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Admission requirements

The John Molson Full-time / Part-time MBA 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.

Work experience

CV / Resume

A minimum of two-years full-time, post-Bachelor's degree work experience is required. Internships, Co-Ops, and part-time work do not count toward the minimum required.

Applicants must provide a copy of their CV / resume showing education, professional experience and achievements, including internships and volunteering, if applicable. 

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.

Academic credentials

  • 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.

Please upload unofficial* scanned copies of your transcripts for the application.

*If admitted, you will be requested to send official sealed transcripts (and certified translation, if applicable) to the John Molson School of Business. 

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

A (classic) GMAT score of 580 or better or a GMAT Focus Edition score above the 70th percentile.

For more information on the GMAT, please visit our GMAT page.

  • We only accept GMAT test results completed within the previous five years.
  • We accept the online version of the GMAT exam.
  • We do not offer GMAT waivers unless you have completed the John Molson Graduate Diploma in CPA program and passed the Common Final Examination within the last five years.
  • To complete your application, we will require an official GMAT test score report sent by the test centre*.

*If you have taken the online GMAT and / or to expedite the application process, please upload an unofficial scanned copy of your GMAT score. 

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. 

  • Exemptions:
    • 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.

Please upload your unofficial scores to your application. If you are accepted into the program, you will then be asked to have the official scores sent to us.

Other requirements


Applicants must provide a Statement of purpose (also known as a Letter of intent) addressed to the Admissions Committee 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 have you chosen to apply to this particular program?
  • What are your career goals?
  • 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.

Applicants must include the names and email addresses (college / university or company mail) of three professional and / or academic 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 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.

non-refundable application fee paid online by credit card.

After submitting their application, applicants will receive a link with instructions to complete the video interview. 

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