Yes. The GMAT is an important admission requirement to our graduate business programs and is a standard requirement for most reputable graduate business schools. The exam results help us ensure that all admitted students are academically ready to study at the graduate level, and are often required by auditing companies to maintain our rankings as a top Canadian institution.
Please note that, although we prefer the GMAT, we may also accept the GRE exam. We use this ETS comparison tool to convert GRE scores to the GMAT scale.
Some exemptions may be considered at the discretion of the Admissions Committee but, in most cases, applicants will need to provide GMAT or GRE.
We recommend taking the time to deliberate over the choice between different programs that may generate an equal level of interest in order to arrive at one preferred program that will most meet your career objectives.
That being said, it is possible to apply to more than one program. You would need to submit distinct applications that are tailored to each program and pay the $100 CAD fee for each application submitted (i.e., you cannot apply to two different programs within the same application).
If you meet the minimum admission requirements, then you are eligible to apply for the program. However, the competitiveness of your application will also depend upon the other applicants for that same term. The only way to find out for sure whether you are accepted into the program is to apply and, as such, we advise you to focus on putting together the best overall application you can. Our Admissions Committee takes a holistic approach to assessing an application and will consider every aspect including the GMAT score, academic history, research experience, professional experience, reference letters, statement of purpose, etc.
As a business school, we accept and encourage applicants from all academic disciplines. In fact, we believe that our graduate programs benefit from bringing together students from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. As such, please do not consider a non-business background as a hindrance to applying to our programs.
Depending on their background, accepted non-commerce students may be asked to take one or more supplemental courses.
We take a holistic approach to admissions, meaning we take all parts of an application into account. However, please note that the class average in our competitive programs is closer to 3.4/4.3. Should your CGPA be below our minimum requirement, we recommend raising your CGPA and demonstrating academic improvement through additional courses in an undergraduate program. You may also consider John Molson’s Graduate Diploma in Business Administration, for which the minimum CGPA requirement is 2.7/4.3.
No. Seats are limited in our graduate programs and we do not grant conditional admissions on incomplete applications. Once all the admission requirements are uploaded to your application, it will be considered complete and, thus, ready for assessment by the Admissions Committee.
You may start your application and ensure that you have uploaded all the other admission requirements prior to the application deadline. Please add a “Note from Student” to your application explaining when you expect to be able to submit your unofficial test results. The Admissions Committee may grant you a 2–3 week extension to submit this last requirement.
Please consult the international degree equivalency webpage to check whether your previous degree length and final grade meet our minimum requirement, according to the country in which you earned the degree.
The MBA and the MSc programs offered at the John Molson School of Business are very different.
The MBA (Master of Business Administration) offers a very hands-on, case-based approach to business administration, focused on developing a wide range of professional skills that are needed to move into managerial and leadership roles. The MBA is entirely course-based, with no mandatory research aspect to it (i.e., no thesis). A minimum of two years of work experience is required of all candidates to contextualize the theoretical concepts being taught.
The MSc (Master of Science) programs are research-based programs, which help students to become specialists in one subject (finance, management, marketing, or supply chain management). In the first half of the program, students complete advanced academic seminars, while the second half of the MSc programs involves the production of an independent research thesis under a faculty supervisor. The MSc leads to specialist roles in industry, or further into academia through a PhD.
On a full-time basis, the program is typically 20–24 months long. Part-time students can complete the program in 3–4 years. Please note that international students must pursue full-time studies. It is possible for Canadian students to switch from full-time to part-time studies, or vice-versa.
No. Although the current academic year is mainly being delivered remotely due to COVID-19 safety measures, John Molson’s programs are designed to be delivered in person. Once all classes return to campus, we will stop offering classes through remote learning.
N.B. We do not know, at this point, whether the Fall 2022 term will be delivered in person or remotely. For the most up-to-date information on Concordia University’s response to COVID-19, please visit this webpage.
We may, in exceptional circumstances, consider credit transfers from another relevant program. However, any exempted courses must be replaced with another elective; students must complete the full 45 program credits at John Molson in order to earn the degree.
Applicants who complete their application before the March 1 deadline are automatically considered for Entrance awards. The awards are granted based on merit and may vary from one year to the next. There is no need to fill out any additional paperwork. If you are granted an Entrance award, you will be notified at the same time as your letter of acceptance (or soon thereafter).
Canadian citizens and Permanent residents may qualify for financial aid from Canadian and Quebec student loan and bursary programs. Please visit the Financial Aid and Awards Office for more information.
Yes. We have Teaching Assistant (TA) and Research Assistant (RA) positions that are posted and that you would be able to apply for during your first term in order to start the position as early as your second term. There is no guarantee of receiving a TA or RA position since hiring is at the discretion of the professor.
You can also consult external funded research and training programs for students offered by Mitacs.
Immigration Quebec regulations require that all international students be covered by a health insurance plan that meets government standards. In keeping with this government directive, Concordia University has negotiated a compulsory health and accident insurance plan with Blue Cross at a competitive cost that all international students must have. Consequently, personal health insurance plans are not accepted. Canadian citizens and Permanent residents may register with Concordia’s health insurance plan, however, they may also be covered under another plan.
The MSc and MSCM degree leads to specialist roles in industry or further into academia through a PhD. As it is a specialized degree, you graduate with a certain level of expertise (depending on your particular thesis research area/topic), which you may use to apply to jobs in the field. John Molson’s Career Management Services provides yearly employment statistics.
Upon graduating, international students are eligible to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP), which allows them to work in Canada. The PGWP can grant access to work up to a maximum of three years. To qualify for the PGWP, you must meet certain requirements; for more details, please visit Concordia University’s International Students Office website and the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.