Master of Business Administration in Global Leadership

Applicants for admission to the MBA in Global Leadership program must have demonstrated the potential to learn and succeed within a demanding integrated program. The basic requirements and qualifications are as follows:

  1. University Degree: Applicants must possess an undergraduate degree from an institution recognized by UPEI.
  2. English Language Proficiency Requirement
  3. GMAT/GRE Test Score

Application for Admission

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

Application Checklist

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

A GMAT/GRE test score may be required.

Applications and all documentation must be received by April 15 for an August start date. Applications received after the specified deadline 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, Reference Letters, 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 MBA in Global Leadership program. It should include details of your relevant past experience, your long and short term goals, and explain how the MBA program will meet your needs and assist you in reaching your educational and career goals.

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

Applicants may be required to provide scores from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The equivalent of a GMAT score of 570 or greater would typically be competitive. The score should be less than five years old. The requirement for a GMAT/GRE score may be waived for students with a high average (85% or higher) in their undergraduate degree.


Once all application materials are received, the MBA Committee may conduct an interview for admission.

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 under the Admission requirements for All Graduate Programs and for Graduate Student Status section of the Calendar.

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 MBA in Global Leadership 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.

Apply to the Master of Business Administration in Global Leadership program

Summer Session Dates - 2019



19 Tuesday  REGISTRATION begins for Summer Sessions 2019

MAY 2019

13 Monday  First Summer Session classes begin
20 Monday  Victoria Day – No classes

JUNE 2019

20 Thursday  Last day of First Summer Session classes
24-25 (Mon.-Tues.)  Exams for First Summer Session
28 Friday  First Summer Session grades must be submitted to Registrar’s Office by noon


JULY 2019

2 Tuesday  Second Summer Session classes begin


8 Thursday  Last day of Second Summer Session classes
12-13 (Mon.-Tues.)  Exams for Second Summer Session courses
19 Monday  Second Summer Session grades must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office by noon

Bachelor of Business in Tourism and Hospitality

The Bachelor of Business in Tourism and Hospitality (BBTH) is a two-year post-diploma degree available only to graduates of diploma programs at the Atlantic Tourism and Hospitality Institute (ATHI) or of similar programs at similar post-secondary institutions. This post-diploma degree provides the opportunity for students to continue their education through a concentration in Business Administration. Students must meet the UPEI admission requirements for this degree by completing the ATHI diploma, including economics, or equivalent course work at a university or college, with a minimum overall average of 70%.

In the BBTH program, students must obtain grades of at least 60% in at least 12 of the 16 required business courses in order to qualify for the degree. Students are subject to all of the Academic Regulations of the University.

Providing the tools to successfully manage any project.

Project Management Essentials


This 3-day fundamental course is an accessible, hands-on journey through a project from initiation to closing, with a special emphasis on initiation and planning. Course participants work in project teams to practice PM tools while they experience the realistic challenges that are encountered on projects. Although it is possible to customize a case study for a specific industry or organization, this course offers 2 case studies so there is something for everyone.

Real-life stories from a variety of industries are used to illustrate key concepts and best practices and the instructor encourages course participants to share their experiences. This ensures the discussions are realistic and relevant.

Project Management Essentials is compliant with the Project Management Body of Knowledge and it introduces tools and terminology without overwhelming participants with jargon. The course focuses on developing practical skills that can be applied immediately to increase the level of success on projects. The course is fun, fast-paced, interactive, and adapted as required based on the needs of each audience.

Participants will gain practical skills to:

  • Use the terminology and processes of modern project management
  • Prepare a complete and accurate project plan for your project
  • Facilitate team discussions to learn from the PM experiences of others
  • Practice PM skills using templates
  • Value the benefits of a consistent PM methodology
Course details

The Project Management Essentials course is appropriate for individuals who are:

  • Responsible for managing smaller projects.
  • Participants on a project team of any size, especially those who have not yet been exposed to the tools, techniques and terminology of formal project management.


  • There is no prerequisite for this course. It functions as a stand-alone course.


