Frequently Asked Questions

Admission questions


  1. What are the admission requirements for the Full-Time MBA program?
    To be considered for admission into the Full-time MBA program, applicants must meet our minimum admissions requirements.

  2. Will I be offered admission to the Full-time MBA if I meet the minimum requirements?
    Meeting the minimum requirements is enough to warrant consideration of your file, but does not guarantee admission.

    Please note that we cannot advise you on your likelihood of being admitted. Each candidate’s file will be considered in the context of the applicant pool for a given admission cycle. Consideration will be given for previous academic performance, work experience, letters of reference and your GMAT score.

    The Admissions Committee also takes into consideration the candidate’s extracurricular and/or volunteer involvement, any awards and achievements, as well as their career interests. If you fall a little short on one parameter, but are strong on the others you may be a qualified candidate for this program.

  3. Is it compulsory to have a 4-year undergraduate degree?
    The possession of a four-year baccalaureate degree is certainly preferred. We recognize, however, that in some countries, only three-year degrees are awarded. The Admissions Committee will make a determination on the suitability of the undergraduate degree when assessing a candidate’s complete admission file.

  4. How do I submit transcripts?
    There are a number of ways to satisfy this requirement:

    • It is strongly preferred that applicants arrange for original-language educational documents to be sent directly from the issuing academic institution in a sealed and stamped envelope. This includes transcripts, graduation certificates, degree certificates, mark sheets, supplements, etc. These documents should be authenticated by authorized officials at the institution that issued them.
    • Photocopies of educational documents will be accepted if they are sent directly from and authenticated by an authorized official at the issuing institution.
    • Candidates may submit photocopies of original-language documents obtained from embassies, consulates or notaries that are outside the issuing institution so long as the official encloses documents in a stamped, sealed envelope before the candidate submits it. However, successful candidates will be expected to provide original documentation upon their arrival in Kingston.
    • Please note: Where the official language of the issuing institution is other than English or French, applicants must have the documents translated word-for-word by a licensed translator (e.g. World Education Services [WES]). The translation should then be validated by legal authorities in the home country. Translations must always be accompanied by official original-language documents from the issuing institution as per above-mentioned requirements.

    Please courier transcripts to:

    c/o Juanita Smith
    Full-time MBA
    Smith School of Business
    Queen's University
    143 Union St. Room 338
    Kingston, Ontario, Canada
    K7L 3N6

  5. Will a designation, or Advanced degree like a Masters give me an advantage in my application?
    Possessing a designation, or Master’s degree does not give you an advantage or disadvantage over other applicants who do not hold such degrees. However, it can help to bolster an application in rounding our your experiences and aptitude. On average, 20% of our students possess advanced degrees.

  6. Is there an application deadline?
    No, we accept applications on a rolling admissions basis; your application will be reviewed when it is submitted in its entirety. We do advise that International Students apply before September 1st to ensure there is enough time to get visas and funding in time.

  7. Is there an application fee?
    No

  8. How many times can you write the GMAT? Will it hurt my candidacy if I write it more than once?
    You can only take the test once every 16 calendar days. You can retake the GMAT up to 5 times in any 12-month period, but no more than once in any 16-day period. The Full-time MBA will accept more than 1 GMAT score per applicant, but will not combine scores from different tests. We will accept the test with the highest overall score for admission consideration. Your candidacy will not be affected should you choose to write it several times. Please note that the GMAT test results are only valid for 5 years prior to the start of your application.

  9. Does the standardized test (GMAT or GRE) score need to be complete before starting an application?
    No, but please note that your file will not be reviewed until all the components of your application are complete: online application, video essays, 2 references, official transcripts received, official GMAT or GRE score, when applicable, English proficiency test are received, and finally interview must also be complete before an official application decision is made.

  10. I have never taken any business courses before. Should I do so before applying?
    It is not necessary to do so. We will teach you everything you need to know during our Pre-MBA warm-up!

  11. Is an English proficiency test such as a TOELF or IELTS required?
    In cases where your undergraduate degree was not in English, you will need to submit an English proficiency test. However, if you have lived in an English speaking country for more than 2 years, you may be exempt. Please refer to our application process.

  12. What is the average GMAT score for the present class?
    The average GMAT score year over year typically sits at 650, with the range being 570-780.

  13. Does work experience from a foreign country count?
    Of course! Over the past two years, approximately half of our students have come from outside of Canada.

  14. What kind of work experience is required?
    There is no specific kind of work experience required. Please note that management experience is not required. You are strongly advised to read the profiles of our current students to get a sense of the kinds of experience our students bring to Smith.
    View student resumes

  15. Are interviews mandatory?
    Yes. Although it is our strong preference to interview candidates in person (either on campus at Smith School of Business or on location at recruitment events throughout the world), Skype, telephone interviews are sometimes necessary. Rest assured that candidates who are interviewed by Skype or telephone are not at a disadvantage versus those candidates interviewed in person.

  16. Will I receive feedback from my interview?
    No. It is Smith's policy to simply provide candidates with our admission decision, not an explanation as to why their candidacy was ultimately successful or unsuccessful.

  17. Which of the admission requirements is weighted most heavily?
    None. We take a holistic approach to reviewing a candidate’s admission file, assessing GPA, GMAT, work experience, references, video essays and the interview equally. If a candidate does not meet the minimum requirement in a particular area (e.g. GMAT), the candidate may yet still be successful if the file is strong in all other areas.

  18. When will I hear if I have been accepted?
    You may expect to wait at least two weeks after submitting all the components of your complete admission file before receiving a response from the Admissions Committee. This may be longer during peak periods.