Admission Requirements

The Corporate Residency MBA program is currently full

While we are committed to processing the applications received to date for the 3rd round deadline, seats can only be offered as they become available.

Applicants seeking to apply under the Promise Scholars program should contact us directly at crmba@dal.ca.

Applications for the June 2022 intake will open again later in September.

 

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 their status of their application following one of our three 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. Please visit our Tuition & Financial Assistance page to see our Scholarship Application process.

Canadian applicants

  • Domestic students have three opportunities to submit their application: January 15 (first round), February 28 (second round), and May 7 (third 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 May 7 will not be eligible for entrance scholarships.

International applicants

  • International (or visa students) must submit their application and all supporting documents by January 15 (first round). Students who apply before the 15th but whose transcripts arrive after the 15th will still be considered provided the document is dated prior to the 15th. This ensures that students have enough time to apply for and secure a study visa, a copy of which must be provided to the MBA Office by March 31. Students who complete an online application after January 15 for the June 2021 Cohort will not be considered.

Admission requirements

  • A four-year Bachelor’s degree, in any discipline, recognized by Dalhousie
  • A Grade Point Average of B (or 3.0) or better in the final two years (20 credits)
  • GMAT score of 550 or better (we may also consider GRE, MCAT, DAT and LSAT). Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Faculty of Graduate Studies at Dalhousie has waived the standardized test requirement for the 2020–2021 admissions cycle only. If you are planning to apply for the June 2022 cohort you will need to submit a standardized test score.

Candidates who have a degree from a non-English-language university must submit an English language proficiency score minimum of: IELTS overall score of 7; TOEFL score of 92 (internet based); MELAB score of 85; CanTest score of 4.5 (with no band score below a 4.0); CAEL score of 70 (with no band score below a 60); Dalhousie College of Continuing Education (CCE) grade of A-; Pearson English Test PTE Academic overall score of 65 with nothing below 54. The language competency test may be waived if the applicant has completed a degree at a recognized university where the language of instruction is English in a country where English is one of the national languages.

Application process

Step 1: Complete online application

Application form

Apply now for June 2021 (TERM SUMMER 2020/2021). Online applications will be accepted for the June 2021 start date until May 7, 2021.

The paper application can be found at https://cdn.dal.ca/content/dam/dalhousie/pdf/fgs/prospectivestudents/Graduate_Application_2017.pdf

We encourage applicants to apply online to take advantage of the electronic system for reference letters not available with the paper application.

Paying the application fee

The Dalhousie Graduate Application form, which goes to the Registrar’s Office, must be accompanied by a $115 CDN application fee. You have the option to pay your application fee by phone, fax or mail. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted, as are cheques, money orders and bank drafts. Please include the payment with your application or call to make arrangements. The Registrar’s Office is open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Atlantic Time and can be reached at 902.494.2450. Fax: 902.494.1630.

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

Email the following documents in .doc or .pdf format to 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.

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).

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.
  • 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.

Electronic official transcripts

For applications between January 2020 and May 2021, the Faculty of Graduate Studies will accept:

  • 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.
  • 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.

Mailed official transcripts

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

This mailbox will be checked periodically and you will be notified when your transcript is received.

English language requirement scores

Candidates who have a degree from a non-English-language university must submit an English language proficiency score minimum of: IELTS overall score of 7; TOEFL score of 92 (internet based); MELAB score of 85; CanTest score of 4.5 (with no band score below a 4.0); CAEL score of 70 (with no band score below a 60); Dalhousie College of Continuing Education (CCE) grade of A-; Pearson English Test PTE Academic overall score of 65 with nothing below 54. The language competency test may be waived if the applicant has completed a degree at a recognized university where the language of instruction is English in a country where English is one of the national languages.

Official GMAT scores

Each candidate is required to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and achieve a score of 550 or better (Institution code 0915). We will also consider a GRE, MCAT, DAT or LSAT in place of the GMAT. Due to COVID-19 restrictions the Faculty of Graduate Studies at Dalhousie has waived the standardized test requirement for the 2020–2021 admissions cycle only. If you are planning to apply for the June 2022 cohort you will need to submit a standardized test score.

Academic letters of reference

Two academic letters of reference are required. (If you graduated five or more years ago and have been working full-time, you may supply one professional and one academic letter of reference.) 

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.

If you do not provide referees' email addresses in your online application OR if you do not apply online, paper reference letters are required. These must be completed by the referees, placed in envelopes, sealed and endorsed across the seal. They can be included with your application forms or mailed separately to the Corporate Residency MBA Program Office. Please note: All references are confidential and cannot be opened by the applicant.

Note:  Referees do not receive the request until your online application and fee have been submitted. If you have any questions about this process, please email mbacr@dal.ca

Letter of financial guarantee (for non-Canadian students)

The letter may 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 his or her studies. Scanned copies of certificates of deposit are also acceptable.

 

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 scored by our Admissions Committee.