M.B.A. Transfer Students

Students with prior educational experience but did not complete a MBA may transfer into our graduate program. Review the options below and proceed to MBA application checklist and timeline to complete your application.

Option 1: Students with previous graduate coursework in business – the “1 + 1” program

International applicants who have completed the equivalent of one (1) year of graduate level studies in business administration may apply for admission into the Mount’s M.B.A. program with advanced standing. Under this option, international students may be awarded up to 24 transfer credits, and may be able to earn the M.B.A. degree in one (1) year of full-time study.

To qualify for transfer, previous coursework must satisfy the following criteria:

(a) Courses submitted for transfer are considered graduate level courses at the foreign institution where they were taken and are normally taken as part of a master’s degree program.

(b) Courses submitted for transfer must have been completed with an acceptable record of academic performance. Generally, this means that the grade in each course submitted for transfer must be equivalent to the Mount’s grade of B.

(c) For a course previously taken at a foreign institution to be transferred into the Mount’s M.B.A. program, it must be the equivalent to one of the following survey courses, typically taken at the College of Mount Saint Vincent by M.B.A. students in their first year of study:

  • Managerial Accounting
  • Financial Management
  • Managerial Economics
  • Data [Statistical] Analysis and Modeling for Managers
  • Marketing Concepts and Strategies
  • Managing Information Technologies and Innovation
  • Management and Organizational Theory
  • Professional and Business Communication

Students who are granted transfer credit for all eight (8) of the courses listed above will be able to complete the requirements for the M.B.A. degree at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in one year (3 terms over 12 months) of full-time study.

Option 2: Students with significant undergraduate coursework in business administration – the “4 + 1” program for students with bachelor’s degrees

International students who have earned a bachelor’s degree and have completed significant undergraduate coursework in business may apply to the Mount’s M.B.A. program, requesting waivers for courses in the M.B.A. Core (Level 1). Substitutions are not required for waived coursework. Therefore, the number of credits required for completion of the M.B.A. degree can be significantly reduced under this option.

Waivers of M.B.A. core (survey) courses are granted on a 6 credit (undergraduate) to 3 credit (graduate) equivalency basis.

To qualify for consideration toward a waiver, those undergraduate courses previously taken by International students must satisfy the following criteria:

(a) Courses submitted for transfer are considered undergraduate level courses at the foreign institution where they were taken and are normally taken as part of a bachelor’s degree program.

(b) Courses must have been completed with an acceptable record of academic performance. Generally, this means that the grade in each course submitted must be equivalent to the CMSV grade of “B” or better (≥ 85th percentile).

(c) The content of the course cumulatively must be the equivalent to one of the following survey courses, typically taken at the Mount by M.B.A. students in their first year of study:

  • Managerial Accounting
  • Financial Management
  • Managerial Economics
  • Data [Statistical] Analysis and Modeling for Managers
  • Marketing Concepts and Strategies
  • Managing Information Technologies and Innovation
  • Management and Organizational Theory
  • Professional and Business Communication

The Office of the Dean of the School of Professional and Graduate Studies at the College of Mount Saint Vincent will determine which undergraduate courses from individual foreign universities qualify for waivers of core M.B.A. courses.

Students who are granted waivers for all eight (8) of the courses listed above will be able to complete the requirements for the M.B.A. degree at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in one year (3 terms over 12 months) of full-time study.