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MBA external electives & experiential learning options

The maximum number of elective courses taken outside JMSB for which students receive credit towards their MBA degree is equivalent of 12 credit-hours. Application for taking courses outside JMSB should be submitted well in advance of course start date, as authorization from the MBA Program Director and School of Graduate Studies, as well as the external Faculty/School is required. Undergraduate courses are not credited towards JMSB graduate degrees. 


MBA: Experiential Learning Opportunities

Offered by: MBA
Program: MBA

The Community Service Initiative (CSI) encourages and promotes community service and links the resources of the JMSB at Concordia University with the needs of communities, organizations, small businesses, institutions and industries. In this Community Service Elective, students provide in-depth consulting for credit, primarily in the not-for-profit sector. The two-pronged goal is to create an applied learning experience for students and to provide a useful service to the community. To find out more about the CSI, visit concordia.ca/mbacsi.

Offered by:
Program: MBA

Students can be selected to be part of the MBA Small Business Consulting Bureau. This bureau handles individual requests and performs consulting work for the community on a fee-paying basis. To find out more about the Concordia SBCB, visit the Beyond the classroom section at concordia.ca/mba.

Prerequisites & notes

Co-requisite MANA 683

Offered by:
Program: MBA

• MBA Case Competition Senior Organizers
Four students are selected to organize and run the yearly John Molson MBA International Case Competition. To find out more about the MBA Case Competition, visit the Beyond the classroom section at concordia.ca/mba.

• MBA Research Paper
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.

Offered by: MBA
Program: MBA

• MBA Case Competition Executives
This option is available to four students per year who serve as special assistants to the senior organizers. Their responsibilities are to help the organizers in well-defined roles. To find out more about the MBA Case Competition, visit the Beyond the classroom section at concordia.ca/mba.

Offered by: Management
Program: MBA

In order to compete in the John Molson MBA International Case Competition, students must enroll in Strategies in Action: Case Competition course offered in the fall semester of each year. This management elective, with a maximum enrollment of ten students, is focused on simulating the strategic management decision making process within the classroom. Through intensive case analysis and presentations, students will learn to apply theoretical and practical ideas to real situations in a "pressure" environment. Each class will consist of three hours of preparation time, followed by one hour of presentations, and one hour of debriefing. Student evaluations will be based solely on these in-class exercises. In addition, this course will be used to select participants to represent the John Molson School of Business at the International MBA Case Competition, held in January of each year. To fulfill this objective, the students who are selected to form the team are required to be available over the winter break in order to prepare for the event. Interested students should submit a copy of their resume and a letter of intent (explaining their reason for taking the course) to the MBA Program Director by mid-March. A try-out session consisting of a case analysis will take place after the application deadline. In terms of the application process, every MBA student regardless of background and time in the program is permitted to apply for consideration. Education, academic performance, work experience and additional background are considered. Students who are most qualified based on these criteria are selected.

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