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Admission requirements

Our assessment is based on the following factors:

Work experience

A minimum of 5 years of full-time work experience is required; however,  10 years of experience is recommended. Full-time work experience must be post-graduation and supervisory responsibilities are preferred.

Academic credentials

A recognized bachelor degree with satisfatory grades (a small number of applicants may be accepted without an undergraduate degree, provided they meet other requirements).

English-language proficiency

Applicants who did not complete their undergraduate degree in a country on our exempt countries list must write a pre-admission English proficiency test. We accept the following language tests and minimum scores:

  • TOEFL iBT: 95 overall with no band below 20
  • Academic IELTS: 7.0 overall with no band below 6.5
  • Duolingo English Test: 120 overall with no category below 120.

Although John Molson prefers the above tests, you may take another language test as indicated on our Graduate Admissions page if not exempted as indicated below.


  • Quebec applicants who have completed a Diploma of Collegial Studies (DEC) and a university degree in Quebec, regardless of whether it was in English or French;
  • A minimum of three full years of study at the undergraduate or graduate level at an accredited university in one of the following countries;
  • A minimum of three years of full-time work experience in an English milieu and a successful personal interview.


Two or three reference letters* from individuals who can support your application to the John Molson EMBA. These individuals will be asked to comment on your achievements, skills and abilities in relation to your potential success in the EMBA program.

* Two letters for applicants with a Bachelor's degree and three letters for non-degree applicants. 

Executive Assessment or GMAT*

A satisfactory result on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Executive Assessment (EA).

The Executive MBA at the John Molson School of Business is an intellectually challenging and academically rigorous program and we want you to succeed. The critical skills for graduate business studies include integrated reasoning, critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving. To help us assess your readiness, we require a satisfactory score on the GMAT exam. Depending on your academic background, we may accept the Executive Assessment instead of the GMAT exam. Both the GMAT and EA are specifically designed to evaluate the business school readiness of seasoned professionals.

Please contact us to discuss your credentials and to determine the most appropriate assessment tool.

Meeting with Program Director

Each qualified applicant is invited to a meeting to assess their motivation in pursuing the EMBA and their overall fit with the John Molson program.

About our decision criteria

Each of these factors is important, but none is considered in isolation. We look carefully at the full application. This is an individualized process and that’s why we deal directly with you. We are committed to working with you to make the application process as easy as possible.

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