MBA in Investment Management Admission Requirements
Admission requirements summary:
- An undergraduate degree (GPA 3.0/4.3 or higher, or equivalent)
Total education should equal 16 years, including the bachelor’s degree accepted as equivalent by the Council for Graduate Studies. See a listing of international equivalencies.
- A Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)* score of 550 or higher
*GMAT is waived for candidates who have passed the CFA Level 1 exam
- Minimum English Proficiency Score
- TOEFL iBT overall score 95 and no part under 20
- IELTS (Academic) overall band score 7.0 and no part under 6.5
Note: there is no minimum work experience requirement
Application deadlines for September admission
Canadians & permanent residents July 15
International students March 1*
We take applications on an ongoing basis and offer qualified applicants admission on a first come, first served basis until classes are filled. Please note that we can only review and make admission decisions based on complete application files (including receipt of official documents as noted; e.g. transcripts, GMAT score or CFA level 1, TOEFL or IELTS, if required, etc.), so we encourage all applicants to ensure documents are submitted as early as possible.
*We strongly suggest international applicants to submit their complete application by March 1 to allow sufficient time for processing of government issued study permits for international students.
How to apply
Space is limited to 30 students per city in Toronto and Montreal. Acceptance is granted on a first come, first served basis.
Once you have been accepted into the Program, you must pay a non-refundable CA $2,000 confirmation deposit to reserve your place in the class.
Proof of acceptance into the CFA Program must be received by our office by August 31 of your first academic year. Work experience is preferred, but is not required for admission to the MBA in Investment Management program. However, it is a requirement for the CFA Charter. Refer to cfainstitute.org.
- 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.
If you are not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you must apply for and obtain two documents before travelling to Canada to study:
- A Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) from the Québec provincial government; and
- A Canadian Student Authorization from the Canadian federal government
Details on how to apply for these documents will be mailed to you with your official letter of acceptance from Concordia University’s School of Graduate Studies. The CAQ and the Student Authorization are issued based on your official letter of acceptance. The Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) must be obtained before a Canadian Student Authorization can be issued.
Apply on-line to the MBA in Investment Management
To apply for admission you will need to follow the steps in the guide for the online application process.
- You may save your application at any point, allowing you to partially complete the process (if necessary) and return to it later.
- Be sure to have a valid credit card ready (Visa, MasterCard or American Express) for the application fee and a valid email address for correspondence.
- Under "Academic Program" select "MBA", then under "Academic Plan" select "Master of Business Administration Investment Management – Montreal" or "Master of Business Administration Investment Management – Toronto".
*Once requested upon acceptance, official transcripts must be sent directly to Concordia University:
Graduate Admissions Application Centre
P.O. Box 2002, Station H
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
|In-person/Courier drop-off location
Birks Student Service Centre, Room LB-185
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
- Remember to finalize your file and formally initiate your application by paying the $100 non-refundable application fee on-line.
- For any questions or help on the above, please contact our team at email@example.com or at 514-848-2424, ext. 2796.
We will follow up with you to help you complete your application, including answering any questions you may have, clarifying requirements, ensuring you add all pertinent information to facilitate a fair and thorough evaluation of your candidacy, etc.
Our program assistant will contact you to help you complete your file and guide you through the application and admissions process shortly after your online application and payment have been submitted.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you encounter any problem.
International students: Please visit the International students’ pages for important information including study permits and living in Montreal.