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MBA Requirements

Below are the minimum requirements for admission to the MBA program at Niagara University in Ontario.

Admission Requirements

Below are the minimum requirements for admission to the MBA program at Niagara University in Ontario. As these are the minimum requirements, they do not guarantee acceptance into the program as space is limited. Niagara University applies a holistic approach to the review process taking into consideration all components of the application. 

All applicants must submit the following



Completion of the Online Application

Which includes:

  • Two letters of reference (it is recommended that one letter speaks to the student’s academics and that the second to professional experience/qualifications)
  • A personal statement (250 word limit)
  • An up-to-date resume

All credentials submitted for admission become and remain the property of the university. Misrepresentations on application forms may result in expulsion or degree revocation.

Prospective students are encouraged to begin an application as soon as possible. As your documents become available, you’ll be able to return to your application to add required materials.


Proof of a 4-year baccalaureate degree

Evidence of successful completion of a four-year baccalaureate degree through the submission of official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities. At least one of these transcripts must indicate the awarding of an accredited four-year undergraduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0 using a 4.0-point scale, or a B average if letter grades were used.

  • Applicants who have not received their degree from a Canadian or US institution where English is the official language of instruction, will be required to provide an official transcript evaluation as well as official English proficiency scores. For more information please refer to the Applicants with International Degrees section below.
  • In keeping with Niagara University’s mission, we recognize that applicants who completed undergraduate degrees with GPA scores less than the required 3.0 may have gained significant professional experience and/or industry certifications since the completion of their degree. Please  include any additional information help us judge your potential for success in our graduate studies program.  We encourage individuals who find themselves in this situation to apply.


Work Experience

Applicants must have completed a minimum 2-years of full-time relevant work experience.  Applicants who do not meet this requirement but have completed a four-year degree at an Ontario IHE that offers the program under Ministerial Consent requiring a minimum “14 weeks of paid, full-time or part-time equivalent work (420 hours) prior to graduation, related to the professional field of study”, must complete a one term internship/co-op prior to graduation from our  MBA program.

International Applicants

Study Permit

International students wishing to study at Niagara University, for a period of more than 6 months, and who are not Canadian citizens, or permanent residents of Canada will require a study permit. Study Permits are issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), as a paper document that is usually attached to an individual’s passport at the Canadian port of entry. In order to obtain a Study Permit, an applicant must be studying at an approved Designated Learning Institution (DLI). Niagara University is a Designated Learning Institution.  Our DLI number is O268049601572.  This number begins with the letter “O” which stands for Ontario. This information is also available as part of the DLI list on IRCC’s website. 

If the study permit application is approved, the individual will receive a Letter of Introduction that must be presented to the border officer upon entry to Canada. The study permit will be printed and issued at the border.

Please note that a study permit does not authorize re-entry to Canada should you decide to leave at any point during the time of your studies. In addition to the study permit, some individuals may also require a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or eTA in order to enter and/or re-enter Canada. Follow this link to Find out if you need a visa to travel to Canada.  The initial processing time for a request may take anywhere from one to six months. To find out more information Check processing times –

You may also Extend your study permit if you have already been issued one, or transfer from another institution

Applicants with International Degrees

Together with the standard application requirements above, applicants to Niagara University’s Ontario programs who have not received their degree from a Canadian or US institution where English is the official language of instruction, must also submit the following items:

  • Official credential evaluation of all undergraduate transcripts. Copies or emails for any test score or credential evaluation will not be accepted. Please choose the “comprehensive course by course evaluations” from either SpanTran or World Education Services.
  • Evidence of English Language Proficiency through official TOEFL or IELTS scores sent directly from the testing service. In order to be eligible for acceptance into the program, applicants must provide evidence of having achieved a score equal to or greater than the minimum identified below on one of the following tests.

Submission of GMAT scores may support your application. The university reserves the right to request submission of GMAT scores in some cases.

Test Score
TOEFL Paper 600
Duolingo 125+

Admission Policies and Procedures for Mature Students

All students are required to meet the above standards. Challenge exams are not permitted at the graduate level.

*Official transcripts and GMAT scores (if not exempted) will be required, prior to the student beginning the program should the applicant receive a letter of acceptance.

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