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

Supriya Sarkar Supriya Sarkar
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The Richard Ivey School of Business was founded in 1922 to educate and develop business leaders in Canada and the world at large. Richard Ivey School of Business is widely recognized as the leading provider of world-class business education in Canada. The institution has four campuses and different programs are offered at the campuses. The business school has 100 full-time faculty, 87 professors and 13 lecturers as faculty members.

The institution is the business school under the Western University, Canada. There are undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in management at Richard Ivey School of Business. Students at School of Business will be equipped with the necessary basic knowledge and the relevant business and research experiences.

Some important points to be kept in mind while applying for admission to the Richard Ivey School of Business are as follows:

  • For admission international students must fulfill requirements specific to the country they are applying from.
  • To build a competitive application, extracurricular participation, community involvement and full-time work experience in relevant fields is highly recommended.
  • An average above 80% in 10 or more university courses is expected for higher chances of admission.
  • The school has a second level entry for its HBA program at undergraduate level.
  • Students enrolled at the Western University who wish to pursue a business program can directly apply to the Ivey HBA program in the 2nd year.
  • The institution has been ranked consecutively for six years by Bloomberg Businessweek as the no. 1 MBA program in Canada.
  • The school is known for following case-method of learning and is an important case producer besides Harvard.
  • The MBA class of 2018 had a placement rate of 90%.

COVID-19 Admission Updates

Due to the impact of Covid-19, the students will be given conditional offers and will be given extended time to complete GMAT.


Application PortalOnline
Application Fee150 CAD (domestic applicants)
156 CAD (international applicants)
Mode of PaymentDebit cards of Canadian banks
Academic CalendarSemester based
Intake SeasonsFall, Spring, Winter, Summer
Financial AidScholarships
Work ExperienceRequired for graduate programs
English proficiency test scores requiredTOEFL/ IELTS/ PTE/ MELAB/ CAEL/ CanTEST/ Duo Lingo

Richard Ivey School of Business Admission Deadlines

Applicants without prior university experience can apply for any of the undergraduate programs while those with bachelor’s degrees can apply for any of the graduate programs (doctoral or master’s degree as well as MBA programs) as long as the minimum requirements for admission are met. The deadlines for undergraduate and graduate admission at Richard Ivey School of Business are not the same. It is essential to regularly check the deadlines when preparing your necessary documents to prevent the late submission of applications.

ProgramsApplication Deadline
Undergraduate programsApplications are available from October through Fall and Winter
Ivey AEO ApplicationsJanuary 15

Richard Ivey School of Business International Student Admissions

The undergraduate and graduate programs offered at Richard Ivey School of Business are in several specializations and are open to applicants from different parts of the world. However, the applicants must understand and check the admission requirements before they apply for admission at the institution. The deadlines for international students vary depending on the programs, major and sessions. The minimum requirements for international applicants to submit admission into any of the graduate programs also depend on the countries in which their undergraduate degrees were obtained.

Application Portal: OUAC Application

Application Fee: 156 CAD

Admission Requirements: It is essential to check the admission requirements before submitting applications for either undergraduate or graduate programs. The general required for all international students applying for programs at the institution are:

  • Online application form
  • Official certificates transcripts from previous high school or college
  • Translation of official transcripts from other language to English language
  • English language proficiency tests (such as TOEFL and IELTS) sent directly to the admission office of the university
  • Applicants from India must submit the following results:
    • Results of class XII from CBSE/ ICSE/ State board
    • Results of class X
  • Motivation Letter, Essay or Statements of Purpose
  • Recommendation Letters from previous supervisors or teachers
  • Standardized test scores such as GRE and GMAT
  • Proof of financial support, scholarship or waiver
  • Copy of international passport

English Proficiency Test Score for International Students

Students applying for any of the undergraduate programs must submit the results of high school and post-secondary school English Language tests or exams to meet the minimum requirements for English proficiency tests. One of the requirements for international applicants is the submission of English proficiency tests or exams such as MELAB, PTE, Cambridge C1 or C2, CAEL, CanTEST, TOEFL and IELTS. The minimum requirements/scores for some of the English proficiency tests are outlined below.

TestMinimum Requirement
TOEFLComputer-based test – 83: paper-based test – 550
PTEOverall score: 58 or above
IELTS6.5 or above (min. 6.0 in each section)
CAELOverall score: 60 or above
MELABOverall score: 80 or above
CanTEST4.0 or above (min. 4.0 in each section)
Duo Lingo Test115

Visa Process for International Students

After an admission offer is given and accepted, it is vital for international applicants to apply for a student permit in order to study in Canada. The required form is mostly given to successful applicants through mail or postal service. Applicant should prepare the following documents for visa application:

  • Valid International Passport
  • Visa Application Form
  • Acceptance letter from designated university
  • Financial support for tuition fee, living expenses and transport to/from Canada.
  • Police Certificate and Medical Examination
  • Complete biometrics

Richard Ivey School of Business Undergraduate Admissions

The undergraduate program at Richard Ivey School of Business is popularly referred to as Ivey HBA program. The program gives students the platform to gain academic skills and experience before choosing their career interest. Applicants should check the admission requirements before they submit their applications for admission into any of the programs at the university.

Application Portal: Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC)

Application Fee: 150 CAD for domestic students; 156 CAD for international students

Admission Requirements: Some of the admission requirements are.

  • Official high school transcripts
  • High school curriculum and class standing
  • Choice of program for Western University for the first 2 years of study.
  • Completed Ivey AEO Application
  • English proficiency exam for international applicants

Richard Ivey School of School Graduate Admissions

The graduate programs at the institution include MBA (executive or accelerated); M. Sc. in Management and PhD programs. The general requirements for admission into graduate programs at the university may vary slightly depending on the choice of program.

Application Portal: Online Application

Application Fee: Depends on program

Admission Requirements: The general requirements for the graduate programs are:

  • Personal Statement/Motivation Letter or Statement of Purpose
  • Recommendation Letters from previous supervisors or employers
  • Resume/CV
  • Academic Transcripts and Certificate
  • Standardized Tests such as GRE and GMAT
  • Certificate of Sponsorships or Financial Supports
  • English Proficiency Tests

Program specific requirements have been provided in the table below:

RequirementsM. Sc. in ManagementMBAAccelerated MBAExecutive MBA
Application Fee150 CAD150 CAD--
GMAT/ GRE scoreRequiredRequiredRequiredRequired, GMAT scores
English language proficiencyTOEFL – minimum 100;
IELTS – 7.0
Video essayRequiredRequiredRequiredRequired
Letter of recommendationRequired, 2 referencesRequired, 2-3 referencesRequired, 2 referencesRequired, 2 references
ResumeRequired, 2 pagesRequired--
Work experience-Required, Minimum 2 years full time work experienceRequiredRequired
InterviewRequired (by invitation only)Required--

The applications will be reviewed once all supporting documents are received. The University will contact applicants to inform if any document is missing. If all documents are in place, the file is reviewed and processed for admission. The application review process takes 2-3 weeks if all documents and online video essays have been submitted appropriately. For some programs, the decision will be communicated within 4-6 weeks. Due to high volumes, the review process might continue for as long as 8 weeks. The school conducts interviews for students by invitation only. All students who have been admitted will have to appear for an interview once. Interview might be in-person or online through Skype. Selected applicants will be given preparation tips along with the interview invitation.

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