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DeGroote School of Business 2020-2021 Admissions: Entry Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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DeGroote School of Business is the Business School of McMaster University. The school offers undergraduate, graduate, professional, executive and research programs. Programs offered at DeGroote School of Business focus on 8 subject areas that include accounting and financial management, finance and business economics, health policy and management, human resources, information system, marketing, operations management and strategic management. The school has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The school enrolls over 1400 students every year with approximately 15% international students.

Some key points to be kept in mind while applying to DeGroote School of Business are as follows:

  • The school welcomes applications for fall, spring and summer.
  • Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis once all requirements have been fulfilled.
  • The admission average for Integrated Business and Humanities is 88-92%.
  • Graduate program applicants must have average grade B+ or equivalent GPA for admission.
  • GMAT/ GRE score requirements cannot be waived off under any circumstances for admission to the graduate programs.
  • A GMAT score will be waived off for Accelerated MBA programs on a case-by-case basis.
  • Applications are reviewed holistically taken into consideration academic merit, work experience, and community engagement.

COVID-19 Admission Updates

  • DeGroote School of Business continues to accept applications for the fall term keeping in mind the current situation.
  • Applications are being accepted without GMAT/ TOEFL/ IELTS scores but students admitted without these scores will be given a conditional offer.
  • The condition of submitting test scores will have to be cleared on a future date.


Application portalOnline portal
Application FeeUG applicants: 100 CAD
PG applicants: 110 CAD
Average GMAT score600
Retention Rate91%
Mode of PaymentCredit card
Academic calendarSemester based
Intake SeasonsFall, Spring and summer
Work experienceRequired
Financial AidScholarships, loans, bursaries

DeGroote School of Business Admission Deadlines

DeGroote School of Business has different deadlines for undergraduate and graduate applicants. The school welcomes applications for May and June for undergraduates. On the other hand, graduate programs have rounds of admission.

Term/ RoundApplication Deadline
Undergraduate Applicants
May Entry (for Term 1 or 3)April 1
June Entry (Term 2)May 15
Graduate Applicants
Round 1December 1
Round 2January 15
Round 3March 31

DeGroote School of Business International Student Admissions

DeGroote School of Business receives a large number of applications from international students all across the world. The requirements for international students may slightly differ from those of domestic applicants.

Application Portal: Online Application Portal

Application Fee: UG applicants – 100 CAD; PG applicants – 110 CAD

Basic Admission Requirements: The following documents are required at the time of admission:

  • Official high school transcripts.
  • A bachelor's degree or equivalent for a graduate course.
  • A competitive GPA (8.5 or above) in the final 2 years of your undergraduate degree
  • A competitive GMAT or GRE score (Competitive GMAT score: 600)
  • Two professional or academic references
  • KIRA online video interview will be conducted for some graduate programs
  • Professional resume and CV
  • Students under the Indian education system must submit:
  • Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE):
  • Five subjects from class 12 including all mandatory prerequisite subjects for the selected program.
  • Class 12 predicted grades average.
  • Class 10 board results
  • Class 11 transcript
  • Class 12 predicted grades
  • Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE)
  • Studied 5 subjects
  • Class 10 results
  • Class 11 results
  • Predicted class 12 results

The selected students for MBA with co-op will be invited to an admission interview.

English Proficiency Test Score for International Students

International applicants must submit one of the following test scores to fulfill English proficiency test score requirements:

Duo Lingo115

Applicants will be able to waive the English language proficiency requirement if they have studied for a minimum of 3 years in a University where the medium of instruction was English. Applicants will need to submit proof or official documentation from the University attended confirming the same.

Visa Process for International Students

For studying in Canada, international students require a study permit or visa issued by Canada Immigration authorities. The student must check the information and apply on the ‘Citizenship and Immigration Canada’ website.

Students must apply for a study visa at least 8 weeks prior to the start of the course. The length of visa processing is different for all countries. The following documents will be required during the process:

  • A copy of the admission letter.
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport.
  • Financial proof
  • Copy of passport

DeGroote School of Business Undergraduate Admissions

There are selective undergraduate programs available for students interested in studying at the DeGroote School of Business. These programs include Bachelor of Commerce and Integrated Business and Humanities. The admission requirements for most undergraduate programs are the same.

Application portal: OUAC website

Application fees: 100 CAD

Admission Requirements: The following documents must be submitted along with the application for admission:

  • Completed application form
  • Official high school transcripts
  • Proof of English language proficiency (for international students)
  • Translation of foreign transcripts, if required
  • Statement of Intent
  • Letters of Recommendation

DeGroote School of Business Graduate Admissions

DeGroote School of Business offers various courses in business related fields with specialization in Accounting, Finance, Health, Marketing, Management etc. Requirements for each program vary from one another.

