MBA Core Courses
The MBA curriculum includes 33.00 credits of core courses designed to equip students with a common set of capabilities necessary for effective management in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.
In addition to foundational core courses, students have the opportunity to complete 27.00 credits of electives, allowing for deeper exploration in a particular area of focus, completion of a specialization or pursuit of a diploma.
As the capstone of the program, students will participate in the Strategy Field Study. In this exciting consulting project spanning two terms, teams conduct a strategic assessment of an organization and its environment, and present recommendations to senior management.
Students are eligible for graduation upon their successful completion of 60.00 credits. Students may shorten the duration to complete their MBA if they receive Advanced Standing.
See the list of required core courses below.
MBA 1 (first half – 30.00 credits)
- 27.00 credits of core courses (outlined below)
- 3.00 credits of elective(s)
- ACTG 5100 3.00 - FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING FOR MANAGERS
This course examines the assumptions and decision usefulness of financial statements that are prepared for creditors and shareholders. Emphasis is placed on interpretation of financial statements, using examples from several companies. Issues including sustainability and ethics are incorporated in class discussions and cases.Read more >
- ACTG 5210 1.50 - MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING
This course provides an introduction to management accounting techniques that are useful in management decision making situations such as cost management, pricing special orders, determining service levels and performance appraisal. The non-applicability of external reporting figures for most management decisions is reviewed. In arriving at managerial decisions, all stakeholder interests are considered, including socially responsible decision making around key issues.
Prerequisite: SB/ACTG 5100 3.00Read more >
- ECON 5100 3.00 - THE ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS
This course provides managers with an overview of the economic environment within which business must operate, and an understanding of some of the analytical tools which economists use to solve business, economic, environmental and social problems. Key concepts and ideas from microeconomics, macroeconomics, environmental and international economics are introduced. Topics relevant to real-world issues and problems are discussed.Read more >
- FINE 5200 3.00 - MANAGERIAL FINANCE
Provides an opportunity to learn about investment and financing decisions. The investment decisions involve asset valuation, capital budgeting, risk management, working capital management and performance assessment. The financing decisions include the choice of capital structure and financial instruments, the risk-return trade-off, financial planning and cost of capital. Ethical, environmental, and corporate governance considerations are integrated into investment and financing decisions.Read more >
- MGMT 5150 3.00 - SKILLS FOR LEADERSHIP
This course develops thinking and reflective skills required for leadership in a complex world. Drawing on complexity theory and a multiple-perspectives framework that embraces sustainability, ethics, history, and diversity & inclusion, the course advances students’ ability to think creatively, analytically, and strategically. Students learn to identify and reframe complex problems more effectively, and to develop and communicate innovative solutions compellingly.Read more >
- MKTG 5200 3.00 - MARKETING MANAGEMENT
This course familiarizes students with the major marketing concepts (buyer behaviour, segmentation, targeting, positioning, product/service development and management, pricing, distribution, communication). It applies these concepts to profit, not-for-profit, new, mature, service, product-based, domestic and international organizations. It develops specific skills such as problem-solving, verbal presentation, business writing and group work. Marketing ethics and sustainability issues are integrated into the course.Read more >
- OMIS 5110 1.50 - INFORMATION SYSTEMS
The aim of this course is to create an understanding of key management issues with respect to the use of computer and information systems in modern business applications. Core technologies of hardware, software, databases, telecommunications, internet and the web, IT security, as well as emerging technologies such as AI and blockchain will be explored from a management perspective. As well as exploring technological, economic and organizational facets, important equity, environment, and social justice issues like gender and racial bias in AI, digital exclusion, e-waste, and carbon reporting are also examined.Read more >
- OMIS 5120 1.50 - QUANTITATIVE METHODS
