Admission Requirements

The UAlberta Energy MBA is designed to allow students to continue to work while increasing their knowledge, skills, and confidence to become leaders within the energy and resources sector. While the main admission requirements across all of our MBA programs are the same, there are a few subtle differences for the UAlberta Energy MBA. The academic components of an application are important, but we do take a fairly holistic view of each application and put considerable emphasis on professional and personal experience as well.

Admission Criteria

As part of your application to the UAlberta Energy MBA, you are required to satisfy the following requirements:

Undergraduate Degree

Applicants should hold a four-year undergraduate degree from a recognized institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or B over your last two years of study. For individuals with International education, please see our equivalent academic requirements. Candidates who do not hold an undergraduate degree but have 15+ years of experience can be considered for admission.

In completing the online application, You will be required to scan and upload each page (front and back) of your most up-to-date official academic documents in PDF format. Once you have received your official letter of admission, official academic documents must be sent to the University.

Work Experience
Applicants should have at least two years of post-graduation professional experience. Depending on the breadth and depth of the experience, we may also be able to consider some co-op experience towards the professional experience requirements. Your application should include a résumé with sufficient details of your professional work experience. Education, volunteer experience, accomplishments achieved at work, and any extracurricular activities should also be highlighted.
Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

The GMAT is a standardized assessment required by top MBA schools to evaluate applicants. The exam measures your verbal, quantitative, analytical writing, and integrative reasoning skills. The GMAT is a good predictor of academic success in the MBA program. The GMAT is a requirement for all applicants and we will not consider applications without a GMAT score. Ideally, applicants will submit a minimum GMAT score of 550. It is recommended that you review the material prior to writing the test. Our GMAT institution code is 87G-MT-78. More information on the GMAT can be found on their website. In addition, for GMAT tips and advice, please visit the Alberta MBA Blog.

The Faculty of Extension at the University of Alberta currently offers a GMAT test preparation course. More information on the course and availability is available on the Faculty of Extension Website.

We are also able to accept a Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) score. The minimum score we would look for is an overall score at the 50th percentile. Our GRE institution code is 0758.

*GMAT and GRE scores are valid for five (5) years.

Letters of Reference

Candidates are required to submit two letters of reference. These assist the School in evaluating the candidate's managerial, administrative, and academic skills. Letters of reference should be obtained from current or past supervisors. In the online application, you will be asked to provide the name and email address of your referees. Referees can complete our reference letter form and upload this into the online application system.

UAlberta MBA Reference Letter

Statement of Intent
A statement of intent, approximately one to two pages in length, must be included with your application. The statement should outline why you are interested in the UAlberta MBA, what your expectations are for the course of study, and how this degree relates to your career goals.

Application Process

Applicants are required to apply online through the Faculty of Graduate Studies website. The application fee of $100 can be paid online. In applying, please select MBA (Crse) in Business MBA, Natural Resources Energy and Env - Part Time. Supporting documents must be uploaded into the online application system. 

After an application is complete (including reference letters), the Admissions team will review the documents submitted and contact applicants to begin our interview process. Not all applicants will be invited to complete the interview process. After interviews are complete, a final review will be conducted and an admission decision reached.

First Interview

The first step in the Alberta MBA interview process is a video interview through the Kira Talent platform. Applicants will have 7 days to complete the video interview and can expect 3 verbal response questions and one written question. The first interview is an important step in the admissions process as it allows the Admissions team to assess candidates on their critical thinking and overall verbal and written communication skills. In addition, the video interview gives candidates an opportunity to showcase their personality and demonstrate how they are a good fit for the UAlberta MBA program.

Visit our blog for more information on the Kira Video Interview.

Second Interview

After completing the first interview, successful candidates will be invited to complete a second interview with a member of the Admissions Committee. The second interview will take place in-person if you are in the Edmonton area, or over video chat. The second interview gives the Admissions Committee the opportunity to ask any specific questions related to your application along with more general, behavioural-based questions. At this point in the admissions process, candidates will demonstrate they are a good fit for the UAlberta MBA program beyond meeting the basic admissions requirements.

Visit our blog for more information on the Second Interview.

Admission Decision & Offer Letter

The Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research (FGSR) plays a key role in providing final admissions approval for all graduate students across the University of Alberta. There are a number of key points to be aware of with respect to the admission process and the unique roles the Business Master's Programs Office and FGSR play within it:

  • Shortly after you have completed the final admissions interview stage, you will receive communication from the Master's Programs Office Admissions Committee regarding the decision for admission.
  • If favourable, the Master's Programs Office will send a request to FGSR to formally admit you to the program.
  • If any documents are missing or outstanding from your application, a member of our office will contact you.
  • Once approved by FGSR, an admission letter will be uploaded on the online application portal.
  • You will subsequently receive an admission letter via email from the Master's Programs Office that will outline more specifics and details regarding the program.

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