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Ready to start your application? Remember, the UVic daytime MBA Program starts in early August. The University considers this part of the "Summer Session". Therefore, when you come to the "Program of Study" page in the application process and you are asked to choose the "Available terms", select the "Summer Session: May-Aug". Apply here.

IMPORTANT: We will begin accepting applications for the 2015 daytime MBA Program on October 15, 2014. The evening MBA is currently being redesigned and has an anticipated program start of early 2016. Additional information about the evening program will be available in the spring of 2015.

After you have applied, you can check the status of your application at My UVic Application.

We assess applications as we receive them and will contact qualified applicants to arrange for a Skype, telephone or in-person interview as the final stage of the admissions process.

Admissions criteria

The UVic MBA Programs look for motivated and experienced achievers. We assess applicants based on the following criteria:

Education

  • You have completed the equivalent of a Canadian Bachelor's degree (generally in a non-business discipline) from an academic institution recognized by the University of Victoria.
  • You have earned the equivalent of a “B” average over the last two years (or equivalent of 30 UVic units) of your degree.
  • If you do not have a “B” average, you may be admitted as a mature student, provided you have four years of relevant professional experience after completing your undergraduate degree. Submission of a detailed résumé is required to determine eligibility as a mature student. Such recommendations must be approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies.
  • International students must meet the Minimum requirements from other countries as set out by the Faculty of Graduate Studies

For information on how GPA is calculated, please visit the UVic Graduate Admissions page. 

GMAT/GRE Score

You must write the GMAT and arrange to have an official score report made available online to the Gustavson School of Business. The GMAT code for the University of Victoria MBA is C2H GB 58.

In certain cases, an applicant may submit a GRE score in place of the GMAT. The institutional code for the GRE is 0989.

While our minimum GMAT requirement is 550, scores over 600 are preferred. To calculate your equivalent GRE score, you can use the GRE Comparison Table for Business Schools.

Professional experience

Three or more years of full-time work experience in a professional or management capacity is preferred. You must demonstrate managerial potential and a level of maturity consistent with the demands of a professional management program. 

Résumé

Your résumé should outline your professional experience and other experiences that may be of interest to the committee. Please include the start and end dates, by month and year, for all your experiences and indicate whether they were full-time or part-time. This will ensure the committee can accurately determine your cumulative professional experience.

References

Assessment Reports are required from a minimum of two academic or professional referees who are familiar with your work. Your referees should be individuals who can provide a candid assessment of your abilities. The names and email addresses of your referees are required when you fill out your on-line application. Once you submit your application, your referees will automatically receive an email from UVic. It is important that you contact your referees before providing their name in the on-line application, in order to confirm their willingness to provide you with an assessment.

Additional letters of reference may also be included in your online application.

For more information on how to submit your Assessment Reports, please visit the UVic Graduate Admissions page and scroll down to the ‘Assessment Reports’ section.

References

Assessment Reports are required from a minimum of two academic or professional referees who are familiar with your work. Your referees should be individuals who can provide a candid assessment of your abilities; professional or academic referees are acceptable. The names and email addresses of your referees are required when you fill out your on-line application. Once you submit your application, your referees will automatically receive an email. It is important that you contact your referees before providing their name in the on-line application, in order to confirm their willingness to provide you with an assessment.

You may also upload a letter of reference to your online application in addition to the Assessment Report.

For more information on how to submit your Assessment Reports, please visit the UVic Graduate Admissions page and scroll down to the ‘Assessment Reports’ section.

Personal submissions

You must prepare and submit two personal submissions:

  • Tell us about your career goals and how the UVic MBA, in particular, will help you achieve them. Connect these goals to what you have already accomplished in your life and what impact you hope to make in the future.
    • The format of this submission should be a standard written document, approximately 500 - 700 words in length.
  • Tell us why our program is a good fit for you and why you are a good fit for our program. Show us your understanding of the values and culture of Gustavson and the UVic MBA. Give us insight into who you are and what contribution you will make to the program.
    • The format of this submission is open and creative. You can prepare a written document, if you like (approximately 500 – 700 words in length), or you can prepare something else entirely. Feel free to use images, text or alternate media such as video or a website. As you need to upload a document in our application system for this submission, if you are using an alternate medium (such as video or website), submit a document with instructions on how to access your submission.

English language requirements for international students

If your first language is not English, and you have lived in Canada or another English-speaking country for less than three years, you must provide evidence of fluency in English. The following minimum test scores are accepted:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

A TOEFL score of 575 on the paper-based test or an overall score of 90 on the Internet Based TOEFL (IBT), with the following minimum section requirements: Listening 20; Speaking 20; Reading 20; Writing 20. The TOEFL code for the University of Victoria MBA is 0989

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

An minimum overall Band Score of 6.5, with no score less than 6.0 on each individual component on the Academic IELTS is required.

MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery)

Finally, applicants can also submit a minimum score of 90 on the MELAB.

For more information on language proficiency requirements, visit here.

For available International student support, visit here.

Application Deadline

The application deadline for international applicants is April 30. We will continue to review applications from domestic students (including permanent residents) until May 31. 

We recommend that international students submit their application as early as possible to allow sufficient time to obtain a Government of Canada Study Permit (and Temporary Resident Visa if necessary) if they are selected.