Admission requirements and procedure

The following minimum admission requirements must be met by all University of New Brunswick Saint John’s MBA program candidates:

Undergraduate degree

An undergraduate degree in any discipline from a recognized university, equal to a Canadian four-year or 120 credit-hour program, is required. The UNB School of Graduate Studies requires a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of "B" (or 3.0 from a maximum of 4.3).  Please note, a three year honours degree will also be considered.

GMAT score (Graduate Management Admissions Test)

The minimum requirement for admission is a GMAT score of 550; however, students with a Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.2/4.3 or higher may be eligible for a GMAT waiver. The decision to waive the GMAT is the decision of the admission committee; a CGPA higher than a 3.2/4.3 does not a guarantee a waiver. 


Applicants who have previously completed other graduate level exams such as Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) are also welcome to apply, and their exam results will be assessed according to the percentile achieved.  If the score is equivalent to a 550 GMAT the applicant will not need to write the GMAT.

TOEFL or other language test (for international students only)

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or equivalent, is required from applicants whose mother tongue is not English. This may be waived for applicants who have a recent secondary school diploma or university degree from an institution whose language of instruction is English. To be eligible for this waiver, you should also have spoken English in the workplace.

The minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 580 (240 on the computer-based test or 93 on the Internet based test) plus a Test of Written English (TWE) score of 4.5. If the TOEFL score achieved is less than the acceptable level, applicants will be required to complete additional language training with Saint John College prior to joining the MBA program.

While each of these general application requirements is important, an applicant's entire profile of academic performance (cumulative and sessional) and professional achievement will be evaluated individually. Strengths in one or more areas may compensate for weaknesses in another. Personal qualities such as leadership, communication skills, motivation and dedication are also valued and considered in the application process.

If you find you are unable to meet the requirements outlined above, consider preparing yourself with the UNB Saint John Pre-MBA program or the MBA Qualifying Year.

Work experience

Applicants are required to have, at minimum, two years of consecutive and relevant post-graduate professional work experience. Management or executive-level experience is not necessary and work experience acquired outside of Canada counts, as does accredited co-op work experience.

Resume and a personal statement

Include a current resume with your application. It should provide a detailed description of your professional experience. In addition write a one to two page personal statement on why you want to study the MBA program.


Three recommendations in total from both academic and professional sources are required.

Application procedure

MBAYou can now apply online. Applications are only reviewed when all necessary parts have been received by the university. Delays in receiving recommendations or transcripts will cause delays in reviewing applications. You can reduce the processing time significantly by ensuring that all documents are included, along with the non-refundable application fee of $100 Canadian dollars.

The application deadline for the MBA program is July 15th; and June 15th for the MBA Qualifying Year of each year.  However, a "rolling" admission process is used, ensuring that completed applications are reviewed as soon as they are received. We recommend that you submit your application early in order to secure your place in the program.

Applications are presented to the admission committee for consideration. Applicants will hear from the committee within four weeks of the university receiving a complete application.

Part-time applicants can submit their application at any time.

For full-time students to be eligible for merit awards,  the application deadline is May 30th of each year.

If applying after June 1, international students must consider the time necessary to obtain a study permit.

Application fee

You can pay the non-refundable application fee of $100 Canadian dollars in the form of a bank draft, money order or certified cheque payable to University of New Brunswick Saint John.  VISA or MasterCard payments are also accepted.