Corporate Residency MBA Program

Regulations of the Faculty of Graduate Studies govern admissions. Admission is approved by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, on the recommendation of the School of Business Administration. Applicants must hold a degree recognized by Dalhousie University as equivalent to a four-year bachelor’s degree in one of its own faculties or any institution recognized by Dalhousie University. The minimum requirement is a B average (GPA 3.0) or better in the final two years, and a GMAT score of 550, or better.

While the School of Business values the benefits of bringing work experience to the classroom, the Corporate Residency MBA is designed for highly qualified candidates coming directly from undergraduate studies. A resume, profile and personal essay should accompany every application. Letters of reference and a successful admission interview are required.

All applicants are required to submit results of a Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). Information on test dates, locations and registration can be obtained from the Dalhousie Registrar’s Office, or by writing directly to GMAT, Pearson VUE, PO Box 581907, Minneapolis, MN 55458-1907, USA (1-800-717-GMAT (Americas)) or (http:www.mba.com). The minimum score required for admission is 550. Applicants may write the test more than once. Please check with mbacr@dal.ca for further information. The admissions committee may consider the results of an LSAT, GRE or MCAT test in lieu of the GMAT requirement.

Candidates whose first language is not English may be required to submit proof of English proficiency. A minimum TOEFL score of 100 or IELTS score of 8. See Regulation 3.4 for more details.

The deadlines for applications are:

  • For international students, the deadline is January 15.
  • For Canadian students, applications will be considered until the program is full.

All applications received after the program has been filled will be considered for admission to the following year.

Interim (official) transcripts will be considered for candidates currently attending university, if all other documentation is complete. Since space in the program is limited, all documents must be submitted before May 1 for entry the following June. Applications will be considered for acceptance as long as space is available.

A complete application includes:

  • $100 application fee
  • Faculty of Graduate Studies application forms
  • Two reference letters, (If you graduated five or more years ago and have been working full time during that period, you may supply one professional and one academic letter of reference.)
  • GMAT results (550 or higher)
  • TOEFL results, where applicable (or MELAB, IELTS, CAEL or Cantest)
  • Letter of Financial Guarantee (non-Canadian applicants)
  • Transcripts from each institution attended (two copies - both originals)
  • Personal Essay
  • Your resume (two copies)
  • GPA (grade point average) of 3.0 (B) or greater, last two years
  • Profile Form

All applicants for the Corporate Residency MBA Program must complete the Dalhousie Graduate Application form. Students can apply online at dalgrad.dal.ca/prospectivestudents/admissions/admissioninfo. Alternatively, a paper version of the Application Form can be at dal.ca/admissions/apply/applying_as_a_graduate_student.html. The application must be accompanied by the application fee. All supporting documentation should be sent directly to the Rowe School of Business, Corporate Residency MBA Program.

Reference letters must be originals, sent directly by the referees, or delivered sealed and signed. Only official transcripts received directly from the issuing institution will be accepted. GMAT and TOEFL score reports must be forwarded by the testing service. Based on a successful review of submitted documentation, candidates will be invited to participate in an interview to assess suitability for the program and employability. Admissions decisions will be based on all required documentation and other assessment elements.

All admitted applicants must confirm in writing their acceptance of the offer of admission and provide a non-refundable deposit to the Student Accounts Office. This deposit will be applied toward tuition, but will be forfeited if the student does not register in the academic year for which he or she was admitted. Orientation materials are only sent to students who have paid their deposit.

Academic Standing

Advanced standing is not possible in the CRMBA program.

Program Fees

CRMBA tuition is based on a program fee model. Fees are paid in equal installments four times over the course of the program. This model means that program fees cover the cost of courses (required and elective) and a number of additional programmatic elements including all aspects of the corporate residency process, the leadership and career management curriculum, innovative course elements such as intensives, supplementary course materials (e.g. integrative cases and simulations), pre-program materials and general outreach and consultation with industry to ensure that the program in all of its aspects is industry-relevant and recognized for its innovative approach to MBA education. Please note, the program fee does not include ancillary fees related to health insurance, society fees, bus pass, etc. For more information on ancillary fees please consult the fee schedule at www.moneymatters.dal.ca. International students are required to pay a differential fee. Additional information on differential fees can be found in the Fees section.


The Corporate Residency MBA focuses on preparing students to apply the theory learned in the classroom to the workplace. It is designed around the concepts of applied, experiential and integrated learning.

The experience is an intense one, individually designed and implemented in conjunction with the development needs of the students and the needs of the employer partners.

In total the Corporate Residency MBA requires 13 core courses (39 credit hours), seven elective courses (21 credit hours), and four required non-credit courses. The program has a total of 60 credit hours.

Summer - Year 1

BUSI 5703.03: Business Economics
BUSI 5103.03: Business Accounting
BUSI 5503.03: Quantitative Decision Making
BUSI 6900.03: Corporate Responsibility, Ethics and Society
BUSI 5000.00: Introduction to Personal and Professional Effectiveness (PPE) (non-credit)

Fall - Year 1

BUSI 5201.03: Financial Management
BUSI 5305.03: Managing People
BUSI 5401.03: Marketing Management
BUSI 5512.03: Leveraging Technology
BUSI 5551.03: Operations Management
BUSI 5003.00: Personal and Professional Effectiveness I 

Winter/Spring/Summer - Year 1

BUSI 5801.03: International Business (online)
BUSI 7000.03: Corporate Residency (January - August) 

Fall - Year 2

MGMT 5000.03: Management Without Borders
BUSI 6000.03: Strategy and Competitiveness
BUSI 5004.00: Personal and Professional Effectiveness II
Three graduate level electives

Winter - Year 2

BUSI 6005.03: Strategy Implementation
BUSI 5004.00: Personal and Professional Effectiveness II
Four graduate level electives