Pursuing an MBA program at the University of Northern British Columbia is an attractive proposition for both professionals in the North and anyone who wants to tap into the region’s vast business potential. From independent business owners and entrepreneurs to senior executives in the public sector, UNBC’s MBA program has long provided the foundation of knowledge needed to navigate the unique economic, political and social challenges of doing business in the North.
The program is open to mid-career professionals with at least three years’ experience. It is offered on the main campus in Prince George and at the Langara College campus in Vancouver. A generalist program that takes 21 months to complete, the program’s classes are held on a three-day weekend once per month, including through the summer.
Classes start in August, when students from both campuses get together for a one-week orientation session and begin the first of eight mandatory courses including strategy, economics and finance, organizational behaviour and operations management. In May of the first year, the classes gather again for a week dedicated to Canada’s Asia-Pacific Gateway, a seminar course that explores political, economic, and managerial issues in British Columbia as the customer base for businesses shifts overseas.
In the second year of the program, students continue with courses, covering strategy implementation, financial and project management, and law and governance, among other topics. They also have the option to do a major research project under the guidance of a faculty adviser. Notable alumni of the program include David Williams, vice-president of Human Resources at the Northern Health Authority; Tim Carmack, regional vice-president for the British Columbia Interior and the North with RBC; and Broek Bosma, chief development officer for the St. Paul’s Foundation.
Full-Time: 21 months
Work Experience: 3 years
Cost (International): $44,900
Incoming Full-Time Enrolment: 38
Female Students: 35%
International Students: 10%