Business Administration

Why Business Administration @ Memorial?

Memorial's Faculty of Business Administration is recognized as a leader in Canadian business education. Graduates of the Faculty of Business Administration occupy positions of leadership in the private and public sectors provincially, nationally, and internationally. Research contributions by members of the faculty to top business journals rank first among universities in Atlantic Canada, influencing how and what students are taught. Graduates of Memorial's business programs are well prepared to make decisions and run organizations locally, nationally, and internationally.

The Faculty of Business Administration offers a course-based Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (GDBA). The GDBA is designed to expand students’ career opportunities by augmenting the academic credentials they have already earned. Accessible course scheduling over lunch hours and evenings combined with a three semester system offers students flexibility in terms of program start date allowing students to begin their studies in the Fall, Winter, or Spring semesters.

Memorial University’s MBA program is AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accredited and offers an outstanding combination of small class sizes, flexible study options, variety of teaching approaches, and international focus. Progressive course structures and high academic standards are applied to produce highly skilled graduates capable of competing in the global marketplace. MBA courses are taught using a combination of teaching styles to engage students and encourage their participation. The small classes allow for enhanced student-faculty interaction and greater personal instruction. A mix of part-time and full-time students enhances classroom discussion. This combination strengthens students’ communication skills and develops a broad knowledge base in our graduates. Teaching approaches are various and include case studies, role playing, lectures, research projects, and interactive simulations.

Description of program

  • GDBA - Memorial's GDBA is a 5-course, part-time program and is designed to deliver crucial management skills through relevant course offerings with flexibility for working professionals with at least five years of work experience and has no GMAT requirement.
  • MBA – Memorial’s MBA program is designed to prepare highly qualified students to become executive decision-makers who are cognizant of their operating environment, including international dimensions. The program’s key objectives are to 1) develop future managers’ problem-solving and decision-making skills, enabling them to identify, analyze, and solve complex and unstructured problems, and 2) provide a broad operating knowledge of management concepts and practices which can adapt to a wide variety of organizations and environments. The MBA is a 20-course program which can be completed in two years of full-time study. Duration of program may be reduced depending on the number of exemptions received. Applicants who have completed relevant coursework in business, economics and statistics may be exempt from up to ten courses (30 credit hours) in the MBA program. Applicants must have achieved a grade of 75 per cent or higher in the relevant equivalent undergraduate courses, and have completed them within seven years from the year in which they are seeking admission to the MBA program. Transcript evaluations are completed by the MBA Office.

Minimum admission requirements

  • GDBA - Bachelor's Degree, with a minimum GPA of 3.0; and five years of full-time work experience. Applicants who did not complete a Bachelor's degree at a recognized university where English is the primary language of instruction must normally complete either the: TOEFL and achieve a paper-based score of 580 (or higher), computer-based score of 237 (or higher), or Internet based score of 92-93 (or higher); or the IELTS and achieve a score of 7 (or higher). The GMAT is not required.
  • MBA – Bachelor's degree (minimum ‘B’ standing), balanced GMAT score of at least 550, two years of full-time relevant work experience, two letters of reference, and, for applicants whose prior university instruction was not in English, demonstration of English language proficiency. Minimum TOEFL scores are: 580 for the paper-based test; 237 on the computer-based test; or 92 on the Internet-based test. The minimum IELTS score is an overall band score of 7.0.


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Program Information
Degrees Offered:





GDBA: 1 year

MBA: 2 years


St. John's

Application Deadline:

October 15 (GDBA and part-time MBA) for Winter admission

January 15 (GDBA and part-time MBA) for Spring admission

February 1 (international for MBA) for Fall admission

May 1 (GDBA and Canadian for MBA) for Fall admission

Tuition (NL students):

GDBA: $420/semester

MBA: $632-$953/semester

Tuition (Other Canadian students):

GDBA: $546/semester

MBA: $822-$1,239/semester

Tuition (International students):

GDBA: $710/semester

MBA: $1,069-$1,611/semester

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