Master of Science in Management (MSc)

Admission requirements

The John Molson MSc Admissions Committee takes a holistic approach, assessing candidates on their strong academic credentials, research experience, intellectual and leadership potential, superior communication skills and career aspirations. For more information on the application process, please consult the step-by-step application guide.

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.

Academic credentials

  • Undergraduate degree in any discipline with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 out of 4.3
    • Applicants must have maintained the equivalent of at least a 3.0/4.3 average (roughly equivalent to a B grade) for their final two years of studies
    • International applicants must have obtained their degree from an accredited university; see a listing of international equivalencies.
    • Depending on background, non-commerce applicants may be required to take supplemental courses. *See below
  • If you are currently enrolled in school:
    • Submit the results of all previous terms and a list of your current courses
    • Include mid-year grades for your current courses, if 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 translations, 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:
    • are automatically granted to candidates with a Bachelor's degree from a Canadian university and a minimum CGPA of 3.0/4.3 (equivalent to a B) 
    • may be granted to international candidates with an excellent CGPA (3.5+/4.3)


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.

Note: 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


Non-commerce students

Depending on background, non-commerce students may be asked to take one or more supplemental courses.  The following courses have been commonly recommended for such students in the past:

  • MANA 341 - Organization Theory and Design
  • MANA 362 - Human Resource Management

Additionally, all students are expected to have basic statistics background. If they don’t, they may be asked to take a supplemental statistics course. View more information regarding the required statistics background.


For more information on the application process, please consult the research-based programs Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

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