Program Structure and Schedule

Program Timeline

The entire length of the program is 21 months, or 5 semesters. Attendance for all sessions is mandatory.

MBA students meet for two one-week sessions in the first year of the program. The first week is held in August and the second week is held in May.

Both week-long sessions may occur outside of a student's home campus, so travel may be expected to attend these sessions.

Classes regularly meet one weekend each month. This schedule allows students to maintain their employment and travel to Prince George or Vancouver to attend classes.

Campus Locations

The MBA program at UNBC is taught at two locations:

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 behaviour, marketing, and operations management. This part of the program builds the broad base of skills required by senior management.

August

  • Classes meet for one week for orientation and to begin the first four courses. This may occur outside of the student's home campus.

September to December

  • Classes meet one weekend each month for a three-day session. The first four courses are completed by the end of December.

January to April

  • Classes meet one weekend each month for a three-day session and complete three courses by the end of April.

May

  • Classes meet for a one-week session to complete the Canada's Asia Pacific Gateway course. This may occur outside of the student's home campus.

June to August

  • Classes meet one weekend each month for a three-day session. Two courses are completed by the end of August.

Year Two of the MBA Program

Beyond disciplinary skills, participants learn to interpret the organizational environment and adapt new management practice to new demands. Course participants have the opportunity to focus on individual interests during the MBA Project phase (COMM 799). 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. Alternatively, students may forego doing a project and instead complete their MBA with all course work.

September to December

  • Classes meet one weekend each month for a three-day session. Three courses are completed by the end of December.

January to April

  • Classes meet one weekend each month for a three-day session. Three courses are completed and students finish and present an MBA project.

May

  • MBA degree completion and Convocation ceremonies