Before you apply

Each application we receive is given a thoughtful and thorough review by a member of our recruiting and admissions team. There are requirements which must be met, but we also like to get an idea of your motivations, goals and values. We also look for leadership qualities and community involvement.

Before you apply online, organize the information and documentation below. You can begin submitting your documentation before completing the online application. After you submit the online application we will match it with the documents you’ve sent. Your file will be assessed once all of your required documents have been received and your online application has been submitted.

Note that unofficial documents (such as photocopies, scanned copies and print-outs) will be accepted in order to begin assessing your file, but official documentation must follow.

Transcripts

  • Official transcripts from each post-secondary institution you’ve attended, including:
    • university transcripts
    • transcripts from an international exchange
    • courses taken on a letter of permission
    • any college transcripts
  • What we look for: The completion of a 4-year bachelor’s degree in any discipline, a recommended B average (73-76% or 3.0 on a 4-point scale) in your two most recent years of university study and proof of graduation (if applicable).
  • How to submit: An official transcript is a complete academic record of all individual courses and grades achieved at an educational institution. It must be signed by a presiding official and bear the seal or certified stamp of the issuing institution. The signature, seal and/or stamp should appear on all pages of the document. Transcripts should be submitted directly  to the MBA admissions team from the issuing institution. We will only accept transcripts directly from an applicant when the transcripts are in sealed envelopes that are stamped across the sealed flap by the issuing institution. If we suspect that the envelope has been opened and resealed or otherwise tampered with, the applicant will be requested to provide another transcript issued directly from the institution to DeGroote. Unofficial transcripts may be submitted for the purpose of review, but official copies must follow.

GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)

  • All applicants must take the GMAT and have their results sent to us. Visit the official GMAT website to learn more about the exam and to find a test centre.
  • What we look for: Recommended verbal score of 28, and a recommended quantitative score of 37. A total score of 600 is normally competitive.
  • Why this is important: Our MBA program requires you to be able to communicate effectively in English, to have strong analytical skills and to be able to think logically and work through problems.
  • How to submit: On your GMAT registration form indicate that DeGroote’s MBA program should receive a copy of your score. The administrator of the GMAT (Pearson Vue) will send us your score directly, but it usually takes about 20 business days. On the day of the test you will also receive an unofficial copy of your score. If the deadline is close you can send us a copy (scan and email it) so that the assessment of your file isn’t held up.
  • Note: If you need to rewrite the GMAT you must wait 16 days between tests. (This may be important for planning purposes.)
  • GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) Revised General Test: GRE tests may be accepted in lieu of the GMAT when an applicant has scored within the 80th percentile in both the verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning sections.

Work experience

  • Work experience is required for all international students and for those domestic applicants who are applying for the full-time and accelerated options. Domestic applicants do not need work experience for the co-op program. (Visa applicants should also refer to the work experience requirements in the international applicants section below.)
  • What we look for: Minimum one year of full-time, continuous professional, managerial, or technical work experience. We are interested in your leadership, accountability, project management and people skills.
  • Undergrad co-op or internship placements (totalling 12 months) from a North American institution will also be considered, but they must either be noted on your official transcript or confirmed in a letter from your school.
  • Why this is important: Learning is most effective when students are able to pull from their own professional experiences from different backgrounds. Students are expected to contribute to group work and discussions based on their professional experience.

Resume

  • What we look for: We use your resume to assess your work experience. If you are an international student or a domestic candidate applying for the full-time or accelerated options, we require one year of full-time, continuous, professional, managerial, or technical work experience. It is important to provide a complete explanation of your level of responsibility, reporting relationships, and the overall scope of your past positions. Focus on work where you have shown leadership, taken initiative or managed a project, budget, or people. Remember to outline volunteer work and extra-curricular activities as well.
  • Why this is important: Your resume is the most important document we use to determine the extent and quality of your work experience.
  • How to submit: Your resume can be uploaded directly to your online application. You may also send a copy by email to mbaadmissions@mcmaster.ca, or by post (see the ready to apply page for the mailing address).

Letters of recommendation

  • Two letters of recommendation are required. We want to hear from people who know you and who can best testify to your abilities. It’s important to choose referees who will provide an honest evaluation of your potential for graduate study.
  • You can choose academic or work-related references. Preferably, at least one of your referees should be an instructor who has taught you, but we realize that in some cases candidates have lost touch with their instructors and two professional references are also acceptable.
  • How to submit: Letters of recommendation can be submitted electronically. Please fill in the contact information of your chosen referees in the “referees” tab of the online application. The system will automatically send an e-Reference request on your behalf. Note: please do NOT download a hard-copy of the reference form. The hard-copy form has not been properly customized for MBA program submissions.

English proficiency

  • Required if: You have not resided in an English-speaking country for at least four years, or if English was not the primary language of instruction for at least three years of your full-time post-secondary education (excluding ESL courses).
  • Why it is important: It is important that you can communicate well in English so that you can work effectively with your fellow students, the faculty and staff.
  • What we look for: We accept TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE Academic scores.
    • TOEFL requirement: 100 (internet based), 250 (computerized test), 600 (written test)
    • IELTS requirement: Overall score of 7.0
    • Pearson Test of Academic English (PTE Academic) requirement: Overall score of 68.  A minimum score of 59 is required in each of the 3 sections of Speaking & Writing, Reading, and Listening.
    • Visit www.toefl.org, www.ielts.org, or www.pearsonpte.com/testme/Pages/TestMe.aspx for more information on these tests.
  • How to submit: Make arrangements with TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Academic to have your results sent to us directly.

Permanent residents

In addition to the requirements above, please note the following:

  • Permanent resident card (if applicable): When you fill out the online application, you will have the option of indicating that you hold permanent resident status in Canada. If this is the case, you must submit a copy of your permanent resident card (or confirmation of permanent residence form) showing the date you were granted permanent residency. When you begin the program, you will be required to show the original documentation.

International applicants

In addition to the requirements above, please note the following:

  • Transcripts: We assess foreign transcripts for Canadian equivalency. We require a minimum of 16 years of education (grades 1 – 12 plus a four-year bachelor’s degree). We also look for proof of graduation, and recommend a B average (75% or 3.0 on a 4-point scale) in your last two years of university studies.
  • Work experience: All international applicants who will be studying on a Student Visa must have at least one year of full-time continuous managerial, professional or technical work experience post-graduation. We are interested in your leadership, accountability, project management and people skills. If you completed your undergraduate degree in North America, we will consider undergrad co-op or internship placements (totalling 12 months) but they must either be noted on your official transcript or confirmed in a letter from your school.
  • Co-op program:
    • Apply early: We only have a limited number of spaces available for Visa students in the co-op program, so we recommend that you submit your application as early as possible if you are interested in this option.
    • Qualifying co-op interview: An admission requirement for the co-op program is a behaviour based interview with a member of our Career and Professional Development team. These interviews are either in-person (if you reside in North America) or online via Skype (if you reside outside North America). More information about the interview will be sent to you by email if you qualify.

Non-degree applicants

DeGroote also considers highly qualified applicants who do not hold a bachelor’s degree. In addition to the requirements above, non-degree applicants are required to have:

  • A minimum of 7 years of relevant work experience.
  • A GMAT total score of 600 (required), including a minimum verbal score of 28 and quantitative score of 37.

Non-degree applicants should also submit transcripts for any college programs they attended.

Step 2: Ready to apply

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