Pre-MBA Program

The Pre-MBA Program is full-time, intensive, non-credit program offered by Saint John College and UNB Saint John's Master of Business Administration program. It is designed to help international students bridge the gap between their undergraduate education, work experience and the entry requirements of UNB Saint John's MBA program.

The pre-MBA program is designed for international students who have been conditionally accepted to the UNB Saint John MBA program but who need to increase their level of English language ability and/or gain work experience.

English language requirements

The UNB Saint John MBA program requires an IELTS score of 7.0 (or an equivalent score on other standardized tests-of-English) in order to enter the program. You must have an IELTS score of 6.0 (or A CAEL score of 50) in order to enter the Pre-MBA Program.

Program duration

The Pre-MBA Program is an eight-month (two semesters) full-time program and is divided into two modules.

Start date

Students can enter the Pre-MBA Program in September of each year.

Course requirements

The Pre-MBA Program includes a combination of English-second-language development courses and introductory business courses.

Module I courses

  • NCPM 1300: Math Foundations
  • NCPM 1301: Academic Note-Taking
  • NCPM 1302: Critical Reading and Writing
  • NCPM 1304: Business English and Culture I
  • NCPM 1316: Computer Literacy
  • NCPM 1318: Intensive English
  • NCPM 1319: Academic Vocabulary

Module II courses

  • NCPM 1303: Research and Writing
  • NCPM 1306: Business English and Culture II
  • NCPM 1310: Microeconomics
  • NCPM 1314: Accounting for Managers I
  • NCPM 1317: Math Tools for MBA
  • NCPM 1318: Intensive English II
  • NCPM 1311: Organizational Behaviour
  • NCEL 1250: GMAT Preparation

In Module I, students take seven courses and focus primarily on improving and increasing their academic English language skills as well as becoming familiar with Canadian business language and culture.

In Module II, students take eight courses and focus on improving their knowledge of core business concepts in areas such as economics, accounting, math and general business. Module II of the Pre-MBA Program also includes a GMAT Preparation course for students who are required to achieve a GMAT score of 550 or higher as a condition of their acceptance to the UNB Saint John MBA program.


Please refer to our fees page for detailed information on the cost of the Pre-MBA Program.

Accommodations and student services

Residence accommodation is available to international students who study at Saint John College.

Saint John College has a student advisor on staff to assist its students with academic, personal, social and/or cultural challenges they may face. Our student advisor is fluent in Arabic.

How to apply

In order to join the Pre-MBA Program, you must be conditionally accepted to the UNB Saint John MBA program

The application deadline for the Pre-MBA Program is June 15 for a September start.