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MBA On-Campus

Based in Vancouver, Canada, this Master of Business Administration (MBA) program from UCW will prepare you for leadership on the global stage. You will take the most challenging situations in your stride, apply pragmatic solutions to problems you encounter, and ultimately drive the success of an organization with your informed decision-making.

Graduates of the MBA program will be able to: 

  • respond strategically to business challenges and opportunities.
  • assess ethical implications of business activities.
  • develop, implement and evaluate solutions to business problems.
  • formulate business decisions and systematic analysis that reflects critical thinking.
  • demonstrate effective skills to collaborate with diverse groups of people.
  • lead teams through the resolution of problems and successful completion of projects and tasks.
  • integrate personal values and perspectives into problem solving and take responsibility for decisions.
  • communicate ideas persuasively (written and oral) as a result of thorough analysis of information.
  • gather, analyze and synthesize information for a business context.

Class profile

UCW brings together students from all over the world which leads to an enhanced learning environment, as students not only learn from program leaders but from each other, too. Students present different insights into topics, depending on their culture and background.

Learning methods

Our MBA program is delivered by a team of dedicated and highly knowledgeable professors with many years of industry experience. You will learn through a combination of the following methods:

  • Lectures and class discussions
  • Studying academic literature
  • Looking closely at case studies
  • Listening to fellow classmates’ experiences

Key Facts

Full-time Tuition Fees (Domestic):

$14,040 (Year 1)
$10,920 (Year 2)

Full-time Tuition Fees (International):

$19,440 (Year 1)
$15,120 (Year 2)

Program Tuition Fees:

$24,960* (Domestic)
$34,560 (International)
*10% discount applies for Canadian Forces members and veterans

Intakes:

Fall (October), Winter (January), Spring (April), Summer (July)

Delivery:

On-Campus
Also Available Online

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Course Structure

The program is split into four tiers that will progressively develop your skillset, until you are able to handle the most complex problems. Team activities are an intrinsic part of the MBA, reflecting the need for team skills in modern business and providing a collegial learning environment.   The program ends with a major research project designed to showcase your newly learned skills in a real-world setting.

Preparatory

SOAR 098 (0) - Student Orientation and Academic Readiness

Through this orientation students come to understand their academic expectations, requirements, and rights and responsibilities at University Canada West. Students will learn how to access the university services and systems that they need to be successful in their studies. Orientation includes practices of information literacy, academic integrity, critical thinking, and academic writing. All students will be assessed for academic writing proficiency. 

Tier 1: Analytical Foundations

The Tier 1 courses are your entry to the MBA program. They establish the basic university skills of research and writing while providing you with a theoretical and practical basis for what follows in the program.

BUSI 601 - Business Environment, Ethics & Strategy

This course explores the context of strategic analysis and business decision-making, including the impact of social, technical, economic, environmental, and political factors on organizational success; and the tactics that companies use to respond to those factors. The ethical framework of decision-making in relation to global stakeholders anchors this exploration. Best business practices worldwide will be examined. 

MGMT 601 - Leadership in the Global Context

This course incorporates elements of leadership and strategic implementation at all levels within an organization. Students will learn about leadership theories and consider best practices that may differentiate highly successful leaders from others. They will be engaged in identifying their leadership styles and potential, with a view to enhancing their ability to lead teams. Strategic planning and leadership skills will be developed through the knowledge and application of strategic management tools and processes. Students will be challenged to adopt new leadership thinking, skills and strategies. 

ORGB 601 - Human Interfaces

Understanding the human dynamics in an organizational context, including individual, groups and organization-wide interactions, is critical to productivity and performance in the work place. Students will analyze sources of tension and conflict within organizations and learn about strategies to harness positive energy and productivity.

RSCH 600 - Research Methodologies & Inquiry

The course will focus on the basic research methods (quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods) and the development of the skills that will be required to write effective research papers throughout their MBA program. Topics include understanding the ethical considerations of doing research, developing and refining research topics, crafting a problem statement, and formulating research questions and hypotheses. Students will evaluate and critique the quality of published literature by employing critical thinking skills, writing summaries for individual entries in a literature review, and/or writing comprehensive summaries of articles for a literature review. Students will also practice writing the various sections of a research paper such as the abstract, introduction and theoretical background, problem statements, etc. 

