Admission Requirements


Applications for next year’s intake (June 2023) will open October 1, 2022.

The Dalhousie Corporate Residency MBA program pools its applications, meaning that the applications are processed as they are received. However, students will only be notified about the admissions decision of their application following one of our four application deadlines (see below).

If you are applying for our joint JD/MBA degree, be sure to take note of all related deadlines for each program (you must apply separately to each program).

Please visit our Tuition & Financial Assistance page to see our Scholarship Application process. Applicants wishing to apply under the Promise Scholars program should contact us directly at crmba@dal.ca.

Please note that the CRMBA Program has only one program start date each year, in June. When completing the online application, please select the correct term, “2022/2023 Summer”.

Canadian applicants – Admissions deadlines

  • Domestic students have four opportunities to submit their application: 
    • November 1 (first round)
    • December 1 (second round)
    • February 28 (third round)
    • May 5 (fourth round)
  • Please note that our Douglas C. Mackay Entrance Scholarships are only available for students who have submitted a completed application and been interviewed prior to our first or second round of deadlines. Students who apply between February 28 and April 22 will not be eligible for entrance scholarships.
  • Domestic applications received after May 5 will not be considered.

International applicants – Admissions deadlines

  • Our admissions deadlines offer applicants enough time to apply for and receive BOTH their study permit AND Co-op Work Permit, copies of which must be provided to the MBA Office by April 15, 2023. Students who have not submitted an online application and all admissions documents by December 1 for the June 2023 Cohort will not be considered.
  • International students have two opportunities to submit their application and all supporting documents:
    • November 1 (first round)
    • December 1 (second round)
  • Most International students will also require a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). For more information on all required immigration documents, please contact the International Centre. Advisors there are well equipped to support the application process for these necessary documents.
  • Find out more about becoming an International Graduate Student at Dalhousie here.
  • Third-party recruitment agents must contact the CRMBA office at crmba@dal.ca prior to submitting an online application or admission documents.


Application process

Step 1: Complete online application

Application form

Apply now for June 2023 (TERM SUMMER 2022/2023). (NOTE: the CRMBA program only has one start date each year which is in June. Please ensure that you select the correct term – “SUMMER 2022/2023”, when completing your online application).

Applicants who wish to be considered for the Promise Scholar Studentship must self-identify in their online application.

Paying the application fee

Applicants who do not pay the application fee will not be considered for admission to our program.

Please contact the Registrar's Office if you need assistance with your online application or fee: Admissions@dal.ca or +1 902 494 2450.

Mailing address:

Registrar’s Office
Dalhousie University
PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS, Canada  B3H 4R2

Courier address:

Registrar’s Office
Dalhousie University
Room 133, Henry Hicks A&A Bldg
6299 South Street, PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS, Canada  B3H 4R2

After-hours assistance by phone is available by prior arrangement.

Make cheques, money orders or bank drafts payable to Dalhousie University. On the back of the cheque print the applicant’s full name. Please do not send cash.

International applicants may pay by bank draft or credit card (Canadian or U.S. funds only).


Step 2: Submit supporting documents

All documents submitted electronically must be sent to crmba@dal.ca as a PDF. (NOTE: Admissions decisions will only be made with Official Transcripts that are sent directly to our department by issuing institutions. Institutions may send transcripts either electronically or by mail – additional information can be found below. Our review begins only when the online application is complete, the application fee is paid and all supporting documents have arrived at our office.

Submission Options

  • PDF attachments sent to crmba@dal.ca
  • Documents can also be sent to the following address:

Dalhousie CRMBA Office
Rowe Management Building
6100 University Avenue, Suite 2127
Halifax, NS, Canada  B3H 4R2

You will be notified through DalOnline when your transcript is received (more information on this can be found below).

It is recommended that ALL application documents be submitted electronically. We do not recommend mailing paper documents unless this is the only option. Please note that processing times will be slower for mailed/paper documents.

Please send documents to the CRMBA department directly. If possible, please do not send application documents to the Registrar's Office, Graduate Studies or other departments. Receiving documents from these other departments takes time and can potentially delay the processing of your application and cause you to miss the application deadline.

Checking your Application Status (DalOnline)

Applicants may check the status of submitted documents by logging into the admission portal on the Dalhousie website (https://dalonline.dal.ca/PROD/bwskalog.P_DispLoginNon). When documents have been added to your file, your profile will be updated. Updates are made every 2-3 business days (3-5 business days during peak times), so please allow time for this to show on your profile. The date that the documents were received by our department is the date of receipt.

If you have any questions regarding admissions documents or submission instructions, please contact crmba@dal.ca.

Current résumé

Applicants must submit a résumé that details their relevant experience. An effective résumé will define your skills and abilities, showing how well you perform when operating at or near the peak of your abilities.

