School of
Business and Economics

Program Structure

Two-year program

The TRU MBA program consists of 5000-level and 6000-level courses. Students complete all core courses and then choose an additional four electives to complete the course-based option of program completion or apply to complete the program by project or thesis.

Students may receive course waivers for 5000-level courses if the degree committee determines they have recent equivalent undergraduate or graduate course work in the area from an acceptable institution.

5000-level core courses
BUSN 5010/5011-3 Managerial Statistics
BUSN 5020/5021-3 Financial Accounting
BUSN 5030/5031-3 Management Accounting
BUSN 5040/5041-3 Economics for Managers/Global Economics
BUSN 5050/5051-3 Marketing Management
BUSN 5060/5061-3 Human Resource Management

Note: course numbers ending in "1" are online courses.

Students who successfully complete each 5000-level course with an overall GPA of B (3.0) or better can apply to be awarded a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration.

6000-level core courses
BUSN 6010/6011-3 Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
BUSN 6020/6021-3 Corporate Finance
BUSN 6030/6031-3 International Business
BUSN 6040/6041-3 Leadership and Organizational Development
BUSN 6050/6051-3 Supply Chain Management
BUSN 6070/6071-3 Project Management and Consulting Methods
BUSN 6080/6081-3 Strategic Management
BUSN 6250/6251-3 Decision Analysis and Modelling

Note: course numbers ending in "1" are online courses.

Completion options

In addition to the 14 core courses in the MBA, all students must select one of three completion options for their MBA.

Course-based option (select only four)

The course-based option provides students the opportunity to study four additional advanced management courses to complete their MBA program, providing them with a broader knowledge base.

BUSN 6060/6061-3 Strategic Management Information Systems
BUSN 6150/6151-3 Advanced Marketing Management
BUSN 6210/6211-3 Advanced Corporate Finance
BUSN 6310/6311-3 Innovation and Entrepreneurship
BUSN 6950/6951-3 Research Methods, Preparation and Presentation (requires approval)
BUSN 6910-3 Selected Topics in Business Administration (on-campus delivery)

Graduate project option

The graduate project option provides MBA students the opportunity to address an applied management issue or problem. This option provides situational experience and allows the student to focus in a specific area of management of relevance to their interests, future goals, or organization. Students pursuing the project option must receive approval to enroll in the following courses:

BUSN 6950/6951-3 Research Methods, Preparation and Presentation
BUSN 6970-9 Graduate Project

Graduate thesis option

The graduate thesis option provides MBA students the opportunity to prepare and defend a thesis, further developing critical thinking skills as well as academic research skills. Increasingly, doctoral programs in business require applicants to have a strong research background at the masters level. Students contemplating a doctorate are advised to pursue the thesis option. Students pursuing the thesis option must receive approval to enroll in the following courses:

BUSN 6950/6951-3 Research Methods, Preparation and Presentation
BUSN 6960-12 Graduate Thesis

Please note:

  • Graduate projects and theses are subject to the policies and practices of the Research and Graduate Studies Office. Once in the MBA program students can apply for the project or thesis option of completion.
  • Students must find their own supervisor
  • Project and thesis options may take longer than 12 months as needed for successful completion.