MSc Management | Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics

MSc Management

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Unlock your potential and become an effective and innovative leader.

Lang's Master of Science in Management (MSc) program provides an enriching, professionally relevant, and flexible academic experience by including you as part of a collaborative research environment. Unlike programs that emphasize a general management area or a specific industry track, Lang's MSc in Management emphasizes leadership development and a better understanding of evidence-based management. Courses are delivered in a hybrid format with a mix of face-to-face classes, seminars, lectures, and online learning.

By enrolling in the program you the gain qualitative and quantitative research skills needed to pursue careers in management consulting, advising, and strategy within the private, public and voluntary sectors. The program will expand your career options even further by giving you skills to branch out into areas of organizational development, workplace wellbeing, and project management.

Lang's MSc in Management program is right for you if:

  • you are currently finishing or have recently graduated with an undergraduate or master's degree and want to study further in a specialized graduate program in management;
  • you are motivated to develop your leadership skills and research; and
  • you seek academic, managerial, or consulting positions that emphasize evidence-based decision making.

Choose one of the following academic fields:



Develop the technical, analytical, leadership and communication skills you need for a successful leadership career in accounting. This field combines the conceptual and quantitative elements of accounting while promoting the integration of theory and practice. You will gain an understanding of financial and managerial accounting while fulfilling the requirements of the professional accounting standards for the first four modules of the CPA’s Professional Education Program. You will also complete a major research project (MRP) throughout your degree.

NOTE: Admission to the Accounting field of the MSc Management program is on hold for Fall 2023. 


Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship

Gain expertise in transforming ideas into commercial offerings. This field is ideal for globally aware students who wish to explore real-world issues and gain essential skills to work in a knowledge-based economy. This field will prepare graduates to work in a variety of sectors, including agriculture-food science, environmental science, and engineering. You will also complete a major research project (MRP) throughout your degree.


Management Research

With emphasis on evidence-based decision-making, the Management Research (MR) field is designed to equip you with the necessary skills to create knowledge and support managerial decisions with evidence-based reasoning. Students in the MR field complete a thesis, offering a springboard to doctoral studies.

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Program timeline

Students complete the MSc in Management program in four to six semesters. During your first semester, you’ll complete core courses and propose your research question, while developing and enhancing key project management skills. The second semester will develop the quantitative and qualitative skills necessary for designing your research while enhancing consulting and other managerial skills. The final two - four semesters are dedicated to completing your major research project (for students in the ICE and accounting fields) or thesis (for students in the management research field).

Flexible and Specialized

The MSc in Management is offered in a hybrid model, with both on-campus courses and remote learning. You may also customize your degree by completing specialized electives in project management, business consulting, leadership and accounting.

Each term you will participate in a research seminar, allowing you to engage in discussions with peers, faculty, academic scholars from other universities and business leaders.


Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program pursue careers in a number of unique areas in management and leadership, including; 

  • Research careers in management consulting and/or strategy.
  • Business Development Manager 
  • Business Analyst 
  • Consultant
  • Project Manager 
  • Continuing on to Ph.D studies





Applicants must meet the following requirements to be considered for admission:


  • Undergraduate degree (4-year honours degree or equivalent) with a minimum B (73-75)% average;

    • International applicants: please use this guide to compare your academic credentials and determine the grade equivalency needed.

  • 2 references, with an option for a third reference. Our preference is for academic references, but professional ones may be substituted if appropriate;

  • Proof of English proficiency for applicants whose first language is not English. Please note that test scores must be valid for the start date of the program.

    • Applicants who completed a post-secondary degree from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, or New Zealand may request that this requirement be waived. This request will be reviewed by the graduate selection committee, who may ask for an interview and/or supplementary documentation in their consideration. 

  • Management Research (MR) field applicants only:

    • The GMAT or GRE test is required to enter this thesis-based field. The preferred scores are 600 (GMAT) and 60th percentile (GRE).

