School of
Business and Economics

FAQ

Program

What are the entry requirements?

Please see the Admissions page.

I have a background in business. Can I do the accelerated one-year program?

Admission into the accelerated one-year program is determined by the MBA selection committee. During the formal application review, the committee will evaluate each file individually for potential 5000 level course waivers. Decisions about waivers will be noted on your Letter of Admission.

What happens if I don’t meet the language, GPA, etc. requirement?

For applicants who do not meet the academic or English language requirement, as an alternative, they could consider applying to one of our Post-Baccalaureate Diplomas in Business. With careful course planning and completion of certain academic or English courses with specified minimum grades, it may be possible to meet the minimum entrance requirements to be eligible to apply to the accelerated One-Year MBA program (12 months) from a Post-Bacc. program. Please note that this is based on the current admission requirements. When applicants apply to the MBA program, they are subject to the admission requirements at that time.

What is the duration of the MBA?

The MBA program is a two-year program:

  • Year 1: 5000 level (6 courses)
  • Year 2: 6000 level (12 courses — course based completion option).
  • All required program credits need to be completed within 7 years from the date of admission.

What are living options? Can I live on campus? In Kamloops?

For detailed information on housing options please visit: International Students or Domestic Students.

Do you offer any specializations?

Our MBA program is a general MBA and does not offer specializations, however the thesis and project options can be used to explore a topic in depth, if desired.

Where can I get information about jobs on-campus and off-campus (part-time/full-time)?

For support with your job search please visit the Career and Experiential Learning Department.

Is the online program available for study outside of Canada?

Currently, the online program delivered through Open Learning is only available to eligible students residing in Canada.

Fees and tuition

What is the tuition?

For detailed information on tuition and fees visit: International or Domestic and our tuition page.

What is the schedule for tuition payment instalments?

Fees are paid per semester.

What other costs should I expect to pay during the program?

Use our Cost Estimator tool to get a sense of expected costs and visit Tuition and Fee Amounts.

Please note: The cost estimator does not show tuition for the MBA program but can be used as tool for other expected costs. 

Application

How long does it take to hear back about my application?

Applications are typically processed within four to six weeks of receiving all required information. This may take longer during peak application periods.

Is work experience a requirement for the application?

Work experience is beneficial but not required.

What is the fastest way to send in my application?

I have been offered a seat in the program. What’s next?

  1. Confirm your seat offer by paying your tuition deposit.
  2. Pay your tuition fees/deposit as outlined in your Letter of Acceptance.
  3. Inform igrad@tru.ca (international) or gradadmissions@tru.ca (domestic) when you have made the fee payment.
  4. Register for your courses, once you have received a registration package by email from the SoBE Graduate Programs office.
  5. Attend orientation and complete the New Student Checklist.

Once accepted, can admission be deferred?

Students may be eligible to defer their application, however, these are dealt with on a case by case basis. Please contact the graduate admissions department; international or domestic, for information on how to defer.

More information

I am interested in the program – how can I speak to an advisor?

You can email us at mba@tru.ca for the GDBA and MBA programs and eem@tru.ca for the MEEM or MScEEM. You can also book a virtual one-on-one session with one of our advisors.

International specific FAQs

Program

Are there international scholarships available?

At this time, we do not have any MBA entrance awards for international students. However, our Research and Graduate Studies office has some awards and on campus opportunities that are available to eligible domestic and international students. Please visit their website for more information.

We also have opportunities for students entering the second stage of our MBA (6000 level) to apply for positions as Teaching Assistants for the GDBA courses. These opportunities are available every semester.

Can I work during my studies?

As an international student, please consult the Government of Canada website and your visa documents for information about working on and off campus. You can also contact an International Student Advisor at ISA@tru.ca

Can I work in Canada after graduation?

Graduates of our program are eligible to apply for the Post-Graduate Work Permit. Please consult the Government of Canada website for more information. You can also contact an International Student Advisor at ISA@tru.ca

Can I study part-time, or take online courses.

We recommend that all international students in our Graduate programs are enrolled full-time, on campus.

Fees and tuition

What is the deposit required to confirm my seat?

This amount is dependent on the country a student is applying from, you may be required to pay the full-time study fee for one or two semesters to confirm your seat. Please visit the international admissions page for more information.

Application

What are the IELTS or TOEFL requirements to get into the program?

An academic IELTS of at least 7.0 (no bands below 6.5) or a minimum TOEFL score of 587 with a TWE of 5.0 or higher (paper-based test), or 260 with an essay of 5.0 or higher (computer-based test), or minimum score of 94 with no section below 20 (IBT).