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Master of Business Administration (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.

Please see the MBA Courses page for course descriptions.

Master of Business Administration (MBA) (45 credits)


credits of Core Courses

MBA 640 On Ramp (0.00)
MBA 641 Responsible Manager (3.00)
MBA 642 Financial Reporting for Responsible Decision Making (3.00)
MBA 643 Managerial Analytics (3.00)
MBA 644 Marketing Management (3.00)
MBA 645 Economics for Organizational Decision Making (3.00)
MBA 646 Financial Management (3.00)
MBA 647 Managing People in Organizations (3.00)
MBA 648 Business Process Management (3.00)
MBA 649 Strategic Managerial Accounting and Control (3.00)
MBA 650 Crafting and Implementing Successful Strategies (3.00)


credits of Non-core Courses chosen from the following lists:

MBA Electives
MBA Electives: Accountancy
MBA Electives: Supply Chain and Business Technology Management
MBA Electives: Finance
MBA Electives: Management
MBA Electives: Marketing

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.

MBA Electives

MBA 651 MBA Research Paper (6.00)
MBA 654 MBA Reading Course (3.00)
MBA 655 International Case Competition Organizer (6.00)
MBA 656 MBA Case Competition Organizing Committee (3.00)
MBA 657 International Case Competition – Executive Assistant (3.00)
MBA 658 Van Berkom Case Competition - Executive Assistant (3.00)
MBA 659 Strategies in Action (Case competition) (3.00)
MBA 660 Small Business Consulting Bureau (3.00)
MBA 661 Community Services Initiative (3.00)
MBA 662 Surgical Innovation II (3.00)
MBA 663 District 3 Startup Consulting (0.00)
MBA 695 Seminar in Special Topics (3.00)

MBA Electives: Accountancy

ACCO 691 Business Valuations (3.00)
ACCO 692 Managing After-Tax Returns (3.00)
ACCO 695 Seminar in Special Topics (3.00)

MBA Electives: Supply Chain and Business Technology Management

BSTA 645 Statistic Software for Data Management and Analysis (3.00)
BSTA 677 Business Forecasting (3.00)
BSTA 678 Data Mining Techniques (3.00)
BSTA 679 Statistical Models for Data Analysis (3.00)
BSTA 695 Seminar in Special Topics (3.00)
BTM 633 Strategic Management of Information Technology (3.00)
BTM 660 Project Management (3.00)
BTM 695 Seminar in Special Topics (3.00)
SCOM 610 Supply Chain Management (3.00)
SCOM 695 695 Seminar in Special Topics (3.00)

MBA Electives: Finance

FINA 663 Corporate Finance (3.00)
FINA 664 Private Equity (3.00)
FINA 665 Merger and Acquisition (3.00)
FINA 682 International Financial Management3 (3.00)
FINA 683 Portfolio Management (3.00)
FINA 685 Options and Futures (3.00)
FINA 688 Financial Risk Management (3.00)
FINA 690 Investment Analysis (3.00)
FINA 691 Real Estate Finance (3.00)
FINA 695 Seminar in Special Topics (3.00)

MBA Electives: Management

MANA 667 Corporate Governance (3.00)
MANA 668 Sustainable Business Strategy (3.00)
MANA 670 Management Consulting (3.00)
MANA 681 Global Competition and International Strategy (3.00)
MANA 682 Human Resources Management (3.00)
MANA 683 Entrepreneurship and Small Business (3.00)
MANA 684 Entrepreneurship through Acquisition (3.00)
MANA 690 LIVE Case Experience (3.00)
MANA 695 Seminar in Special Topics (3.00)

MBA Electives: Marketing

MARK 671 Consumer Behaviour (3.00)
MARK 672 Strategic Marketing (3.00)
MARK 673 Social Media Marketing (3.00)
MARK 674 Integrated Marketing Communications (3.00)
MARK 691 Pharmaceutical Marketing (3.00)
MARK 695 Seminar in Special Topics (3.00)

Additional Degree Requirements

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 Accountancy Program within the last five years, may be granted advanced standing for up to 20 credits upon admission to the MBA Program.

The 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 have completed 24 credits, and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or better.

Students complete one work term (four months). Students are not permitted to complete a co-op work term in the last term of their program of study. They must return after their co- op for a minimum of one term of course work.

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 2.70 or better.

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