Curriculum

Deepen your business knowledge

The Executive MBA curriculum builds a complete, 360-degree understanding of the inter-relationships of all functions within an organization. It places special emphasis on leadership, strategic analysis and change management—all from a global perspective.

The first five semesters follow a logical progression, allowing you to build your skills and apply them as you learn. In the final summer semester, you bring everything together in an applied project.

Year One

In the first three terms, the program focuses on enhancing your managerial skills, building on your existing work experience. You will become equipped to develop effective analyses based on business process and implementation in the various functional areas.

Fall

Orientation Weekend

Start your executive MBA experience with a three-day intensive orientation weekend in Whistler in early September. This team-building opportunity introduces faculty, staff and students and provides an overview of business case analysis.

Leadership

Explore the management of relationships and how to work effectively in teams. Learn how leadership can impact an organization in the face of competition, power, controversy and conflict.

Financial Statement Analysis

Inform your decision-making by learning how the various forms of financial information that companies publish in financial statements, such as annual reports and prospectuses, are related, and how to extract useful information about a company from them.

Operational Finance

Make better managerial decisions by gaining a thorough understanding of the basics of finance and the application of financial frameworks.

Ethics

Examine the relevance and importance of the highly topical subject of business ethics, with attention devoted to corporate social responsibility, professional ethics and reputational capital.

Spring

Economics

Learn how to facilitate decision-making in the presence of risk, uncertainty and missing information by applying economic concepts to analyze supply and demand, costs and productivity, and industries.

Marketing Management

Apply the fundamentals of marketing management including understanding the fundamentals of competitive rationality, why competitive advantage needs to be managed as a process, and the creation and valuation of customer equity.

Corporate Finance

Understand the basics of Corporate Finance, its principles and importance in capital structure issues. Corporate Finance issues are mostly the subject of senior management or even board decisions, requiring strategic understanding of the bigger picture including: capital budgeting, cost of capital, valuation, LBO structure, dividend policy and IPO.

Organizational Theory

Apply contemporary organizational theory to the managerial challenges of entrepreneurial, corporate, public sector, and not-for-profit organizations in the areas of organizational structure and change, adapting the organizations to their changing environment, and articulating alternate plans for organizational survival (and where possible, growth).

Summer

Managerial Accounting

Gain the theoretical and practical knowledge you need to use accounting information for strategic planning and decision-making.

Marketing Strategy

Knowing an organization’s customers, competitors and collaborators, as well as its competencies, enables those who direct marketing strategy to decide on the organization’s target markets. Learn how to formulate and implement offering, pricing, placement and marketing communication strategies that will lead to growth and competitive advantage.

Operations Management

Understand the processes by which goods and services are produced and the impact of operations on corporate strategy and elements in the value chain.

Technology Enabled Transformation

Learn about the strategic role information can play in organizations. This course will assist you in making the choices required to plan, acquire and manage information technology.

Year Two

In the final two terms, you develop a strategic mindset as you apply strategy models to changing environments, both globally and locally. Finally, you prepare a significant company-based strategic analysis as your capstone project to demonstrate the depth and breadth of your enhanced capacities.

Students who choose the Americas MBA for Executives elective will take classes with their SFU cohort in the Fall, Spring and Summer terms. The Americas MBA for Executives residencies take place in August (Vancouver, Canada); October (Sao Paulo, Brazil); February (Mexico City, Mexico); April (Nashville, USA).

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Fall

International Business

Focuses on building global competency and skills needed to develop strategies, design organizations, and manage the operations of companies whose activities span national boundaries.

Strategy

Learn the principles and frameworks for evaluating threats to an organization’s performance and gain opportunities to apply these tools to cases and your own, and your fellow students’, organizations.

Negotiations

Learn how to become a better negotiator. Plan for various negotiation situations and improve your ability to negotiate through negotiation exercises.

Special Topics

Possible topics include Sustainability, Mergers and Acquisitions or other current business challenges.

Spring

Managing Innovation

Understand the theory and practice of the management of innovation, from the creation of ideas through to the commercialization of new products and services in order to improve the innovative capacity of a firm. Help firms create and capture value from innovation under conditions of technology and market uncertainty.

Cross Cultural Management

In order to function in an increasingly global business world, the ability to understand the influence of crossing national and cultural boundaries on organizations and on organizational practices is required. Special emphasis will be placed on the management of people and groups in international organizations.

CAPSTONE OPTION 1: THE PROJECT

An individual problem-solving report that applies previous learnings to a strategic analysis. By focusing on their own companies, students have the opportunity to provide real value back to the organization in terms of strategic analysis and recommendations.

CAPSTONE OPTION 2:

The second option involves taking the following additional courses:

Entrepreneurship

Get an overview of entrepreneurial thinking and action important for entrepreneurs and persons who want to exhibit an entrepreneurial spirit including: opportunity discovery, entrepreneurial strategy and implementation, and innovation in the context of uncertainty, ambiguity and risk.

Entrepreneurial Finance

Learn how venture capital works and what a potential entrepreneur or investor in start-ups needs to know, including business plan evaluation, opportunity assessment, valuation, financing, structuring, and due diligence.

Business Strategy Simulation

Participate in a computer-based business strategy game requiring decisions that involve all the business functional areas.