Admission Requirements

Please note: Admission to this program is highly competitive. Simply meeting the admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

We are seeking exceptionally motivated candidates who have demonstrated:

  • academic excellence
  • career progression (i.e. increased responsibility with each successive position)
  • leadership or leadership potential
  • integrity and a strong sense of ethics
  • superior communication and interpersonal skills
  • ability to work well in a team environment

Successful applicants will meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. Undergraduate Education

    Typically, we require that candidates possess a four-year undergraduate degree from a recognized university. We recognize, however, that some universities only award three-year degrees, and therefore the Admissions Committee will make a determination on the suitability of the undergraduate degree when assessing a candidate’s complete admission file. Successful candidates will typically possess a minimum B+ average (roughly equivalent to 75%) in the final two years of their undergraduate program.

  2. Work Experience

    While most candidates possess a minimum of two years' work experience, we will consider applications from exceptional candidates with less than two years of experience. Co-op placements and post-doctoral fellowships are also given consideration.

    Have you recently finished your undergraduate degree? You might be interested in the Queen's Graduate Diploma in Business. This 4-month summer program not only allows you learn business fundamentals, but the credits earned can be applied towards a Queen's MBA in the future.

  3. References

    Three professional references which should include at least 2 current or previous supervisors and 1 Character/Mentor/Client.

  4. GMAT or GRE Score

    The Queen’s Full-Time MBA requires the GMAT score to be eligible for admissions, however, in special circumstances we will consider the GRE in combination with a strong profile. If you are seeking to work in the Finance or Consulting industry post MBA, you may be required to provide your GMAT score to a prospective employer. Therefore, we highly recommend that you thoroughly prepare for and write the GMAT.

    Most students have GMAT scores in excess of 600. To register to write the GMAT, visit mba.com.

    If you choose to take the GRE, you can use the GRE Comparison Table for Business Schools to calculate your equivalent GMAT score.

    The competitive recommendation is to have a GRE score of 315+ on the combined verbal and quantitative section.

    Please send us your official GMAT or GRE score, as your file will not be reviewed until we receive it. We cannot accept photocopies or faxed score reports. GMAT and GRE scores are valid if written within the last five years. You may arrange to have the official results sent directly from the testing service organization. You will not be penalized for having written either test on multiple occasions, as we take the highest score not necessarily the most recent.

    Official score can be sent to Smith School of Business under the program name Queen’s Full-Time MBA using the following test codes:
    GMAT: Q21-QZ-68
    GRE: 4170

  5. English Proficiency Test

    When applicable, an acceptable score on one of the approved English facility tests (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or MELAB).
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    Queen’s MBA is an intensive 12-month program. Each student must be able to synthesize large amounts of verbal and written information efficiently; review, comprehend and critique abundant readings; command leadership of their team when required; engage in classroom discussions and presentations; and author team assignments. Consequently, all candidates must possess exceptional English facility and communication skill level in order to be competitive for admission.