MBAP 619 - Tier One Competency Assessment

The Competency Assessment is designed to ensure that students have accomplished a skill level in their first tier of courses to enable them to successfully complete the rest of the program. Students should have come to a reasonable acquisition of core competencies and knowledge across the Tier 1 courses and begun the process of developing advanced competencies as required of MBA graduates. Students must achieve a “B” average in all the Tier 1 courses and successfully pass the Tier 1 Competency Assessment in order to continue in the program. The Tier 1 Competency Assessment is a comprehensive case study examination that evaluates the application of knowledge and key skills that are developed across the Tier 1 program and not otherwise formally assessed. 

Tier 2: Management Principles and Practices

The Tier 2 courses begin to explore the functional areas of organizational operations. These courses expect a more advanced level of study than do the Tier 1.

ACCT 621 - Managerial Accounting

This course investigates the use of accounting information in the decisions made by management during the process of planning and controlling. Includes: systems that measure the cost and profitability of products and services, implications of change in investment, cost reduction strategies, and financial reporting guidelines, both formal and informal requirements, and their effect on managerial judgment. In particular, the focus will be on internal control mechanisms. This will include the implication of changes in accounting policy on investing, operating and financing choices. 

FNCE 623 - Financial Management

This course looks at the impact of financial decisions internal to, and external to the organization. It will introduce the topic of financial markets, and how financial information is related to the success of the firm, especially regarding the ability to raise capital. Included will be a discussion of the different instruments and institutions used during the process. Some strategies for evaluating and minimizing risk will be presented. Underlying much of the analysis will be the concept of the time value theory of money. The role and expectation of shareholders will be presented. Ultimately, it will become clear that most decisions within an organization have important financial implications, explicit or otherwise. These should be well understood and managed. 

HRMT 621 - Human Resource Management in the Global Environment

This course will explore how to develop strategies, policies, procedures, systems, and structures, to manage human resources in a global business and multi-cultural context. Students completing the course will be fluent in the issues facing businesses in these environment, critically examine the key HR tools to be successful and define a set of business “best practices” to support and advise managers and leaders to be successful in these environments. 

MRKT 621 - Marketing Management

Marketing principles that will help students implement a marketing strategy for an organization. Included are: the marketing environment, segmentation, positioning, consumer behaviour, customer care, marketing research, branding, pricing, distribution and innovation. Emphasis is placed on an analysis of changes in the marketplace that affect an organization’s future.

OPMT 620 - Operations Management

Operations management seeks to implement and monitor processes to help assure that quality products and services are delivered in a timely and cost effective way to customers. Included in the course are computer and decision support systems using Production and Operations Management software. Statistical methods and cutting edge concepts are discussed as part of comprehensive management practices. 

Tier 3: Business Applications

The Tier 3 courses will give you the depth of knowledge necessary to make you a qualified practitioner in the field.

BUSI 640 - Consulting Practice

This course is designed to develop skills regarding relationships with internal and external clients. Topics Include: contracts, requests for proposals, client attachment, role expectations, intervention models, process consultation, organizational learning, detachment, and related concepts. This is a foundation course for the Research/Consulting Project. 

MGMT 640 - Project Management

Increasingly, organizations are using project teams as a core process of operation. This is the result of a growing internal and external complexity. Examines the need for more and deeper involvement of teams in the operation of organizations, and the requirement to understand how teams operate and different forms of related structures and reward systems. This course investigates the role of project teams and their management. 

MGMT 643 - Change Management

This course will investigate intervention theory surrounding the dynamics of change. Included will be methods of aligning organizational structures with strategy within environmental vagaries. Change agent models will be discussed and data collection, content analysis and feedback mechanisms will be outlined to assist the organization achieve risk reduction through harnessing creative, proactive response.  

Tier 3 MBA students are also required to take ONE elective from the Tier 3 elective pool.

Tier 4: Integration and Implementation

Tier 4 courses are the final step in your program. They provide the opportunity to integrate and polish your knowledge. It includes a major consulting or primary research project that demonstrates your ability in a field of your interest.

