MBA (Investment Management Option)
Master of Business Administration (MBA)Offered by:
John Molson School of Business
Why pursue an MBA in Investment Management
Financial service experts understand that in order to succeed in the investment management industry, obtaining the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation is a must. By combining the CFA credential with an MBA focused on a comprehensive business education, candidates are setting themselves up for highly successful careers as corporate leaders. We need scholars and financial professionals with strong academic backgrounds to investigate the realities of investor psychology and financial markets in order to better assist clients achieve their investment objectives.
The MBA in Investment Management provides you with an opportunity to pursue two world-recognized designations simultaneously. Courses are offered in Toronto and Montreal, giving you the benefits of a full-time program with the flexibility of a part-time schedule. This structure allows 70 per cent of our cohort to work while they study, allowing them to continue to accumulate the four years of work experience required to earn the CFA charter.
Our program is partnered with the CFA Institute, enabling you to take advantage of the latest material the global association has to offer. Along with faculty members that are at the forefront of academic research and investment management practices, our curriculum ensures that students have pass rates that often double the worldwide average.
Admission Requirements. The Admissions committee will evaluate the potential of each candidate for success within the program. A bachelor's degree, with high academic standing, or qualifications accepted as equivalent by the School of Graduate Studies and acceptance into the CFA program are necessary for admission. The applicants are evaluated according to the following criteria: undergraduate performance, Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores, work experience, detailed evaluations from employers and former university instructors, and statements of self-assessment. Students without formal undergraduate training in quantitative methods, accounting, economics, and finance will be required to demonstrate adequate preparation.
Note: GMAT requirements for GIIM applicants who have already passed CFA Level I examinations will be waived.
Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.
To earn the Master of Business Administration (Investment Management option) degree from Concordia University, the student must successfully complete 57 credits and must pass Level I of the CFA® exams. Students are expected to complete the degree in no more than five years from the year of initial registration in the program.
- Application form: A completed electronic application form must be submitted. Payment of a $100 CDN non-refundable application fee payable by VISA or MasterCard, must be received before your file can be reviewed. We welcome you to consult How to apply online to prepare you for a smoother application process. Please note: when completing the application, the program name under "academic program" is "MBA", and the "academic plan" is "Master of Business Administration Investment Management – Montreal" or "Master of Business Administration Investment Management – Toronto".
- Bachelor’s degree: An undergraduate degree, preferably in business (GPA 3.0/4.3 or higher, or equivalent) is required. Official transcripts must be sent directly to the Admission Application Centre. All transcripts should be in the original language. If you submit certificates in a language other than English or French, you must submit a copy translated into either English or French by a certified translator.
Please upload unofficial copies of transcripts, from all previous educational institutions, when you apply to Concordia because it speeds up the review of your application.
If you are currently enrolled in school:
Submit the results of previous terms and a list of your current courses
Include mid-year grades if they're available
Uploaded transcripts, however, are not official transcripts. Official transcripts are documents sent directly from an institution to our Admissions Application Centre. Unless otherwise specified, we request official transcripts only once you are admitted.
- GMAT results: Generally, we look for an overall score of 550 or higher. Test results must be sent directly to the Admissions Application Centre from the examination board. Results more than five years old will not be accepted. Our institution code for the GMAT is 93H-0N-73, please go to MBA.com for details.
Exemption: GMAT is not necessary for admission if one passes CFA® level I exam.
- English Proficiency: Applicants whose primary language is not English and who do not meet one of the proofs of proficiency listed below must write an English proficiency test, regardless of their citizenship.
- Quebec applicants who have completed a Diploma of Collegial Studies (DEC) and a university degree in Quebec;
- A minimum of three full years of study at the undergraduate or graduate level at an accredited university in one of the following countries.
- Statement of Purpose: Applicants must provide a Statement of Purpose indicating their reason for choosing the MBA in Investment Management, their career goals, and how the program will contribute to achieving those goals. Applicants must include personal commentary regarding their knowledge of the CFA Program and discussion of their ability and commitment to devote sufficient time to their academic studies. Statement of Purpose should be approximately 500 words in length.
- Two Reference Letters: When completing your application online, you will be required to enter your referees’ names, affiliated institutions and email addresses (college/university or company mail). Your referees will then receive an email inviting them to complete an electronic assessment form and attach their letter of reference. It is your responsibility to follow-up with your referees to confirm they received this mail from firstname.lastname@example.org.
You are strongly encouraged to submit your application before your program’s application deadline in order to give your referees sufficient time to provide their assessment and letter of reference.
- Proof of citizenship: Canadian citizens and permanent residents, a copy of both sides of your Canadian citizenship card, permanent residence paper (IMM-1000) or permanent resident card is required. International applicants will be required to submit a Study Permit and CAQ only after they have received an offer of admission.
|Investment Management||MBA||July 15*
March 1* (int.)
|*Applications will be considered as long as space is available.|