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MBA

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the John Molson MBA must have obtained a bachelor's degree in high standing, or qualifications accepted as equivalent by the School of Graduate Studies, and a minimum of two years of relevant full-time work experience. Applicants are evaluated according to the following six criteria: undergraduate grades; Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score; work experience; detailed evaluations from employers and former university instructors; an interview and a letter of intent.

Proficiency in English or French. Applicants whose first language is not English or French, and who are not Canadian citizens or landed immigrants, must achieve a satisfactory performance in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) before being considered for admission.

Requirements for the Degree

  1. Credits. To earn an MBA degree from Concordia University, a student in the regular MBA program must normally complete 45 credits in addition to any required qualifying courses. This requirement will be reduced only in cases where transfer credits are granted.

  2. Residence Requirement. The residence requirement for the MBA is normally three terms of full-time study, or the equivalent in part-time study. This requirement may be reduced to two terms of full-time study or the equivalent in part-time study for students admitted with transfer credits.

  3. Course Substitution. Students may be exempted from certain courses on the basis of course work completed prior to entry into the program. However, such courses must be replaced by other MBA courses, or, subject to approval, by MSc (Administration) courses or graduate courses taken outside the John Molson School of Business. While students admitted with course substitutions are not required to take all of the courses specified in the program, every student must meet the degree requirement of 45 credits. Details of policies and practices related to course substitution may be obtained from the Assistant Director, MBA Program.

  4. MBA Option for Diploma in Chartered Professional Accountancy Students. Students in good academic standing who meet the admission requirements of the MBA Program, and who have completed the requirements for the Diploma in Chartered Professional Accountancy Program within the last five years, may be granted advanced standing for up to 21 credits upon admission to the MBA Program and will be required to take the following courses (24 credits):

    MBA 640 On Ramp (0 credits)
    MBA 641 Responsible Manager (3 credits)
    MBA 644 Marketing Management (3 credits)
    MBA 645 Economics for Organizational Decision Making (3 credits)
    MBA 647 Managing People in Organizations (3 credits)
    MBA 650 Crafting and Implementing Successful Strategies (3 credits)
    +3 electives

  5. MBA Option for Diploma in Chartered Accountancy Students. Students in good academic standing who meet the admission requirements of the MBA Program, and who have completed the requirements for the Diploma in Chartered Accountancy Program within the last five years, may be granted advanced standing for up to 21 credits upon admission to the MBA Program and will be required to take the following courses(24 credits):

    MBA 640 On Ramp
    (0 credits)
    MBA 641 Responsible Manager (3 credits)
    MBA 644 Marketing Management (3 credits)
    MBA 645 Economics for Organizational Decision Making (3 credits)
    MBA 647   Managing People in Organizations (3 credits)
    MBA 650 Crafting and Implementing Successful Strategies (3 credits)
    + 3 electives

  6. MBA Option for Graduate Certificate in Management Accounting Students. Students in good academic standing who meet the admission requirements of the MBA Program, and who have completed the requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Management Accountancy Program within the last five years, may be granted advanced standing for up to 15 credits upon admission to the MBA Program and will be required to take the following courses (30 credits):

    MBA 640 On Ramp (0 credits)
    MBA 641 Responsible Manager (3 credits)
    MBA 643 Managerial analytics (3 credits)
    MBA 644 Marketing Management (3 credits)
    MBA 645 Economics for Organizational Decision Making (3 credits)
    MBA 647 Managing People in Organizations (3 credits)
    MBA 648 Business Process Management (3 credits)
    MBA 650 Crafting and Implementing Successful Strategies (3 credits)
    + 3 electives

Academic Regulations

  1. Course Load for Full-time Students. The course load for a full-time student is a minimum of 12 credits of course work per term. Students can accelerate their progress by taking courses in the Summer term.

  2. Course Load for Part-time Students. The normal course load for a part-time student is a minimum of 12 credits per calendar year. A part-time student may not, without permission, register for more than 6 credits in each of the Fall and Winter terms, but may accelerate their progress in the program by taking courses in the Summer term.

  3. Change of Status. Students may be granted permission to change their status from part-time to full-time or vice-versa. If a change is permitted, the student’s program time limit will be adjusted accordingly.

  4. Course Load Reduction. In exceptional circumstances, students may be granted permission to reduce their course load below the normal specified in paragraphs 1 and 2 above, while remaining in good standing. Full-time students completing less than 9 credits per term will be reclassified as part-time, and must comply with the course load requirements for part-time students, specified in paragraph 2 above.
    Part-time students with a reduced course load must complete a minimum of 9 credits per year, including the Summer term. Full- and part-time students who have been granted such permission will be subject to specific conditions, as outlined in the section on Academic Standing
    .

  5. Program and Course Withdrawal. Students who wish to apply for withdrawal from the MBA program must do so in writing at the MBA Program office. Students may drop a course up to the end of the course change period. (This is normally about two weeks after classes begin – see Academic Calendar.) Application to drop a course must be made in writing at the MBA Program office. Students should bear in mind the minimum and maximum course load regulations specified above, when dropping or adding courses.

  6. Academic Standing. Please refer to the Academic Standing section of the Calendar for a detailed review of the Academic Regulations.

  7. Business Communication Skills. All students in the MBA Program must demonstrate a high level of competence in written and oral communications. A strong managerial communications component has been designed into a number of MBA courses to help students evaluate and develop their skills in this area. Students who exhibit deficiencies in communication skills will be expected to obtain appropriate assistance through designated courses, workshops or individual tutorial support.

  8. Cognate Courses. Subject to the approval of the MBA Program Director and the departments concerned, MBA students are permitted to choose courses from those offered by other programs within the John Molson School of Business or from courses offered by other Faculties. A maximum of 12 credits can be selected from courses outside the John Molson School of Business.

  9. Graduation Requirement. In order to graduate, students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better.
     

Program Structure

Qualifying Courses

Normally, students who require qualifying courses will have to complete them during the first term of their program of study.

COMM 610 Basic Quantitative Skills for Administration (1.5 credits)
This course revisits and strengthens the basic algebra and statistics skills presented in MBA 640. The course uses a combination of online lectures and workshops and in person tutorials to develop and apply these skills to different business problems. Assessment is carried out via assignments and a final exam.

Notes:

  1. Students who have received credit for COMM 500 or COMM 600 may not take this course for credit. 
  2. COMM 610 must be successfully completed in the first term of the MBA Program.
     

Courses in the John Molson MBA Program

After successfully completing the qualifying course (if necessary), students in the MBA Programcomplete 45 credits comprising the core courses and electives. Full-time students will normally complete the program within two years of their first registration.

The purpose of these core courses is to provide an integrated and rigorous body of functionally oriented skills and knowledge as a foundation for the electives.

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