Is a 3 year bachelor degree accepted in Canada?

I am doing Bsc. LIfe Science from Ramjas College and it is a three-year degree. I want to pursue MBA from international b-schools. But most of the reputed b schools say about 4-year degree? Will 3 year degree will not be accepted for Canadian b school? So should I try to do a 1-year diploma in management studies now and side by side do a job as well, so that a 4-year degree and work-ex get covered? I want to do MBA from Canadian B schools and finally, want to settle down there only?

Asked by Mansi Wadhera over 2 years ago

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ananya singh

ananya singh

Undergrad student

Hello Mansi. Hope everything’s going well!


From what I know, many B-schools accept 3-year degrees as well. If you wish to do a 1-year diploma along with a job, you can definitely do that but it is not an absolute necessity. You can directly go ahead and apply to universities that invite applicants after a 3-year bachelor’s if you want. There is no right or wrong here, it's just about your preference and what you feel is right for you.

Do you want to know about the universities which accept 3-year degrees? Why don’t you get in touch with experts at  https://bit.ly/3zzeq0o and they can guide you for all the best suitable b-schools based on your profile. 

So was this helpful? Hit me up if you have any questions regarding 1-year diploma or MBA colleges and I’ll try to give you as much information as possible. 


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Nipun Mahajan

Nipun Mahajan

Corporate Finance Analyst at INVESTEC CAPITAL SERVICES (INDIA) PRIVATE LIMITED

Yes, it is. This  has been a concern for many years whether a 3 year degree is accepted in Canada or not? A lot of areas in India are affiliated with 3 year bachelor degrees. On the contrary, Canadian universities generally follow a 4 year undergraduate system. Therefore many students get to concede on if  a 3 year degree is accepted there.

I won’t say that a 3 year degree is just like a standard 4 year degree. Because a longer period of education will be preferred in abroad countries like Canada. The reason is because they also have the same thing there. But it doesn’t mean that if you have done  a bachelor with a 3 year degree, you can’t apply to Canadian universities. You are most definitely eligible to apply for a masters degree in Canada.

Usually there are students from engineering and other technical backgrounds that have 4 year bachelor degrees. They are preferred by the foreign universities not just because of the degree duration but also because they have an academic qualification. But keep in mind that this happens in the relevant course only. It's not like an engineering undergrad will be given priority for a fashion design masters.

Most of the Canada-based universities accept 3 year long bachelor degrees. But in any case, I would recommend contacting the universities just to get an idea upfront. I mean just because someone says something, it doesn’t mean you don't have to reconfirm it. Before applying check the university page or you can even email them regarding your queries.


If you have a Canadian  university name in mind just ask me. I can tell you whether it accepts a 3 year degree or not. You can either look for the official source or you can ask me anytime.


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