  • You will receive a course binder containing copies of presentation slides, case studies, exercises, and suggested solutions.

What you will learn

Introduction and PM Context

  • Portfolios, programs, projects
  • Project success, project life cycles
  • Workshops: Project priorities, project success

Initiating the Project

  • Stakeholders and requirements
  • Project team, working in a matrix
  • Workshops: Project stakeholders, project charter

Planning the Project

  • Work breakdown structure
  • Project Change Control
  • Communications planning
  • Estimating
  • Project Risk Management
  • Critical path scheduling
  • Workshops: WBS, critical path scheduling, change control, project communications plan, risk management, project schedule
  • Project Execution

Roles and responsibilities

  • Scope management
  • Conflict management
  • Leadership and motivation
  • Schedule control
  • Cost Control
  • Workshops: roles and responsibilities, conflict management, schedule updates, reporting and control

Project Closure

  • Closing and lessons learned
  • Workshops: lessons learned

This course is open to anyone who has an interest in developing the tools necessary for managing projects.

Registration fee: $900 

Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Sustainable Design Engineering)

High School Applicants:

High school applicants wishing to pursue engineering at UPEI apply to the Faculty of Science and indicate a preference for engineering. Minimum academic requirements for admission to the Engineering Degree include an overall average of 70% in Grade 12 Academic English, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and one other Grade 12 academic subject with no grade lower than 65%. Note: High school applicants should apply by March 1 to be considered for entrance scholarships. 

Applicants from other institutions:

Applicants attending or having attended another institution who are seeking to transfer into UPEI’s engineering program must meet the same requirements as for High School applicants as well as the requirements for University Transfer Students. Transcripts will be reviewed for possible course transfer credit.

Apply to the Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Design Engineering degree program

International Baccalaureate (IB)

International Baccalaureate (IB) students are eligible for admission on the basis of successful completion of the IB Diploma. In addition, applicants must satisfy the admission criteria of the requested faculty by presenting the specific course requirements (see below). At least three subjects must be successfully completed at the Higher Level (HL), while the remaining three subjects may be successfully completed at the Standard Level (SL).

Completion of the IB Diploma with a score of 24 grants admission to UPEI. Applicants must satisfy the admission criteria of the requested faculty by presenting the specific course requirements identified for that Faculty. Grades below 3 are not accepted for admission assessment. 

Students who complete a Certificate or individual IB subjects may also be assessed for admission using each HL and SL subject being considered in meeting the Faculty-specific admission requirements. For applicants who complete both the IB subjects and senior matriculation/secondary school graduation requirements, admission will be based on the credential which is to the greatest advantage of the student.

Transfer Credit

UPEI awards a full year of credit (10 courses, each at 3 credit hours) for a completed IB Diploma with a minimum score of 28. Specific course credit for HL courses is awarded as outlined below. The balance of the credit required to bring the total to 10 three (3) credit hour course equivalents will be at the introductory unassigned elective level. Please note: Applicability of transfer credit awarded may vary depending on degree program sought. See also for regulations on 100-level courses.

To be awarded 10 three semester hour courses, students must achieve; a completed IB Diploma with an overall score of 28, 3 HL level subjects with grades in each subject of 4, unless otherwise noted, and above, 3 SL level subjects and satisfactory completion of the Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge and CAS. All courses used to meet specific admission requirements must be at a score of 3 or above.         

Specific higher level (HL) subjects completed with grades of 4, unless otherwise noted, or higher on the official IB (HL) exams within the International Baccalaureate program will be granted transfer credit.

