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UBC Master of Management Early Career Masters

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Want to fast-track your career? Make it our business. Give your career a boost by pairing your Bachelor’s degree with the Master of Management-Early Career Masters program from the Robert H. Lee Graduate School at the Sauder School of Business. Backed by Sauder’s reputation, the Master of Management degree will get you noticed — and will get you further.


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community business program







Optional ECM Preparation


Mandatory Orientation and Business Immersion

Capstone Course









Class Free Week Optional study abroad program

This program requires nine months of full-time study to complete. Classes run from September 2013 to May 2014, with graduation in November 2014. The program calendar graphically displays the general organization of the program timeline. Exact dates vary each year.

Business Training, Personal Growth In the UBC MM-ECM, we don’t just train you for a successful career in business, we provide you with a transformative learning experience. Developed to address the evolving needs of today’s most progressive employers, the MM-ECM curriculum provides you with a vital grounding in a broad spectrum of business and management disciplines, as well as communication skills. You’ll work with classmates from diverse cultural backgrounds to solve real-world business challenges, discovering opportunities for personal growth and development in a small, dynamic and uniquely connected learning environment.

Program highlights include:

ECM Preparation

Capstone Course

Our optional prep course is designed to bolster your quantitative and economics skills, preparing you for the demanding nature of the MM-ECM curriculum.

This is your opportunity to demonstrate your new skills. In the Capstone Course, you present your business solutions for live case studies to industry leaders.

Business Immersion

Study Abroad Opportunities

This mandatory week-long course runs the week prior to the start of classes and is designed to familiarize you with graduate business teaching and learning methods.

MM-ECM Study Abroad programs take place during the summer months. Participating students will gain extra credit for international experience and graduate with an option in International Business.

Community Business Program From January to May, you’ll engage, collaborate and network with local businesses on group projects as you apply your classroom knowledge to real-world scenarios.

Career Development Working with the Hari B. Varshney Business Career Centre and your career coach, you’ll acquire valuable career-development skills, including resumé writing, interview techniques and networking.


Success Begins Early with the MM-ECM For those with a Bachelor’s degree in non-business disciplines like arts, science and engineering, the MM-ECM is an opportunity to learn the fundamental principles of sound business and management practice—all in a collaborative, creative environment bolstered by the vitality and intelligence of like-minded peers, professors and professionals. Given the depth and breadth of skills you'll learn in just nine months of study, the MM-ECM makes for a strategically sound investment in your future, whether you’re looking to accelerate your career or gain a fundamental understanding of business that will benefit your career for decades to come.

Is the MM-ECM a Good Fit For You? Designed as a significant upgrade and complement to your Bachelor’s degree, the MM-ECM makes an ideal choice to advance your education and career prospects if:

The UBC Master of Management-Early Career Masters program gives you the opportunity to learn with and from some of the brightest minds in Canada, while cultivating a dynamic peer network. Like you, the students drawn to this type of rigorous learning are creative, ambitious, enthusiastic and looking to make the most of their career potential.

• you are a 4th-year Bachelor’s student or a recent graduate in a non-business degree program

• you want to leverage your undergraduate degree with relevant business acumen and skills

• you want to upgrade your career path but have limited work experience

• you wish to advance quickly into management and other leadership positions

Class Profile

Undergraduate Degree Majors

Typical class size


Computer Science







51% / 49%



Canadians/non-citizens ratio 59% / 41%



Number of countries represented

Social Sciences


Average age


Average GMAT score Male/female ratio


* Based on statistics from the 2012 intake

“What stood out for me in the UBC MM-ECM was the quality of the people I met and the connections I made. Being challenged to solve real-world business problems in a team environment really gave me a sense of how to create value and contribute. The program provided opportunities to collaborate with like-minded people, and in the process, develop life-lasting friendships.” Melanie Gabanna Business Analyst, Habanero Consulting Group MM 2012

Previous education: BA in Psychology, Double Minor in Geography and Environment Citizenship: Canadian and French 03

MM-ECM or MBA. What is the difference?  While the MM-ECM is internationally recognized and ideal for opening new doors in your field, it does differ from our MBA program, as well as other top-tier MBA programs, in several significant ways.

UBC MM-ECM Program

Top-tier MBA Programs

Previous Work Experience

Not required; direct entry from Bachelor’s degree.

Required. Typically 5+ years of full-time professional work experience acquired after a Bachelor’s degree.


Begin MM-ECM directly after completion of Bachelor’s degree. Typically at 22 or 23 years of age.

Average age of students is 28-30.

Length of Program

9 months.

1-2 years.

Program Content

Broad-based management education including topics on all major business functions.

Introduction to all major business functions plus the ability to specialize / major in a specific area.

Program Cost

$25,777 CAD.

$40,000-$70,000 CAD.

Employment Outcomes

Based on Bachelor’s and MM-ECM degree. Typically entry-level management positions in a broad range of business fields.

Based on professional work experience of 5+ years and MBA degree. Typically senior-level management positions.

