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MBA

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in high standing, or qualifications accepted as equivalent by the School of Graduate Studies.
  • 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.
     

Degree Requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 45 credits.

30 credits – Core Courses

MBA 640 - On Ramp (0 credits, pass/fail)
MBA 641 - Responsible Manager (3 credits)
MBA 642 - Financial Reporting for Responsible Decision Making (3 credits)
MBA 643 - Managerial Analytics (3 credits)
MBA 644 - Marketing Management (3 credits)
MBA 645 - Economics for Organizational Decision Making (3 credits)
MBA 646 - Financial Management (3 credits)
MBA 647 - Managing People in Organizations (3 credits)
MBA 648 - Business Process Management (3 credits)
MBA 649 - Strategic Managerial Accounting and Control (3 credits)
MBA 650 - Crafting and Implementing Successful Strategies (3 credits)

15 credits – Non-core Options

In addition to the elective courses listed below, MBA students may also take courses in the JMSB MSc programs, or graduate courses offered outside the John Molson School of Business, subject to approval by the MBA Program Director.

Electives: MBA courses

MBA 651 MBA Research Paper (6 credits)
MBA 652 MBA Internship (3 credits) 
MBA 654 MBA Reading course
MBA 655 International Case Competition Organizer (6 credits)
MBA 656 International Case Competition – Executive Assistant, Special Projects (6 credits)
MBA 657 International Case Competition – Executive Assistant (3 credits)
MBA 658 Case Competition Organizer (3 credits) 
MBA 659 Strategies in Action (Case competition) (3 credits)
MBA 660 Small Business Consulting Bureau (3 credits)
MBA 661 JMSB/MBA Community Services Initiative (3 credits)
MBA 695 Seminar in Special Topics (*) (3 credits)

Notes:

  1. Students who have received credit  for MBA 631 may not take MBA  651 or MBA 655 or MBA 656 for credit.
  2. Students who have received credit for MBA 632 may not take MBA 657 for credit.
  3. Students have received credit for MBA 633 may not take MBA 652 for credit.
  4. Students have received credit for MANA 691 may not take MBA 659 for credit.
  5. Students who have received  credit  for the topic Small Business Consulting Bureau under an MBA 695 number may not take MBA 660 for credit.
  6. Students who have received credit for the topic JMSB/MBA Community Services Initiative under an MBA 695 number may not take MBA 661 for credit.
Accountancy

ACCO 691 Seminar in Business Valuations
ACCO 692 Tax Planning and Decision Making for Managers
ACCO 695 Seminar in Special Topics (*)

Note: Students who have received credit for the topic Tax Planning and Decision Making for Managers under an ACCO 695 number may not take ACCO 692 for credit.

Supply Chain and Business Technology Management

BTM 660 Project Management 
BTM 633 Strategic Management of Information Technology 
BSTA 645 Statistical Software for Data Management and Analysis 
BSTA 677 Business Forecasting 
BSTA 678 Data Mining Techniques
SCOM 610 Supply Chain Management
BTM 695 Seminar in Special Topics (*) 

Notes:

  1. Students who have received credit for DESC 660 may not take BTM 660 for credit.
  2. Students who have received credit for MBA 615 may not take BTM 633 for credit.
  3. Students who have received credit for the topic Statistical Software for Data Management and Analysis under a DESC 695 number may not take BSTA 645 for credit.
  4. Students who have received credit for DESC 677 may not take BSTA 677 for credit.
  5. Students who have received credit for the topic Data Mining Techniques under a DESC 695 number may not take BSTA 678 for credit.
  6. Students who have received credit for the topic Supply Chain Management under a DESC 695 number may not take SCOM 610 for credit.
Finance

FINA 663 Seminar in Corporate Finance
FINA 664 Private Equity
FINA 665 Mergers and Acquisitions
FINA 682 Seminar in International Financial Management
FINA 683 Seminar in Portfolio Management 
FINA 685 Seminar in Options and Futures 
FINA 687 Seminar in Derivatives and Risk Management 
FINA 688 Financial Risk Management
FINA 690 Investment Analysis
FINA 691 Seminar in Real Estate Finance 
FINA 695 Seminar in Special Topics (*) 

Notes:

  1. Students who have received credit for the topic Venture Capital under a FINA 695 number may not take FINA 664 for credit.
  2. Students who have received credit for the topic Mergers and Acquisitions under a FINA 695 number may not take FINA 665 for credit.
  3. Students who have received credit for  the topic Financial Risk Management under a FINA 695 number may not take FINA 688 for credit.
Management

MANA 659 Executing Strategies
MANA 664 Seminar in Corporate Law
MANA 665 Management of Change
MANA 667 Corporate Governance
MANA 668 Sustainable Business Strategy
MANA 670 Management Consulting
MANA 681 Seminar in the Management of International Business
MANA 682 Seminar in Human Resources Management
MANA 683 Seminar in Entrepreneurship and Small Business
MANA 695 Seminar in Special Topics (*)

Notes:

  1. Students who have received credit for the topic Management of Change under a MANA 695 number may not take MANA 665 for credit.
  2. Students who have received credit for the topic Corporate Governance under a MANA 695 number may not take MANA 667 for credit.
  3. Students who have received credit for the topic Sustainable Business Strategy under a MANA 695 number may not take MANA 668 for credit.
  4. Students who have received credit for the topic Introduction to Management Consulting under a MANA 695 number may not take MANA 670 for credit.
Marketing

MARK 671 Seminar in Consumer Behaviour 
MARK 672 Seminar in Strategic Marketing 
MARK 673 Social Media Marketing 
MARK 674 Integrated Marketing Communications 
MARK 691 Seminar in Pharmaceutical Marketing 
MARK 695 Seminar in Special Topics (*) 

Notes:

  1. Students who have received credit for the topic Social Media Marketing under a MARK 695 number may not take MARK 673 for credit.
  2. Students who have received credit for the topic Integrated Marketing Communications under a MARK 695 number may not take MARK 674 for credit. 

(*) Subject matter will vary from term to term and students may take more than one of these courses, provided that course content has changed.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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 elective

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.

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

Cor Courses. 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.

Elective Courses. Some of these courses may not be available in a given academic year. Special Topics courses are offered by most departments. Detailed information as to availability and content may be obtained from the MBA Program Office.

MBA Co-operative Option

The MBA Co-operative Option is non-credit and is offered to all students who are enrolled in the John Molson MBA Program. Students accepted into the Co-op must be registered as full-time, have completed 24 credits, and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or better.

Students complete one work term (four months). Students must return to full-time study for their last term.

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
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  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 2.70 or better.
     
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