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Admission Requirements

While each of the five criteria listed below is important, the applicant's entire profile will be evaluated and suitability for our program will be judged. Sometimes strengths in one area can compensate for weaknesses in other areas. We encourage applicants to provide detailed resumés, thoughtfully written essays and any additional information that may assist the admissions committee in making a decision.

Admission to the MBA program is competitive. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. The following are required for consideration for admission:

  • Degree: A four-year undergraduate degree in any discipline with at least a "B" average. Official transcripts must be sent from each post-secondary institution attended by the applicant.

  • GMAT: A satisfactory GMAT score (average in the last two years has been 600, with 550 usually as the minimum). We use GMAT to evaluate both quantitative and verbal skills. A minimum competency in both areas is expected. GMAT essay scores should not be below 5.0. GMAT score must be less than five years old.

  • Work Experience: Full-time students are preferred to have at least two years of full-time, relevant post-degree experience. Co-op, internships and part-time experience will be given consideration. Part-time applicants are preferred to have at least four years of relevant post-degree experience. A resumé detailing work experience, duration in each position, nature of responsibilities and contribution made to the employer is required.

  • Motivation and Leadership Potential: Through a combination of academic work, previous experience and extra-curricular activities, applicants must demonstrate a high level of motivation for success and leadership potential.

  • English Language Proficiency: The MBA program is fast-paced with much reading, report writing and team work. Strong English language proficiency is important for success in the program. Students whose native language is not English must submit either a TOEFL score, a CanTest score or a IELTS score. For specific language requirements please refer to the International Applicants section.
    • Those candidates seeking assistance in language training please refer to the International Applicants section for information on the Master of Business Adminstration Preparatory Program.

References

Two reference letters are required. Referees must be professors or superiors at work who have known you for at least six months. They cannot be friends or relatives. Referees must submit the letter directly to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Reference letters must be written on official letterhead and a business card must be attached. Please note: we will only accept reference letters that are submitted to us directly from your references.

When selecting your referees please consider who knows you best to recommend you for graduate studies.  Do not simply focus on the title but rather what contributions they will add to your application. We do not require an academic reference so please feel free to submit both references from work experience.

Test scores and undergraduate marks are evaluated for academic ability. The admissions committee will also look for leadership and managerial potential. In addition to evaluating the application, essays, test scores, reference letters and transcripts, the admissions committee may require a personal or telephone interview before a final decision is made.

If you are concerned with an area of your application we encourage you to contact us at 902-420-5002 or mba@smu.ca.