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Complex Project Leadership, M.B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #151 (ARWU) ,
The Master of Business in Complex Project Leadership is offered by the Telfer School of Management. The program is delivered in an executive delivery mode through Telfer’s Centre for Executive Leadership.


The program focus is the holistic development of experienced project and program practitioners and managers with respect to professional skills that will enable them to design, implement, and successfully lead complex projects and programs.

The program is offered in English only. In accordance with University of Ottawa regulations, students have the right to produce their work and to answer examination questions in French or in English

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Systems Thinking
  • Self Realization and Personal Development
  • Strategic Management of Complex Projects and Programs
  • Organizational Behaviour of Project Teams and of Project Team Systems
  • Planning and Communicating Change Effectively
  • Acquisition Strategies
  • Laws, Regulations, Intellectual Property and Contracts
  • Strategically Managing Risk
  • Business Planning and Cases: Methods and Implementation
  • Negotiation Strategies
  • Managing for Innovation
  • Managing Contracts and Suppliers
  • Implementation of Complex Projects
  • Financial Analysis and Decision Making
  • Problem Solving in Complex Environments
  • Stakeholder Engagement and Crisis Management
  • Leadership for Results

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    36 units alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: B
Recommended score: B

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • Have an admission average of B (70%) calculated at admission according to graduate studies guidelines.
  • Have a minimum of 5 years management experience and responsibilities, as demonstrated by their CV. 
  • Have a minimum of 2 years in a project or procurement environment, as demonstrated by their CV. 
  • Provide 3 confidential references; one each from a supervisor, a peer and a subordinate. 
  • Provide a statement of interest outlining career goals and how this master’s program will assist in meeting them. 
  • Provide a letter of support from their employer, if applicable. 
  • Be proficient in English (see Language requirements below). 
  • Selected candidates may be interviewed by a member of the admissions committee. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    32496 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 65000 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    32496 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 65000 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Ottawa

  • 1168 - 1930 CAD/month
    Living Costs

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