(a)      Minimum Admission Requirements

                 (i)     1. English Proficiency Requirements

It is important that students whose native language is not English have a minimum level of comprehension and facility in speaking English for our English speaking classes. For classes conducted in other languages English will not be a requirement. Even when a student has met the minimum standard for admission by IELTS or other tests, it is incumbent upon the academic unit to assess the student’s comprehension of oral and written English and, if necessary, require remedial work.

Students who are not native English speakers or who have not done their most recent university program in an English-speaking country must provide one of the following as evidence of English language competence:

-       TOEFEL test

-       IELTS test

-       Letter from University where the student studied declaring that the language of study was English

If the student couldn't get any of the above mentioned proofs, alternatively, an oral interview with an IBSS certified examiner can be conducted to assess the level of comprehension and communication with the student in English.


Section 1.02           Entry Requirements

IBSS is committed to a fair admissions process and we accept a wide range of qualifications. The information on this page gives an overview of the general entry requirements for all our programmes. Do note that the following entry requirements are different depending on which IBSS school the program is running in and depending on campus as well.

(a)      General Entry Requirements (BA and BBA)

For local programs some are running in native language and materials will be translated into local languages.


For English programs and international programs:

All full time international students are required to achieve a level of English Language Proficiency equivalent to International English Language Testing System (IELTS) of 5.5 or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOFEL) overall score of 550 or the IBSS/IBSS Certificate of Intensive English or any other equivalent qualifications approved by the Senate of the University before he/she is allowed to graduate.


BA/BBA programs

Finalized high school or equivalent.

(b)      Masters Entry Requirements


Regular Entry

  • A Bachelor’s degree
  • Open entry: Evaluated on a case to case basic.


(c)       Doctorate Entry Requirements


Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

  • A Master’s degree or other qualifications recognized by IBSS


PhD Programmes


  • A Master’s degree or other qualifications recognized by IBSS


Responses to admission request by students:


  1. Positive Decisions by the Board:


As soon as a positive decision is made, an acceptance letter is sent to the student, with a copy to the academic unit, indicating conditions, if any, for admission. The offer of admission is valid for a limited period of time, as specified by the letter.


  1. Conditional Admission


An offer of admission will be conditional until the presentation of the required documentation, when a student is recommended for admission prior to one of the following:

  1. a) The completion required documentation of graduation
  2. b) Proof of English Language proficiency
  3. c) Required transcripts are available


Registration in the program will not be allowed until such documentation is available and provides satisfactory information. Students may study the program and enter all exams but will not be granted the final graduation certificate until all documents have been completed.


  1. Probationary Status

Applicants whose academic qualifications are difficult to assess or whose qualifications  are marginal for admission to a graduate program may be admitted on a probationary status to a program. Applicants in this category may be required to take a certain numbers of preparatory courses to improve their qualifications. In this case they will be required to pay additional fees. The student’s status is reviewed after a specified amount of academic work is completed. If progress is satisfactory the academic unit in which the student is working or the Advisory Committee may recommend to the Registrar that the student proceed in a fully-qualified category.

Students who do not achieve the probationary conditions may withdraw voluntarily or failing this, will be required to discontinue. In certain exceptional situations, the academic unit may extend the probationary period with a new set of conditions, agreed to by the student and by the academic board.


(a)      Admission Deferrals


A student may request, in writing to the academic unit, a deferral of admission for up to one year. This request and written approval from the unit should be submitted to the board. The board will send a letter to the student indicating whether the deferral is possible.


                 (i)     Negative Decisions

Negative decisions will be made either in case the candidate does not fulfill the admission requirements or in case of failure by the candidate to provide accurate and complete information in accordance with the admission policy. An official letter will be sent to the candidate specifying the reasons for the decision.

               (ii)     Steps following admission in the Program

  1. After receiving an acceptance letter from IBSS - an e-mail will be sent to the student from the admission Office with information to help him/her register for the program.

NB: If student has any questions after receiving the e-mail, he/she may also set up an initial advising appointment with a Program Counselor by sending an email to " This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.".

  1. Then, the student will be requested to pay the first installment in the same letter of acceptance and sending an electronic proof of payment by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  2. After payment, two ID's will be issued for the student: A student ID card which is the student's primary ID and it provides access to the student's academic records and other confidential information, and student will be requested to show this ID in all his/her sit-in exams. The second ID is the student's"Net ID", which is the student's username and password for IBSS Learning Portal.
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