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International Business Administration

International Business Administration

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W263, Seymour Schulich

This graduate program is not accepting new registrants this year.

The Schulich International MBA (IMBA) is designed for Canadian and international students who want to launch a career in international business and stand out from the crowd. It is a full-time program for the first year with the option to go part-time in year 2.

With the increasingly globalized operating environment of organizations, and the pressing need for managers with a holistic, integrated, and culturally appropriate approach to solving business problems, the IMBA program strives to develop internationally experienced business professionals ready to make significant contributions to the performance of their organizations and to the well-being of society.

The IMBA program is designed around three interrelated themes: global orientation, functional business management education and professional development. The IMBA takes an experiential approach to business education. The interactive pedagogy of globally-oriented functional business courses including regional analysis, combined with professional development skills development and personalized coaching, provides IMBA graduates with all-inclusive management skills expected by employers worldwide. Students will apply and reflect on the concepts and skills acquired in the first 2 terms during an international work term assignment. For more information, please visit:

Admission Requirements

  • An undergraduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution with a minimum B average in the last two full years (or equivalent) of academic work. Applicants with three-year degrees may be considered for admission with an additional year of work experience (beyond the minimum required by the program).
  • Two years of relevant full-time work experience is mandatory.
  • Applicants are required to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and obtain competitive scores on all measures thereof.
  • All applicants will have proficiency in at least two languages, including English. Applicants are required to declare an IMBA language of focus other than their mother tongue. A minimum speaking level of intermediate-high is required in the declared IMBA language for admission. Proof of proficiency is required after a conditional offer of admission by undertaking an official Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) by a certified tester of the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).
  • Applicants must submit at least two recommendations, with one from an academic, if possible.
  • Proof of English language proficiency for applicants whose IMBA language is English: Test of English as a Foreign Language (iBT): 100 with minimum component scores of 23 or International English Language Testing System: 7.0 overall with minimum component score of 6.5. English as a Second Language (ESL) is reserved for students whose first language is not English.
  • Completion of the online application including submission of essays, an up-to-date résumé and two references.

Degree Requirements

Students must successfully complete:

  • 30 plus all 0.0 credits of international management core courses,
  • 12 plus all 0.0 credits of experiential core courses, and
  • 24 credits minimum of electives with overall grade point average (GPA) of 4.40 (B-).

In addition to the curriculum requirements, the Graduate Program in International Business Administration also requires an advanced facility with a declared IMBA language. This requirement is satisfied by an exit OPI level of Advanced-Mid or a progression of two levels

Program Entry and Length

This twelve month full-time program commences in September each year and completes with a work study (placement) in term three.