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MBA Foundation

We understand that some students do not have the professional or academic qualifications but wish to pursue the MBA program.  Students have the option of completing the four MBA Foundation courses.  In order to qualify for admission to the MBA program, students will need to earn a grade of B or better on each Foundation course.

Key Facts

Program Tuition Fees:

$5,100* (Domestic)
$6,900 (International)
*10% discount applies for Canadian Forces members and veterans


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


On-Campus or Online


International Students at UCW
Our Experienced Faculty

Course Structure

The MBA Foundation includes courses in the following areas:

MBAF 501 – Business & Academic Writing

Students will learn to compose written documents and presentations that will help them succeed in MBA coursework and the workplace. Students will learn to analyze context and audience, to determine purpose and message content, and to integrate effective visual design in order to create written workplace communication that can be received, understood,used and retrieved efficiently, quickly, and accurately.

Coursework will include the research and writing of correspondence, reports, proposals, project plans, social and digital media communications, and technical descriptions as well as the preparation and performance of oral presentations for use in the workplace as well as the classroom.

MBAF 502 – Quantitative Skills for Business

Students beginning MBA studies often require an introduction or re-introduction to basic quantitative skills (e.g. basic algebra, statistics) that are important to core MBA courses like accounting, economics, finance, operations and project management.

Topics include the basic tools and techniques for understanding and utilizing quantitative information for business decision-making.

MBAF 503 – Business Fundamentals

This course examines different forms of business organization along with an overview of the typical business functions of production, marketing, human resource management, accounting and finance.

Students will explore organizational structures; different operational management opportunities; business processes; how businesses are financed; business and risk; corporate responsibilities to shareholders and employees; and business law.

MBAF 504 – Economics from a Business Perspective

This course introduces students to the fundamental economic principles and their application. The first part of the course covers micro-economics topics such as:

  • opportunity costs and gains from trade
  • the elements of supply, demand and elasticity
  • price regulation and taxes
  • consumption, production and costs
  • pricing and market structure
  • government policy in market economy
  • international economics

 The second part addresses macroeconomics issues that include:

  • economic growth, savings, investment and financial systems
  • money, banking and prices
  • macroeconomic fluctuations and stabilization

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university with a cumulative GPA between C+ (2.33) and B- (2.99) 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 have a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 out of 4.33 scale (or equivalent) or better but do not have the required test score, professional designation or business/management background may be admitted to the MBA Foundation courses.

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 as specified in the English Proficiency section of this website.

The Admission Committee may require proof of English language proficiency from applicants who attended English language-based education systems if the Committee sees deficiencies in language proficiency when the application package is reviewed.

English language test scores are valid for admission purposes for a maximum of 2 years from the date of the test.

University Access Program

Tuition Fees

Tuition Fee Per Course $1,275 $1,725
Total Courses in the Program 4 4
Total Tuition Fees $5,100* $6,900

*10% off for Canadian Forces members and veterans

Awards & Scholarships

Key Facts

Program Tuition Fees:

$5,100* (Domestic)
$6,900 (International)
*10% discount applies for Canadian Forces members and veterans


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


On-Campus or Online