McGill MBA Full-Time Requirements

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→ 2 years minimum work experience

A minimum of two years of relevant full-time work experience after completion of their undergraduate degree.

→ 2 letters of reference

As part of the admission process, candidates must provide two professional letters of reference directly from individuals who have been directly responsible for evaluating their work performance and potential. On the application form you must provide the names and email addresses of two individuals who have been directly responsible for evaluating your professional performance and managerial potential. McGill will automatically contact these referees and invite them to upload references using this recommendation form on your behalf.

→ Official transcripts

Two official transcripts of marks from all universities attended are required. Transcripts in languages other than English or French must be accompanied by an English or French translation provided by the institution issuing the transcript or by a certified translator. A copy in the original language is also required. For those universities/institutions where a degree has been obtained, and the transcript does not indicate the year the degree has been conferred, a copy of the degree certificate (diploma) will also need to be uploaded. Uploaded copies will be considered as unofficial; final, official copies will be required once you are offered admission. McGill transcripts need not be uploaded.

→ Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

All applicants must complete the GMAT exam or the GRE exam. There are no exemptions to this rule. When registering for the test please ensure that you request the results be sent directly to McGill University, GMAT Institution Code: 58 H-MN-22; GRE Institution Code: 0935. McGill will then receive the results electronically, directly from the testing agency.

To help you with your preparation, we are now offering free online GMAT practice test, in collaboration with Admit Master, North America's premier Test preparation & Admissions Consulting company.

→ English Proficiency Test:  TOEFL or IELTS 

For international candidates who did not complete a degree from a recognized English-medium university, proof of English proficiency is required. TOEFL iBT (internet-based test) 100 with a minimum score of 20 in each category or IELTS Academic 7.0 overall with no score below 7.0 is required. In order to meet the English requirement, please have the test provider send official results.

Note: The McGill ETS Institution code is: 0935, Department code 02

Registration materials: TOEFL Bulletin and TOEFL information

→ Interview (by invitation)

After a preliminary review of their file, strong candidates will be invited for an interview. This interview is primarily conducted by Skype for international and non-Montreal students, and in-person for local students.  We would like to highlight the importance of the interview as it is not only for the admissions committee to better understand your background and experiences, but also an important opportunity for you to ask key questions and ensure that the Desautels MBA at McGill is the right program for you.

→ 3 essay questions

Please complete the following questions on separate pages and submit them as one PDF document.(500-word limit per question)

  1. Why do you intend on pursuing an MBA at this point in your life? Describe your mid-term and long-term visions for your post-MBA career path and how will the Desautels MBA program add value to your future career? 
  2. What qualities would you look for in an MBA classmate when working on a team project and describe how your background and leadership skills will enhance the experience of others?
  3. Describe a difficult decision you made and the process that you went through to make it.

Admitted candidates

Following the interview, your file will be presented and evaluated by the MBA Admission Committee. The Admission Committee will render a final decision within two weeks of the date of the interview. The accepted candidate will have a predetermined amount of time to accept the offer and secure a spot in the MBA program. In order to accept the offer the accepted candidate will log onto uApply and pay a non-refundable deposit of $5,000. Once the payment is complete, the participation to the program becomes official. For any questions please contact antoinette.molino [at] (subject: Questions%20-%20MBA%20Admissions) (Antoinette Molino), Associate Director, MBA Admissions & Scholarships.

Deferred admission

A deferral of admission for one year may be considered in exceptional cases upon evidence of extenuating circumstances. A written request should be submitted to antoinette.molino [at] (subject: MBA%20-%20Deferral%20of%20Admission) (Antoinette Molino), Associate Director, MBA Admissions & Scholarships. If approved, students wishing to defer their admission will be required to submit a non-refundable confirmation deposit in order to secure a place for the following year.

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