Concordia University


Master of/Magisteriate in Business Administration

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 full-time work experience. Applicants considered for the accelerated MBA must have obtained an undergraduate business degree within the last six years with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.30. Applicants to the above programs are evaluated according to the following five criteria: undergraduate grades; Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score; work experience; detailed evaluations from employers and former university instructors; 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) before being considered for admission. This requirement will be waived for foreign students who have completed their undergraduate degrees at a university where English or French is the language of instruction.

Requirements for the Degree

  1. Credits. To earn an MBA degree from Concordia University, a student in the regular MBA program must normally complete 57 credits and a student in the accelerated MBA program 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 regular MBA is normally four terms of full-time study, or the equivalent in part-time study. This requirement may be reduced to three terms of full-time study or the equivalent in part-time study for students admitted with transfer credits. The residence requirement for the accelerated MBA is normally three terms of full-time study, or the equivalent in part-time study.

  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 57 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 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, may be granted advanced standing for up to 30 credits upon admission to the MBA Program. Students having completed the course work in the Diploma in Chartered Accountancy Program and having been admitted to the MBA Program will be required to take the following courses:

    MBA 606 Managerial Economics
    MBA 609 Organizational Behaviour
    MBA 610 Marketing Management
    MBA 618 National and International Economics
    MBA 622 Business Policy and Strategy
    MBA 625 Managing Strategic Action
    MBA 691 Business Ethics
    + 2 electives

    Note: Students who have had their Diploma conferred will not receive transfer credits to the MBA Program. Course exemptions may be granted, but they must be replaced by alternative courses.

  5. MBA Option for Graduate Certificate in Management Accounting Students. Advanced Standing for the MBA Program. 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 Accounting Program, may be granted advanced standing for up to 21 credits upon admission to the MBA Program.

    Students who have completed the course work in the Graduate Certificate in Management Accounting Program will be required to complete the following courses (total 36 credits):

    MBA 606 Managerial Economics
    MBA 608 Managerial Statistics
    MBA 609 Organizational Behaviour
    MBA 610 Marketing Management
    MBA 616 Operations Management
    MBA 618 National and International Economics
    MBA 622 Business Policy and Strategy
    MBA 625 Managing Strategic Action
    MBA 691 Business Ethics
    + 3 electives

    Note: Students who have had their Certificate conferred will not receive transfer credits to the MBA Program. Course exemptions may be granted, but they must be replaced by alternative courses.

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.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.

  4. 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. The scholastic performance of all MBA students is reviewed at the end of each term for full-time students. Part-time students are reviewed annually. This assessment is based on the final grades of the courses completed during the term. The purpose of the review is to monitor the students’ status and progress, to maintain the standards expected by the John Molson School of Business, and to assist students in achieving success in the Program.

    To be considered in good standing at such a review, a student must have:
    1. Successfully completed the required course load specified in paragraphs 1 and 2 above; and
    2. Achieved a grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or better, since the previous review or since admission, in the case of the final review; or
    3. Achieved a grade of B or better in each course taken during any term in which a course load reduction has been granted, as specified in paragraph 4 above. Conditional and Failed Standing. Students who have not met the conditions for good standing specified in Paragraph 6 will be considered as either students on conditional standing or failed students.
  7. Conditional standing is used to monitor the progress of students experiencing difficulty and to assist them in completing the Program successfully. Students on conditional standing will be required to achieve a minimum GPA of 3.00 during their period of conditional standing. Students on conditional standing are not normally permitted to drop any course. Additional requirements may be imposed in individual cases. Students who do not meet the requirements of their conditional standing are considered as failed students and are withdrawn from the Program.

  8. Failure Regulation. Students who fail one or more courses in the Program or do not meet the conditions of their conditional standing are withdrawn from the Program.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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 prior to beginning their program of study.

COMM 610 Basic Quantitative Skills for Administration (3 credits)
The objectives of this course are to review the algebra, calculus, probability, and statistics that students may require in courses with quantitative content. Applications to management and economics will be discussed.
Note: Students who have taken COMM 500 or COMM 600 may not receive credit for this course.

Courses in the John Molson MBA Program

After successfully completing the qualifying course (if necessary), students in the regular MBA will complete a 57-credit program, and students in the accelerated MBA will complete a 45-credit program comprising the core courses and one of three elective options. Full-time students in the regular MBA will normally complete the program within sixteen months to two years of their first registration and full-time students in the accelerated MBA will normally complete the program within one year.

The first part of the program is made up of core courses that are mandatory for all regular MBA students. Students in the accelerated MBA program are required to complete nine of these courses including MBA 625 and MBA 691. The required courses are chosen in consultation with the MBA Program Director, based on the student’s academic background.