MGMT 660 - Leadership and Decision Making

Four core competencies support successful leaders: the ability to communicate vision and strategy in simple, direct and relevant language; living and refining a coherent philosophy of leadership; being critically reflective and aware of how individual biographies shape our behaviours and relationships; and constant experimenting with creative and innovate ways of decision-making and problem-solving. In this capstone course, students will engage in action-learning experiences where they will draw upon their learning from the MBA program and develop their leadership capabilities through a series of weekly exercises, a paper-based and/or computer-based business simulation and targeted case studies. 

MBAR 660 - Research in Preparation for MBAR 661

This is a prerequisite for MBAR 661. At the end of the course, students will have successfully completed an approved proposal for the Consulting/Research project and be ready to submit a proposal for research ethics review, if required.

Students often face three core challenges when engaging in research. These include the ability to:

  • Clearly and concisely define a research problem or hypothesis;
  • Define a coherent argument for the methodology most appropriate to gain access to the research data required for the study; and
  • Validate the proposed methodology within the constraints of the research environment.

The topics covered in this course include data collection procedures, data analysis and interpretation and presentation of outputs. Students will learn about database creation and manipulation, descriptive statistics, charts and graphs, hypothesis testing, correlation and regression analyses and interpretation. A number of research examples will be used to illustrate how students can design and implement an effective research project using valid and reliable research methodologies.

The course also aims to acquaint students with the use of Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS). There are no extensions for this course. This course is immediately followed by MBAR 661.

MBAR 661 - Consulting/Research Project

The Consulting/Research Project, the final stage in the MBA degree, is completed independently under the direction of an assigned academic supervisor. Students will be assessed on the quality of the final paper and their ability to conduct practical research (typically field research) and to analyze the results and implications of this research. The project will be important not only to advance and apply what you have learned in the MBA program, but also for the value it delivers to the sponsor organization, whether that is the student’s own workplace or another organization. Students will be required to do an oral presentation of their Consulting/Research papers to invited members of the university community. MBAR 661 must be completed within 2 consecutive academic terms. There are no extensions for this course. 

MGMT 661: Strategic Management

Strategic management focuses on the strategy formulation and actions taken by top management utilizing the organization's resources synergistically to improve performance of internal and external environments. The course serves as an opportunity to develop skills for strategic thinking and analysis, leadership, communication, teamwork, and cross-functional integration. Students learn about corporate and business planning as well as the implementation of organizational change through structures, systems, and people. The approach adopted includes lectures, case analyses, and action learning through group efforts.

Entry Requirements

A Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university, with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 out of 4.33 scale (or equivalent) or better and

Have one of the following:

  • Acceptable score on a Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) that has been written in the last five years.
  • An appropriate Canadian professional designation or equivalent international designation (e.g. CPA, CA, CGA, CMA, CHRP or P.Eng).
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (BBA) or Commerce (BComm) or equivalent.
  • A minimum of two (2) years documented professional or management experience.

Applicants who do not hold all of the above academic and professional requirements may also qualify for entry to the MBA Program after completing the MBA Foundation program.

English Proficiency

English is the language of instruction at University Canada West. If your first language is not English, you must submit proof of English Proficiency such as an IELTS score of 6.5 or better with a minimum of 6.0 in the writing band, or equivalent. More information is available in the English Proficiency section of this website.

You can complete the English pathway courses (University Access Program) in order to meet the English proficiency requirements of the MBA/MBA Foundation program.

MBA Foundation University Access Program Full Entry Requirements

Tuition Fees

 DomesticInternational
Tuition Fee Per Course $1,560 $2,160
Total Courses in the Program 16 16
Total Tuition Fees $24,960* $34,560
Full-time Tuition Fees:

$14,040 (Year 1)
$10,920 (Year 2)

$19,440 (Year 1)
$15,120 (Year 2)

* 10% discount for Canadian Forces members and veteran

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Key Facts

Full-time Tuition Fees (Domestic):

$14,040 (Year 1)
$10,920 (Year 2)

Full-time Tuition Fees (International):

$19,440 (Year 1)
$15,120 (Year 2)

Program Tuition Fees:

$24,960* (Domestic)
$34,560 (International)
*10% discount applies for Canadian Forces members and veterans

Intakes:

Fall (October), Winter (January), Spring (April), Summer (July)

Delivery:

On-Campus
Also Available Online

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