Business Administration (MBA)


The MBA is recognized worldwide as the hallmark of the management professional.  Graduates of the UNBC MBA program develop a well-rounded understanding of the skills needed by leaders of private and public sector organizations, and the challenges facing enterprises in general, and northern ones in particular.

The program is designed to allow professionals to complete their degree within two years while continuing to work full-time.  During the first year of the program, students are introduced to the major disciplinary areas within the field of business, including strategy, economics, accounting, finance, organizational behaviour, marketing, and operations management.  This part of the program builds the broad base of knowledge and skills required by senior management. 

During the second year of the program, students gain a broad understanding of the global, legal and ethical environment in which organizations operate, and of the challenges facing organizations.  In the context of northern British Columbia, there are economic, social, and environmental challenges confronting small and rural communities participating in a resource-based economy.  Through the development of leadership and management capabilities, the MBA Program helps communities and organizations achieve sustainable success and prosperity in a changing and complex world.  

Course participants have the opportunity to focus on individual interests during the MBA Project.  Working under the supervision of a faculty member, students complete a major research project, applying relevant theory to the study of a substantial organizational problem or issue.

The MBA program course work normally includes work assessed on an individual and group basis.  Enterprise problems are seldom completely resolved through individual effort, and group work reinforces and enhances individual ability to work within multi-disciplinary teams.

Students come to the MBA program with diverse backgrounds, a range of social and cultural perspectives, and different industry and business experiences. The MBA program encourages this diversity as it fosters a rich learning environment.

Admission Requirements

The number of spaces in the MBA Program each year is limited to facilitate quality interaction with faculty and to enrich learning for every student.  Admission is by a selection process based on criteria described below.

In addition to the general admission requirements outlined in Section 1.0 of the Graduate Studies Admissions and Regulations, candidates are required to provide:

  • Evidence of a minimum of three years of work experience in a managerial or professional position;

  • Three letters of reference from academics, colleagues, supervisors or significant clients;

  • Demonstrated proficiency in English, as stipulated in Section 1.1 of the Graduate Studies Admissions and Regulations.

Application deadlines are found under "Semester Dates"  online at, or at the School of Business web page at

For additional information about graduate admissions or to download application materials, go to the Office of Graduate Administration website at

For additional information regarding admissions, please see the Graduate Studies Admissions and Regulations.

Exceptional Admission

Under special circumstances, candidates who either lack a formal degree or do not meet the grade point average requirements but who have other outstanding qualifications, such as a professional designation, may be eligible for admission.  For these candidates, a personal interview is required. The personal interview is designed to assess the applicant’s business skills and knowledge.

Required Courses for the First Year

Business and Corporate Strategy
Corporate Finance
Organizational Behaviour
Operations Management
Business Analytics
Canada's Asia Pacific Gateway
ECON 608-3 Managerial Economics

Required Courses for Second Year

CHOOSE Option A or B

Option A

Five of the following:
MBA Project
Strategy Implementation
International Business
Law, Governance and Ethics
Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations

Leadership Practice and Development
Project Management
Management of Technology

Option B

Strategy Implementation
International Business
Law, Governance and Ethics
Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations
Leadership Practice and Development
Project Management
Management of Technology
Updated: July 8, 2022