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Part-Time MBA

Curriculum

During our PT MBA program, you'll learn the most current and innovative management theories and practices, and be able to immediately put them to work. You’ll gain deep insights into the most important challenges facing businesses today.

    Pre-program

    You’ll take pre-MBA online “refresher” courses, such as Excel, designed to set you up for success in the program. They’re offered online during November and December (before classes start in January), enabling you to learn at your own pace and ease your entry into the program.

    They’ll take approximately 25 hours to complete, depending on your background and prior knowledge. Pre-program courses are mandatory unless our admissions staff determine that you qualify for a waiver.

      Orientation

      Start your PT MBA at a welcome reception in December. You’ll be introduced to the program and meet your classmates and faculty. At the start of the second semester in May, there will be a two-day kick-off for students who transferred into the MBA from our Graduate Diploma in Business Administration.

        Year 1

        Business Ethics (3 days)

        Learn how we make good ethical decisions, how we act on those decisions and ultimately, the impact of our ethical decisions on the reputational capital of individuals and firms. You’ll also learn about:

        • The current context of business and the paradigms, theories and frameworks that shape how we think about business ethics
        • The important branches of ethical thought that find application in resolving business issues
        • Critical and reflective thinking about ethics

        Managing People & Organizations (12 evenings)

        Develop effective managerial competencies and skills at individual, interpersonal, group and organizational levels. You’ll learn about:

        • Theories and tactics for management
        • Human resource management in business

        Financial & Managerial Accounting (12 evenings)

        Understand how financial accounting and managerial accounting can be used to make strategic decisions. You’ll learn about:

        • The concepts and principles in financial accounting
        • Theory and methods of cost compilation and the use of budgets and analysis

        Business and Indigenous Peoples (6 evenings)

          Understand the issues involved when businesses are operating, or intend to operate, in the traditional territories of First Nations and other Indigenous peoples. You’ll learn about:

          • Indigenous people and their culture
          • Building strong respectful relationships with regards to Indigenous engagement

          Business Analytics (12 evenings)

          Make better business decisions through business analytics. Massive amounts of data, combined with fast-improving analytics software, delivers more insights and creates new ways to address business problems. You’ll learn about:

          • The role of analytics in business
          • How general managers use analytics to inform decisions
          • Emerging analytics tools and techniques

          Special Topics in Business (6 evenings)

          Course content to be determined.

          Sustainability (12 evenings)

          Sustainability in business is a huge and vital topic. And you couldn’t be in a better place to study it; Vancouver has a strategic plan in place to become the world’s greenest city by 2020. You’ll learn about:

          • The tools and resources available to help businesses deliver on current environmental and social commitments
          • How businesses can improve their sustainability performance

          Managerial Finance (12 evenings)

          Get an understanding of how financial management works, so that you can apply it to your business decision-making. You’ll learn about:

          • Financial structure and uses of financial analysis
          • How to diagnose short-term funding needs
          • Cost of capital and valuation

          Year 2

          Business Innovation and Creativity (3 days)

          We’ll introduce you to the roles of creativity and innovation in organizations, and to the management of innovation for business success. You’ll learn about:

          • What innovation means and how it links to organizational strategy
          • The Design Thinking cycle and undertake a project to explore using the cycle to come up with an innovative solution
          • The different types of innovation and innovation as a process

          Marketing Management (12 evenings)

          Explore the fundamentals of marketing by working through simulations that help you develop an understanding of what creates successful products and campaigns. You’ll learn about:

          • Product planning
          • Choosing the right marketing channels
          • Pricing and promotion

          Entrepreneurship (12 evenings)

          As well as being a leader in sustainability, Vancouver is a centre of entrepreneurship. Learn how new ventures emerge and grow, from conception to shareholder value realization.You’ll learn about:

          • How to structure, launch, and develop a new venture
          • The financing, growth, and sustainability of new ventures

          Business and Indigenous Communities (3 days)

          Following Business & Indigenous Peoples, this course provides a local experiential learning project designed to help students understand of how businesses across Canadian industry sectors can incorporate the legal and ethical requirements of its Indigenous population. You’ll have opportunities to visit Indigenous and non-Indigenous industries and communities with diverse business foci. We’ll provide an overview of general Indigenous issues and how they interact with business, culture, language, history, geography and law.

          Managing Information (12 evenings)

          The principles and practices of developing and managing information systems to add value to products and services. You’ll learn about:

          • The role of information systems in organization performance, and management issues that surround adoption and use
          • How organizations select and use information technology to create competitive advantages

          Operations Management (12 evenings)

          Operations management performs a key strategic role in business. You'll explore this role and gain an understanding of its impact on business performance and society. You’ll learn about:

          • Service and manufacturing operations
          • Different competitive drivers

          Leading Self and Others (3 days)

          Gain an accurate assessment of your strengths and challenges as an employee of an organization in a fast moving business environment: bring your skills and knowledge of working with people in a simulated organization where your actions will be reflected on by yourself and others.

          Managerial Economics (12 evenings)

          Gain a working knowledge of economic techniques used in managerial decision-making and strategy design. You’ll learn about:

          • Forces that shape decisions made by individuals, firms, and industries
          • Economic principles which constitutes an important part of the successful manager’s toolbox

          Business Strategy (12 evenings)

          Develop strategies to create and sustain competitive advantage through both seminars and case studies. You’ll learn about:

          • What strategy is and how it’s constrained, formulated, developed and implemented
          • How industry structure both constrains and enables the development of strategy

          Negotiations (3 days)

          Become a better negotiator. You’ll learn about interest-based negotiation and conflict resolution. How to theory, strategize and plan for various negotiations and conflict situations. Learn a practical, efficient and productive process for negotiating agreements and resolving conflict.

          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

          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 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

          PT MBA: Oliver

          EMBA: Bobbie

          MOT MBA: Matt

          MSc Fin: Christine

          GDBA: Percival

          FT MBA: Morenike

          i2I: Elena

          EMBA IBL: Wanda


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          Segal Graduate School

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          Vancouver, BC Canada

          V6C 1W6

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          SFU Burnaby

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          Burnaby, BC Canada

          V5A 1S6

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          SFU Surrey

          250 – 13450 102 Avenue

          Surrey, BC Canada

          V3T 0A3

          +1 778.782.8019

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