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MBA/Specialized Master’s Preparation Program

MBA/Specialized Master’s Preparation Program

Raise your English language skills to graduate business standards

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Improve your intermediate-to-advanced English verbal and reading comprehension skills to prepare you for the Master of Business Administration or specialized 1-year Masters programs at the world-renowned Schulich School of Business.

What is the MBA/Specialized Master’s Preparation Program?

This full-time, eight-week program will prepare you to pursue your Master of Business Administration (MBA) or a specialized 1-year Master’s program at York University’s Schulich School of Business (Canada’s top business school). Guided by our expert instructors, you will achieve reading, writing, listening, and speaking improvements targeted for graduate-level academic and real-world business contexts.

As a graduate of this program, you will be equipped with the English language skills expected of a graduate-level business student. You will be prepared to apply to the MBA program or another Master’s-level program at York University’s Schulich School of Business or to a graduate-level business program at another top-tier university. Successful completion of this program meets the language requirements of most Schulich School of Business programs.

What you will learn

We set you up for success at Canada’s most prestigious business school. To do that, we teach you intensive language lessons delivered through business-related projects. You will learn through both independent projects, as well as team projects including reviewing case studies, conducting research, analyzing economic and financial data and drafting written reports.

You will also have the unique opportunity to participate in networking and interview situations, and deliver a presentation to evaluators from Schulich, helping you improve your business knowledge and confidence. Classes also feature guest speakers from the Canadian business world, ensuring a learning experience with a real-world edge.

Program Benefits

We believe the best way to learn is through real-world practice. That’s why learning outside of the virtual classroom is just as important as in-class learning. You will have access to online social and cultural activities that will help you practice conversational English in a stimulating, fun virtual environment.

Program length: 8 weeks, in two 4-week stages
Online class size: Maximum 18 students

Online class hours per week: 20

  • 4 hours per day, 5 days a week

Start dates (two available in 2021):

  • June 29th to August 21st
  • October 28th to December 19th
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Who should take this program?

This program is for graduate-level students with high intermediate-to-advanced English skills, who are looking to improve their language skills to apply to, and thrive in, Schulich’s MBA or 1-year specialized Master’s programs, or a graduate-level business program at another top-tier university.

Admission Requirements

To apply to this program you will need proof of undergraduate degree completion, and one of the English language proficiency requirements below:

  • IELTS: minimum score 6.5 overall with no more than one component at 6.0
  • TOEFL: minimum score 560 (paper), 220 (computer), or 87 (iBT)
  • Completion of Level AP9 with honours or distinction
  • Graduate Studies Preparation Program (GSPP): successful completion of GSPP Term 1 with a recommendation to the MBA/Specialized Master’s Preparation Program from GSPP instructors

To view all English Language Institute preparation programs, visit our Proficiency Pathway table.

Accredited by Languages Canada

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Online Delivery

Our new online program delivery, with expert instructors and best teaching practices and materials, continues to provide Canada’s most comprehensive graduate school preparation from the comfort of your own home.


You will need a computer with reliable, high-speed internet and a camera and microphone. An e-mail account, internet library access, and textbooks are included in the tuition fee.

Class schedule
  • Four hours of class per day, five days a week.
Extra-curricular and outside of class services

The University Life program provides a range of co-curricular activities including:

  • Conversation Partners
  • Virtual campus activities with other members of the York community
  • Online workshops on university life skills, including topics such as time management skills, applying for admission, and testing strategies
Enrolment changes, cancellations and refunds

Please refer to our Deferral, Transfer, Cancellation and Refund Policy.

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