Entrance Requirements

The Alberta MBA is an intensive program. Success requires a high scholastic aptitude, a superior command of English communication skills and strong time-management abilities. Admission to the Alberta MBA Program is highly selective. We seek motivated, bright and articulate individuals who have a strong standard of personal ethics. No formula is employed in admission decision-making. Rather, each candidate is evaluated individually to assess compatibility between the applicant and the program. The following sets out the entrance requirements in more detail:

Undergraduate Degree
Work Experience
English Language Proficiency 
Letters of Reference
Statement of Intent

Undergraduate Degree

Admission to the Alberta MBA Program requires a strong, broadly-based undergraduate degree. Since we value the diversity of backgrounds, we accept students from all disciplines. To be considered, an applicant should hold a four-year undergraduate degree from a recognized institution with a minimum grade point average of 3.0/4.0 (see international equivalents).  

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 version:

     Transcripts or Marksheet in Original Language
     Marksheet in English Translation (if original is not in English)
     Degree Certificate in Original Language
     Degree Certificate in English Translation (if original is not in English)
Please ensure you have uploaded the University's grading rubric, which is typically included on the back of the transcripts. Once you have received your official letter of admission, official academic documents must be sent directly from the institution to the Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research. If the transcripts and degree certificates are in a language other than English, official translated copies are also required.  For applicants with a degree from India, we also require official marksheets.

Work Experience

The admission committee gives strong consideration to professional experience and early career accomplishments, including potential for career growth and advancement. Applicants will ideally possess at least two years of full-time work experience after completion of an undergraduate degree. Alberta MBA students possess an average of five years of work experience.

In your application, you need to include  a résumé with sufficient details of your professional work experience including months and years for each term of employment, full-time or part-time hours of work, and a brief description of employment duties. Education, volunteer experience(s), accomplishments achieved at work, and any extracurricular activities should also be highlighted.  You do not need to use the generic CV form.

Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)

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 here. In addition, for GMAT tips and advice, please visit the Alberta MBA Blog under Admissions Advice.

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.

English Language Proficiency (ELP)

The language of instruction at the University of Alberta is English. Applicants who do not hold an undergraduate degree from a recognized institution in which the language of instruction is English are required to provide an official result from a test of English language proficiency.  A list of ELP exempt institutions is available through the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Successful applicants will have demonstrated their English language proficiency by achieving the following minimum scores:

TOEFL: 600 (paper-based test), or 100 (internet-based test)
IELTS (Academic): Overall band score of 7.0, with at least 5.5 on each band
PTE (Academic): Overall score of 68
CAEL: Overall minimum of 60, with at least 60 on each subtest
MELAB: minimum of 85

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 will ideally be professional, with at least one from a current or past supervisor.  In the online application system, you will need to supply the names and email addresses for your referees.  They will be emailed instructions on how to submit their reference into the online application system.  

Statement of Intent

The statement of intent introduces you to the Admissions Committee as an individual, and not only showcases your personality but how you are unique as compared to other applicants with a similar profile. It is recommended that the statement of intent be approximately 1 to 2 pages in length, and should outline details around but not limited to the following:

  • Why you want to enter the program
  • What your career goals are
  • How the strengths of the program match your career goals and will support you in achieving them
  • What you will contribute towards the program

Ultimately, the statement of intent reveals important information about which candidates will contribute to and benefit the most from the program.

Admission Interviews

All candidates admitted to the Alberta MBA are interviewed at least once, with there typically being two admissions interviews.  Both interviews are by invitation only. The first involves a request for a Kira Talent video interview.  The second admissions interview is typically conducted either in-person or over Skype with a member of the Admissions Committee. Both interviews provide an opportunity for the Admissions Committee to get to know you better, assess your communication abilities and values as well as clarify any questions regarding your application.