All students may be permitted to substitute other graduate-level courses, as described under Course Substitution: MBA option for Diploma in Chartered Accountancy students and MBA option for Graduate Certificate in Management Accounting students. 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 second part of the program, when students can choose one of three options.

Part I - Core Courses
Regular MBA 39 credits
Accelerated MBA 27 credits

MBA 606 Managerial Economics (3 credits)
This course provides the theory and the practical techniques for economic decision-making by business firms and other institutions. Topics covered include demand theory, cost theory and estimation, and pricing theory and practice. These issues are discussed within a firm-theoretic framework and business applications of the theory are emphasized.

MBA 607 Financial Accounting for Managerial Decisions (3 credits)
This course provides an overview of the corporate external financial reporting system and of the managerial objectives of corporate financial statements. The roles of management, government and auditors are examined. The specific information needs of the principal users are reviewed. The process for developing and enforcing generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and reporting standards, both legal and professional, is examined. At the outset, this includes a review of the financial accounting model that underlies traditional corporate financial statements. However, emphasis is placed on examining selected major GAAPs and comparing them to actual corporate reporting practices.

MBA 608 Managerial Statistics (3 credits)
This course focuses on the applications of statistical techniques that are essential in business data analysis and decision-making. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability and probability distributions, inferences about means, proportions and variances, tests of goodness-of-fit and independence, analysis of variance and linear regression analysis. Statistical software packages are used to perform analyses of data sets and present findings.

MBA 609 Organizational Behaviour (3 credits)
Organizational behaviour (OB) is a field of study that investigates the impact that individuals, groups, and structure have on behaviour within an organization, and then applies that knowledge to improve an organization’s effectiveness using social and behavioural principles. Because OB is concerned with employment-related situations, it emphasizes behaviour and the job, absenteeism, employee turnover, productivity, human performance and management. Particular emphasis is placed on identifying and diagnosing the causes and consequences of effective and ineffective behaviour in organizations. Topics covered include perception, work attitudes, motivation, leadership, some aspects of decision-making, and group dynamics including intra- and inter-group processes. The management of change is covered as well, using a mixture of discussion, case analyses and experiential exercises.

MBA 610 Marketing Management (3 credits)
This course focuses generally on the strategic role of marketing for any firm. The primary objective is the cultivation of marketing management skills and perspectives. All aspects of the marketing management process are covered. Particular attention is directed to the analysis of marketing opportunities, the researching and selection of target markets, the designing of marketing strategies, the planning of marketing programs, and the organizing, implementing and controlling of marketing effort. A blend of lectures, cases, readings and papers are used to achieve the course objectives.

MBA 614 Financial Management (3 credits)
Prerequisite: MBA 607; Co-requisite: MBA 608.
This foundation course provides a framework for making corporate investment, financing and risk management decisions. With the underlying objective of maximizing firm value, this course examines practical decisions confronting financial managers in large and small enterprises by drawing on core concepts and empirical evidence that support best practices. Specific topics explored in depth include security and option valuation, capital budgeting, asset pricing, capital structure and dividend policy decisions. Other topics such as working capital management, takeover and leasing may also be discussed.

MBA 615 Management Information Systems (3 credits)
Management information systems (MIS) deals with the coordination and use of three very important organizational resources: information, information technology, and people. This course introduces MIS core concepts and principles and elaborates on the role of the MIS department and the organization. Practical solutions and theoretical models are used to illustrate common MIS issues in organizations, and to apply knowledge acquired through readings and lectures.

MBA 616 Operations Management (3 credits)
Co-requisite: MBA 608.
This course concentrates on the quantitative and qualitative techniques used in business to achieve efficient and effective utilization of scarce resources. Management and control of labour, machinery, material, money, planning, information and time resources in manufacturing and the service sectors are studied. Among the topics covered are linear programming, aggregate planning, scheduling, materials management, quality control and project management. The interactions with other functional areas, such as information systems, marketing, accounting and finance, are illustrated through case studies. Recent developments in the area are introduced within the context of manufacturing and service strategies. Modelling and implementation aspects of operations management are emphasized throughout the course. A computer package is used as an aid for the solution phase of the operations management problem-solving process.

MBA 618 National and International Economics (3 credits)
This course explores the causes of economic growth and decline in firms and in industries, with special emphasis on international factors. Topics discussed include the constituent parts of national output, inflation and unemployment, and money and interest rates. Coverage also includes foreign exchange rate determination, balance of payments issues and the theory of international trade.

MBA 622 Business Policy and Strategy (3 credits)
Prerequisites: MBA 606, MBA 609, MBA 610 and MBA 614.
This course integrates the core functional disciplines of business within a strategic perspective. The course introduces several strategic management concepts including industry analysis and dynamics, the organizational resource audit, strategic typologies, the role of the general manager and the management of strategic transformations. The principle goal is to develop and enhance student ability in problem identification, environmental and organizational analyses, strategic alternative formulation, and action implementation. The pedagogy of the course is based upon comprehensive case studies that deal with strategic issues, in a variety of contemporary business contexts.

