Admission Requirements

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Canadian applicants

  • All documents must be received by May 1, 2020.
  • Please note that we have a rolling admissions process and make offers of acceptance on an ongoing basis. Space in the program may fill up before the application deadline.

International applicants

  • January 15 is the application deadline for international applicants, this includes all supporting documents. 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.

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)
  • For candidates who have a degree from a non-English-language university, whose native tongue is not English: Minimum TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based) / 237 (computer-based) / 100 iBT. (Please note that the following tests will be accepted in place of the TOEFL, with the following minimum scores: MELAB 85; IELTS 8; CanTest 4.5; CAEL 70 overall with no band score lower than 60.)

Application process

Stage one: application form

Application form

Apply now for June 2020 (TERM 2020/2021)

Online applications will be accepted for the June 2019 start date until February 28, 2019, after which applicants must submit a paper application.

The paper application can be found at

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).


Stage two: supporting documents

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

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.

Personal essay

The personal essay 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 essay:

  • Start with a thought-provoking opening that will draw the reader into your essay.
  • 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 essay to 2000 words.
  • Include your typewritten essay with your application package.


Applicants must submit a profile as part of their application. A profile is a brief summary of your curriculum vitae or résumé that will grab the reader’s attention. Your profile should be 150-200 words and written in the third person. The end result should illustrate commitment to your chosen field of study and state what you hope to obtain from your corporate residency work experience (details on writing a profile and sample profile [PDF - 112 kB]).

Mail the following documents as they become available to:

Corporate Residency MBA
Rowe School of Business, Dalhousie University
Rowe Management Building, Room 2127
6100 University Avenue
PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS, Canada  B3H 4R2

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 (20 credits).

Official TOEFL or IELTS scores

Official TOEFL scores are required for candidates whose undergraduate instruction was not conducted in English. Please note that TOEFL scores are valid for two years; if a TOEFL score is older than two years, the test must be re-taken. We also accept IELTS,  MELAB, CanTest and CAEL.

Official GMAT scores

Each candidate is required to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and achieve a score of 550 or better. Test results are valid for five years.

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

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.


Stage three


Applicants who successfully complete stage one and two will be invited to participate in an individual admission interview to assess employability and suitability for the program.

Your admission interview will be coordinated by the MBA Office. The interview will be conducted by a member of the Management Career Services team and a PPE faculty member. Interviews do not have to be in person; Skype interviews are common. Admission interviews will begin in December 2019 for the 2020 intake.

Note: There are no deferrals to June 2021 for applicants to the June 2020 intake.

Contact Jennifer Ziobrowski ( for details.