MBET Admission

Application Deadline | Academic Requirements | Work Experience Requirements | References | English Language Proficiency (ELP) Tests | Letter of Intent | Video Interview | Application Decisions

Application deadlines

Applications are now open for the September 2024 intake.

Completed applications, including all required documents and ideally the interview, must be submitted by the following deadlines to be considered for the September intake of the same year.

There is only 1 intake per year for MBET in the fall term (September).


Application deadline: June 1

All full-time MBET applications received by June 1 will automatically be considered for  entrance academic scholarships.

International students:We recommend that you complete your application by April 1 to provide ample time to obtain a study permit or visa and join the MBET class in time in September. If you miss this deadline, you can still apply until the final deadline of June 1.


For the part-time option, applications will be considered until mid-late August. However, we recommend that you apply by the beginning of August.

Admissions requirements

You must meet the following minimum admissions requirements to be considered for the MBET program. Preference will be given to applicants who can demonstrate applicable experience and goals in venture creation or launching new initiatives in organizations to enhance the company's value proposition. Experience and passion for creating new non-profit organizations, charities or social movements is also viewed favourably.

MBET is a professional, course-based program so you do not need to secure a supervisor.

We encourage you to apply early as admission is competitive and space to the program is limited.


Academic requirements apply for both the full-time and part-time MBET options. The minimum academic requirement is based on an undergraduate degree.

We do not require a Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

  • If you completed an honours degree at a Canadian institution, you're required to have a minimum overall average of 75% (or equivalent) over 4 years or a minimum overall average of 75% (or equivalent) over the last 2 years for admission.
  • If you are an international applicant or new Canadian citizen or permanent resident and obtained your undergraduate degree outside of Canada, you are required to have a minimum overall average of 75% (or equivalent) over 4 years in your previous honours degree program for admission.

Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA) provides a guideline on international admission equivalencies. Look up the country from where you obtained your undergraduate degree for a guide on equivalency to the minimum requirement above.

You will need to provide digital copies of your (unofficial) transcript and degree(s) documents for your online application. Transcripts and degree documents for all formal, post-secondary education should be included, even if it is not required. For example, although you are not required to have a post-graduate degree to apply for the MBET program you have one (or more), please include this on your application.

Work experience

A minimum of one year of full-time work experience obtained either through co-operative work terms as part of an undergraduate academic program or through post-graduate work experience.

On average, MBET students (both in the full-time and part-time options) have approximately five years of work experience. You will need to provide a copy of your résumé/Curriculum Vitae (CV) for your online application.


For both the full-time and part-time MBET options, we require three references; one academic, one professional and one either academic or professional.

References are collected electronically through the online application system. You will be required to provide the name, title and official/formal email address for all of your referees. Referees will automatically receive an email from GSPA with instructions to complete a reference score sheet and return it.

We will not accept emails from generic, consumer domains such as, or You do not have to collect reference letters yourself, but it is recommended you notify referees in advance.

Please review the Graduate Studies Reference Guidelines for complete details on who qualifies as a reference.

English Language Proficiency (ELP) certification

All prospective students who are not Canadian citizens are required to provide proof of ELP. This includes Canadian permanent residents (PRs).

The following are acceptable ELP certification exams and minimum required scores.

Table of Graduate Studies accepted examinations and required scores
writing 25;
speaking 25
writing 6.5;
speaking 6.5
80 per section;
speaking 3
60 per band;
70 writing;
70 speaking
writing 65;
speaking 65
overall in level 400 with at least 75% in writing, oral and academic skills

ELP exemptions

Some students may be exempt from the ELP requirement. You can view the complete list of ELP-exempt countries and other ELP-exemption conditions on the GSPA website.

Letter of intent

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A 500-word letter of intent (Supplemental Information Form/SIF) is required for admission to help determine fit for the program.

The letter of intent should state the following:

  • Why entrepreneurship? Why do you want to study and practice entrepreneurship? What are your entrepreneurial goals?
  • Why MBET? How will the MBET program help you accomplish your goals?
  • Support the answers above by connecting them to your previous academic, work, business, or entrepreneurship and venture-creation experience.

Video interview

Only qualified applicants who meet or exceed all the admissions requirements will be invited to participate in a video interview.

Video interview questions are designed to better understand applicants abilities, attitudes and aspirations as they relate to the following domains:

  • Career fit
  • Motivation
  • Self-development
  • Opportunity identification
  • Entrepreneurial action
  • Resiliency
  • Communication

Video interviews are the last stage of the application process and are reviewed by the MBET program director who makes all final admission decisions.

Application decisions

Decisions made by our admissions committee will be released to all applicants beginning January 2024, and will continue to be released on a rolling basis until July 2024 for the full-time program. Part-time admission decisions may be released until late August.

Please note that the timing of decision releases is dependent on the number of applications received.