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Admission Requirements

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:

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.

All international students with international degrees (outside of North America) must submit a WES Credential Evaluation assessment of their degree in order to be considered for the Full-time MBA program. Please note that we will accept copies of the assessment; however, will also require original degree documentation sent directly from the University that the degree was conferred.

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 Smith'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 an MBA in the future.

Two professional references from current or previous supervisors; however, one could also include a client or mentor.

The 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

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 the Full-time MBA using the following test codes:
GMAT: Q21-QZ-68
GRE: 4170

When applicable, an acceptable score on one of the approved English facility tests (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or MELAB).

The Full-time 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.

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There is no application fee. Admission to the program is competitive. We have a "rolling admission" policy and applications are considered as they are received – we encourage you to apply early as space and academic scholarships are limited. Applications are reviewed immediately upon receipt of completed files and admission decisions are rendered as soon as reference checks are completed.

We hold all application materials in complete confidence.

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