Your FAQs, Answered.
Below are the most commonly asked questions about our application process, admissions procedures, GPA, GMAT and essays with succinct answers, tips and helpful guides.
If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for here you can connect with a member of the admissions team.
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The Application Process
How do I apply?
The application starts by creating a profile in our online system. Once you submit your profile page, check your email to create a password for your application. It may take up to 15 minutes for the email to arrive. Save that email for reference, as it also contains the permanent link to the application portal. You will then be able to begin your application and upload your documents.
How much does it cost to apply?
The application fee is $150CAD payable online with any major credit card.
Can I apply before I have written the GMAT/GRE/IELTS/TOEFL?
Yes. You can indicate the date of a future test on your application and submit it prior to writing. We will conduct a preliminary review of your application without your test scores and then make a final decision once your scores are received.
Do I need to send in official documents?
You can apply with unofficial documents that may be scanned and uploaded to your application. If you are admitted, you will then be required to submit official copies of your transcripts, GMAT/GRE test scores and English proficiency test results (if applicable). Official transcripts, GRE and English test results must be mailed directly from the issuing institution in a sealed envelope to:
Graduate Recruitment & Admissions, Room W263B
Seymour Schulich Building
Schulich School of Business – York University
4700 Keele Street Toronto, Ontario
Canada, M3J 1P3
Which part of the application is most important?
A holistic approach is taken during the application review process and all components of the application are thoroughly reviewed. There is no particular weight assigned to any of the components in the application.
When will a decision be issued?
Decisions are made on a rolling basis. Submitting your application during peak times (around the deadlines) means it will take a bit longer for us to give you a decision. We recommend submitting your complete application as early as possible. The usual turnaround time (during non-peak periods) is 4-6 weeks.
International applicants are always encouraged to apply in the earliest round possible to allow for time to receive a decision and apply for a study permit.
Are late applications accepted?
We will accept applications after the deadline based on space availability in the program. If you are applying after the deadline date, please connect with a member of the admissions team to discuss next steps.
I don’t have an undergrad degree in business. Can I apply?
Yes. In fact, most of our successful MBA candidates come from non-business backgrounds.
In the case of the Master of Finance applicants are required to have taken courses in economics, statistics and calculus at the undergraduate level, but a business degree is not required.
For the Master of Business Analytics, we require strong quantitative work in your undergraduate studies, as shown by courses in math and statistics, but not a specific degree type.
I studied business/commerce/accounting during my undergraduate studies. Can I apply to the Master of Management?
No. The MMgt is designed for students who have not taken an undergraduate degree in business. If you have completed a business degree but have no work experience you may consider applying to one of our Specialized Masters programs.
My degree is from outside of Canada, how will it be assessed?
The Schulich School of Business Admissions unit will determine the academic qualifications for applicants who have degrees (or the equivalent) from non-Canadian institutions based on transcripts submitted. All transcripts must be in English or translated into English by a registered translator.
I don’t have a degree. Can I apply?
Each year Schulich will consider applications from a small number of mature students who do not possess an undergraduate degree. To be considered, an applicant in this group must have at least eight years of high quality management experience and must have demonstrated a strong upward progression in his or her career.
How is the GPA calculated?
The admissions committee will calculate your GPA based on the last two years of credits obtained during the most recent degree that you completed. In the case of your most recent degree being a one-year masters degree, the GPA of the entire degree will be used.
A full year course will be given a value of 2 and a half year course will be given a value of 1. The last 20 half courses will be assessed. If 20th course falls in the middle of a term then the entire term will be used in the GPA calculation.
What is a B average?
A B average is a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or 74-76% depending on the grading scale on your university transcript. For international degrees this may vary. The grading scale provided on your university transcript will help to determine if you fall within this range.
What is a B+ average?
A B+ average is a 3.3 on a 4.0 scale or 77-79% depending on the grading scale on your university transcript. For international degrees this may vary. The grading scale provided on your university transcript will help to determine if you fall within this range.
My GPA is lower than the requirement. Should I apply?
This depends on the strengths in your profile. We recommend you connect with a member of the admissions team to discuss your case.
GMAT and GRE
What is the GMAT? Why is it required?
The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is a standardized entrance exam, which consists of four main parts: the Quantitative section, the Verbal section, the Integrated Reasoning section, and the Analytical Writing Assessment.
