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Sooner or later, every great idea has to be managed. Tomorrow’s
initiative together without compromise – blending strong management with the highest levels of innovation. The Alberta School of Business MBA Program combines aggressive thinking with tools that sustain breakthrough concepts, designed to take you into the future with unprecedented
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Each year, we admit a strong cadre of talented individuals with a desire to gain the skills and insights to conceive and nurture the boldest business endeavours. And each
Nature nurtures innovation.
Where the Rocky Mountains meet the Canadian Prairies, Alberta’s diverse landscape provides an all-season and around the clock inspiration to “big picture” thinking. The awe-inspiring natural surroundings reflect strength in diversity and issue a challenge to remain open-minded and find merit in difference. Here in Alberta we enjoy a quality of life second to none; a benefit both of geography that includes the world famous Banff and Jasper National Parks as well one of the strongest economies in North America. Abundant natural resources and a rapidly growing population characterized by a skilled and educated workforce have made Alberta a leading destination for commerce and tourism. The population of Alberta is growing faster than the rest of the nation. Relative to the rest of Canada, Albertans enjoy the highest overall income, the highest disposable income and the lowest tax burden. Alberta is one of the top research centres in North America and Edmonton is designated as one of five “Smart Cities” in Canada.
a changing climate creates a climate for change.
Edmonton, the capital of the Province of
tech industry. The economy is strong and
• An infrastructure that encourages a
Alberta, is a city influenced by four distinct
with over one million people in the greater
plethora of recreational sporting activities,
seasons. Each brings a fresh perspective,
from running in the river valley (the largest
new energy, and a stimulus for innovative
shortage of things to do. Hosting in excess
municipal park system in North America),
thinking and alternative approaches. An
of 30 large festivals each year, Edmonton
to organized recreational sports leagues on
expansive park system runs through the
enjoys the title “Festival City.” Edmonton is
and off the University of Alberta campus.
City and along the banks of the North
Saskatchewan River. Brisk, sunshine-filled winters are complemented by very pleasant summers. A location only a few hours drive from the Canadian Rocky Mountains and
• Thriving arts and drama communities with numerous professional and amateur theatre options.
• Professional sports organizations, including the Oilers (National Hockey League) and the Eskimos (Canadian Football League). At the University of Alberta, students enjoy
Banff and Jasper National Parks invites
• A wide array of performance venues
an exceptional quality of life. The remarkable
skiing and snowboarding in the winter, and
and musical events. The city not only
campus is set in the midst of a city offering
unrivalled hiking, climbing, mountain biking
boasts an acclaimed symphony orchestra,
the excitement of world-class attractions
and sightseeing in the summer.
but also annual jazz and folk festivals,
and entertainment, together with easy access
and a constant stream of concerts by
to some of the most beautiful and involving
landscapes on earth.
complemented by a fast growing high-
Innovation springs from a long and proud history. Classes began at the University of Alberta in 1908. Over the past century, the U of A has established a reputation as one of the leading universities in Canada with an intense focus on, and extensive funding for, research. The Universityâ€™s location in the heart of Albertaâ€™s capital city inextricably ties it to the vibrant and expanding provincial economy.â€Ż The University is home to more than 36,000 full- and part-time students enrolled in over 200 undergraduate and graduate level degree programs. Programs and courses are developed and led by internationally renowned professors drawn here by an academic culture that is open, exploratory, and supported by an innovative and fully involved business community. A strong and successful link has been forged between the academic and research focus of the University and the surrounding business community. Over fifty companies have sprung from U of A research initiatives; more than can be claimed by any Canadian university and a close second in all of North America.
senior finAnciAl AnAlyst Adp cAnAdA the Alberta mBA with the international Business Specialization opened doors to immense opportunities. not only did it enable me to develop and focus my personal abilities, but also the close ties within Albertaâ€™s dynamic business world made the journey a lifetime experience. SChOOL OF BUSinESS BUiLDing
A REPUtAtiOn WELL EARnED AnD highLY ACKnOWLEDgED. Canadaâ€™s leading business schools, offering internationally
Commerce, MBA and PhD programs. The School is consistently rated among the best in Canada in terms of research, teaching and community involvement. But recognition goes far beyond domestic borders.
the balance of the public.
of Alumni. Institutions earning accreditation
On many occasions, our faculty members have been recognized nationally for teaching excellence. The Alberta MBA is regarded as
confirm their commitment to quality and continuous improvement through a rigorous and comprehensive peer review.
one of the top 100 MBA programs in the
AACSB accreditation is the hallmark of
world by the Financial Times of London.
excellence in management education.
