Here are some of the frequently asked questions about the UVic's MBA in Sustainable Innovation. If you have additional questions, please email us at

Will instruction be delivered face-to-face or online?

Based on the current guidance from the Province of British Columbia and the BC Health Officer, we are currently offering in-person classes. Both our Daytime and Weekend MBAs will be available face-to-face. However, as the situation with the pandemic is constantly evolving, if the guidance from the province changes, we will adjust our approach accordingly and provide updated information to students.

Can I be admitted without writing the GMAT or GRE?

No, this is required of all applicants. You must write the GMAT or GRE and arrange to have an official score report made available online to the Gustavson School of Business.

Applicants with 10 or more years of professional experience may submit an Executive Assessment (EA) score as an alternative to GMAT or GRE.

All sections of the GMAT, GRE or EA are taken into consideration, but it’s most important to have well-balanced scores across the sections.

What parts of my application are most important when you are making admissions decisions?

All components of your application are important; however, we look at three broad aspects of your experience and motivation:

  1. Your passion and motivation to be part of the UVic MBA in Sustainable Innovation as outlined in your essay and video submissions
  2. Your academic ability as demonstrated by your performance in previous degrees and your score on the GMAT or GRE
  3. Your work experience, including the amount of experience and the level of responsibility you have held

Your references support your application by providing us with independent assessments of your experience.

Are students responsible for finding their own co-op positions?

All students pursuing a Co-op work term are responsible for applying to, interviewing for, and ultimately securing their Co-op work term opportunity. However, the Co-op & Career Office posts more than 1000 opportunities for students every summer, and students receive in-depth training, practice and coaching on how to search for, apply to and interview for positions. In addition, students have the option to develop their own Co-op work term opportunities.

Are scholarships offered?

All accepted students are automatically considered for an entrance award based on the strength of their applications. These awards typically range from $3,000 to $11,000. Students do not need to apply for these entrance awards.

In addition, there are a number of merit-based donor awards and scholarships based available to students during the program.     

The University of Victoria offers a variety of other scholarships. See Student Awards and Financial Aid for eligibility.

Teaching Assistant positions are not available, but periodically Research Assistant and Marking Assistant positions are available.

Are international students eligible for financial assistance?

International students are eligible for entrance awards and most scholarships available through the program.

How much work does the MBA program entail?

The MBA is a rigorous program; however, the amount of time varies from week to week and from student to student.

Students in the Daytime MBA are in classes approximately 15-20 hours per week. Outside the classroom, students can expect to spend 30-35 hours per week doing readings, completing assignments and working on projects.

Students in the Weekend MBA are in classes for one intensive weekend approximately once each month. A weekend will typically involve 18- 20 hours of class time. In between weekends, students can expect to spend from 10-25 hours per week doing readings, completing assignments and working on projects.

Why choose Victoria for your MBA studies?

Victoria is situated on Vancouver Island and is considered one of the most desirable places to live, study and travel thanks to the mild climate, the stunning West Coast scenery and all the amenities found in the charming Downtown waterfront. British Columbia’s capital city has a rich and unique blend of Indigenous, Asian and British heritage intermingled with a burgeoning tech scene and a thriving tourism industry. 

Students here enjoy excellent public transit, abundant greenspace, along with a diverse mix of arts and culture in a safe and friendly urban setting. We are proud to offer an outstanding academic experience on a world-class campus in Canada’s pristine Pacific Northwest. 

Am I eligible to apply for the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP)?

As an international graduate of the UVic Daytime MBA and Weekend MBA programs, you may be eligible to apply for the PGWP as long as you meet all the eligibility requirements. For the most updated information on this subject, please visit the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website.

A PGWP may be issued based on the length of the study program. Learn more about PGWP work permit validity.