VIU’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) students in class

Master of Business Administration MBA

  • Program Length 
    16 Months
  • Credential 
    Master Degree
  • Location Offered 
    Nanaimo

Are you ready to prepare for the next big step in your career as a business leader? Study for your Master's of Business Administration (MBA) degree in beautiful Vancouver Island, British Columbia in an intensive, rewarding, globally focused and highly regarded 14- or 16-month program.

MBA students at VIU benefit from a supportive, warm and welcoming learning environment, and benefit from expert instructors who will challenge you and who are dedicated to your success. Meet new friends while you learn the finer points of management, teamwork, business strategy, marketing and finance as you build meaningful networks and connections with colleagues and businesses both locally and globally.

Among MBA programs in Canada, VIU’s Master's of Business Administration is one of the finest with small classes, attainable entrance requirements, and a strong global business focus.

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program

ACBSP AccreditedVancouver Island University’s Master of Business Administration offers students the opportunity to learn in a dynamic global setting with students from all over the world. Our small class size enables students and faculty unique opportunities to learn, while the diversity of our students and faculty provide a pertinent global perspective for today’s business world.

Vancouver Island University’s Master of Business Administration is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Dual Degree Option

Vancouver Island University has partnered with the University of Hertfordshire in the UK to award our MBA students a dual degree option to earn also their University of Hertfordshire Master of Science in International Management (MSc.IM). The core program is the same whether a student is doing a single (MBA-only program) or a dual degree program, however, students completing the dual degree option must do the Applied Business Project.

The Program

The MBA program is offered in an intensive 14-16 month full-time format, which includes 12 core courses, 1 elective course, 2 specialization courses or an applied business project and a 4 month internship. Students without an undergraduate degree in business will need to complete an additional 2-3 month Foundation program before the start of the MBA program.

Students may choose to do a two-course specialization before proceeding to their internship. If they have not done a specialization or if they are taking the dual degree option, they will write an Applied Business Project under faculty supervision. Students can choose to do both a specialization and an Applied Business Project at an additional cost.

There are two start date options to choose from:

  • Option 1: Foundation Program – July and August; Core Program – September to June; Internship and Applied Business Project – July to October. (Students choosing a specialization will complete in December.)
  • Option 2: Foundation Program - September to November; Core Program – January to October; Internship and Applied Business Project – November to February. (Students choosing a specialization will complete in April).

Program Outline

Students without an undergraduate degree in business must complete the Foundation program before the start of the MBA program.

Foundation Program – 8 or 10 weeks

Credits

PMBA 501 - (Management and Strategy)

2

PMBA 502 - (Foundations of Marketing)

2

PMBA 503 - (Foundations of Economics)

2

PMBA 504 - (Basics of Accounting and Quantitative Methods)

2

Credits

8

Students in the MBA program choose one of the following options:

Dual Degree with Project

Semester 1 - 15 weeks

Credits

MBA 500 - (The Effective Manager)

3

MBA 502 - (Establishing the Global Context)

3

MBA 503 - (Management Decision-Making: Financial Analysis)

3

MBA 504 - (Management Decision-Making: Managerial Economics)

3

MBA 523 - (International Marketing)

3

MBA 578 - (Internship Preparation I)

1

Credits

16

 

Semester 2 - 15 weeks

Credits

MBA 501 - (Managing the Networked Enterprise)

3

MBA 505 - (Management Decision-Making: Operations and Decision Analysis)

3

MBA 506 - (Research Methods and Consulting Skills)

3

MBA 521 - (Financial Performance Measurement)

3

MBA 522 - (International Business Strategy)

3

MBA 579 - (Internship Preparation II)

1

Credits

16

Semester 3 - 7 weeks

Credits

MBA 540 - (International Human Resource Management)

3

MBA 541 - (Corporate Social Responsibility)

3

One elective chosen from:
MBA 520 - (Applied Human Resource Management)
MBA 560 - (Small Business Management)
MBA 561 - (Business Strategies for Sustainable Development)
MBA 562 - (Tourism Management)
MBA 564 - (Business Forecasting)
MBA 565 - (Special Topics in Management)

3

Credits

9

Semester 4 - 15 weeks

Credits

MBA 580 - (Internship)

7

MBA 581 - (Applied Business Project)

6

Credits

13

Dual Degree with Project and Specialization

Semester 1 - 15 weeks

Credits

MBA 500 - (The Effective Manager)

3

MBA 502 - (Establishing the Global Context)

3

MBA 503 - (Management Decision-Making: Financial Analysis)

3

MBA 504 - (Management Decision-Making: Managerial Economics)

3

MBA 523 - (International Marketing)

3

MBA 578 - (Internship Preparation I)

1

Credits

16

 

Semester 2 - 15 weeks

Credits

MBA 501 - (Managing the Networked Enterprise)

3

MBA 505 - (Management Decision-Making: Operations and Decision Analysis)

