How to apply to the UVic MGB

September intake (Path 1 and Path 2): application deadline is April 30 for both domestic and international applicants.

January intake (Path 3 and Path 4): application deadline is August 31 for both domestic and international applicants.

Here are the steps to start your Master of Global Business (MGB) application today:

  1. Apply to UVic
  2. After you have applied, you can check the status of your application at My UVic Application
  3. We make offers of admission on an ongoing basis, so the program may reach capacity before the application deadline. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you apply well before the deadline. We continually review complete applications and notify applicants as soon as possible.

Information on application fees.

Admission criteria


  • You have completed, or are about to complete, an acceptable Bachelor's degree (or recognized equivalent from an academic institution recognized by the University of Victoria) in commerce, business administration or management from an accredited and recognized institution. Your degree must contain at least one course in each of the following disciplines: Finance, International Business, Accounting, Marketing and Organizational Behaviour/Human Resource Management. If you are missing any course, you may still be considered and we will advise you how to make up the course before joining the MGB program.
  • Students who hold a non-business degree must complete the following prerequisite courses:  Finance, International Business, Accounting, Marketing and Organizational Behaviour/Human Resource Management.  for more information. 

Also note the following requirements

  • You have earned the equivalent of at least a "B" average over the last two years (or equivalent of 30 UVic units) of your degree.

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

Professional experience, motivation and international management potential

You must demonstrate a level of maturity, motivation and potential consistent with the demands of a professional management program and a successful career in international business. These characteristics are assessed based on your resumé, references, personal statements (essays), extra-curricular activities, personal and professional accomplishments, awards, recognitions, etc. 


Your résumé should outline your professional experience and other experiences that may be of interest to the admissions committee. Although formal work experience is not a requirement for eligibility, any work experience that you have had since graduation, or during your studies (Co-op, Internship, part-time work, entrepreneurial ventures, etc.) should be highlighted either in your résumé or by other documentation, as these experiences will be taken into consideration by the committee.


Assessment Reports are required from a minimum of three academic or professional references who are familiar with your work (more than three are encouraged). Your references should be individuals who can provide a candid assessment of your abilities; at least two of your references should be academic. The names and email addresses of your references are required when you fill out your online application.

It is important that you contact your references before providing their name in the online application, in order to confirm their willingness to provide you with an assessment. A letter of reference may also be supplied in addition to the Assessment Report. Please note that additional paper/hard-copy assessment documents are not required.

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 your preferred “Path” choice for your MGB experience and reasons for your preference, i.e.: the Canada, Taiwan, Austria path (Path 1), the Canada, Austria, Peru path (Path 3) or the Canada, Scotland, Thailand path (Path 4). (In this essay, you may also indicate if you would be equally happy with either path.)
    • The format of this submission should be a standard written document, approximately 700 – 1,000 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 MGB. Give us insight into who you are and what contribution you will make to the program and to your cohort in your preferred Path. 
    • The format of this submission is open and creative. You can prepare a written document, if you like (approximately 700 – 1,000 words in length), or you can prepare something else entirely.
    • Feel free to use images, text or alternate media such as PowerPoint, 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 proficiency requirement

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

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 is 0989.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

Minimum overall IELTS requirement: 6.5

Applicants must score a minimum of 6.0 in each section of the test (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking).

MET (Michigan English Test)

Minimum overall MET requirement: 64

More information can be found on UVic's English language proficiency requirement page.

Please note tests taken more than two years prior to application will not be considered.