Master of Business Administration (EMBA)

The Faculty of Business offers two Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs: an Executive Master of Business Administration, and a Master of Business Administration in Global Leadership.

Admission requirements are stipulated below, first for the Executive Master of Business Administration, and then for the Master of Business Administration in Global Leadership.

Executive Master of Business Administration (Executive MBA)

Applicants for admission to the Executive MBA program must have demonstrated the potential to learn within a demanding integrated program, typically through high academic standing in previous university studies. There are two streams available within the Executive MBA: Innovative Management and Biotechnology Management. The basic requirements and qualifications are:

i. for the Innovative Management Stream, an undergraduate degree in any discipline is required. For the Biotechnology Management and Entrepreneurship Stream, an undergraduate degree in the sciences or a degree in any discipline plus considerable work experience in a science field is required.

For both streams, the required degree must be from a recognized university and the applicant should have achieved a minimum average of B (70% or higher) in the last four semesters or last two years of undergraduate study.

ii. acceptable professional designations such as CPA, CFA, or PEng plus work experience will also be considered. Under exceptional circumstances, a person who lacks a formal degree or professional designation but who has other outstanding management qualifications, such as a well-established and documented business career, may be admitted to the Executive MBA program. In these circumstances, applicants will normally be expected to have a minimum of ten years full-time work experience, including significant experience in upper management or entrepreneurial positions. The MBA Committee must be satisfied that the applicant has demonstrated a level of academic competence at least equivalent to an undergraduate degree.

iii. a minimum of three years of full-time work experience is preferred, with a required minimum of one year full-time, relevant work experience. The relevant work experience may include managerial and supervisory responsibilities, new venture ownership, and professional or project development experiences. A variety of work experiences and backgrounds enhance the calibre of class interaction so students learn from both the professor and each other.

Application for Admission

All documents pertaining to application for admission must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar with the appropriate fee.


  • Graduate Studies Application Form
  • All Official Transcripts
  • Current, detailed resume
  • Two Reference Letters (references must be dated within 6 months of program application)
  • GMAT Score (if requested)
  • Personal Statement
  • English Language Proficiency Scores (for applicants whose first language is not English)
  • Application Fee

Applications and all documentation must be received by April 15 for a September start date. Applications received after the specified deadlines will be reviewed only if seats are available.

Early applications are highly recommended as there are a limited number of seats in the program and these fill up as completed applications are adjudicated throughout the year. All applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis and adjudicated only once.


Official transcripts or certified copies of the applicant’s complete undergraduate and graduate (if any) record to date are to be sent to the Office of the Registrar. Applicants from outside North America are strongly urged to attach official statements of the grades obtained and the subject matter included. If original documentation is not in English, you must also provide a notarized English translation. This does not apply to French language universities in Canada.

Resume, references, and personal statement

A current resume must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar along with two reference letters, and a personal statement. The resume must detail work experiences, responsibilities, and contributions. Two reference letters are to be submitted on the appropriate referee form. A personal statement, of no more than 400 words, must explain the reasons why you wish to enrol in UPEI's Executive MBA program. It should include details of your relevant past experience, your long and short term goals, and explain how the Executive MBA program will meet your needs and assist you in reaching your educational and career goals.

NOTE: Applicants without a formal degree or professional designation will be expected to provide convincing evidence of their capabilities in communications, analysis, and knowledge transfer, as well as their professional contributions and accomplishments within their personal statement. For these applicants only, the personal statement must be no more than 800 words.

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

A Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score may be requested.  If GMAT results are requested, applicants must achieve a minimum score of 550, with preference given to scores of 600 and over. This will be considered as an indicator and a tool for evaluating applicants for quantitative and verbal skills. These scores should be less than five years old.


Once all application materials are received, the MBA Committee may  conduct an interview for admission. The committee will be seeking well-rounded and knowledgeable people with managerial and leadership potential. Innovative management and entrepreneurial thinking requires teamwork and relationship building so applicants will be  chosen based on their ability to enhance this type of diverse and dynamic learning environment.

English proficiency

Students are expected to be proficient in the use of English, both written and oral, when they begin their studies at the University of Prince Edward Island. The University requires that certification of such proficiency be presented by applicants whose mother tongue is not English or whose normal language of instruction throughout their education (as recognized by UPEI) was not English. Tests of proficiency acceptable to the University, and the minimum scores that must be obtained, are listed on the English Language Proficiency Requirements page under the Application and Admissions section of the Programs and Courses website. Such students should make arrangements to take the test at least three months before the semester opening date.

The program may extend a conditional offer of admission to an MBA applicant who meets all admission requirements other than the English language proficiency requirement. Please refer to the Academic Calendar's English language proficiency requirements for conditional offers. Conditional offers allow prospective MBA students to obtain a study permit (if needed) and begin their UPEI Graduate English Academic Preparation (GEAP) program. Upon successfully completing the prescribed terms of study in the GEAP program the student can proceed directly into the MBA program.

Refusal of Admission

Admission to the Executive MBA Program is a competitive process. Limitations of funds, space, facilities, or personnel may make it necessary for the University, at its discretion, to refuse admission to an otherwise acceptable applicant. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. To avoid disappointment, applicants are encouraged to submit their documents well before the deadline of April 15.

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