It is a highly reliable predictor of student performance, as well as the most powerful tool available to graduate management admissions professionals for measuring the skills students need to succeed in today’s classroom.
Where can I register to take the test?
You can register for the exam at mba.com. The cost of the exam is $250 USD.
What is minimum competitive score?
While we do not have a GMAT cutoff, in order to be considered for admission MBA candidates must have a minimum score of 550. A competitive score for the MBA programs based on our successful candidates is around 660 with a balanced score (at least 50th percentile) across all four measures of the exam.
For the Masters degrees, competitive scores will vary by program. Below are the average GMAT scores of students who were admitted to the Fall 2016 classes:
Master of Accounting – 630
Master of Business Analytics – 690
Master of Finance – 690
The Master of Real Estate and Infrastructure is a new program beginning in 2017, as such we do not currently have average scores for this program.
The Master of Management does not require the GMAT.
Can the GMAT be waived?
All applicants are required to complete the GMAT if they wish to be eligible for admission, regardless of their academic or professional profile.
Can the GRE be used for admission consideration instead of the GMAT?
Yes, the GRE will be accepted for admission consideration to all of our graduate programs.
The GRE measures your verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills through three sections. The GRE features questions that closely reflect the kind of thinking you will do and the skills you need to succeed in a business school program.
What is the minimum GRE score?
You should have a balanced score (at least 50th percentile) across all three measures of the exam. A competitive score should be equivalent to the GMAT scores stated above. To determine your GRE’s equivalent GMAT score please use this comparison tool.
I have written the GMAT or GRE multiple times. Will this affect my profile?
The admissions committee will consider the best total score obtained. An average of all tests is not taken.
Is there a word limit to the written essays?
Yes. There is a 350 word limit for the essays. You can not exceed this limit.
How long will I have for the timed written essay?
You will have up to 5 minutes to complete the timed written essay.
Is there a specific topic I will need to discuss in the video essays?
Yes. You will be asked two questions that will help us get to know you and your communication style better. The questions are randomly selected from a bank of possible topics.
Are the video essays live?
No. You will be recorded giving your responses for review by the admissions team at a later time.
How long are the video essays?
You will have up to 90 seconds to respond to each question.
May I complete them a second time if I feel I did poorly?
No. Applicants will have one chance to complete their timed written and video essays. Take time to complete the practice questions and ensure that you read through the linked tips pages above to prepare.
What is relevant work experience for the MBA?
Relevant work experience can be in any industry or in any function. The admissions committee is looking for progression and growth in your role throughout time with the organization. Please ensure that your resume highlights the impact that you have made in your work environment.
Does my co-op/internship count as work experience?
Co-ops or internships that were completed as a formal part of your degree, and are noted on your transcript, may be counted for up to 12-months of work experience.
What is life experience?
In special cases, the admissions committee may consider life experience to satisfy the work experience requirement. Examples include two years volunteering overseas or successful completion of a 2-year masters program.
If I have more than 2 years of work experience, can I apply to the Master of Management?
No. Students with 2 years or more of work experience are not eligible for the MMgt. We would encourage you to apply to the MBA or IMBA to further your business education.
Who should I ask to provide a reference? How do I submit it?
If you have been out of school for a significant period of time (more than two years), it is best to provide two professional references. Professional references should come from someone that you have had a direct reporting relationship with. One academic and one professional reference are acceptable for those with two years of professional experience.
If you are a recent graduate applying to a program that does not require professional experience you may use academic references. In the case of the Master of Management, you are required to submit at least one academic reference.
Referees are required to use the reference form sent to them through the online application system. Applicants must add their referees to the reference provider list. Once each referee is saved, they will be sent a link to the online form. The completed form is automatically attached to your application and sent directly to the Graduate Admissions office.
Can my referee submit a letter instead of the form?
No. All references must be submitted using the form sent to them through online application system. The comments section will allow for any additional information about the applicant to be shared.
English Language Proficiency
What are the minimum scores required on the acceptable English language tests?
The following minimum scores are acceptable for admission consideration
IELTS – Minimum band 7 overall
TOEFL – Minimum 100 on the iBT (Schulich’s TOEFL code is B710)
Can this requirement be waived?
If you have studied full-time at a university where the language of instruction and examination were English for at least two years you will not be required to submit an English proficiency test score.
Please note that your official university transcripts or supporting documentation from the university must state the degree was taught in English.