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Admission Requirements

The program is open to both full-time and part-time students.

A bachelor's degree with high academic standing serves as a prerequisite for the program. To be eligible for admission, applicants must have maintained at least a B average in their final two years and have obtained a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.00 on a 4.30 scale, or the equivalent, from an accredited university.

Applicants with a bachelor's degree in other than Commerce or Business Administration will be required to take prerequisite courses in addition to the required coursework in the graduate program. The specific courses to be taken are determined by the Department MSc Advisor with the approval of the Associate Dean, Research and Research Programs depending upon the student's background and area of specialization.

Applicants must submit proof of satisfactory performance on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) completed within the previous five years, three letters of recommendation with the Academic Assessment forms, and a short statement of purpose. (Please note that the GMAT is preferred to the GRE).

Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.

Concordia Comprehensive ESL Placement Test (ConCEPT). Applicants who have been admitted by a program and whose test results fall within the range requiring a language placement test are required to write the Concordia Comprehensive ESL Placement Test (ConCEPT).

Fast-Track to PhD in Business Administration

Meritorious students enrolled in a JMSB Master of Science program who have completed all degree requirements except for the thesis may apply for permission to proceed directly to doctoral studies in the same discipline without submitting a master's thesis. In all such cases, the decision of the PhD Admissions Committee shall be final.

Requirements for the Degree

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

Academic Regulations

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

  2. Residence. In accordance with standard university policy, the minimum residence requirement for this master’s degree is three terms of full-time study, or the equivalent in part-time study. This requirement must be met regardless of the amount of graduate work previously completed in any other program or at any other university.

  3. Time Limit. All work for the MSc program degree for full-time students must be completed within 12 terms (four years) from the time of initial registration in the program at Concordia University; for part-time students the time limit is 15 terms (five years).

  4. Credit Load: Full-time Students. The normal course load for full-time students is 12 credits in each of the terms in the first year and the 21-credit thesis in the second year.

  5. Credit Load: Part-time Students. The maximum course load for part-time students is 12 credits per calendar year. The 21-credit thesis should take one year to 18 months to complete.

  6. Course Reduction. In exceptional circumstances, students may be granted permission to reduce their course load below the normal specified above while remaining in good standing.

  7. Program and Course Withdrawal. Students who wish to apply for withdrawal from an MSc program must do so in writing at the office of the Associate Dean, Research and Research Programs. 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). In addition to the regulations which appear in the Graduate Registration section of the Graduate Calendar, students enrolled in an MSc program will be required to observe the following rules.

  8. Graduation Requirement. In order to graduate, students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.


Seminar Descriptions

MSCA 615 Research Methodology - Administrative Sciences

This seminar provides a basic understanding of the research process and a knowledge of the methods used in the design and execution of scientific research relevant to social sciences, and specifically the business context. The seminar helps students to develop skills needed to assess the feasibility and potential contribution of proposed studies, and to critically evaluate research reported by others. The application of relevant research methods are reviewed through discussions of exemplary articles published in leading journals. Cornerstone topics in this seminar include: theory construction, measurement, overview of data collection methods, reliability, as well as internal and external validity issues.
Note: Students who have taken MSCA 612, MSCA 613 or MSCA 614 may not take this seminar for credit.

MSCA 632 Seminar in Special Topics in Finance
Note: Changes in topic will be indicated by the letter following this seminar number e.g., MSCA 632A, MSCA 632B, etc.

MSCA 652 Seminar in Special Topics in Management
Note: Changes in topic will be indicated by the letter following this seminar number e.g., MSCA 652A, MSCA 652B, etc.

MSCA 654 Seminar in Consulting
This course focuses on the management consulting profession and process. The course is structured around three parallel streams and provides important concepts and ideas for the tool-kit of the management consultant involved in analytical as well as change implementation projects. The first stream of the course examines the consulting process, i.e. the five phases of a consulting project from entry to termination. The second stream focuses on core consulting skills, i.e. the skills required to operate and succeed as a management consultant. These skills are essential for any type of consulting engagement, whether one works as an external or internal consultant, and whether the client in a private sector, public, or non-profit organization. The third stream is a real world consulting project that students conduct in teams with a client firm in order to apply the tools and skills discussed in class. The course concludes by reflecting on the role of internal consultants and management consulting as a career choice.

MSCA 668 Seminar in Innovation and Marketing

MSCA 672 Seminar in Special Topics in Marketing
Note: Changes in topic will be indicated by the letter following this seminar number e.g., MSCA 672A, MSCA 672B, etc.

MSCA 673 Seminar in Segmentation and Positioning in Marketing
Note: Students who have taken MSCA 672G may not take this seminar for credit.

MSCA 674 Seminar in Brand Management
Note: Students who have taken MSCA 672T may not take this seminar for credit.

MSCA 675 Seminar in Research in Retailing
Note: Students who have taken MSCA 672U may not take this seminar for credit.

MSCA 693 Seminar in Special Topics in Decision Sciences and Management Information Systems 
Note: Changes in topic will be indicated by the letter following this seminar number e.g., MSCA 693A, MSCA 693B, etc.

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