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Requirements

The SFU Beedie School of Business is a globally recognized institution that attracts future business leaders, creatives, and visionaries. If you want to join a community of future changemakers, socially responsible leaders, movers and shakers then find out if you qualify for admission to the SFU Beedie MBA program. Here’s what it takes to get into the program.

An undergraduate degree with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0/4.33 (B) or a grade point average of at least 3.33/4.33 (B+) based on the last 60 credits of undergraduate courses from a recognized university. Please review the academic requirements for the country in which you completed your degree.

At the application stage, candidates can upload unofficial transcripts to expedite the process.

Applicants are required to write one of the following tests: GMAT, GMAT Focus Edition, or GRE. Recommended test scores are:

  • GMAT: 550
  • GMAT Focus Edition: 515
  • GRE: 155 in each section

At the application stage, candidates must upload unofficial test scores.

GMAT/GRE waiver policy:

We have decided to consider GMAT/GRE waivers for the Fall 2024 intake of the Early Career MBA program. Applications must be submitted in full including all supporting documents uploaded to the online application form.

To be eligible, candidates are required to meet one or more of the following requirements:

Academic Merit with Quantitative Courses

Completed a Bachelor's degree OR Master's degree OR PhD with a minimum academic average of B or equivalent and have completed a minimum of two quantitative courses in any degree with a minimum grade of B+ or equivalent.

Academic Merit without Quantitative Courses

Completed a Bachelor's degree OR Master's degree OR PhD from a Canadian or American AACSB or EQUIS accredited University with distinction (CGPA of 3.5 or equivalent).

Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from SFU

Started the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration at Simon Fraser University and have completed 2 of the following 3 courses: Financial and Managerial Accounting, Business Analytics and Managerial Finance with a grade of B or higher.

Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from another institution

Completed a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration at a Canadian institution combined with a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum academic average of B or equivalent and have completed a minimum of two quantitative courses and obtained a grade of B+ or higher in each quantitative course. Please note that course credits are not transferable to the SFU Beedie Early Career MBA program.

Post Degree Diploma or Post-Baccalaureate Diploma from Douglas College

Completed a defined type of Post Degree Diploma or Post-Baccalaureate Diploma at Douglas College with a 3.0 CGPA or higher. For eligible diploma programs, contact ecmba@sfu.ca. Please note that course credits are not transferable to the SFU Beedie Early Career MBA program.

CFA Level 1

Completed any level of the CFA exam and a bachelor's degree with a minimum academic cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0/4.33 (B) or a grade point average of at least 3.33/4.33 (B+) based on the last 60 credits or equivalent

GMAT/GRE Waiver Process

Applicants who meet the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth criteria must complete the GMAT/GRE waiver form and attach the form to their application.

Applicants who meet the sixth criteria can provide proof of their CFA designation directly to the GMAT score section of the application.

GMAT/GRE waivers are not guaranteed and approvals are made on a case-by-case basis. If a waiver cannot be granted, applicants will receive a notification that a GMAT or GRE test will be required for their application to move forward.

A current resume that includes academic experience, memberships in professional associations, volunteer and community activities, and work experience (if any).

You are required to submit contact information for two references on the online application form. You can review the Appraiser's Form here. The references can be professional or academic references.

The essay questions are designed to help us get to know you. There is no “right” answer. Essay prompts are provided in the application system. 

Please review the language requirements for your country of citizenship and/or the country in which you completed your degree.

The minimum University requirements for the 7 test scores we accept are:

Internet-based TOEFL

93 with minimum of 20 in each category. In order to satisfy the requirement, applicants must achieve the scores listed above on a single test date. TOEFL MyBest (super-scored) results will not be used.

Paper-based TOEFL

580 and TWE 5

IELTS (academic)

Overall band score of 7.0 of the academic (NOT general) test with a minimum of 6.5 in each section

CAEL

Overall 70; minimum 60 in each section

Pearson Academic (PTE)

Overall 65; minimum 60 in each section

Cambridge English Qualifications

C1 Advanced - minimum score of 193
C2 Proficiency - minimum score of 200

Duolingo

130 overall; minimum 120 in each section

Please note: Candidates below the English Language requirements will be asked to retake the test.

You will be provided with a link to the KIRA Platform for you to complete these questions once you have started your application. You will be asked 4 random questions which are designed to allow the Admissions Committee to get to know you better.

Transcripts:

  • Official transcripts for credit courses from the Registrar of each post-secondary institution you attended must be sent directly from the institution to Segal Graduate School of Business. If the transcripts are issued to you, they must be signed and sealed by your post-secondary institution.

  • Please note: If your transcripts are not in English and no translation is provided by the University, please download the International Transcript requirements.

Transcripts may be sent electronically via a secure delivery service, such as Parchment, or directly from official institutional email addresses to gradap@sfu.ca. Otherwise, please arrange to have your transcript sent to the following address:

ATTN: SFU Beedie Admissions Team
Segal Graduate School – 3rd Floor
500 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1W6

Please note that each transcript is subject to review prior to acceptance.

GMAT or GRE scores:

Applicants must instruct GMAT or GRE to send the original score report directly to the MBA Office,

  • GMAT: code 6G8-N3-47

  • GRE: Institution Code 7112 Department 4201

English scores:

For TOEFL, SFU's Institution Code is 0999, a departmental code is not required. Code for TOEFL results: Department code 01; Institution code 0999.

For IELTS, log in to the website of the IELTS test centre and click 'Apply for additional TRFs' in the left-hand menu of your results page. Fill out the application form online

In India, the British Council is able to transmit electronically to SFU. Please use the following information when submitting your test scores: Organization ID 2036 - Simon Fraser University, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby BC, V5A 1S6.

For all other scores, please follow the instructions outlined by our Graduate Studies office.

If you are not a Canadian citizen or don't have landed immigrant status you must have a valid Canadian student visa.

Learn more about being an international student at SFU.

Download a copy of SFU's Pre-Arrival Guide for newly admitted international and exchange students.

For more information, please refer to our Application Process.

Who are we looking for?

Leadership & Engagement

At the SFU Segal Graduate School, our students have a history of being actively engaged in their communities while being pioneers of new programs and initiatives to make a difference in their workplace and society. We want students who possess a sense of social responsibility and demonstrable leadership abilities who can innovate businesses locally and globally.

Diverse Backgrounds

We strive to attract top-tier students from across the globe who possess exceptional skills and are committed to collaborating with their peers to achieve their personal and professional goals. Our goal is to create a community of high achievers who inspire and support each other in their pursuit of excellence.

Academic Excellence

As an internationally recognized school with a proven track record of academic excellence, we attract intellectual and intelligent students from around the globe. Excellence is embedded in the culture and heart of SFU Beedie School of Business. We want students who are ready and willing to rise to the challenge of a robust curriculum and emerge as successful graduates of our MBA program.


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