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Part-Time MBA

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This is a part-time, in-person program in Vancouver, Canada; unfortunately, international students are not eligible to apply.

Our international students are encouraged to explore our Full-Time MBA, Graduate Diploma in Business Administration or Master of Science in Finance programs.

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.

    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.

    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.

    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

    Indigenous Business Environments (6 evenings)

      The course provides students with an insight into Indigenous knowledge and worldviews, concepts of Indigenous wealth and value, and aspects of particular legal environments. Through relational comprehension with content, transformative approaches and innovative models and research you will gain a better understanding of how Indigenous protocols, decision making, and history impacts business and partnerships. Students will engage and apply their learning through the lens of entrepreneurship as one mechanism by which Indigenous notions of value are expressed in business environments.

        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

        Indigenous Business Environments in Community (3 days)

        Taken alongside Indigenous Business Environments, this course provides local experiential learning opportunities designed to support students in gaining an understanding of how to build respectful partnerships with Indigenous community and to learn how businesses across industry sectors could work with Indigenous peoples to incorporate the legal and ethical considerations of Indigenous knowledge and worldviews within the current and future economic landscape.

        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

        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

        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.

        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

        Commitment to the Calls to Action by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

        As a business school, SFU Beedie School of Business is committed to supporting student learning to be in right relations with Indigenous peoples. Part of the core curriculum is learning about the history and aspirations of Indigenous communities to gain a better understanding of how to build respectful partnerships with community and Nations in alignment with their economic development goals and enact economic reconciliation.

        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.

        Bobbie 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: Matthew Grunnert

        MSc Fin: Christine

        GDBA: Percival

        FT MBA: Morenike

        i2I: Elena

        EMBA IBL: Wanda


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