Admissions

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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 an in-person, Skype or telephone interview as the final stage of the admissions process.

NOTE: The application deadline for September 2019 intake has been extended until June 30.

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 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.

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

Professional experience

Work experience prior to joining the MBA Program is required. Due to the intensive nature of the Weekend MBA program, we prefer 6 years or more of full-time professional experience, including at least 2 years in a managerial role. Strong applicants with less than 6 years of full-time experience will be considered.

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.

GMAT/GRE Score

Minimum GMAT requirement: 550

Competitive GMAT requirement: 620+

All four sections of GMAT are taken into consideration, but it’s most important to have well-balanced Verbal and Quantitative scores.

We strongly advise that you spend adequate time preparing for the GMAT in order to maximize your score. Preparation resources can be found on the GMAT site.

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.

Under exceptional circumstances, requests for GMAT/GRE waivers for admission to the Weekend MBA program may be considered from applicants with 12 or more years of experience at the discretion of the Program Administration. The request to grant a waiver on the GMAT admission requirement is dependent on the extent to which you can demonstrate recent and in-depth ability in each of the four areas GMAT measures. Requests for the GMAT waiver may be submitted for consideration as part of your application package.

Please note: All decisions regarding the GMAT waiver are considered final.

In certain cases, an applicant may submit a GRE score in place of the GMAT. To calculate your equivalent GRE score, you can use the GRE Comparison Table for Business Schools. The institutional code for the GRE is 0989.

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 (Internet Based Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Minimum overall TOEFL requirement: 90

Competitive overall TOEFL requirement: 95

Applicants must score a minimum of 20 in each section of the test (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking).

The TOEFL code for the University of Victoria MBA is 0989.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

Minimum overall IELTS requirement: 6.5

Competitive overall IELTS requirement: 7.0

Applicants must score a minimum of 6.5 in each section of the test (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking).

Click here for more information on IELTS.

For more information on UVic's language proficiency requirements, visit here.

For available Gustavson International student support, visit here.

Note: tests taken more than two years prior to application will not be considered.

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.


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