      • COVID-19 consideration: We recognize that in-person testing may not be accessible due to COVID-19 protections. Both the GMAT and GRE tests are available in an online at-home format, which will be accepted on par with the in-person version. We encourage applicants to choose the format best suited to them.

      • Applications to the MR field without GMAT or GRE scores will be considered incomplete and may not be reviewed for admission.

  • Accounting field applicants only:

    • Completion of the CPA-required prerequisite courses before the start of the program.

      • Accounting field applicants who completed their studies outside of Canada need to provide proof of completion of these required classes by submitting a transcript assessment from CPA Ontario.  Instructions for transcript assessment can be found on CPA's website. 

    • NOTE: Admission to the Accounting field of the MSc Management program is on hold for Fall 2023.


Application deadlines for Fall admission:

  • January 15 -- submission of the online application form
  • February 1 -- submission of all required supporting documents



To apply to the University of Guelph, follow these steps:

  1. Create your OUAC account online.
  2. Complete the online application form through the OUAC portal (this will take about an hour – save your application regularly to avoid losing your work) by listing your demographic information, academic experience, work experience and referee information.

    Statement of Research: Please do not enter your statement into the OUAC online application. You will upload your statement later in the application process.
    Application Fee: Your application will not be submitted until you have paid the application fee.
  3. Following the completion of your online application, you will receive an email from the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies staff with login information for the University of Guelph’s WebAdvisor portal. Please note that access to WebAdvisor will be granted within a few business days, but may take up to 5 days during peak periods.
  4. Upload the necessary application documents to WebAdvisor. All documents, including references, statement, and transcripts must be received by the application deadline
  5. Monitor your email and WebAdvisor for your admissions decision. You will receive email notification when your admissions decision has been posted to WebAdvisor.


Faculty research explores the following topics:


  • Managerial and organizational cognition

  • Organizational behaviour

  • Product development

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Innovation

  • Leadership  

  • Accountancy

See a full list of faculty

Core Courses:

MGMT*6100 [0.50] Evidence Based Management Research
MGMT*6200 [0.50] Leadership Assessment and Development
MGMT*6000 [0.00] Management Seminar Series


Management Research

MGMT*6150 Micro-Organizational Behaviour [0.50]
MGMT*6160 Macro-Organizational Behaviour [0.50]
MGMT*6300 [0.50] Business Consulting
MGMT*6400 [0.50] Project Management
BUS*6800 [0.50] Readings in Leadership I
BUS*6810 [0.50] Readings in Leadership II
BUS*6820 [0.50] Readings in Management
BUS*6840 [0.50] Foundational Theories of Management

Innovation, Commercialization & Entrepreneurship

MGMT*6130 [0.50] The Creative Process of Innovation
BIOT*6600 [0.50] Innovation Management
BIOT*6610 [0.50] Cases in Biotechnology Management
UNIV*6710 [0.50] Commercialization of Innovation


ACCT*6100 [0.50] Integrated Cases I
ACCT*6200 [0.50] Integrated Cases II
ACCT*6300 [0.50] Taxation
ACCT*6400 [0.50] Performance Management
ACCT*6500 [0.50] Assurance
ACCT*6600 [0.50] Financial Management

Students may be permitted to take other courses from the Department of Management with written permission from the Graduate Program Coordinator.

Restricted Electives

One quantitative or qualitative research methods course (0.5 credits) with permission:

MGMT*6120 [0.50] Quantitative Methods for Evidence Based Management
MGMT*6830 [0.50] Applied Univariate Statistical Analysis for Management
MGMT*6840 [0.50] Quantitative Research Methods: Multivariate Techniques
SOC*6130 [0.50] Quantitative Research Methods
PSYC*6060 [0.50] Research Design and Statistics

ANTH*6140 [0.50] Qualitative Research Methods
FRAN*6020 [0.50] Qualitative Methods
MGMT*6850 [0.50] Qualitative Research Methods
SOC*6140 [0.50] Qualitative Research Methods

Major Research Project

MGMT*6500 [1.00] Major Research Project


MGMT*   [2.0] Thesis

For more information on this program, contact us at:

Graduate Program Assistant