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Smith School of Business at Queen’s University


Contact our general manager with any questions. Profile updated: May 23, 2023.

School Data

Annual Tuition: $83,795

Annual Tuition Non-Resident: $105,100

Acceptance Rate: 49%

Full-Time Enrollment: 69

Average GPA: 3

Median GMAT: 660

International: 30%

Minority: 26%

Female: 46%

Male: 54%

Average Age: 28

Application Deadlines: We have a "rolling admission" policy. Applications are considered as they are received. Applying early is encouraged as space and academic scholarships are limited. Applications are reviewed immediately upon receipt of completed files and admission decisions are rendered as soon as reference checks are completed.

The Smith School of Business MBA: What You Need To Know

The Full-Time MBA at Smith School of Business at Queen’s University takes a flexible and personalized approach to help students build the right program for their career goals. With its intimate class size of between 80-90 candidates and January start date, candidates are among the first MBA graduates into the job market.

The program is also a great way to land a job in Canada. Its campus is in the heart of Kingston, Ontario, a small town not far from Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa; roughly 60% of the class each year is Canadian, meaning that the other 40% who come from more than 15 countries in the 2021 class have an instant network in the country and insight into the culture on tap. The network proves advantageous: 95% of the class of 2021 secured a job in Canada.

Their full-time MBA class of 2021 saw 98% of students with an accepted job offer within three months of graduation. That number rose to 99% six months post-graduation, with alumni going on to work for top brands in industries spanning financial services, consulting, consumer goods, technology and more. The average starting total compensation package was also the best in Canada.

One of the MBA’s unique selling points is it has a team-based approach designed to boost “cultural IQ,” with students divided into groups selected by behavioral psychology staff for their diversity. Students are placed on teams for the first sixth months of the program, assembled to maximize diversity of gender, work and academic experience, as well as cultural background – reflecting the reality of today’s work environment.

During the remaining six months of the program, students have the opportunity to build their curriculum, choosing from a variety of electives and specializations. The program also offers five double-degree options and international exchange opportunities at more than 25 of the world’s top international business schools.

Coaching is also a key component of the Smith MBA program, with each student having access to a personal support team that includes an executive, career, team and lifestyle coaches, who are there to help them reach their full academic, professional and personal potential.

After graduation they continue to be invested in their students’ success. Alumni have access to career services, continued learning with discounts on executive education, and an online network of more than 10,000 school alumni, faculty, staff and students.

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Contact Information

Goodes Hall, Queen's University
143 Union Street
Kingston, Ontario Canada K7L 3N6
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An MBA Unlike Any Other

Smith’s holistic approach delivers both the technical expertise and interpersonal skills development that employers require today. That’s the SmithEdge and your competitive advantage.

  • Technical Skills: Knowledge delivered from world-class faculty and industry experts through a number of teaching methods.
  • Power Skills: Graduate equipped with these skills that employers are demanding today: problem-solving, communication skills, working well with others, being a team member, learning how to lead as well as personal capacity skills like coachability, self-reflection, time management, and prioritization.

The GMAC Recruiters survey underscores that this combination of technical capacity and interpersonal skills is most highly valued by employers.

Team-Based Learning

Smith has been a world leader in the advancement of team-based learning, taking the concept of team-based learning to a level of sophistication not found in other programs. While most schools talk about team-based learning, they are often referring to group work – a very different concept. 

For the first six months of the program, candidates in the Full-time MBA program are assigned to a team of six or seven students assembled to maximize the diversity of gender, work and academic experience, and cultural background. By completing core course assignments, projects, and presentations that make up 50% of their grade together, students gain the knowledge and skills to be successful members of a team. Experience that employers are demanding when they’re recruiting.

Best In Class Career Services

Smith’s was the top-ranked Canadian school for career services in the Global MBA Ranking 2021 by Financial Times. Ninety-nine percent of the Full-time class of 2021 secured jobs within six months of graduation, going to work for leading companies including McKinsey & Company, Deloitte, Google, Amazon, P&G, Johnson & Johnson, and Royal Bank of Canada. Fifty percent of job offers among the class were school-facilitated. 

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