Admission Requirements

For the best chance of admission to the UBC MBA at UBC Sauder's Robert H. Lee Graduate School, we strongly encourage you to aim for our competitive recommendations, outlined in the table below. Due to the competitive nature of admissions to this program, meeting the minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee you a place.

We do, however, look at all components of an application and take a holistic approach to reviewing each one.


Criteria Minimum Requirements Competitive Recommendation

Professional Experience

Minimum two years of full-time work experience gained after graduation from your bachelor’s degree.

Don’t have this? You could consider our Master of Management program instead.
At least 3 to 5 years of full-time work experience

GMAT code:

GRE code: 0965 (UBC) 4201 (Dept)
550 GMAT with at least a 50th percentile in the quantitative and verbal sections of the test


at least 150 GRE score on the verbal and quantitative section.
GMAT: 650

GRE: 310+ on combined verbal and quantitative section
Academic Achievement
Bachelor's degree* with a 76% average or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution.**

* Generally, a four-year degree is required. Three-year Bachelor’s are accepted from Australia, New Zealand, U.K., India and Europe. Refer to this page for details on each country.

** If the applicant has sufficient professional experience or presents sufficiently high GMAT/GRE scores, a lower average may be accepted, subject to approval of the Director of the Robert H. Lee Graduate School.

When applying please have your official transcripts sent directly to the Robert H. Lee Graduate School by your home university.

Maturity, Motivation & Fit

We assess your managerial and leadership potential, maturity, ambition and drive, through your Essay Questions, resume, professional references and interview.

English Proficiency

Applicants must be able to speak, comprehend, and write fluently in English. An English proficiency exam is required for all candidates whose degrees are from a university outside Canada or the U.S.A. in which English was not the official language of instruction. More on English proficiency exams