The Alberta School of Business is also the longest continuously AACSB accredited business
Research at the School of Business is
recognized as being in the top five percent of
the highest standard of achievement for
publicly funded universities worldwide. This
business schools worldwide and stands
research is cutting edge and finds its way
as testament to the diversity of programs,
into the hands of students before it reaches
research strength and career development
The Alberta School of Business is one of
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my mBA has allowed me to see the global business climate from a whole new perspective. i can analyze issues and create innovative solutions to problems in the face of a rapidly evolving global business environment.
Where academia meets attitude. The Alberta School of Business MBA
Program is extremely strong.
opportunity for those who choose an
The program is unquestionably challenging, inspiring, focused, effective and “real world”.
Alberta MBA. • Our MBA program builds on a core
The Alberta MBA attracts strong, mature
Our Business Advisory Council is comprised
incredible research talent, this does not
of outstanding business leaders and works
environment through their rich and diverse
come at the expense of teaching. Our
to ensure that our programming addresses
Supported, encouraged and motivated
high quality instruction is informed by
to excel in a booming resource and
a thorough, integrated grounding in
to our MBA program are smart, savvy
exceptional research. One of the key
high-tech based economy, our students
management essentials, while leaving
and hardworking with leadership ability,
strengths of the Alberta MBA is the climate
pursue a practical course that invites
room for more specialized course work
initiative, excellent communication skills,
of collaboration that brings that knowledge
innovation and produces precedent-setting
and work experience.
strong career ambitions and the desire to
into the classroom.
Discover What You Can Do The approach that differentiates us is the desire and capacity to stimulate personal growth and insight, and foster the creation of unique approaches to business. Our
• We deliver a multi-disciplinary education with a global perspective on business, equip students to handle the knowledge and information-based economy, and provide graduates with strong problem solving and communication skills.
graduates go beyond the mere execution of
• The School continues to be at the forefront
proven techniques to the bold exploration
of innovation through inspired teaching
of breakthrough ideas.
techniques and a cutting-edge curriculum.
• The first goal of the Alberta MBA Program is to provide students with current knowledge as well as pragmatic and sought after skills that will enable career choice.
leading data and wireless technology. The U of A attracts students from a wide variety of
and dynamic, with four 3M Teaching
These include: Natural Resources Energy
Fellowships to our credit. This prestigious
and the Environment, Finance, Technology
post-secondary teaching award in Canada
Commercialization, International Business,
recognizes not only instructional excellence
Leisure and Sport Management, and Public
Average Work Experience
but also educational leadership. We are
proud to support more award winners than
Profile of Entering Students International Students
any other Canadian business school.
Regardless of focus, students are welcome to attend classes and take advantage of special lectures from industry leaders in each of these key areas. These opportunities are open to both full-time and part-time students.
Science - 33% Engineering - 20% Commerce - 17%
disciplines and countries. The entering class
Arts - 16%
Science - 33%
experience and moves through the program
Commerce - 17%
Economics - 10%
Engineering - 20%
as a group, in a collaborative, applied
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is expected to have at least two years work
alumni and members of the business
are particularly relevant to the regional,
The School of Business faculty is young
learning style, and close ties to over 20,000
choose among multiple specializations that
with other students. One-on-one instruction
particular, personal abilities.
• Small class sizes, an applied hands-on
to pursue a general degree or they can
from faculty and allow for close relationships
approaches and an understanding of
make an impact in the business world.
Students are provided with the opportunity
Our small classes foster personal attention
and extensive participation are supported by
enrolled into the full-time and part-time
• The second goal is to encourage new
• Each year, approximately 50 students are
Other - 4%
Arts - 16%
Typically 12-15% of the class also hold graduate degrees. Economics - 10% Other - 4%
We offer four joint programs with other University of Alberta faculties. Students complete each of the four joint programs in one year less than taking each degree separately.
