As it is a competitive program with a limited number of available seats each year, we recommend exceeding the minimum requirements for better chances of admission. For more information on the process, please consult our step-by-step application guide.
The John Molson MBA in Investment Management Admissions Committee takes a holistic approach, assessing candidates on their strong academic credentials, professional experience, intellectual and leadership potential, superior communication skills and career aspirations.
- Undergraduate degree in any discipline with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 out of 4.3
- International applicants must have obtained their degree from an accredited university; see a listing of international equivalencies.
- 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
We accept English or French transcripts. If your transcript is in another language, you must provide the original sealed transcripts, as well as a certified translation.
You may upload unofficial scanned copies of your transcripts for the application. Official sealed transcripts (and certified translation, if applicable) will be requested if you are admitted.
Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
A GMAT score of 580 or better. For more information on the GMAT, please visit our GMAT page.
- Although we prefer the GMAT, we also accept the GRE General test.
- We only accept GMAT and GRE test results completed within the previous five years.
- We also accept the online version of the GMAT or GRE exam
- GMAT waivers
- Will be granted to those who have already passed the CFA Level 1 exam
- May be granted to candidates with an excellent CGPA (3.5+/4.3) and significant work experience in the field of finance.
English language proficiency
Applicants who did not complete their undergraduate degree in a country on our exempt countries list must write a pre-admissions 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
- Where the testing centres have been closed due to COVID-19 safety measures, we have been accepting the Duolingo English Test with a minimum score 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.
We do not accept English proficiency test scores more than 2 years old.
Note: Please upload to your application unofficial copies of transcripts from all previous educational institutions, of your GMAT or GRE score, and of your English proficiency test score. If you are accepted into the program, you will then be asked to have sent the official transcripts/results to us.
Although work experience is not required, applicants must provide a copy of their CV / resume showing education, professional experience and achievements, including internships and volunteering, if applicable. The average work experience of students in the program is 3.5 years.
Your CV / resume should:
- be complete (e.g. providing year AND month timeframes);
- be legible and concise (ideally 1 page, 2 pages maximum);
- include a summary of your academic, professional and personal achievements;
- be tailored for a university application with academic experience first, followed by professional experience, etc.
Applicants must provide a Statement of purpose (also known as a Letter of intent) indicating their reasons for choosing the program, their background and career goals and, importantly, how the program will help them to achieving those goals.
Overall, applicants will want to convey not only that the program is right for them, but that they are right for the program. The Statement of purpose should be approximately 500 words.
Below is a sample of questions that may help you to draft your personalized Statement of purpose:
- Why do you want to pursue the John Molson MBA in Investment Management?
- Briefly highlight your strengths that you would bring to the program AND your weakness(es) that you would want to improve upon in the program.
- What is your career goal and how do the MBA and CFA charter designations fit in your career trajectory?
Applicants must include the names, affiliated institutions and email addresses (college/university or company mail) of at least two academic or professional references. A suitable referee is an individual who knows you well, academically and/or in a professional context, but who does not report to you.
Your referees will receive an email from email@example.com inviting them to complete an electronic assessment form and attach their letter of reference. 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.
Where applicable, applicants must include a certified copy of their birth certificate, Permanent Resident card, Canadian Citizen Card, or Refugee Status papers. International students must include a copy of their valid passport.
A non-refundable application fee paid online by credit card.
All applicants who meet the minimum requirements for the program will be invited to a live interview with the program’s director and manager. The interview lasts 30 minutes to an hour and is designed to assess a candidate’s professionalism and suitability for the program.
After getting admitted: Proof of acceptance into the CFA Program must be received prior to the start of year 1 classes.
If you have questions about the application process, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) or contact us to set up a meeting with one of our recruitment officers.