The Alberta MBA Full-Time Program


Program Description

A Masters Degree in Business Administration represents a significant achievement and valuable credential for anyone seeking to advance their career with a focus on business issues. The Alberta MBA program allows you the flexibility to pursue knowledge in a wide range of topics – from Finance to Marketing, International Business to Natural Resource Management within a specialization, a joint degree program or as a general program.

The Program

The Alberta MBA is a 16-20 month full-time program. The program is unquestionably challenging, inspiring, focused, effective and "real world". Through a blend of lecture, case, and applied learning, Alberta MBA graduates are equipped with current knowledge and pragmatic and sought-after skills.

Students complete a core curriculum that provides a thorough, integrated grounding in management essentials and round off their degree with elective courses. Through the elective courses, you are able to tailor your degree with a mix of courses best suited to your own interests, or complete one of our formal specializations.

MBA Capstone - Real World Experience

As part of our MBA capstone course (SMO 641: Business Strategy), you will work with an outside organization on a strategic issue they are facing. Your team will identify the issue and potential solutions, recommend a course of action and develop an implementation plan for your client. This provides an opportunity to apply what you've learned in the Alberta MBA in a real-world setting and gain experience during your studies.

Career Management

The Alberta MBA equips students with the knowledge needed to function well in a corporate or entrepreneurial environment. With a required course in Career Management Skills, one-on-one coaching and career planning with the MBA Career Management Centre, and the opportunity to pursue a summer internship, you are well placed for success with the Alberta MBA.

The Alberta MBA is a two-year MBA program. Year one begins with Orientation at the end of August. Over year one, you will complete core MBA courses that provide you with a strong understanding of management essentials. After completing a summer internship, year two begins. Year two allows you to focus your studies on specific areas of interest or complete a specialization.


The Alberta MBA begins in August each year with a week-long orientation built around SMO 652: Leadership Skills. Following orientation, the MBA Association organizes a weekend retreat to the Rocky Mountains.

Core Curriculum

Year one of the MBA program is focused on business fundamentals. Over the Fall (September - December) and Winter (January - April) terms, you will work within a team of four or five students to develop functional business knowledge and critical thinking skills. These core MBA courses are the building blocks for the second year of the Alberta MBA:

  • Leadership Skills
  • Financial Reporting & Analysis
  • Accounting Information & Internal Decision Making
  • Economic Foundations
  • Ethics & Corporate Social Responsibility with Communications
  • Managerial Finance
  • Marketing Management
  • Data Analysis & Decision Making
  • Managing People
  • One Core Elective from the following
  • International Business
  • Operations Management
  • Organization Strategy - Managing Organizations

Summer Internship

In between the first and second year of the MBA program (May-August), you have the option to complete a summer internship. You are encouraged to work closely with the MBA Career Management Centre to secure an internship.

Electives & Specializations

Along with our MBA Capstone course (Business Strategy), the second year of the MBA allows you to tailor the degree to your own interests. Roughly half of Alberta MBA students complete the General MBA by choosing from our elective courses. You would also have the opportunity to complete one of our six specializations:

  • Finance
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • International Business
  • Natural Resources, Energy & Environment
  • Public Policy & Management
  • Sustainability
Last updated Dec 2017

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About the School

The University of Alberta was founded 1908. Over the past century, the UofA has established itself as a leading research intensive University, one of the top Universities in Canada and amongst the top ... Read More

The University of Alberta was founded 1908. Over the past century, the UofA has established itself as a leading research intensive University, one of the top Universities in Canada and amongst the top 100 Universities worldwide! The Alberta School of Business at the UofA is one of Canada’s leading business schools, offering Bachelor of Commerce, Master, PhD and Executive Education programs. The Alberta MBA is a 20 month full-time program. With small class sizes, the Alberta MBA provides for a personalized and high-quality experience which is further enhanced by the program’s faculty, many of them winners of teaching and other excellence awards. Read less