class sizes with other highly motivated candidates from diverse backgrounds, enabling the cultivation of future business contacts and lasting personal relationships. Your instructors will be experienced Lazaridis School faculty with strong industry backgrounds.

Accelerated Part-Time Evenings

Business graduates can earn advanced standing in our part-time program.

If you have already successfully achieved an undergraduate degree in business or commerce, you may be an ideal candidate for our accelerated degree option. This format moves you directly in to the comprehensive stage of the degree, allowing you to immediately start to focus on your specific areas of interest and choose from a wide selection of MBA exclusive elective courses. You will also participate in the Applied Business Research Consulting project with your team and the Not-for-Profit Practicum rounding out your complete MBA experience in a shorter time frame.

Program Options


As part of your Lazaridis MBA, you will have the opportunity to select up to eight electives from a wide selection of courses, exclusive to our MBA candidates, covering all areas of business functions. For a full list of potential elective courses, review our course offerings.


You may have the option within your elective terms to specialize your general MBA degree. The Lazaridis MBA offers nine specialization options for you to customize your studies to align with your career path.

  • Accounting
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial Management
  • International Business Management
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management
  • Strategic Management
  • Supply Chain Management

Integrated Core

Our integrated core curriculum teaches students the foundational areas of business. The integration of these core concepts reflects how businesses work in the real world and sets you up with the skills to excel not only in your MBA, but in your future career.

  • Integrative Thinking
  • Strategic Management
  • Marketing
  • Financial Management
  • Organizational Behaviour
  • Operation Management
  • Economics
  • Accounting
  • Business Analytics