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Graduate Diploma in Business Administration

Curriculum

We built our curriculum around solving real-world business problems using conceptual frameworks. You are encouraged to bring business challenges you’re facing into the discussion. You, your peers and your instructors can collaborate on solutions, learning from each other in the process.

Orientation

All students attend a 10-day orientation before starting classes. This “GDBA Boot Camp” prepares you to learn in an online, graduate-level business program. It ensures that everyone has the same foundational learning skills and program expectations. You’ll learn by doing, completing a series of activities that challenge you intellectually while developing your facility with online tools and methods. During the Boot Camp, you will also:

  • Meet instructors and classmates
  • Learn to use the online learning tools and access university resources
  • Complete individual and team learning activities using the online Learning Management System
  • Develop a personal study plan that aligns with your career goals and MBA aspirations

To level up your leadership skills, participate in a carefully curated set of required courses, designed to introduce you to leadership and teamwork fundamentals as well as the case analysis process.

 
Managing People and Organizations

Gain an understanding of how individuals and teams function effectively in work situations. Learn how organizational behaviour themes, such as emotions, motivation, and group dynamics, relate to functional issues such as job design, salary structures, and recruitment.

 
Financial Accounting/Managerial Accounting

Move beyond accounting fundamentals and processes. Learn to make business decisions in support of broader organizational objectives that are based on sound analysis of financial information.

 
Business Ethics (half course)

Professional decision-making involves moving from complexity and ambiguity to action. Build an integrated set of ethical and analytical reasoning tools for addressing the challenges that arise in real-world decisions. 


Managerial Economics

Gain an introduction to the basic concepts in economics, and explore the relevance of economic reasoning to tactical and strategic managerial decision-making. Study the importance of economic concepts, economic models and quantitative applications, and understand how they apply to common problems managers encounter.


Managerial Finance (Prerequisite: Financial/Managerial Accounting)

Gain a practical understanding of managerial finance and the role of the financial manager. Learn to apply financial statement analysis, valuation techniques, capital budgeting, project analysis, and other financial tools. Explore a wide variety of subjects, including:

  • Maximizing shareholder wealth
  • Agency conflicts
  • Ethical corporate behaviour

Business Analytics

Explore the key concepts of probability and statistics that provide the basic tools to approach statistics critically. Focus on the use of quantitative or statistical techniques in managerial decision-making and learn to apply them in business settings.


Marketing Management

Get an overview of the marketing process, including learning how to analyze data and make decisions on pricing, product design, promotion and distribution as part of developing a comprehensive marketing plan. The course concludes with a collaborative online marketing simulation.

Want to work toward one of our three MBAs? These courses will help get you there. Even if you don’t choose to pursue an MBA, they’ll help you work toward the head seat at the boardroom table. 

* Students must achieve a 3.0 GPA in a course to receive advance credit for it in the MBA. Students with a 3.5 Cumulative GPA in the GDBA program can receive an exemption on the GMAT requirement for MBA admission.

Optional Courses

 
Project Management

Learn the technical and soft skills required to be an effective project manager and deliver strategic change to your organization. Qualify to write the Certified Associate in Project Management exam offered by PMI.

 
Information Technology Management

Learn to apply management information systems effectively, making the connection between IT and organizational performance, and adopting a broader perspective that includes IT managers, business and executive managers, senior bureaucrats, and top-level strategists.

 
Special Topics

Content for these courses change each semester.


My key lessons from the program were learning how to effectively frame and structure a problem or situation, manage a tight schedule, know what to prioritize and how to prioritize it, and identify core problems quickly and addressing them.

Bobby Dhillon, EMBA

Senior Vice President, Marketing & Planning

G&F Financial Group

The comprehensive simulations provided the greatest learning for me. They helped change my mindset and connect the different areas of learning into a comprehensive view of how an organization runs.

Matthew Grunert, MOT MBA

Sr. Director, Digital Operations & IT

Motorola Solutions

The MSc Finance program gave me the technical foundation that I couldn’t function without. I work with clients in very senior roles, and it’s important to demonstrate your technical knowledge to gain their trust.

Christine Jakshoej, MScFin

Head of Professional Services America

FINCAD

The immediate impact of the GDBA has been a change in the way I approach my day professionally. I am equipped to make better decisions. My confidence level has been elevated significantly, and I am enjoying a new sense of optimism in my career.

Percival Chang, GDBA

Manager & Investment Funds Advisor

PH&N Investment Services

I always saw myself working beyond clinical pharmacy. I felt that I could also shine on the business side of healthcare. I knew that with my strong clinical training an MBA would help open more doors and give me the mobility I was looking for in my career.

Morenike Akinyemi, FT MBA

Senior Project Manager, Transformation Delivery

Provincial Health Services Authority

The Part-Time MBA was excellent. It gave me exactly what I expected to receive, and I think that is the highest compliment you can pay a program. It met all my expectations and provided a solid grounding in business skills and strategies.

Oliver Zihlmann, PT MBA

Director of Development and Alumni Engagement

UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences

The i2I program is perfect for people like me who are deeply involved in science, and who want to look for opportunities in the business world. A program like this opens your mind and teaches you that there is another world of possibilities outside of the lab.

Elena Groppa, i2I

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Faculty of Medicine

University of British Columbia Biomedical Research Centre

The learners I work with are 95% Indigenous, and I find that they become more interested and retain information more, when we speak and learn from an Indigenous lens. The Indigenous content integrated into the program has been very beneficial to me in terms of how I can incorporate Indigenous information into the curriculum I currently teach.

Wanda Rockthunder, EMBA IBL

Business Instructor, Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies

Cree, a citizen of the Muskowekwan First Nation, Saskatchewan

EMBA: Bobbie

MOT MBA: Matt

MSc Fin: Christine

GDBA: Percival

FT MBA: Morenike

PT MBA: Oliver

i2I: Elena

EMBA IBL: Wanda


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Graduate

Segal Graduate School

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Vancouver, BC Canada

V6C 1W6

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Undergraduate

SFU Burnaby

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Burnaby, BC Canada

V5A 1S6

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Undergraduate & Graduate

SFU Surrey

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Surrey, BC Canada

V3T 0A3

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