MBa/MastEr of forEstrY
The MBA/LLB is offered in conjunction
This program prepares students to take
with the University of Alberta Faculty
a leadership role in the forestry industry
of Law. The program was developed for
by providing a strong foundation in
students seeking a career defined by the
management fundamentals with leading edge
tradition of law and the application of
practices in the science of forestry. Offered in
management practices. Graduates of this
conjunction with the Faculty of Agriculture,
intensive four year program are well
Life and Environmental Sciences, students
prepared for demanding and worthwhile
are able to learn from leaders in both the
careers in both the legal and business
forestry and business fields while completing
professions, particularly in areas where the
the program requirements in just two years
two disciplines coincide.
of full-time study.
MBa/MastEr of EnginEEring
MBa/MastEr of agriculturE
This program enables students with an
This program is designed for individuals
undergraduate degree in Engineering to
interested in pursuing an advanced degree
further advance their knowledge in this field
in agriculture with a strong management
while developing strong management skills,
focus. Trends in the agriculture and food
thereby gaining a competitive advantage
sectors have shown an increased demand
in the global marketplace. The MBA/MEng
for leaders with both technical knowledge
allows students to meet the requirements
and business acumen. Students are able to
for both degrees in just two years of full-
complete the program requirements in just
two years full-time.
The foundation of the Alberta MBA is a compulsory list of courses delivering business fundamentals. Through a rich choice of electives constituting roughly half the program credits, students tailor their Alberta MBA to suit their interests. In many instances, students deepen their knowledge by choosing a niche specialization that takes advantage of Albertaâ€™s unique economic strengths.
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The Alberta MBA in Finance provides
Students are challenged to widen their
A program unique in Canada and one of
students with the skills, knowledge and
perspective and learn new approaches to
only a few worldwide. Students interact
tools to succeed in the world of finance.
compete in the global marketplace. Students
with leaders in Albertaâ€™s world renowned
The core faculty has significant experience
choose from electives covering areas such
natural resources and energy sector through
in the financial industry and cover topics
as international finance, marketing, business
work experience, seminars and summer
law, international perspectives on workforce
internships. Students analyze key strategic
capital, international finance, mergers &
management, and Asian economic and
questions facing industry leaders and policy
acquisitions and trading. The graduates of
business management. They complete a
makers through coursework that focuses
the program are well positioned to work
relevant research project and have the
on economics and markets. Internationally
in the areas of investment banking, private
option of participating in an international
recognized U of A researchers in fields related
equity and corporate finance.
exchange with one of 13 universities, an
to resources and energy offer electives in
international study tour or a double degree
relevant and challenging disciplines.
with a partner institution.
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Strength in public sector management
entrepreneurs and managers to create and
is developed by analyzing key issues in
grow high technology businesses, and
This program, unique in Canada, offers a
a public sector context. Courses include
to facilitate technology-driven economic
diverse curriculum combining an MBA with
strategic management, human resource
growth. Students can gain practical
courses from the University of Albertaâ€™s
management, policy development and
experience through an optional summer
internship with an organization actively
Education and Recreation. This specialization
involved in commercialization. Typical
will help develop the skills and knowledge
to build a successful management career in
studies, competitive analyses, negotiations,
voluntary sports organizations, the leisure
patent evaluation and patent processes,
sector or professional sports.
project management, and international technology transfer assessments.
go to www.mba.net for links to joint degrees.
go to www.mba.net for links to specializations.
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the mBA experience is about opening minds and unlocking opportunities. it has given me the tools i need to understand business challenges and to recognize my strengths and weaknesses; it taught me how to excel by applying my skills where they make a difference.
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• 25-station computer lab dedicated for
On a regular basis, experts and leaders from
• HUB Mall (connected to the School of
MBA students. State-of-the-art computers
the local, regional and national business
Business building) offers an incredible
with a broad range of leading software
community are brought in to speak to MBA
array of places to have coffee, lunch
programs are available 24 hours per day.
students. These lively and interactive events
encourage candid viewpoints from speakers • High-speed wireless connections to the Internet throughout the building. • “Smart” classrooms with full multimedia capability for teaching and group presentations.
outstanDing liBrarY anD DataBasE accEss
as well as open and lively discussion. These
• The Jean de la Bruyere Lounge is equipped
catered forums are held over the lunch
with meeting tables and comfortable
hour or in the later afternoon in an effort
furniture suitable for long discussions or
to ensure that both full-time and part-time
just taking a break.
students are able to attend.
historic Garneau neighbourhood adjacent to
• Dedicated MBA carrels with locking
formally or informally.