MBA 625 Managing Strategic Action (3 credits)
Prerequisite: MBA 622.
This course explores the process by which strategic intent and strategy are linked to managerial action. The course centers in on both the development of strategic action in response to issues emanating in the broader external environment as well as issues concerned with the implementation of action programs in contemporary organizations. Specific topics concerned with the external environment include managing social responsibility, ethical dilemmas, economic and social regulations and technological change. Using major organizational theory concepts as a framework, the course also examines how strategic intent can be linked to organizational structure, performance evaluation and management systems. A principal objective of the course is to enhance the student’s ability to make decisions through case studies, student presentations, and lectures.

MBA 628 Management Accounting (3 credits)
Prerequisite: MBA 607.
This course focuses on the use of accounting data and the analytical techniques required to provide information for internal decision-making in organizations. The main topics in the course are the nature and behaviour of costs, types of costing systems, short-run and long-run decision-making, budgeting, responsibility accounting, and control systems.

MBA 691 Business Ethics (3 credits)
Co-requisite: MBA 622.
This course exposes students to ethical theory and its practical application in the business environment. By utilizing the stakeholder model, the strategic management process is expanded to include ethical elements as means for evaluating business decisions. Through case analysis, group discussions, in-class debates and presentations, students learn to apply theoretical and practical ideas to real life business situations.

Part II - Electives

Option A: Course Work
6 elective courses 18 credits
Option B: Research Paper
4 elective courses 12 credits
MBA 631: MBA Research Paper   6 credits
  18 credits

MBA 631 MBA Research Paper (6 credits)
The objective of the research paper is to provide each student with an opportunity to carry out an in-depth investigation of a selected business problem, working on a one-to-one basis with a faculty member. Research papers may concentrate on a specialized area or they may be interdisciplinary in scope. The investigation will normally extend over two terms.

Option C: Practicum
5 elective courses 15 credits
MBA 632: MBA Practicum Project   3 credits
  18 credits

MBA 632 MBA Practicum Project (3 credits)
Although this course is not limited to full-time students, part-time students wishing to be considered must be available during the day throughout the Fall term to attend the necessary course lectures and carry out field work assignments. The objective of the Practicum Project is to provide students with an opportunity to carry out an in-depth investigation of a complex business problem within a corporation or other economic entity. The Project is intended to enhance students’ diagnostic skills, improve their ability to develop innovative and practical responses to complex interdisciplinary problems or entrepreneurial opportunities, sharpen their abilities in working effectively with executives and other group members and hone their communication skills. Students work together in small groups, within the framework of a course that extends over two terms. The course includes lectures and readings on relevant consulting skills, as well as presentations and discussions with executives and with other participants in the course. The number of sections offered in a given year will be limited.

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.

List of Elective Courses

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

MBA 627 Seminar in International Business
MBA 695 Seminar in Special Topics (*)


ACCO 661 Seminar in Financial Accounting
ACCO 671 Seminar in Managerial Accounting
ACCO 691 Seminar in Business Valuations
ACCO 695 Seminar in Special Topics (*)

Decision Sciences and Management Information Systems

DESC 660 Project Management
DESC 661 Seminar in Decision Support Systems in Business
DESC 663 Seminar in Corporate Information Systems Management
DESC 664 Negotiation and e-Negotiation Management and Support
DESC 677 Business Forecasting
DESC 695 Seminar in Special Topics (*)


FINA 651 Seminar in Financial Intermediaries
FINA 663 Seminar in Corporate Finance
FINA 680 Seminar in Short-Term Financial Management
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 690 Seminar in Investments
FINA 691 Seminar in Real Estate Finance
FINA 695 Seminar in Special Topics (*)


MANA 661 Seminar in Production Management
MANA 663 Seminar in Labour Relations
MANA 664 Seminar in Corporate Law
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 691 Seminar in Strategies in Action: Case Competition
MANA 692 Seminar in Commercial Contract Law
MANA 695 Seminar in Special Topics (*)


MARK 661 Seminar in Distribution Systems
MARK 664 Seminar in Advertising Management
MARK 671 Seminar in Consumer Behaviour
MARK 672 Seminar in Strategic Marketing
MARK 681 Seminar in International Marketing
MARK 683 Seminar in International Transportation and Distribution
MARK 691 Seminar in Pharmaceutical Marketing
MARK 695 Seminar in Special Topics (*)

(*) Subject matter will vary from term to term and students may take more than one of these courses, provided that course content has changed. In such cases, the student’s record will be automatically modified to 696, 697, etc. to reflect this change in content.

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 may do a minimum of one work term (four months) to a maximum of three work terms (twelve months). Students must return to full-time study for their last term.


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