IB (HL) Course: Equivalent UPEI Credit

Biology: BIO 131 and BIO 132
Chemistry: CHEM 111 and CHEM 112 (subject to confirmation by the Chemistry Program
Computer Science: CSC 151 and CSC 152
Economics: EC 101 and EC 102
English: A1 ENG 101 and ENG 192
English: B No Credit
Environmental Systems: ENV 198 and ENV 199
French: Assigned credit by placement
Geography: Unassigned First Year Electives
German: GERM 101 and GERM 102
History: HIST 198 and HIST 199
Latin: LAT 101 and LAT 102
Mathematics: MATH 191 and MATH 192
Music: MUS 198 and MUS 199
Philosophy: PHIL 101 and PHIL 102
Physics * (grade of 5): PHYS 111 and PHYS 112
Psychology: PSY 101 and PSY 102
Sociology: SOC 101 and SOC 102
Spanish: SPAN 101 and SPAN 102
Theatre: TST 198 and TST 199
Theory of Knowledge: PHIL 299 and 1 unassigned 2nd Year Elective
NOTE: Courses numbered 199 or 299 are unassigned credits in the noted subject area.

*Students presenting Physics with a grade of 4 may challenge for credit.

Each UPEI course is 3 credit hours

Credit for IB (HL) courses will only be assessed if presented on an official IB transcript. Please note that this table is provided as a guide, and transfer credits are assessed on an individual basis.

Degree specific admission requirements:

Arts: English, a Language or Social Studies and three other academic subjects
Business: English, Math, 2 Social Studies, Sciences or Languages, and one other academic subject
Science: Grade 12 Academic English, Grade 12 Academic Mathematics, 2 Grade 12 Academic Science subjects (acceptable subjects: Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Computer Science, Oceanography, Animal Science, Environmental Science) and one additional Grade 12 Academic course
Nursing: English, Math, Biology, Chemistry and one other academic subject 


Gateway Program

All UPEI students are eligible to participate in the Gateway Program. The Gateway Program provides additional support and encouragement, and is available to both recent high school graduates and mature students registered at UPEI. Given the nature of the program, it is mandatory for students entering direct from high school with an academic admission average below 70% (or an International Baccalaureate score below 24), and optional for all other students who are interested in additional supports.

Read more about the Gateway Program on the UPEI Student Life website.

Transfer Arrangements

Do you have a Holland College diploma but always wanted to have a UPEI degree? UPEI partners with Holland College on several transfer and articulation agreements to provide degree pathways to graduates of specific college programs. Minimum criteria must be met, but Holland College diploma graduates are eligible to apply for admission and credit transfer to the associated degree programs:

Accounting Technology (Accounting Technician)

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree - Block Transfer (60 Semester Hours)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration - Block Transfer (30 Semester Hours)
  • Bachelor of Business Studies - Block Transfer (60 Semester Hours)

Atlantic Police Academy Police Science

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree (Psychology) OR Bachelor of Science Degree (Psychology) - Block Transfer (45 Semester Hours)  

Business Administration (Business Manager)

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree - Block Transfer (60 Semester Hours)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration - (24 to 30 Semester Hours)
  • Bachelor of Business Studies - Block Transfer (60 Semester Hours)

Child and Youth Care Worker

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree - Block Transfer (30 Semester Hours)

Computer Information Systems program (Computer Programmer Analyst profile)

  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science Degree - 39 semester hours and 1 Co-op work term. Note: transfer credit awarded upon successful completion of UPEI courses; Computer Science 151 and 152.

Culinary Arts

  • Bachelor of Business in Tourism and Hospitality - Block transfer (60 semester hours)

Environmental Applied Science Technology

  • Bachelor of Environmental Studies - Block transfer (60 semester hours)

Golf Club Management

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree - Block Transfer (60 Semester Hours)
  • Bachelor of Business in Tourism and Hospitality - Block transfer (60 semester hours)

Hotel and Restaurant Management

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree - Block Transfer (60 Semester Hours)
  • Bachelor of Business in Tourism and Hospitality - Block transfer (60 semester hours)

Human Services

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree - Block Transfer (60 Semester Hours)


  • Bachelor of Applied Arts in Print Journalism - Block transfer (60 Semester Hours)
  • Notes:
    • Program currently under revision. Please contact coordinator Dr. Don Desserud at (902) 566-0347; or by email at
    • Holland College and the University of Prince Edward Island offer a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Print Journalism. Students complete their first year at the University of Prince Edward Island, then complete two years in the Holland College Journalism program and the final year at the University of Prince Edward Island graduating with a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Print Journalism.

