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Business Administration Accelerated, M.B.A.


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Accelerated MBA


If you have already completed a recognized undergraduate business degree within the last 10 years, or are a graduate of McMaster University’s Engineering and Management program, you may be eligible for admission directly into year two. You can earn your MBA degree in as little as 8 months of full-time study.  The Accelerated program may also be taken on a part-time basis (6 units or less per term).  The Accelerated Program is intended for those with at least one year * (see below) of work experience.

Length: 8 months full-time or generally not longer than 8-10 terms part-time

Admission Requirements


  • Degree: Completion within the last 10 years of a Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Business Administration from a recognized Canadian or American University. Candidates that have completed the following degrees may also apply:
    • McMaster University:
      • Bachelor of Engineering Management
      • Bachelor of Commerce, Integrated Business and Humanities (IBH)
    • Western University
      • Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies
  • GPA: Recommended B average (equivalent to a McMaster 8.0 GPA out of 12) or higher. GPA will be calculated using the two most recent years of undergraduate or graduate study, 20 courses, or the equivalent of 60 academic credits. A combination may be used and is determined on a case-by-case basis.
  • GMAT: Not required. Candidates who fail to meet the above GPA criteria or who wish to strengthen their academic application may wish to submit a GMAT.
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency: Required for applicants:
    • Whose previous degree was not completed with the language of instruction of English.
    • Who have been resident in an English-speaking country for less than four years.
    • Who have completed less than three years of full-time post-secondary education with English as the primary language of instruction, excluding ESL courses.
  • Acceptable English Language Proficiency Tests:
    • Academic IELTS
    • TOEFL
  • Work Experience:
    • Recommended minimum of 1 year work experience for McMaster Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Engineering and Management, Bachelor of Commerce, IBH Graduates (undergraduate co-op or internship placements adding up to 12 months of work or more from these degrees will be considered if they are noted on official transcripts).
    • 2 years post-graduate work experience for all other programs.
  • References: Applicants are encouraged to seek two professional (current or former direct supervisor or manger) references. Academic reference can be submitted if two professional are not available.
  • Interview: Applicants are required to complete an online interview prior to submission of their application.

Please note:meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

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