Letter of intent

The personal statement or letter of intent is a standard component of most graduate and professional school applications.

The letter of intent offers applicants an opportunity to express their value proposition. It is one of the criteria the selection committee uses to decide whether you are an acceptable candidate for the program.

Consider the following in preparing your letter of intent:

  • Start with a thought-provoking opening that will draw the reader into your letter of intent.
  • What personal characteristics, attributes or values do you have that may enhance your chances for success?
  • What are your career aspirations?
  • Make this an honest portrayal of who you are.
  • Edit your document (especially for typos).
  • Limit your letter of intent to 500 words.
  • Include your typewritten letter of intent with your application package.
  • Your name must be included on the document.

Official transcripts

Official transcripts from all colleges/universities previously attended. (These must be original documents; notarized copies are not acceptable.) Applicants must have a Grade Point Average of B (or 3.0) or better in the final two years (60 credits). Transcripts will be considered official only if they are emailed directly from your issuing institution or mailed in a sealed and endorsed envelope. Additionally, transcripts for incomplete or in-progress programs and transfer credits must be provided.

Important transcript details

  • Transcripts in languages other than English or French must be accompanied by an English translation provided by the institution issuing the transcript.
  • Notarized copies of transcripts are not permitted.
  • Transcript keys must be included with the transcript.
  • Degree and graduation certificates must be included if the transcript does not indicate the type of degree and date granted.
  • Transcripts submitted with applications become the property of Dalhousie University, are subject to verification, are not available for copying and will not be returned to the applicant.
  • Official transcripts are NOT REQUIRED for any courses or degrees you have completed at Dalhousie University.

Submission Options

  • Electronic file-transfers from the issuing institution and from services such as Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse, eScript-Safe or TranscriptsNetwork. Electronic transcripts are to be sent to crmba@dal.ca
  • PDFs sent by email directly from the issuing institution. These emailed transcripts are to be sent to crmba@dal.ca.
  • Official transcripts mailed directly by institutions can be sent to the following address:
    • Dalhousie CRMBA Office
      Rowe Management Building
      6100 University Avenue, Suite 2127
      Halifax, NS, Canada B3H 4R2
  • Attachments directly from the applicant to crmba@dal.ca. This is an exception only available when an issuing institution is unable to provide the documents. Proof of this inability may be required.

Official GMAT scores

Our program has waived the standardized test (GMAT) requirement for those applying for the June 2023 intake.

Academic letters of reference

Two academic letters of reference are required (referees must have a minimum master’s level degree themselves and have taught you and assessed your academic performance).

Submission Options

  • E-reference System: If you apply online, enter the university email addresses of your referees in the appropriate fields. This triggers our e-reference system to send a reference template to their inbox and eliminates the need for paper reference letters. Please note that the system is not triggered until after you have paid your application fee and can take 3-5 business days to be sent. To use the e-reference system, your referees must have a university, teaching hospital or government email address. Other types of e-mail addresses will not be accepted by the e-reference system (i.e. Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail or business addresses).
  • E-mail: Reference letters may also be emailed by the referee to crmba@dal.ca. The referee must use their work email.
  • Mail: If your reference letters are being mailed, they must be in a sealed envelope with your referee’s endorsement/signature on the seal (they may be mailed by the referee or the applicant).

Note:  Academic referees are to use the Faculty of Graduate Studies Form when sending the reference by email or mail.

English language requirement scores

English is the language of study at Dalhousie, therefore all applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate their capacity to pursue a graduate-level program in English before admission. 

For a complete list of English Language tests accepted by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, please visit their website. (*Note that the IELTS minimum score accepted for the CRMBA program is 7.5.)

Test Taker copies of English Language reports are not accepted; they must be official copies sent from the test centre.

  • Minimum IELTS overall score of 7.5
  • Minimum TOEFL score of 102  

NOTE: The language competency test may be waived if the applicant has completed a degree that meets both of the following requirements:

  1. The degree is from a recognized university where the primary language of instruction is English
  2. The university (or campus location) where the degree was obtained is in a country where English is an official language. Please contact crmba@dal.ca if you are unsure whether you are required to provide this documentation.

Letter of financial guarantee (for non-Canadian students)

The purpose of this letter is to indicate that an individual or organization is accepting financial responsibility for tuition and living expenses or fully sponsoring a student during the full course of their studies. Please complete this PDF document and submit it along with other documents to crmba@dal.ca.

If your proof of funds is in a language other than English, an English translation must also be provided.

Scholarship application

 

Step 3: Admission interview

All applicants who meet the admission requirements will be contacted by the CRMBA office with a link to the admission interview. This virtual interview will be conducted through the Kira Talent Platform and will be assessed by our Admissions Committee. More information can be found here.

To inquire about accommodations available during the interview, please visit Kira's website for more information: https://support.kiratalent.com/article/134-accessibility-additional-assistance