3

MBA 506 - (Research Methods and Consulting Skills)

3

MBA 521 - (Financial Performance Measurement)

3

MBA 522 - (International Business Strategy)

3

MBA 579 - (Internship Preparation II)

1

Credits

16

Semester 3 - 7 weeks

Credits

MBA 540 - (International Human Resource Management)

3

MBA 541 - (Corporate Social Responsibility)

3

For the Specialization in Finance, select one elective from:
MBA 567 - (Real Estate Investment)
MBA 570 - (Global Financial Institutions Management)
MBA 572 - (Global Investment Management)
MBA 573 - (Equity Security Analysis)
MBA 574 - (Fixed Income Security Analysis)
MBA 575 - (Derivative Instruments and Markets)
MBA 576 - (Multinational Financial Management)

or,

For the Specialization in Marketing, select one elective from:
MBA 531 - (Customer Insight Through Research & Analytics)
MBA 532 - (Advertising & Media)
MBA 533 - (Integrated Branding)
MBA 534 - (Direct Marketing)
MBA 563 - (Digital Marketing)
MBA 566 - (Strategic Marketing Management)

3

Credits

9

Semester 4 - 7 weeks

Credits

For the Specialization in Finance, select two electives from:
MBA 567 - (Real Estate Investment)
MBA 570 - (Global Financial Institutions Management)
MBA 572 - (Global Investment Management)
MBA 573 - (Equity Security Analysis)
MBA 574 - (Fixed Income Security Analysis)
MBA 575 - (Derivative Instruments and Markets)
MBA 576 - (Multinational Financial Management)

or,

For the Specialization in Marketing, select two electives from:
MBA 531 - (Customer Insight Through Research & Analytics)
MBA 532 - (Advertising & Media)
MBA 533 - (Integrated Branding)
MBA 534 - (Direct Marketing)
MBA 563 - (Digital Marketing)
MBA 566 - (Strategic Marketing Management)

6

Credits

6

Semester 5 - 15 weeks

Credits

MBA 580 - (Internship)

7

MBA 581 - (Applied Business Project)

6

Credits

13

Single Degree with Project

Semester 1 - 15 weeks

Credits

MBA 500 - (The Effective Manager)

3

MBA 502 - (Establishing the Global Context)

3

MBA 503 - (Management Decision-Making: Financial Analysis)

3

MBA 504 - (Management Decision-Making: Managerial Economics)

3

MBA 523 - (International Marketing)

3

MBA 578 - (Internship Preparation I)

1

Credits

16

Semester 2 - 15 weeks

Credits

MBA 501 - (Managing the Networked Enterprise)

3

MBA 505 - (Management Decision-Making: Operations and Decision Analysis)

3

MBA 506 - (Research Methods and Consulting Skills)

3

MBA 521 - (Financial Performance Measurement)

3

MBA 522 - (International Business Strategy)

3

MBA 579 - (Internship Preparation II)

1

Credits

16

Semester 3 - 7 weeks

Credits

MBA 540 - (International Human Resource Management)

3

MBA 541 - (Corporate Social Responsibility)

3

One elective chosen from:
MBA 520 - (Applied Human Resource Management)
MBA 560 - (Small Business Management)
MBA 561 - (Business Strategies for Sustainable Development)
MBA 562 - (Tourism Management)
MBA 564 - (Business Forecasting)
MBA 565 - (Special Topics in Management)

3

Credits

9

Semester 4 - 15 weeks

Credits

MBA 580 - (Internship)

7

MBA 581 - (Applied Business Project)

6

Credits

13

Single Degree with Specialization

Semester 1 - 15 weeks

Credits

MBA 500 - (The Effective Manager)

3

MBA 502 - (Establishing the Global Context)

3

MBA 503 - (Management Decision-Making: Financial Analysis)

3

MBA 504 - (Management Decision-Making: Managerial Economics)

3

MBA 523 - (International Marketing)

3

MBA 578 - (Internship Preparation I)

1

Credits

16

Semester 2 - 15 weeks

Credits

MBA 501 - (Managing the Networked Enterprise)

3

MBA 505 - (Management Decision-Making: Operations and Decision Analysis)

3

MBA 506 - (Research Methods and Consulting Skills)

3

MBA 521 - (Financial Performance Measurement)

3

MBA 522 - (International Business Strategy)

3

MBA 579 - (Internship Preparation II)

1

Credits

16

Semester 3 - 7 weeks

Credits

MBA 540 - (International Human Resource Management)

3

MBA 541 - (Corporate Social Responsibility)