“I chose the UBC MM-ECM because I didn’t see MBA programs as something that would bring me the same value without significant work experience. The MM-ECM gave me a good understanding of a wide range of business areas. I can apply for jobs knowing that I have a solid base in any area an employer needs me to work in.” John Holt HSBC International Manager MM 2010

Previous education: BA Double Major in Political Science and History Citizenship: Canadian and British 04

Career Development with the Hari B. Varshney Business Career Centre When you graduate from the Master of Management-Early Career Masters program, you’ll get more than an impressive credential that is highly regarded by top employers. You’ll also have partnered with the Business Career Centre (BCC) to develop the skills and strategies you need to navigate your way through today’s highly competitive job market. The BCC offers both a structured program and personal consultation with an MM-ECM Career Manager to help you identify, develop and achieve your unique career goals. In addition, the BCC continuously promotes UBC MM-ECM graduates to the business community locally, nationally and internationally by coordinating recruiting events and interviews, and posting positions on the Career Centre website. You’ll benefit from one-on-one career coaching and career workshops in areas such as:

• self-assessment • building your brand: on paper, in person and online • business resumés • effective business communication • researching your career options • interviewing • job search strategies • building relationships and business networking • negotiations • careers in business

Locations of Working MM-ECM Graduates Hong Kong






New York






Sample MM-ECM Positions Consultant IT Coordinator Management Trainee Marketing Analyst Merchandising Analyst Project Manager Sales Manager Systems Engineer

“If you want to broaden your business knowledge and complement your undergraduate education you are in the right place. The MM-ECM program has given me a great overview and a much better understanding of the business world. I also gained an international business network through my classmates and the connections I made during the year.” Veronique Hadade Systems Engineer and Business Development, MDA MM 2010

Previous education: MSc in Mechanical Engineering Citizenship: Canadian, raised in France 06 05

The University of British Columbia Now a century old and Canada’s third largest university, the University of British Columbia is an intellectual home for some of the world’s leading scientists, scholars, artists, writers and inventors. Ranked among the world’s 30 best universities, UBC is located on a spectacular 100-acre forested peninsula just west of Vancouver’s downtown core.

The West Coast Advantage Vancouver has it all. A vibrant urban setting, diverse culture and cuisine, moderate climate—all set against a breathtaking backdrop of mountains, ocean and beaches. Host city of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, Vancouver offers year round outdoor recreation and a wide range of cultural activities. A thoroughly modern, sophisticated city, Vancouver often tops international lists of best places to live in the world. Vancouver has a diverse business community and is home to numerous leading edge companies. Considered to be North America’s gateway to the Pacific Rim, Vancouver has strong links to burgeoning international markets and acts as a gateway to opportunities for our MM-ECM students.

“Working on group assignments was my favourite part of the MM-ECM because of the diverse academic and cultural backgrounds of students. There are very few places in academia where a software engineer can work with a scientist, philosopher, civil engineer and an actress to deliver accurate results on a real-world business case. I like how the MM-ECM program reflects real life.” Arash Saghafi Research Assistant/MSc Candidate University of British Columbia MM 2010

Previous education: BSc in Software Engineering Citizenship: Canadian and Iranian 06

Admissions Information The UBC Master of Management–Early Career Masters program seeks bright, talented, enthusiastic and creative individuals who are committed to a high level of achievement in all areas of their lives. To select the most suitable candidates, we use the following criteria:

Academic Achievement Candidates from diverse academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. A 4-year Bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution is required. The MM-ECM program is not appropriate for candidates who have a major or minor in Business Administration, Commerce or Management. Successful applicants generally have an overall standing of B+ or better in their undergraduate degree.

Life Experience, Innovation, Motivation

English Language Proficiency

The MM-ECM is considered a “pre-experience” graduate business degree. Therefore, work experience is not required for admission to the program. However, any work, volunteer, travel and extra-curricular experiences that you have had should be clearly communicated in your resumé and application essays. They will help give the admissions committee a sense of your leadership potential, maturity and ambition.

Successful applicants must be able to speak, comprehend and write fluently in English. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic, IELTS Academic, or a MELAB is required for all candidates whose degrees are from a university outside Canada or the United States in which English is not the official language of instruction. For complete details on our admissions requirements and current tuition fees, go to

GMAT or GRE Score The GMAT or GRE is mandatory for all applicants; your application will not be evaluated before we receive your official GMAT or GRE scores.

Application Process

Application Deadlines

MBA & ECM Programs Office

Apply online at with an application fee of $125. Once you have submitted your online application, all official supporting documents should be sent to the MBA & ECM Programs Office as soon as possible to complete your application.

Early Decision: February 28 Regular Decision: May 15

Robert H. Lee Graduate School Sauder School of Business University of British Columbia 137 - 2053 Main Mall Vancouver BC V6T 1Z2

We use a rolling admissions process in which applications are evaluated in the order in which they are completed. Therefore, it is to your advantage to submit your completed application as early as possible before the application deadline. Complete application instructions can be found on our website.

Learn More. Today. To get a better understanding of the MM-ECM program, go to where you can read our student profiles, follow us on Twitter, connect with us on Facebook and find out about upcoming information sessions.

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