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Undergraduate Degree:

Almost all Canadian Business Schools require 16 years of undergraduate education. That is, four years of education after High School/Junior College. 

If you have a three year degree from an Australian, Indian, New Zealand university or such similar three year degree programs, you will not be eligible for admission to most MBA programs. You would require a professional four-year degree like engineering or other such courses.

Most business schools in Canada require a minimum GPA of 3.0 - 3.5 (More than 70%) for admission to the MBA program.

Admissions to Canadian business schools are extremely competitive.

Three year Graduates

If you have completed a three-year degree program like BSc, BA, BCom from an Australian, Indian, Pakistan, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Sri Lankan universities, the advisable plan of action to maximize eligibility for US business schools is to do a Post Graduate degree like MSc, MA or Mcom, before applying to business schools in Canada.

A one-year university affiliated program will make up for the fourth year required. The key point is to ensure that the program that you do is a recognized university program.


  • Professional programs like the CA, ICWA, part time diplomas from a university such as those in management, communication may or may not be accepted, though most MBA programs now accept the Indian CA qualification in lieu of the fourth year graduation.
  • Independent certificate courses offered by private institutions like Aptech, NIIT, etc. will most likely not be accepted. The decision is based on each business school’s individual evaluation.
  • One-year education of a two-year degree course (like M.Tech., M.A. etc.) may not be accepted by most business schools. The full course has to be completed for qualification, unless there is a recognized university examination at the end of one year.

Note: No standardized policy exists regarding the acceptance of such programs. Some business schools may accept the three-year Graduation Degree for a the MBA program. But keep in mind that preference will be given to candidates with 16 years of undergraduate education.

Work Experience:

Most Business Schools in Canada recommend/require a minimum of two to three years of work experience for admission to the MBA program. Though some business schools may accept you without any work experience, preference will be given to candidates with work experience.


GMAT is required for most MBA programs in Canada. It is also one of the most important criteria for admissions. If you are planning to study in a Canadian business school, you must score high in this exam. For more information on GMAT, check out About GMAT

For international students, GMAT is required not just for admission to the MBA program but also for student visa. Your chances of getting a student visa are weakened if you do not take the GMAT, even if you have an admission from a business school..

This is because the visa officers assume that the student is not serious if he/she has not taken the GMAT. You would be looked at as a potential immigrant if they don't consider you to be a serious student


This is required for admission to almost all MBA programs in Canada. It is a fairly simple exam for most students who have studied in English medium throughut. The minimum scores required for most universities range from 550 to 600 on the paper based TOEFL and 213 to 250 on the computer based TOEFL.

IELTS score is acceptable to most business schools in lieu of TOEFL.

For more information on TOEFL, check out: About TOEFL

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