Marketing and Advertising Management

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree - Block Transfer (60 Semester Hours)
  • Bachelor of Business in Tourism and Hospitality - Block transfer (60 semester hours)

Practical Nursing

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing - 27 Semester Hours
  • note: Graduates of the Holland College Practical Nursing Program who satisfy the criteria identified by UPEI and upon successful completion of 5 specific prerequisite courses prior to being admitted, may obtain admission to the second year of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at UPEI (receiving 27 semester hours of credit toward the degree). Please note: This is a competitive entry program. Please contact us for further details.

Primary Care Paramedicine (or Advanced Care Paramedicine)

  • Bachelor of Science in Paramedicine - Block transfer (60 semester hours) 

Professional Golf Management

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree - Block Transfer (60 Semester Hours)
  • note: A maximum of 60 semester hours credit will be awarded for the Golf Club Management/Professional Golf Management programs.

Retail Business Management (Retail Manager)

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree - Block Transfer (60 Semester Hours)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration - (24 to 30 Semester Hours)
  • Bachelor of Business Studies - Block Transfer (60 Semester Hours)

Sport and Leisure Management

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree - Block Transfer (60 Semester Hours)
  • Bachelor of Business in Tourism and Hospitality - Block transfer (60 semester hours)
  • Bachelor of Science Major in Kinesiology  - Block transfer (60 semester hours) only Kinesiology specialization graduates

Tourism and Travel Management

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree - Block Transfer (60 Semester Hours)
  • Bachelor of Business in Tourism and Hospitality - Block transfer (60 semester hours)

Wildlife Conservation Technology

  • Bachelor of Wildlife Conservation - Block Transfer (60 semester hours)
  • Note:  semester hour: A semester hour is defined as nominally one hour of classroom time per week per semester. Thus a class which is held for three hours a week for one semester is a three semester-hour course.  60 semester hours is equal to 20 (3 semester-hour) courses.

University Transfer Students

  1. Students who are eligible for re-admission and registration at their previous institutions will be considered for admission to UPEI on an individual basis. Normally, such students should have achieved an average grade of at least 60% in their previous year of studies or not have been registered at any university for at least a year. (See Academic Regulation 14: Transfer Credits).
  2. Where admission to a specific academic program is sought, the applicant must meet the requirements of that program.
  3. Prospective transfer students must have all documentation submitted by 15 August for admission in September.


  • Professional Faculties and Schools have additional criteria which must be met before applicants from outside the University will be considered.
  • Transfer students are subject to all other academic regulations of the University. Possession of the minimum requirements for transfer to UPEI does not in itself ensure that admission will be granted.


PEI Grade 12 Concurrent Enrolment

Students who are enrolled in their last year of studies in a PEI secondary school may be admitted to the University of Prince Edward Island to pursue Concurrent Studies. The following conditions will apply at the University:

  • the applicant must have a superior academic record;
  • the applicant must be enrolled in a PEI secondary school in a program that meets regular UPEI entry requirements;
  • the applicant must have the written recommendation of the secondary school principal;
  • the applicant must have the written consent of the parent or legal guardian if under the legal age of majority on the opening day of classes; and
  • the applicant must have the support of the Dean of the faculty for the courses in which the applicant plans to enrol.

Admission will initially be for one three-semester hour course but may be renewed with the continued support of the school principal and the Dean. Normally, no more than six semester hours of credit may be obtained by Concurrent Studies, but students who continue to have superior academic records and the support of the school principal may seek permission from the Dean to enroll in a further course for a maximum of nine semester hours of credit.

Students in Concurrent Studies will be treated as regular students in most respects except that they may not register in a full range of courses. Standard transcripts will be issued and fees and deadlines will be as for regular students.

Students who have enrolled in Concurrent Studies at other recognized post-secondary institutions prior to secondary school graduation may also be eligible for transfer credit.


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