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, a CAEL score of 60, or a Duolingo score of 120 in order to enter the program.

To enter the Pre-MBA Program, you must have an IELTS score of 6.0, a CAEL score of 50, or a Duolingo score of 95-110.

Program duration

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

Start dates

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

The 2021-2022 Pre-MBA Program will begin on Sept. 7, 2021.

The 2022-2023 Pre-MBA Program will begin on Sept. 6, 2022.

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 Notetaking
  • NCPM 1302: Critical Reading and Writing
  • NCPM 1304: Business English and Culture I
  • NCPM 1318: Intensive English
  • NCPM 1319: Academic Vocabulary
  • NCEL 1250: GMAT Math Preparation (not required for all students)

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 (not always offered)
  • NCEL 1250: GMAT Verbal Preparation (not required for all students)

In Module I, students take six to 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 seven to eight courses and focus on improving their knowledge of core business concepts in areas such as economics, accounting, math and general business.


Upon acceptance to the Pre-MBA Program, students are required to pay a $1000 deposit to confirm their seat in the program. This deposit is non-refundable but will be applied towards students’ full program fees once they register in the program.

Accommodations and student services

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

Pre-MBA students have access to all on-campus student services at UNB Saint John, including counseling services and the Student Health Centre.

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.

Program policies