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.
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.
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 in May. The entire length of the program is 21 months or 5 semesters.
Classes regularly meet one weekend each month posted below. This schedule allows students to maintain their employment and travel to Prince George or Vancouver to attend classes.
|August||One week that consists of orientation and the commencement of four courses|
|September through December||Classes meet one weekend each month for a three day session. The first four course would be completed by the end of December|
|January through April||Classes meet one weekend each month for a three day session; completing three courses by the end of April.|
|May||One week session for students to complete the Canada's Asia Pacific Gateway course.|
|June through August||Classes meet one weekend each month for a three day session; completing 2 course by the end of August. There is also a possibility that time will be available to work on the MBA Project.|
|September through December||Classes meet one weekend each month for a three day session. Complete three courses by the end of December. There is also a possibility that time will be available to work on the MBA Project.|
|January through April||Classes meet one weekend each month for a three day session. Complete three courses, finish and present MBA project (if that option is choose.)|