Master of Business Administration MBA

University of Northern British Columbia School of Business

Program Description

Master of Business Administration MBA

University of Northern British Columbia School of Business

In today's highly sophisticated world of business, where Globalization is taking place at a phenomenal rate of change, the need for astute managers capable to effectively and efficiently address critical issues in a timely manner has become an absolute imperative.

The UNBC MBA Program offers:

  • One weekend session per month
  • Smaller class sizes that guarantee quality face to face interaction with professors and peers
  • Classes that work on a cohort system which allow students to build a valuable network of colleagues

Program Structure

Year One of the MBA Program

The first year is comprised of eight required courses. Students are introduced to the major disciplinary areas within business studies, including strategy, economics, accounting, finance, organizational behavior, marketing, and operations management. This part of the program builds the broad base of skills required by senior management.

Year Two of the MBA Program

Beyond disciplinary skills, participants learn to interpret the organizational environment and adopt new management practice to new demands. Course participants have the opportunity to focus on individual interests during the MBA Project phase (COMM 799) the capstone of the MBA. Working under the supervision of a faculty member, students complete a major research project, applying relevant theory to the study of a substantial organizational problem or issue.

Real-World Action. Team Collaboration.

The UNBC MBA convergence of classroom theory with real-world action beyond the classroom provides practical skills, exposes students to big ideas, life experiences and valuable insights. An emphasis on team collaboration encourages students to evaluate their abilities, talents and career preferences so that they may cultivate the skills and expertise needed to reach personal goals. Students will learn to leverage one another's strengths and expand their own thinking.

Modular Delivery to Fit Your Lifestyle

Many individuals in pursuit of an MBA are working professionals. Delivery of the UNBC MBA program reflects the work and home life demands of its participants. The program is designed to allow completion of the degree within two years while continuing to work full time.

The program confers a high-degree of flexibility with classes being held only once per month in a three, and sometimes four-day, session and two one-week residency weeks over two years. The weekend format facilitates attendance and minimizes the need for work release.

Pre-MBA Stage

Students selected who lack specific core skills in key quantitative or qualitative areas are required to supplement or refresh their skills through a program of study established at the time of their application. The pre-MBA program is individually tailored, and determined by the Business Graduate Curriculum Committee before an offer of conditional admission into the program is made.

Focus on Northern Industry

The UNBC MBA program is an MBA program in the North and for the North. Although covering the broad spectrum of topics and issues comprising a Master of Business Administration degree, special attention is paid to the political, social and economic issues of the North, in Canada and in the World.

As you learn to apply new management practices during the MBA stage of the program, application of skills may be related to the demographic and environmental challenges of working in remote and/or resource-dependent communities, such as building new economy industries and service industry issues.

This focus will not be limited to northern British Columbia but will extend inapplicability to northern issues across the globe.

Admission Information

The UNBC MBA program is best suited to individuals with a background of meaningful leadership experience. This practical experience enhances a student’s ability to gain from the curriculum and to contribute to the program and their peers. One of the goals of the admissions process is to establish cohorts that are diverse, dynamic and balanced.

The number of spaces in the MBA program each year is limited to facilitate quality interaction with faculty and to enrich the learning environment for students. Admission is a selection process which is based on the criteria described below.

How to Apply

The following documents are required of all applicants to the UNBC MBA program:

The admission requirements are as follows. The application will be assessed up all of the required documentation listed below being received.

$100.00 (CND) non-refundable application fee, which can be paid in any of the following ways:

1) Credit card payments can be made by calling the UNBC Cashier’s Office at (250) 960- 5631. Visa, MasterCard, and American Express will be accepted.

2) Credit cards payments may be Faxed to the Cashier’s Office at (250) 960-5251

3) Cheques can be sent and made payable to UNBC. Please write your name and student ID number on the cheque.

4) In person at the UNBC Cashier’s Office

5) To make a deposit to the university bank account directly you need this information:

Bank of Montreal – Main Branch, 1445 West Central

Street, Prince George, BC V2M 4Z9, Canada:

Transit #: 07410

Swift code: BOFMCAM2

Account #: 1083-260

Institution #: 001

Beneficiary Info: University of Northern British


Bank comments/Details: Student name and Student ID #

Completed MBA Application Form

Evidence of post-secondary education including official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (sent to us in sealed envelopes or more preferably sent directly from the institution)

Evidence of a minimum of three years work experience in a managerial or professional position

3 original letters of recommendation (sent to us in sealed envelopes or more preferably, sent directly from your referees to us in sealed envelopes)

Current resume

Statement of academic interest.

Demonstrated proficiency in English for those whose first language is not English

The complete application package is to be sent to:

University of Northern British Columbia

Office of the Registrar, Graduate Admissions Office MBA Program

3333 University Way

Prince George, B.C., V2N 4Z9, Canada.

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For International Student:

All international students must provide us with evidence of English language proficiency as stated below:

English Language Requirements

English is the primary language of instruction and communication at UNBC. Consequently, it is expected that an applicant is able to demonstrate an acceptable level of proficiency in the use of English in order to receive and participate in classroom instruction and discussion as well as to complete written assignments. Applicants whose first language is not English, regardless of citizenship or country of origin, must submit evidence of English language proficiency prior to admission. French-speaking Canadians and Canadian First Nations language speakers are exempted from this requirement. Students who completed five consecutive years of instruction and examination entirely in the English language immediately before admission are exempted from this requirement.

Acceptable evidence of English language proficiency may be any one of the following:

∙ TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 88 or higher in the internet-based test, with not less than 20 in any of the Reading, Listening, Writing or Speaking components; or equivalent other TOEFL score. UNBC’s institutional TOEFL code is 0320.

∙ IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of at least 6.5 overall, with not less than 6.0 in any of the four modules.

∙ LPI (Language Proficiency Index) score of at least 5.

∙ Comparable results in any other internationally recognized English Language Assessment test considered as equivalent to TOEFL or IELTS.

∙ A final grade of 2.00 (C) or better in the UNBC English Language Studies 50 Component 1 and 2, obtained prior to application for Graduate admission. In order to be considered valid, these scores must be sent directly from the testing agency/institution to the Office of the Registrar.

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Last updated December 27, 2017
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2 years
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Canada - Prince George, British Columbia
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