Master's Admissions Committee

  • Mandate

    The primary mandate of the Master’s Admissions Committee is to review files of applicants to Masters Programs (except for EMBA applicants) who do not meet standard Schulich admission requirements and to decide whether to admit, admit on probation, or reject the applications.

    The Committee reviews the files of candidates who, while not meeting all Schulich admission requirements, have filed a petition appealing a rejection, are weak in one area (e.g., low GMAT or low academic GPA) but excel in other areas or are non-degree applicants with exceptional managerial experience (8+ years). Members of the Committee deliberate on whether there are sufficient merits in some areas to overcome the deficiencies in others. It also considers extenuating circumstances (e.g., health or family issues) that may explain certain aspects of the file such as a short-term deterioration in academic performance. For each file, a vote is taken as to whether to admit, admit on probation, or reject the application.



    Voting members’ responsibilities for committee participation normally begin in September and run through to the last Faculty Council of the following year.


    • Elected by Faculty Council

    Elected Voting Members

    • 9 faculty members including the Chair

    Ex Officio Voting Members

    • Executive Director of Student Services and International Relations or Assistant Dean, Students, and
    • President of the Graduate Business Council (GBC) or representative who must also be a member of GBC

    Nonvoting members

    • Director of Admissions and Recruitment
    • Assistant Director of Admissions


    Other Information

    Quorum:  2 Faculty members and 1 Student representative

    Meeting Schedule/Typical Frequency of Meetings:  Once a month throughout the year, as required; additional meetings may be added as necessary.

    Decision-Making:  In general, the Committee seeks consensus in the development of its recommendations. When this is not feasible or when a formal vote is required by school or university policy, motions are carried on the basis of a majority of the Committee’s voting members present.


    Updated: FC, May 20, 2015


    Chair:    Prof. Kiridaran Kanagaretnam

    Support:  TBD