An introduction to the use of quantitative methods for business research, analysis, forecasting and decision making. The aim is to convey not only an understanding of methods, but also to give an appreciation of their use in addressing actual business problems impacting society, and to acquaint students with computer software necessary for implementing these methods. Problems revolving around economic, social, human, and environmental sustainability will be highlighted throughout the course, including ethical considerations around the collection, interpretation and use of statistical information.Read more >
- OMIS 5210 1.50 - OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT
Operations management in both manufacturing and service organizations involves the coordination of complex and dynamic systems of people, technology and materials to achieve competitive objectives. The impact of alternative strategies for delivering quality products in a cost-effective manner is examined. This includes currently popular inventory management philosophies such as `Total Quality Management' and `Just-In-Time' inventory management. Ethical considerations relating to the development of socio-technical systems and environmental implications of TQM will be highlighted.Read more >
- ORGS 5100 3.00 - ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOUR
The purpose of this course is to create a knowledge base from which students can develop organizational competence. It examines the relationships between organizational performance and the behaviour of individuals, groups, and overall organizations. In the process, emphasis is given to the importance of interpersonal issues and to issues arising from technological change, workforce diversity, ethical challenges, and internationalization. Consideration is also given to issues pertaining to the natural environment such as sustainability and ESG.Read more >
- SUST 5200 3.00 - BUSINESS AND SUSTAINABILITY
This course explores how organizations respond to increasing expectations to deliver sustainable performance at the economic, social and environmental level. Students grasp different ways in which companies can respond to growing pressures to adopt sustainability and study strategies of how companies can lead the way forward by developing practical solutions to some of society's most challenging problems.
Prerequisites/Corequisites/Course Exclusions: Open to MBA students only. No prerequisites required.Read more >
Note: Students who took SGMT 5800 should not be taking SUST 5200
MBA 2 (second half – 30.00 credits)
- 6.00 credits of core courses (outlined below)
- 24.00 credits of electives
- MGMT 6090 0.00 - STRATEGY FIELD STUDY FORMATION
The Strategy Field Study is the culmination of an MBA student's work. Through a teambased two-term in-depth study of a client organization, students integrate acquired knowledge and skills to analyze the organization's internal and external environments, including environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors, and develop actionable recommendations and an implementation plan that contribute to the organization's future economic and ESG success. Students must form their teams for the Strategy Field Study in the term that they begin the process and must register in MGMT 6090 to formalize the start of the study. Students must also register for MGMT 6100.30 in either the first or second term of the Strategy Field Study.
Prerequisites: Students are required to complete all 5000-series Required Foundations of Management Core Courses before enrolling in this course. Prerequisite or Corequisite: SGMT 6000.30 and registration in MGMT 6100.00 in the first or second term of the Field Study.
Learn more about the Strategy Field Study.Read more >
- MGMT 6100 3.00 - STRATEGY FIELD STUDY
The Strategy Field Study is the culmination of an MBA student's work. Through a teambased two-term in-depth study of a client organization, students integrate acquired knowledge and skills to analyze the organization's internal and external environments, including environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors, and develop actionable recommendations and an implementation plan that contribute to the organization's future economic and ESG success.
NOTE: Students undertake their Strategy Field Study after completing the 5000-series Required Foundations of Management Core Courses
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- SGMT 6000 3.00 - STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT
This course examines business and corporate strategy. The focus is on strategic management, the process of choosing and defining purposes and objectives, formulating, and implementing a viable strategy and monitoring strategic performance. It deals with the organization in its totality and demonstrates how and why the various functions of business are interdependent and need to be coordinated for the organization to perform effectively. The course applies the discipline of strategic management to a variety of organizations while addressing issues of ethics, sustainability and corporate social responsibility.
Course Credit Exclusions: SB/INTL 6000.030, SB/PUBL 6000.030 Prerequisites: Students are required to complete all 5000-series Required Foundations of Management Core Courses before enrolling in this course.
Prerequisites: Students are required to complete all 5000-series Required Foundations of Management Core Courses before enrolling in this course.Read more >