Where to Apply: Online Application Portal

Application fee: 110 CAD

Admission Requirements: The following documents must be submitted along with the application for admission:

  • A bachelor's degree or equivalent for a graduate course.
  • Official transcripts with evaluation and translation, if not in English
  • A competitive GPA(minimum 3.0) in the final 2 years of your undergraduate degree
  • A competitive GMAT or GRE score (Competitive GMAT score: 600)
  • Professional or academic references
  • KIRA online video interview will be conducted.

Here are some of the requirements for popular graduate courses:

RequirementsMBAMaster of FinanceM. Sc. in eHealthM. Sc. in Global HealthMaster of Health Management
Application DeadlineRound 1: December 1
Round 2: January 15
Round 3: March 31
Round 1: December 1
Round 2: January 15
Round 3: February 14
Round 4 (for domestic applicants only): March 25
Round 1: December 1
Round 2: January 15
Round 3: March 31
Round 1: December 1
Round 2: January 15
Round 3: March 31
Round 1: December 1
Round 2: January 15
Round 3: March 31
Academic RequirementsHave a competitive GPA in the last 2 years of undergraduate degree.4 years honours bachelor degree in any discipline with a minimum B+ average (equivalent to a McMaster GPA of 8.5) from an accredited university;
At least one term each of university level calculus, algebra, and statistics.
Completed a four year bachelor’s degree with at least a B+ grade point average (or the equivalent) in the final yearCompleted minimum four year Bachelor's degree with a B+ from an accredited university (equivalent to a McMaster 9.0 on McMaster's 12 point scale)Must be a regulated health professional or hold a 4-year honours bachelor degree in a health professional program with a minimum 75%.
GMAT/ GRE scoresRequired, GMAT score - 600Required, GMAT score - 600Not requiredNot requiredNot required
Statement of InterestRequiredNot requiredNot requiredRequiredRequired
Work experienceOptionalNot requiredNot requiredOptionalOptional
RecommendationsRequiredRequired, 2 recommendations (one academic and other non-academic)Not requiredRequired, 2 academic recommendationsRequired, 3 references
ResumeRequiredRequiredNot requiredRequiredRequired
InterviewNot requiredNot requiredNot requiredNot requiredNot required

The applicants need not have a GMAT score at the time of application but they need to provide the GMAT score for the assessment of application. It is recommended for the applicants to at least have a test date at the time of application.

If the applicants are selected, they will be given an offer letter by email. The student is required to download the admission decision letter on McMaster's applicant portal. Decisions to programs may be posted four to five weeks after the application's requirements are marked as completed. The applicant is required to accept the offer on OUAC by the deadline listed on the offer of admission letter. The applicant is then needed to complete the online residence application and pay the deposit by the deadline.

Most of the courses at DeGroote School of Business are offered on campus. Applicants are recommended to make applications prior to the deadline. The student will be notified about the further procedures and requirements via the admission letter. If applying for financial aid, applicants need to submit financial aid applications. All international students are encouraged to apply for student visa or study permit.


Ques. Do I need to submit transcripts with WES evaluation for admission to DeGroote School of Business?

Ans. Applicants are required to provide a scanned copy of their transcripts at the time of application. International students do not need to have WES evaluation of their transcript.

Ques. Will I still be accepted to DeGroote School of Business if I have completed a 3 year bachelor’s degree?

Ans. Applicants who have completed a 3 year degree will be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Applicants are required to let the recruitment and admissions manager know about the graduated university and approximate GPA of the final two years for the evaluation.

Ques. Is it compulsory to have an undergraduate degree in Business to apply for admission to DeGroote School of Business?

Ans. No, it is not compulsory to have a bachelor’s degree in Business to apply for admission to DeGroote School of Business. It is recommended to have a 4-year honour degree in Business, Computer Science, Economics, Mathematics, Engineering and Actuarial Science.

Ques. Is pre-assessment of application possible for admission to DeGroote School of Business?

Ans. No, pre-assessment of applications is not an option for admission to DeGroote School of Business due to the bulk of applications received. However, students can check the admission requirements of the program and evaluate their applications to check eligibility. It must be noted that only meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

Ques. What if my visa application is rejected after admission to the DeGroote School of Business?

Ans. In case, if the visa is rejected the applicant will receive a full refund for tuition fees paid if they do not attend McMaster University. They need to notify the Office of the Registrars and send a copy of the letter you received explaining why you refused through the email: prior to August 30 with full name and McMaster student number in the subject line of the email message.

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