Executive MBA


How to apply to the Haskayne Executive MBA

Important dates to remember

Classes start every August. Applications for the Haskayne Executive MBA are considered on a rolling basis. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

Sept. 15

Applications open

Feb. 1

Application deadline for international applicants

June 1

The application deadline for Canadian Citizens and permanent residents

Admissions requirements

Start by reviewing the requirements you need in order to apply. 

To be considered for admission to the Haskayne Executive MBA, applicants should fulfill one of the following three sets of criteria:

  1. A GPA of 3.0 (out of 4.0) or higher in the last two years of a four year undergraduate degree from an accredited university AND at least seven years’ progressive work experience; OR
  2. A GPA of less than 3.0 (out of 4.0) in a university degree as described above AND at least seven years of progressive work experience AND a score of 500 or higher on the GMAT exam, a score of 485 or higher on the GMAT Focus Edition, or a score of 140 or above on the Executive Assessment; OR
  3. At least 10 years of progressive work experience AND a score of 500 or higher on the GMAT exam, a score of 485 or higher on the GMAT Focus Edition, or a score of 140 or higher on the Executive Assessment.

Designed to evaluate the business school readiness of seasoned professionals, The Executive Assessment focuses on skills that are critical both at work and in an Executive MBA program: higher order reasoning, critical thinking, analysis, and problem-solving. If you have not yet taken the GMAT, we encourage you to consider the Executive Assessment. The test is administered by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), creators of the GMAT® exam. Learn more about the Executive Assessment.

Applicants for whom English is not a first language must either:

  • Have a minimum score of 580 (paper-based) or 250 (computer-based) or 97 (with a minimum 20 in each section) (internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); OR
  • Have a minimum score of 7 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each section the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Applicants will be asked to answer two short essay questions:

  1. How, considering your career progress to date, does an EMBA fit in with your future career goals? Please describe. (250 words)
  2. When thinking of your own personal successes, were they a result of your own personal skills or your ability to work with others? Please describe. (250 words)

Completed applications are reviewed by an admissions committee. If your application is selected to move forward, you will be invited for an interview.

How to apply

  1. Step 1: Create an eID and password

    Create an eID and password to access your application form and later your student account.

    If you previously studied at the University of Calgary, please use your past UCID. If you have forgotten your UCID, we will be able to match your application with your existing UCID once your application is submitted.

  2. Step 2: Submit your online application

    Create or resume your application on the Graduate Studies site. Complete the online application form.

  3. Step 3: Pay the application fee and click submit

    To process your application, a non-refundable application fee is required.
    The application fee can be paid via cheque, money order or credit card.

    The application fee is $125 for Canadian citizens and permanent residents and $145 for international applicants.

Once your application form is complete and application fee is received, an automated email from the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Graduate Studies will be sent to you within two days. The email includes instructions on how to access your Student Centre and who to contact if you have any questions.

Note: Your Student Centre is the portal through which you will submit your supporting documents, as well as be able to check the status of your application.

a. Three of your supporting documents need to be submitted online through your Student Centre:

  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Essay
  • Résumé

b. Check in with your referees. When you submitted your application, your two referees should have received an automated email allowing them to complete the reference form. Your referees must submit their references directly to Haskayne as part of your supporting documentation.

c. Request your test scores and English language proficiency results (if required). These result must be sent officially through the test provider to Haskayne.

  • GMAT or Executive Assessment or GRE official score report (if required)
  • TOEFL / IELTS or other acceptable test of English language proficiency (if required)

Should you be admitted, you will be required to request official transcripts. If you want to get a head start on ordering your official transcripts please do so; however, should you choose to order your official transcripts ahead of time, it will not guarantee an offer of admission.

Official transcripts are required from all post-secondary institutions you have attended.

Please plan ahead, transcripts can take two months or more to be received. International applicants may need even longer.

Note: transcripts for the University of Calgary do not need to be submitted as they are on file.

  1. If you request Official Paper Transcripts (Delivery via mail or courier)

    Transcripts should be sent directly from the Registrar’s Office of your institution/s to the Haskayne School of Business. Official transcripts will be sealed in an envelope with the institution’s official seal.

    If the transcripts are in a language other than English, official translated copies are also required.

    Address to:

                      MBA Office
                      424 Mathison Hall
                      Haskayne School of Business
                      2500 University Drive
                      Calgary, AB  T2N 1N4

  2. If you request Official eTranscripts (Delivery via email)

    Alternatively, the Registrar’s Office of your post-secondary institution/s can email transcripts to UCalgary’s Faculty of Graduate Studies at gradtranscripts@ucalgary.ca.

    Please note that email transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing institution's transcript office.

    Official email transcripts need to be sent by the transcript office(s) of the institution(s) that you attended. The name of the transcript office varies between institutions, but common examples include the Registrar’s Office, Controller of Examinations, Student Records, or Admissions Office. Email transcripts sent by individual faculty members, non-registrarial staff, or students cannot be accepted as official.

Once your application is complete, the admissions committee will assess whether you meet our requirements for admission. If the committee decides to proceed with your application, you will be invited to an interview.

You’ve completed the application form, paid your application deposit, submitted all your supporting documents and completed your interview. What happens now?

At this point your application is considered complete. It will be reviewed by the admission committee for a decision on your admission to the program.

a. If you are admitted - congrats you’re in!

Next you will receive an offer of admission via e-mail. Please review this offer carefully as it outlines:

  • Instructions on how to accept your offer of admission
  • Pay your non-refundable program deposit. Please note: your deposit must be paid in order to confirm your spot in the program
  • Request your official transcripts. Deadline for transcripts will be outlined in the admission letter.
  • Critical deadlines
  • Conditions of your admission (if applicable)

b. If you are declined – you will receive notice that your application has been declined admission to the program.