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Admission criteria

In addition to the admission requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, applicants must meet the criteria set forth by the MGB program:


  • 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.


  • 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 any academic discipline from an accredited and recognized institution AND complete the University of Victoria’s Certificate in Business Administration Fast-track program.

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 referees who are familiar with your work (more than three are encouraged). Your referees should be individuals who can provide a candid assessment of your abilities; at least two of your referees should be academic. The names and email addresses of your referees are required when you fill out your on-line application.

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. 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 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)

A 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 requirement, visit here.

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

Application deadlines

We make offers of admission on a rolling basis and it is possible that the program may reach capacity early. We strongly recommend that you apply well before the dates mentioned above. We continually review complete applications and notify applicants as soon as possible.

For information on application fee, please visit here.