Not that long ago, it was impossible to complete a graduate degree entirely online. Now, busy professionals don’t even have to leave the office to acquire new skills. The University of Fredericton is one of a handful of institutions that offer MBA programs entirely through distance learning. In an age when telecommuting is increasingly common and meetings—even job interviews—are often conducted by video, online learning is a seamless way to fit professional development into a busy schedule.
U Fred’s Sandermoen School of Business offers eight specialty streams that target early- to mid-career professionals who want to build their leadership potential. Students can focus on global leadership, innovation, business analytics, social enterprise, human resources, real estate or health and safety. As of 2018, there is also a specialization in sales management. Distance learning is particularly attractive to students in rural or remote settings, and for those who juggle work and family obligations.
Isolation is a common fear among those considering online learning. In fact, graduates of the program report feeling satisfied with the level of interaction with peers and faculty. Each specialty stream has its own team of leading experts that ensures the quality and relevance of programming are top-notch, and that it reflects market needs.
The MBA programs are comprised of 14 courses meant to be taken one class at a time over three and a half years (42 months). At U Fred, taking only one course counts as full-time enrolment—meaning students are still eligible for government loans that require full-time status for eligibility. The school offers even more flexibility: you can take semesters off as needed or double your course load. Sandermoen students have up to five years to complete their studies.
New cohorts are accepted five times per year: in January, March, June, September and November.
Full-Time: 42 months
Work Experience: 1 year
Cost (International): $24,640
Incoming Full-Time Enrolment: 169
Female Students: 49%
International Students: 2%
Specializations: Global Leadership, Innovation Leadership, Human Resource Leadership