MBA Careers

MBA career development

A meaningful career is one which connects with your passions and values and is achieved through self-discovery and active exploration of the world. At UVic, we enrich your academic learning and take you on a holistic personal and professional expedition. Together we dive deep into your core values, vision and personal brand to formulate your unique Personal Business Plan, which allows you to self-reflect, build your foundation and plan your action to move forward. We work together with you on all the pieces: self-assessment and goal-setting, labour market exploration, networking, job search, mentorship and co-op work terms.

An MBA at UVic is distinct from the rest. It’s not about just climbing the corporate ladder, it’s about leveraging your core values and passions to pursue a meaningful career and make a difference in the world. With customized career support, we make sure that you have all the resources you need to pursue a meaningful career.

Professional Development

An MBA is not only about securing employment, but also about fulfilling your personal and professional aspirations. Professional Development (MBA 502) provides you with coaching, meaningful tools and activities to develop strategies and take concrete steps toward achieving your goals. It is built around your Personal Business Plan, a living document which serves as the backbone of your professional development and maps your personal and professional journey right from the start of the MBA program to your long-term goals.

The UVic MBA will present a myriad of opportunities to increase your business acumen, strengthen your skills as a leader, and build resilience in your career development. From workshops to informational interviews, from networking events to case competitions, you will be presented with many opportunities to extend your learning beyond the classroom and transition into the next stage of your career. Prepare to amaze yourself!


Co-op (Paid Internship)

Home of the first co-op program in western Canada, UVic has a well-established Co-op & Career Office that has developed relationships across many industries to help students connect with co-op jobs in their chosen field. Our MBA students complete up to two of these paid co-op work terms during the program, allowing them to test their classroom knowledge and gain marketable experience. Hundreds of jobs are posted to the Co-op & Careers job site each term, and students can choose to apply to a range of positions in different industries and different cities. Our small cohort size allows personalized attention, so you can accomplish the goals you set in your Personal Business Plan (PBP).

The values that Gustavson students adhere to are ingrained in the school’s four pillars – International, Integrative, Innovative and Socially Responsible/Sustainable. Our students know who they are, what they want and are truly making a difference in the world.

Some of the many organizations that have hired our MBA students for co-op work terms include



Banking & Finance

  •   bcIMC
  •   Fidelity Investments
  •   Royal Bank of Canada
  •   Scotiabank


  •   Deloitte
  •   E&Y
  •   Elevate Consulting
  •   MNP

BC Public Service, Crown Corporations   and Government Agencies

  •   BC Ministry of International Trade
  •   BC Ministry of Finance
  •   BC Office of the Information and Privacy   Commissioner
  •   BC Utilities Commission


  •   AbeBooks
  •   Electronic Arts
  •   Nokia
  •   Redbrick

Energy & Natural Resources

  •   Imperial Oil
  •   Cenovus
  •   Natural Resources Canada
  •   Repsol Energy

Executive Mentor Program

Our Executive Mentor Program connects you with experienced business leaders in our community eager to share their expertise, knowledge and experience with you. Through your relationship with your mentor, you add a real world perspective to your classroom learning.

Learn more about our Executive Mentor Program.

Employment Report

Where to Next?

An MBA from UVic is an ideal stepping stone for many career paths. Our grads find the program sets them up well for a full spectrum of career possibilities – from small and medium-sized enterprises, public sector, not-for-profit, start-ups to larger corporate enterprises. Our recent grads have had success in developing public sector and entrepreneurial career opportunities, due in part to Victoria’s location: the city is in proximity to several tech hubs, as well as being the seat of BC’s provincial government.

Who Hires UVic MBA grads?

Our alumni reliably find their way into positions they are passionate about, at reputable organizations of all sizes and types. Below is a snapshot of where the class of 2016 continued building their careers after graduation. This is just an example of where you can go with your MBA, but it is your own goals and values that set you on your individual career path.

Daytime MBA 2017 Employment Outcomes*

Percentage of students who received an offer of employment by three months post-graduation**

Percentage of students who are employed by three months post-graduation** 89%
Average salary $60,303 CAD
Occupations Administration Professional/Manager, Consulting/Business Development, Finance/Accounting, Marketing/Sales, Operations/Logistics
Industries Financial Services, Information Technology, Education, Manufacturing, Media, Non-for-Profit, Natural Resources, Hospitality, Public Administration, Transportation

* All statistics based on a 82% response rate of the November 2016 Daytime MBA and June 2017 Daytime MBA graduating class

** Of those seeking employment