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Learning Goals and Curriculum

Curriculum

Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (GDBA)
BUSN 5010/BUSN 5011-3 Managerial Statistics
BUSN 5020/BUSN 5021-3 Financial Accounting
BUSN 5030/BUSN 5031-3 Management Accounting
BUSN 5040/BUSN 5041-3 Global Economics
BUSN 5050/BUSN 5051-3 Marketing Management
BUSN 5060/BUSN 5061-3 Human Resource Management
Please note: course numbers ending "1" are online courses.

Graduation requirements

Students who successfully complete each course in the program or who are exempted will be awarded a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration, subject to the program residency requirement of three courses. The minimum passing grade in each course will be a grade of B-. Students must maintain an overall program GPA of 3.00 in order to graduate.

Waiver policy

Students may be waived from specific MBA Foundation courses if the MBA Committee determines they have adequate recent undergraduate or graduate course work in the area from an acceptable institution. All students must receive a grade of B (GPA 3.00) or higher in the corresponding undergraduate or graduate course(s) to be waived.

The MBA Committee will review the educational history of all applications and determine which, if any, course waivers will be granted.

The program consists of eight core courses plus your choice of completion options: course-based, graduate project or graduate thesis.

MBA core courses
BUSN 6010/BUSN 6011-3 Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
BUSN 6020/BUSN 6021-3 Corporate Finance
BUSN 6030/BUSN 6031-3 International Business
BUSN 6040/BUSN 6041-3 Leadership and Organizational Development
BUSN 6050/BUSN 6051-3 Supply Chain Management
BUSN 6060/BUSN 6061-3 Strategic Management Information Systems
BUSN 6070/BUSN 6071-3 Project Management and Consulting Methods
BUSN 6080/BUSN 6081-3 Strategic Management
Please note: course numbers ending in "1" are online courses.

Completion options

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

Course-based option

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. The courses consist of:

BUSN 6150/BUSN 6151-3 Advanced Marketing Management
BUSN 6210/BUSN 6211-3 Advanced Corporate Finance
BUSN 6250/BUSN 6251-3 Decision Analysis and Modelling
BUSN 6310/BUSN 6311-3 Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Please note: course numbers ending in "1" are online courses.
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 desiring to be admitted into the project option must receive approval to enrol in the following courses:

BUSN 6950/BUSN 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 desiring to be admitted into the thesis option must receive approval to enrol in the following courses:

BUSN 6950/BUSN 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, Innovation 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 supervisors - Graduate Studies has a listing of approved supervisors.
  • Project and thesis options may take longer than 12 months as needed for successful completion.

Graduation requirements

Students who successfully complete each course will be awarded an MBA. The minimum passing grade in each course will be a grade of B-. Students must maintain an overall program GPA of 3.00 in order to graduate.

Students receive transfer credits for MBA courses if the MBA Committee determines they have adequate graduate course work in the area from an acceptable institution, subject to residency requirements. Students must receive a grade of B (GPA 3.00) or higher in the corresponding graduate course(s).


Goals

The MBA learning goals specify the intellectual and behavioural competencies that graduates should possess and that provide a foundation for their future professional and personal development and success. Learning goals are general statements, so a number of measurable learning objectives are also established for each goal.

Goal 1: Communication Skills – MBA students are able to:

Learning Objective 1a: Prepare professional quality business documents.

Learning Objective 1b: Deliver a professional quality business presentation.

Goal 2: Strategic Decision-Making Abilities – MBA students are able to:

Learning Objective 2a: Make effective strategic decisions in an uncertain environment displaying well-developed analytical and critical thinking and qualitative and quantitative research skills.

Learning Objective 2b: Make effective strategic decisions that incorporate a comprehensive knowledge of the corporate and entrepreneurial environment and different business disciplines, theories and practices.

Goal 3: Leadership and Interpersonal Skills – MBA students are able to:

Learning Objective 3a: Demonstrate effective leadership and interpersonal skills in a team environment.

Learning Objective 3b: Recommend actions that improve organizational effectiveness.

Goal 4: Ethical, Sustainable, and Socially Responsible Behaviour – MBA students are able to:

Learning Objective 4a: Identify and analyze ethical aspects of management problems.

Learning Objective 4b: Recommend how an organization can operate in an economically, socially and environmental sustainable manner.

Goal 5: Global Perspective – MBA students are able to:

Learning Objective 5a: Conduct an analysis of the political, economic, social, technological, legal, and environmental factors relevant to strategic decision-making for a global organization.

Learning Objective 5b: Evaluate and develop recommendations regarding a corporate business strategy for an international market.


To ensure these goals are being met, the School has established an assurance of learning process governed by the MBA Committee where student performance in relation to each objective is measured using two types of assessment. Direct assessment takes the form of course-embedded methods where class assignments such as case studies or consulting projects are evaluated with standardized grading rubrics. Standalone testing or performance outside of class is also used which usually involves internally prepared tests or ones purchased from independent testing services.

Indirect assessment measures such as advice from employer, alumni and student advisory groups; graduate employment statistics; or success rates on professional exams also provide valuable feedback.

The results of direct and indirect assessment are used to identify the strengths and weakness of the program. Based on the results, improvements are made to the degree structure, curriculum and the different curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular activities that make up the total student experience. Student performance is measured against each objective at least twice every five years with the goal of “closing the loop” on any problems identified and demonstrating the School’s commitment to continuous improvement.

On a periodic basis, learning goals and objectives are revised to measure other areas of student performance but only after extensive consultation with faculty, students and other stakeholders. Assessment techniques are also adjusted based on current research and experience to better evaluate student success.