Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Future Canadian Students

TRU offers students one of the most flexible MBA programs in Canada. You can pursue your degree on-campus, online, or study through a combination of on-campus and online courses on a full-time or part-time basis. Regardless of your method of study, you receive a rigorous academic experience combined with high quality interactions with faculty, fellow students and industry professionals.

Choices include a two-year program; an accelerated one-year program; part-time, online and blended study; and a graduate diploma in business administration.

Two-Year Program

Year 1 Graduate Diploma in Business Administration - two semesters

The purpose of the GDBA is to ensure all students, regardless of their educational backgrounds, have the business knowledge and skills to successfully apply the economic sustainable management principles learned. Students must complete the six courses in the GDBA to be admitted to the masters degree, but may receive a course waiver for some or all of the GDBA courses based on their previous academic record. Applicants with a four-year business degree from an acceptable institution may be eligible to proceed directly to the masters degree.

CourseDescription
BUSN 5010/5011 Managerial Statistics
BUSN 5020/5021 Financial Accounting
BUSN 5030/5031 Management Accounting
BUSN 5040/5041 Global Economics
BUSN 5050/5051 Marketing Management
BUSN 5060/5061 Human Resource Management
Please note: course numbers ending in "1" are online courses.

Students who successfully complete each GDBA course with an overall GPA of  B (3.0) or better can apply to be awarded a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration.

Year Two - MBA - three semesters
MBA core courses
BUSN 6010/6011-3 Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility Course outline
BUSN 6020/6021-3 Corporate Finance Course outline
BUSN 6030/6031-3 International Business Course outline
BUSN 6040/6041-3 Leadership and Organizational Development Course outline
BUSN 6050/6051-3 Supply Chain Management Course outline
BUSN 6060/6061-3 Strategic Management Information Systems Course outline
BUSN 6070/6071-3 Project Management and Consulting Methods Course outline
BUSN 6080/6081-3 Strategic Management Course outline
Please note: course numbers ending in "1" are online courses.
MBA completion options — choose one
  • Course-based option
    • Advanced marketing management
    • Advanced corporate finance
    • Decision analysis and modelling
    • Innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Graduate project option *
    • Research methods, preparation and presentation
    • Graduate project
  • Graduate thesis option *
    • Research methods, preparation and presentation
    • Graduate thesis

*Once in the MBA program, students can apply for thesis or project opiton of completion.  Students are required to find their own supervisor - Graduate Studies has a listing of approved supervisors.


Accelerated One-Year Program

Applicants who hold a recent, acceptable undergraduate degree in business or commerce may qualify for admission directly into the second year of the MBA program. To qualify for the accelerated option, specific undergraduate pre-requisite courses must have been recently completed with a minimum B grade in each course. Please note that graduates of three-year degrees in business or commerce will not generally qualify to be accepted to the accelerated option.

Pre-requisite courses list
ECON 1900 Principles of Microeconomics Course Outline
ECON 1950 Principles of Macroeconomics Course Outline
ACCT 2210 Financial Accounting Course Outline
ACCT 2250 Management Accounting Course Outline
ECON 2320 Economics and Business Statistics 1 Course Outline
ECON 2330 Economics and Business Statistics 2 Course Outline
MKTG 2430 Introduction to Marketing Course Outline
ORGB 2810 Organizational Behaviour Course Outline
HRMN 2820 Introduction to Human Resource Management Course Outline

* Equivalent courses taken at other approved educational institutions may be substituted. To receive a waiver, an official course outline (not just a course description) must be submitted for review unless a pre-approved equivalency has been established.


Part-Time, Online and Blended Study

In the online MBA courses, you study the same rigorous curriculum as the on-campus courses and often have the same instructors but you aren't tied down with set class times. TRU's online MBA courses are paced, meaning you have set start and finish dates and fixed assignment deadlines as you would in the on-campus courses.

The TRU MBA program also gives you the flexibility to combine on-campus and online MBA courses to fit your needs. Because all TRU MBA students study the same courses and the same curriculum, you can choose to blend online and on-campus courses to customize your MBA experience.

Part-time study options are available for both the online and on-campus learners. Part-time students are able to select an individualized course load each semester and must complete the MBA program within five years of the start of the program.