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Application Procedure - MBA Program

This section explains the process of applying to Canadian Business Schools for an MBA program.

Application Forms

Application Requirements

  1. Academic Record
  2. Standardized Tests
  3. Work Experience Details
  4. Letter of Recommendation
  5. Essays / Statement of Purpose

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Send enquiries at least 15 to 18 months before the proposed date of admission. There are two ways to get application forms.

  1. Requesting Application Forms via email : You can request application forms from the universities website. Most universities have a form on their website which can be completed online to request application material.

  2. Downloading from the university website : Many universities have a downloadable and ready to print versions of their application forms  on the net. These can be used for applying just as regular forms.
Application Requirements

Your past academic record is one of the most important deciding factors in securing admission to a MBA program in Canada. Most business schools require you to have a reasonably good academic record. 

Most schools require a GPA of at least 3.0 - 3.5 (Approximately 70% +) in the undergraduate degree. Each business school has its own minimum requirement for its programs, which are flexible depending on the candidate�s profile.

Universities in Canada have their own marking and evaluation systems, which are considerably different from many international systems.

It is advisable not to convert your marks in your country's system of grading to the Canadian Grade Point Average system or any other system since the conversion may not be accurate.

You may attach an explanatory note from your college to indicate your rank in your class and/or university. The letter may also indicate your place as compared to the class and the university average and the number of students in the class and the number of colleges and students in the university.

You may also provide any other information or documents that you feel may help you in the admission process.

Students applying for admission to the MBA program are required to submit an official transcript (mark-sheets) from each college or university that they have attended after secondary school with complete details of the subjects/credits involved (for each year) and other details like correspondence courses, diplomas etc. 

Most business schools ask for the transcript (mark-sheets) to be sealed in an envelope and signed and attested across the seal by the registrar. This procedure is to be done for each and every college that you have attended. 

Some schools may ask for more than one copy of the transcript. 

If the transcripts are in a language other than English, then they must be translated into English only by the issuing authority or university otherwise it may not be accepted.


GMAT : This score is required by most universities and the minimum required ranges from 500 in some to 600 in the top universities.

TOEFL : This test is mandatory for International students applying to a Graduate course or University in Canada. The minimum score required by most universities for admission ranges from 550 to 600 (Paper-based test) and 213 to 250 (Computer-based test).

Note: Many universities in Canda have their own English proficiency tests. These tests are conducted in many countries. For more information, check out the websites of the business schools that you are interested in.

Some business schools in Canada accept IELTS score in lieu of TOEFL.

Most MBA programs in Canada require at least two to three years� work experience.

A detailed R�sum� is an important part of your application. It should include all information of professional work experience along with details like position(s) held, achievements and scope of work.

Find R�sum�s a Problem? Check out our R�sum� Section for tips.


Letters of reference or recommendation letters play an important role in the admission process for MBA programs.

A recommendation letter is a signed statement from a person who knows you well professionally or has taught you in a subject that is related to the course you are applying to

The author or teacher must indicate his position, how long he/she has known the applicant and in what capacity. He/she should briefly discuss the need, importance and usefulness of the study the applicant proposes to undertake. Authors are usually asked to rank applicants in their letters of recommendation, which helps admission officers to interpret the academic credentials of foreign students.

Students should obtain letters of recommendation (often on the prescribed forms sent by the institutions) from employers or colleagues who know them at a professional as well as personal level. You may like to request your author to give concrete examples that show your qualities, strengths etc. to help your case.

Many business schools have their own format and questions that have to be answered by the person who is giving the letter of recommendation on your behalf. Letters, which do not give enough information, can jeopardize a candidate�s chances of selection

For more details on letters of recommendation, formats and tips, check out Letters of Recommendation


The personal essays, play a very important role in the process of evaluating your application for admission because it gives the faculty assessing your application their most significant impression of you as an individual. This section is the key to distinguish your application from other suitable candidates and a chance to market yourself.

A personal statement should include your reasons for choosing the MBA program, the suitability of your education and experience, your personal interests and career goals.

Most Business schools have their own essay questions and format. Others may ask for a r�sum� or reasons for applying to that particular course.

For more details on various essay topics, tips, sample essays, check out our Essays/Statement of Purpose section.

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