The MBA that
puts you first
Through an applied learning approach and business case-focused curriculum, the SFU Beedie MBA equips you with the in-demand skills, knowledge, and resources to be innovative, holistic and socially responsible industry leaders. The program comprises three semesters that are seamlessly interconnected to embolden you to apply your education as you progress through the program.
At the end of the 12 months, you will be positioned to embark on the next stage of your career, substantially resourced with comprehensive education and expertise to transform and lead divisions within organizations.
To help get you ready to start the program, preparation courses such as Excel and Financial Accounting will be delivered in a self-paced, online format. You will start the prep courses before classes start in September, enabling you to learn at your own pace and ease your entry into the MBA program.
September - December
Our students come from diverse educational backgrounds. This semester covers foundational business skills to help get everyone up to the same level in key business areas.
LEADERSHIP & TEAMWORK
Enhance your leadership skills. The course will focus on two key areas of leadership: managing oneself (self-awareness and understanding) and managing relationships (the impact one has on others).
FINANCING & MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING
Gain a clear understanding of financial statements and learn how to analyze corporate financial performance.
Discover advanced methods and hands on problem solving techniques to enhance data-driven decision making in business.
Explore the changing legal, ethical, and regulatory environments of business, focusing on the critical alignment between a modern organization and its broader public.
Understand the basics of finance necessary for managerial decision-making. The course is divided into two blocks: short-term financing (operational finance) and long-term financing (corporate finance).
MANAGING A GLOBALIZED WORKFORCE
Understand the role of culture and cultural differences in various contexts including interpersonal communication, interpersonal negotiation, global teams, leadership, and international careers.
January - April
Here’s where things get truly interactive as you learn about effective leadership. You’ll need to work fast as a team to solve the challenges thrown your way.
Explore the functions and responsibilities of managers in formulating, co-operating with, and implementing corporate marketing strategies and policies.
Learn how ideas from economics can help with managerial and strategic decision-making. Apply the concepts in specific business situations to help make tactical and strategic decisions.
Understand Information Systems and Information Technology as strategic assets.
MANAGING GLOBAL ENTERPRISES
Focus on building global competency and management skills needed to develop strategies, design organizations, and manage the operations of companies whose activities span national boundaries.
NEGOTIATION & CONFLICT RESOLUTION
Understand the behavior of individuals, groups and organizations in the context of mixed-motive (competitive and cooperative) situations. This course is designed to be relevant to the broad spectrum of negotiation problems that are faced by managers and professionals.
MANAGING PEOPLE AND ORGANIZATIONS
Understand the fundamentals of the management of people and the intricate design and function of organizations .
This course is built around a unique experience—an intensive 2 1/2 day in-person behavioral simulation, during which groups of 17 to 23 students assume the leadership positions (CEO, CFO, EVP, SVP, VP, etc.) of a diversified multinational corporation, intended to give students an opportunity to apply and integrate the knowledge they have acquired during the semester.
MBA International Applied Project
The MBA International Applied Project is a program highlight. You’ll utilize, apply and further expand upon knowledge and skills gained from the MBA Program. You will gain a global perspective on business and a broader understanding of working in multicultural business environments by working on a live project for an international company in real time. You’ll gain valuable insights through integrated coursework, guest speakers, seminars and company visits, culminating in an applied project deliverable presented to a corporate partner.
May - August
The final semester focuses on practical elements and tying everything together so you can apply what you’ve learned.
Focus on cases and projects about starting business ventures and constructing a business plan, where students not only have to come up with an innovative concept or idea, but have to address implementation issues.
Familiarize yourself with the challenges, opportunities and salient issues in managing operations; and provide the language, concepts, insights and tools to deal with these issues in order to gain a competitive advantage through operations.
Understand how to help organizations to embed sustainability into their governance, operations and supply chains. Students examine the key challenges and opportunities firms face in integrating sustainable business practices into their corporate strategy and across their operations and supply chains.
Understand how businesses formulate and implement strategy, and what elements go into a good strategy. Analyze a firm’s mission and vision, undertake industry analysis, assess core competencies and comparative advantages and learn about different business models.
INDIGENOUS BUSINESS ENVIRONMENTS
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.
INDIGENOUS BUSINESS ENVIRONMENTS IN COMMUNITIES
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.
This course consists of a comprehensive strategy simulation called CAPSIM. CAPSIM is used in leading business schools around the world to help students enact, and in turn be tested on their knowledge of business strategy.
At the end of the 12-month program, you have three options to apply what you have learned in a real-world setting. In each case, you deliver a report on your four months as part of your degree. Your options are:
A paid four-month internship: With the support of the Career Management Centre, apply for positions where you can implement your newly acquired skills, knowledge, and fresh ideas.
Moving straight into a permanent position: Transition directly into an employment position with your previous or a new employer.
Starting your own new venture: Vancouver is Canada’s centre of entrepreneurship. If you’d like to start a new venture or work with innovative start-ups, you couldn’t come to a better place. SFU is home to three innovation labs: Coast Capital Savings Venture Connection®, RADIUS, and VentureLabs®.
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.
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