Schulich School of Business – York University

Schulich Full-Time MBA Program Structure

The Schulich full-time MBA at York University offers a flexibility of options to complete your MBA in either 16 or 20 months. If you have an undergraduate business degree and work experience, you may also qualify for the eight-month Accelerated MBA. You can start your full-time MBA studies in September or January.


Schulich full-time courses are offered on the Keele Campus, and first year courses are also available full-time downtown. Underlying all pedagogy is an emphasis on developing managerial effectiveness. Overall, there is an emphasis on student involvement and participation in the classroom, and on practical managerial application. Many courses involve real-time, real-life, in-company projects of one sort or another.

There is no overall teaching format, as the organization, pedagogy and style of classes is determined solely by the most effective way to teach a particular course. Many course instructors make extensive use of case studies, while others do not. Other approaches to delivering courses include in-class presentations, role-playing exercises and visiting speakers and business leaders.

The normal full-time load is nine to 15 credit-hours of courses per term (maximum course load is 18 credit-hours per term). The program length requires a minimum of 16 months over four consecutive terms; an average of 20 months with summer off; or a maximum of 24 months over six terms. There is also an accelerated option where students can complete their study in 12-18 months.

Students with an oral proficiency in a second language and an interest in international work terms may wish to consider an application to the International MBA (IMBA) program.

Class Profile

The average Schulich full-time MBA class is approximately 60 percent male and 40 percent female; about half were international students. The average student age was 28 years old, and they entered the program with four years’ professional experience. The GMAT range was 550-780; while the average GPA was between 3.3 and 4.0.


Graduates join a highly accomplished family of more than 29,000 Schulich alumni in over 90 countries worldwide — men and women who have made a lasting mark in the world of business and have attained the highest levels of personal and professional success. Alumni provide students and graduates with mentorship, career advice and business contacts during their studies and throughout their careers. Students also have access to the School’s International Satellite Centres.

The Schulich Career Development Centre (CDC) offers multiple innovative programs and resources to help students take their career to the next level and facilitate future employment opportunities. Experienced CDC Advisors bring a unique combination of firsthand knowledge and diverse perspectives in a wide variety of businesses and industry sectors. Enjoy exclusive access to job opportunities posted on the Career Development Centre’s website, along with links to other resources to help with employer searches. Students also can take part in a series of workshops, including up-to-date job search techniques, self-assessments, resume and cover letter writing, social media networking and interview skills.

Tuition & Financial Aid

The current Schulich full-time MBA may be completed in four academic terms; tuition is charged per term. For Canadian (“domestic”) students, tuition per term in 2018-19 is $19,000 CAD; and for international students, $24,220 CAD. The total tuition cost for Canadian students comes to $77,900, with international costs totalling $99,400.

The Schulich Financial Aid Department assists students with all issues pertaining to financial aid. Students can visit the office at their convenience or by appointment; assistance also is available in person, via email, by phone or by mail. Awards, loans, bursaries and other financial aid options are available to all students, domestic and international.

Admissions Procedures

To be eligible for admission consideration, each MBA applicant must hold an undergraduate degree from a recognized university with at least a B average in the last two full years (or equivalent) of academic work. An official GMAT score is required; a competitive score based on our successful candidates is around 660, and you should have a balanced score (at least 50th percentile) across all four measures of the exam. Two years of relevant full-time work experience post-degree is required.

To apply, you must complete and submit the online application, along with a non-refundable application fee of $150.00 CAD. Also required are written and video essays, your resume, two letters of recommendation and official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. (You may also upload your unofficial transcripts, which the admissions team can review while the official copies are on their way to Schulich.)

Non-native English speakers are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, PTE Academic or YELT scores. (Note: In special circumstances, admission to Schulich may be conditional upon taking an intensive English language course.)

Application Deadlines

Full-time studies start in September and January. To take courses full-time at the downtown campus a September start is recommended. The application deadlines for the Schulich full-time MBA program are as follows:

Fall (September)

Round Three – March 15, 2018*
Round Four – April 30, 2018*

* = Deadlines intended for domestic applicants only. Any international applications submitted after the Round Two deadline will be reviewed on a rolling basis.