Students can access collections and assistance
storage space are available on the third
in our virtual Winspear Business Reference
and fourth floors of the building.
Library 24/7. Our collection of financial and international business databases rates among the top in Canada and our marketing, research
• Business Graduate House (located in the campus) is also a great place for convening –
• Study space is also available in campus libraries as well as Business Graduate House.
and information technology databases are the
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talking with individuals who have graduated from other mBA programs across the country, i feel that no other program could have given me the same kind of access to the skill set i need to compete and excel in a highly competitive environment.
best in the country.
senior consultAnt Meyers norris penny the Alberta mBA has opened many doors that may have otherwise remained closed to me. it enabled me to best position myself in our everchanging market and gave me the skills to succeed.
Experience at your fingertips. Mentorship Program
Managing Change. Making a Difference.
On completion of the MBA program,
Alumni and other members of the business
graduates become part of a large Alumni
community from Alberta and across North
After graduation, Alberta MBA Alumni have
America seek to provide mentorship to
gone on to establish distinguished careers
professional and academic circles worldwide.
students in the program. Sometimes the
in every sector of business in Canada and
The Schoolâ€™s Business Alumni Association
across the world. Our graduates share a
(BAA), with 20,000 members, keeps our
that would be valuable or guidance on
strong knowledge base readily applied in the
alumni connected to current students and
business world, a strong network of fellow
the School, as well as fellow professionals.
times, the core benefit results from instant
Alumni, the Alberta MBA degree and most
The BAA hosts several events during the
integration into an established network. Our
of all a spirit of adventure!
year such as the annual dinner, golf
mentors represent professionals working
tournaments, reunion weekend and other
in areas including banking, government,
Alberta MBA Alumni are overwhelmingly satisfied with their education. In post graduation surveys they repeatedly indicate that the Alberta MBA delivered the critical thinking skills necessary for their work and that they compete successfully in the marketplace. Consistently, over 90 percent of our graduates are employed within three months of graduation.
KRISTINA WILLIAMS VICE PRESIDENT, MARKETING AND SALES NATRACEUTICAL CANADA INC. HOnorary consul for sweden I have the tools I need to make strategic decisions at the senior management level. One of the main benefits of the Alberta MBA is the small class size that enables students to interact with each other and the professors. Also, the MBA featured excellent guest lecturers and high quality teaching.
AssociAte, coMMerciAl BAnKinG ciBc coMMerciAl BAnKinG in addition to a world-class education, the Alberta mBA provided excellent networking opportunities. this has allowed me to take my career to a higher level.
LEARning OUtSiDE thE CLASSROOm. Extracurricular activities are an integral part of the MBA experience, giving students opportunities to meet, relax, network, learn and gain
valuable leadership experience. These activities also help build the strong camaraderie that continues for years after graduation.
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the mBA not only helped me develop management skills i use everyday, the knowledge i attained significantly changed the way iâ€™ve grown and developed my business.
The MBA Association is a student representative
Net Impact is an international network of
The University of Alberta is an active sports
body, providing professional, supportive
emerging business leaders committed to
community with 14 intercollegiate teams
programs and services for its members.
using the power of business to create a better
and a record of over 30 championships over
world. It is also the most progressive and
the past three decades. The MBA Association
influential network of MBAs in existence
also participates heavily in intramural
today. Originally founded as Students for
programs, fielding teams in hockey, basketball,
Responsible Business in 1993, Net Impact
soccer and volleyball among others. The
has developed into a mission-driven
University is home to world-class athletic
facilities, including indoor running tracks,
an indoor climbing wall, ice rinks, pools,
gymnasiums, ball courts and a well-equipped
MBa gaMEs The MBA Games competition is an annual contest involving students in Canadian MBA programs who compete in various academic, athletic and cultural activities while promoting university fellowship and citizenry. The event is the largest gathering of MBA students in Canada, and is held at different schools across Canada each year.
intErnational stuDY tours International study tours are a chance for
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Case competitions permit students to apply academic material to real world problems. Opportunities exist to participate in the annual internal case competition as well as others throughout North America.
students to travel with their classmates to countries around the globe and experience firsthand the business environment outside of Canada. Students have opportunities to visit organizations, learn from prominent business leaders and instructors, network with international organizations, and explore the culture and sights during the tour.
