Smith MBA at Queen's University
Full time MBA at Smith School of Business
Smith School of Business is one of the world's premier business schools, consistently capturing top international rankings for its programs. The world-class reputation of this small, elite school is a testament to the high quality of its programs, its faculty and its students - who come from Canada and abroad.
Queen’s MBA utilizes an innovative approach to team-based learning that is far more advanced than that used in other MBA programs.
Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranks Queen's MBA #1 in the world for Teamwork.
We believe strongly in our team-based approach because it mirrors today’s progressive workplace. You will leave the program with a thorough understanding of the best practices for successful team-building and teamwork, well-prepared to be a valuable member of a high-performance team.
While other MBA programs talk about “teamwork”, what they are actually referring to is “group work” – a very different concept. At Queen’s, you are assigned to a team for the core of the program, and a significant portion of your overall grade is derived from teamwork. Team members collaborate on assignments, projects and presentations, drawing on the skills and experience of individual team members, greatly enhancing the learning experience.
Team Coaching and Support
A dedicated, professional Team Coach is assigned to every team. For the entire program core, they will monitor your team’s effectiveness and provide regular feedback and guidance that is pivotal to the learning process.
A great deal of time during the first week of the program is devoted to setting the tone for your learning team. You and your teammates will be led through a series of exercises designed to get acquainted, gain insight into each member’s preferred thinking style, formulate a team mission statement, develop group “norms”, and successfully conduct your first team meeting. You will be provided with proven processes and best practices for overcoming any obstacles that may arise during the year.
Developing Your Team and Leadership Skills
One of the greatest benefits of our team-based approach is the opportunity to develop your team and leadership skills – skills that are essential in business today. At Queen’s you don’t just learn about teamwork and leadership, you put them into practice every day. Each team member is given many opportunities to lead projects or contribute to projects led by other team members.
Each learning team consists of 6 or 7 students. Teams are carefully assembled to maximize diversity of gender, work and academic experience, and cultural background – reflecting the reality of today’s working environment.
Queen's full-time MBA, an intensive 12-month program starting in January 2017, provides so much more than an exceptional business education. It is the only MBA in Canada that can be personalized around your individual strengths and aspirations. You will learn how to build on your personal strengths to become an exceptional leader and valuable team member.
Program Format: Full Time
Full-TimeLength of Program: 12 months
Program Structure: Modular
Starting Dates: January 2019 - only one intake each year
Minimum years of work experience: 2 year
Application deadlines: Rolling Admission
Courses conducted in: English
Tuition fees: $83,000 Domestic, $93,000 International - *Canadian Fees
Accreditation(s): AACSB, EQUIS
Ranking(s): #10 MBA Program in the world Bloomberg BusinessWeek (USA), #1 MBA Program in Canada for Job Placement Bloomberg BusinessWeek November 2016, #1 Financial Times for Salary Increase and Value For Money January 2017, #100 Financial Times 2016
Number of Nationalities: 15
Male to Female ratio: 63%/37%
Age Range: 23-35 years
Average Age: 28 years
Length of Work Experience: 5 Years
University Degree: undergraduate
English test(s): Yes (TOEFL, 100 & IELTS, 7)
Language fluency: English
Application fees: none
Estimate for accommodation/living costs, insurance per year: 20,000 CDN
Scholarship availabilities: yes. they are merit based and range between $10,000 - $65,000 CAD
Class of 2018
Average Age: 28
Males: 63% | Females: 37%
Canadian Citizens: 56%
Permanent Residents: 12%
Nationalities Represented: 15
Average GMAT Score: 651
Average years work experience: 5
We are seeking exceptionally motivated candidates who have demonstrated:
- academic excellence
- career progression (i.e. increased responsibility with each successive position)
- leadership or leadership potential
- integrity and a strong sense of ethics
- superior communication and interpersonal skills
- ability to work well in a team environment
Successful applicants will meet the following minimum requirements:
Typically, we require that candidates possess a four-year undergraduate degree from a recognized university. We recognize, however, that some universities only award three-year degrees, and therefore the Admissions Committee will make a determination on the suitability of the undergraduate degree when assessing a candidate’s complete admission file. Successful candidates will typically possess a minimum B+ average (roughly equivalent to 75%) in the final two years of their undergraduate program.
While most candidates possess a minimum of two years' work experience, we will consider applications from exceptional candidates with less than two years of experience. Co-op placements and post-doctoral fellowships are also given consideration.
Have you recently finished your undergraduate degree? You might be interested in the Queen's Graduate Diploma in Business. This 4-month summer program not only allows you learn business fundamentals, but the credits earned can be applied towards a Queen's MBA in the future.
Two professional references.
GMAT or GRE Score
The Queen’s Full-Time MBA requires the GMAT score to be eligible for admissions, however, in special circumstances we will consider the GRE in combination with a strong profile. If you are seeking to work in the Finance or Consulting industry post MBA, you may be required to provide your GMAT score to a prospective employer. Therefore, we highly recommend that you thoroughly prepare for and write the GMAT.
Most students have GMAT scores in excess of 600. To register to write the GMAT, visit mba.com.
If you choose to take the GRE, you can use the GRE Comparison Table for Business Schools to calculate your equivalent GMAT score.
The competitive recommendation is to have a GRE score of 315+ on the combined verbal and quantitative section.
Please send us your official GMAT or GRE score, as your file will not be reviewed until we receive it. We cannot accept photocopies or faxed score reports. GMAT and GRE scores are valid if written within the last five years. You may arrange to have the official results sent directly from the testing service organization. You will not be penalized for having written either test on multiple occasions, as we take the highest score not necessarily the most recent.
Official score can be sent to Smith School of Business under the program name Queen’s Full-Time MBA using the following test codes:
English Proficiency Test
When applicable, an acceptable score on one of the approved English facility tests (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or MELAB).
Queen’s MBA is an intensive 12-month program. Each student must be able to synthesize large amounts of verbal and written information efficiently; review, comprehend and critique abundant readings; command leadership of their team when required; engage in classroom discussions and presentations; and author team assignments. Consequently, all candidates must possess exceptional English facility and communication skill level in order to be competitive for admission.
The Queen's MBA program fee includes program enrollment; all books, case materials and other instructional supplies; academic events like case competitions; and career related non-academic events, including executive coaching.
An initial deposit is required at the time of enrollment. The balance of the fee is paid in three installments during the program.
Fee Schedule (Class starting January, 2018)
**Additionally, all students are required to pay Student Activity Fees of approximately $1500.00. These fees are assessed at the beginning of the program. International students will also be required to purchase the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) if they cannot provide evidence of equivalent coverage.
All Queen's University students are also required to pay The Student Assistance Levy. This will be approximately $100 for the year.
A person is classified as a Domestic Student if they have Canadian citizenship, landed immigrant status, permanent resident status or dual Canadian citizenship. Key information can be found at
Fees are subject to final approval from the Queen's Board of Trustees.
January 1, 2019
May 1, 2019
September 1, 2019
The Stephen J.R. Smith School of Business Goodes Hall, Queen's University, Room 338
Canada K7L 3N6
Please feel free to contact the Associate Director, Recruitment and Admissions, Teresa Pires