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Master of Business Administration Program Information

Admission to the MBA program occurs three times each year. Application deadlines are June 15 for a fall start, October 15 for a winter start, and February 15 for a spring start.

Program Structure

The MBA is a 48-credit program divided into two phases:

Phase One consists of an orientation, six core courses and a comprehensive examination (18 credits). This phase provides a solid grounding in general management fundamentals. Upon successful completion, students may apply to receive the Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Management (PBDM).

Phase Two offers two options for completion. Both options begin with four advanced management courses (12 credits), followed by either:

  • three* electives (9 credits), and an applied project (9 credits), or
  • six* electives (18 credits).

All students must take at least one of their electives in the in-residence format, and may choose to take more.

* There are some six credit in-residence electives scheduled from time to time that are equivalent to two, three-credit electives.

The MBA also has a 30-credit admission route, recognizing the academic preparation of students who enter the MBA with an undergraduate degree in business. Students in the Accelerated Admission Route will move directly into a modified Phase Two in which they take two core courses (6 credits) followed by either:

  • five electives (15 credits) and an applied project (9 credits), or
  • eight electives (24 credits).

Course descriptions and schedules

How Courses Work

All online MBA courses are paced, meaning there are scheduled start and end dates, and assignment deadlines within each course. Individual course activities vary, but participation in online discussions and group projects is mandatory and forms part of the grade for every course. The learning environment is asynchronous, meaning students do not have to be online at a prescribed time.

In-residence electives are held in major cities across Canada and in several international locations.

Time Commitment

Average program completion time is 2.5 to three years, but students may have up to a maximum of five years to complete all requirements.  Most students spend about 20 to 25 hours per week on their studies while in the program.

Graduation Requirements

To be awarded the Master of Business Administration degree, students must successfully complete the program as set out at the time of admission into the program, including all core and elective courses, the comprehensive examination, and if selected, the applied project. Students must also complete and submit an Application for Graduation form, and meet all other regulations.

In addition, students must have paid any fees owed to the University and have returned all library resources.

Information effective September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2017.

Updated April 25 2017 by laurab

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