Obtaining an mBA in Public management enabled me to further my knowledge and skills necessary for a leadership role in the public and/or private sector. the program not only provided me with a solid foundation in management, but also allowed me to specialize in effective policy development and implementation. i feel that i am now prepared for new challenges in my career.
once they start the MBA program. Teaching in the classroom is complemented with life experiences through summer internships and research projects focusing on the most
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Our students diversify their career options
pertinent business issues. Our dedicated MBA career placement personnel deliver tangible results in permanent positions and internship opportunities for our students,
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while offering advice and tools to develop and plan out career options. We also leverage
our link to the corporate community and
Our dedication to career development
of our students.
continued efforts to match opportunities that leverage key skills with the desired paths of individual students. Our role is to act as the catalyst that enables students to take ownership of their own careers. We work exhaustively to ensure that doors are open in top companies throughout Alberta and Canada. With the added advantage of being located in the heart of Canadaâ€™s most vibrant economy, our job placement rate is outstanding.
For me the practical application of concepts was key. the program paved the way for a number of challenging opportunities and created the confidence to take my career in different and rewarding directions.
our strong ties to our Alumni to the benefit
intErnships All MBA students are encouraged to participate in a four-month summer internship between the first and second year of the program to apply newly acquired knowledge and skills. This paid internship serves to transfer the information acquired to an applied context, hone business
and communication skills and
build networks for career growth.
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Easily one of the best decisions of my life. i now have the skills and tools to compete globally. the Alberta mBA program is fast-paced, fun and fully the equal of the best mBA programs in the world.
proGrAM director, cAnnectin populAtion heAlth reseArch institute i entered the program with a PhD in Biochemistry. my Alberta mBA has opened up hundreds of career paths for me and allowed me to build on my science background in exciting new ways.
Substantial Scholarships and Financial Aid.
The Alberta MBA Program makes every effort to ensure that academically strong students
Our mission is not to fill seats, but rather to
• Undergraduate degree with a minimum
Applications are assessed when received. To
financial support. The University of Alberta
change lives. As such, our goal is to make
grade point average of 3.0/4.0 in the last
be considered for entrance scholarships and
School of Business and Faculty of Graduate
sure the Alberta MBA Program is the right
bursaries, a complete application package
must be submitted by January 31st.
scholarships and bursaries to Canadian and
choice for your future.
The Alberta MBA Program is an intensive 16-month program. Success requires high scholastic aptitude, a superior command of the English language, a proven potential for leadership and strong time-management skills. Admission to the Alberta MBA Program
motivated, bright, articulate individuals who have a strong standard of personal ethics. Candidates are evaluated individually based on an admissions package comprised of the following:
secondary institutions attended. • Work experience – minimum of two
The deadline for applications is April 30th for a September entrance.
years. • Résumé highlighting professional and volunteer experience.
international candidates. These are offered to both full- and part-time students entering our program. Scholarships are based on academic excellence while bursaries are based on financial need. Provincial and federal government loans are
• GMAT score – minimum 550.
also available to students in financial need.
• TOEFL score (if required) – minimum of
Between years one and two of the full-time
600 (paper-based test) or 100 (internetbased test). • Three letters of reference. • Statement of intent.
program students are eligible to apply for scholarships based on academic excellence during the first year of the program as well as community and volunteer activities. Teaching assistantships are also available to students who have completed the first year of the program. Prior to their arrival in Edmonton, Canadian students (or permanent residents) who require financial support should make application to the Canada Student Loan and other programs through their provincial government. Alberta residents can find relevant information at www.alis.gov.ab.ca.
Go to www.mba.net for the link to the application form.
BE THE FUTURE. You will find the University of Alberta School of Business to MBA 2007
be a mix of the anticipated and the unexpected. Here, you will
come to understand how business is done and then you will be encouraged to do it differently. One need only look at our
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Alumni to see that we are creating leaders. Our graduates move
The wide range of courses provided me with the flexibility to tailor the program towards my interests and career aspirations. The MBA helped me to obtain a corporate finance position at one of Canadaâ€™s most popular employers, grow professionally and personally, and last but not least develop lifetime friendships.
greatest benefit to all. They always have and they always will.
the world quickly and capably, in directions that will bring the
For more information about the Alberta MBA Programs contact:
Alberta MBA Programs Room 2-30 Business Building University of Alberta Edmonton, AB Canada T6G 2R6
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: 780.492.3946 Toll Free: 866.492.7676