3

For the Specialization in Finance, select one elective from:
MBA 567 - (Real Estate Investment)
MBA 570 - (Global Financial Institutions Management)
MBA 572 - (Global Investment Management)
MBA 573 - (Equity Security Analysis)
MBA 574 - (Fixed Income Security Analysis)
MBA 575 - (Derivative Instruments and Markets)
MBA 576 - (Multinational Financial Management)

or,

For the Specialization in Marketing, select one elective from:
MBA 531 - (Customer Insight Through Research & Analytics)
MBA 532 - (Advertising & Media)
MBA 533 - (Integrated Branding)
MBA 534 - (Direct Marketing)
MBA 563 - (Digital Marketing)
MBA 566 - (Strategic Marketing Management)

3

Credits

9

Semester 4 - 7 weeks

Credits

For the Specialization in Finance, select two electives from:
MBA 567 - (Real Estate Investment)
MBA 570 - (Global Financial Institutions Management)
MBA 572 - (Global Investment Management)
MBA 573 - (Equity Security Analysis)
MBA 574 - (Fixed Income Security Analysis)
MBA 575 - (Derivative Instruments and Markets)
MBA 576 - (Multinational Financial Management)

or,

For the Specialization in Marketing, select two electives from:
MBA 531 - (Customer Insight Through Research & Analytics)
MBA 532 - (Advertising & Media)
MBA 533 - (Integrated Branding)
MBA 534 - (Direct Marketing)
MBA 563 - (Digital Marketing)
MBA 566 - (Strategic Marketing Management)

6

Credits

6

Semester 5 - 15 weeks

Credits

MBA 582 - (Option-Focused Internship)

7

Credits

7

Single Degree with Project and Specialization

Semester 1 - 15 weeks

Credits

MBA 500 - (The Effective Manager)

3

MBA 502 - (Establishing the Global Context)

3

MBA 503 - (Management Decision-Making: Financial Analysis)

3

MBA 504 - (Management Decision-Making: Managerial Economics)

3

MBA 523 - (International Marketing)

3

MBA 578 - (Internship Preparation I)

1

Credits

16

Semester 2 - 15 weeks

Credits

MBA 501 - (Managing the Networked Enterprise)

3

MBA 505 - (Management Decision-Making: Operations and Decision Analysis)

3

MBA 506 - (Research Methods and Consulting Skills)

3

MBA 521 - (Financial Performance Measurement)

3

MBA 522 - (International Business Strategy)

3

MBA 579 - (Internship Preparation II)

1

Credits

16

Semester 3 - 7 weeks

Credits

MBA 540 - (International Human Resource Management)

3

MBA 541 - (Corporate Social Responsibility)

3

For the Specialization in Finance, select one elective from:
MBA 567 - (Real Estate Investment)
MBA 570 - (Global Financial Institutions Management)
MBA 572 - (Global Investment Management)
MBA 573 - (Equity Security Analysis)
MBA 574 - (Fixed Income Security Analysis)
MBA 575 - (Derivative Instruments and Markets)
MBA 576 - (Multinational Financial Management)

or,

For the Specialization in Marketing, select one elective from:
MBA 531 - (Customer Insight Through Research & Analytics)
MBA 532 - (Advertising & Media)
MBA 533 - (Integrated Branding)
MBA 534 - (Direct Marketing)
MBA 563 - (Digital Marketing)
MBA 566 - (Strategic Marketing Management)

3

Credits

9

Semester 4 - 7 weeks

Credits

For the Specialization in Finance, select two electives from:
MBA 567 - (Real Estate Investment)
MBA 570 - (Global Financial Institutions Management)
MBA 572 - (Global Investment Management)
MBA 573 - (Equity Security Analysis)
MBA 574 - (Fixed Income Security Analysis)
MBA 575 - (Derivative Instruments and Markets)
MBA 576 - (Multinational Financial Management)

or,

For the Specialization in Marketing, select two electives from:
MBA 531 - (Customer Insight Through Research & Analytics)
MBA 532 - (Advertising & Media)
MBA 533 - (Integrated Branding)
MBA 534 - (Direct Marketing)
MBA 563 - (Digital Marketing)
MBA 566 - (Strategic Marketing Management)

6

Credits

6

Semester 5 - 15 weeks

Credits

MBA 581 - (Applied Business Project)

6

MBA 582 - (Option-Focused Internship)

7

Credits

13

Completion Requirements

Graduation

Students must have completed all program requirements (including the MBA Foundation Program if it was required) in order to graduate.

With Distinction

The notation “With Distinction” shall be used on the degree parchment, the convocation program, and transcript for those students whose graduating averages are equal to or higher than the minimum distinction GPA calculated as:

    • the 90th percentile of the pooled graduating GPA from all the graduates in the same degree program since September 2010 or the previous five years, whichever is most recent.
Updated 
Thursday, November 1, 2018

Admission Requirements

The MBA program has a limited number of seats and the best applicants will be offered a position.

    • University Bachelor degree from a business or non-business discipline.
    • A minimum “B” average in last two years of undergraduate degree.
    • Letter of introduction explaining how the MBA will contribute to career plans.
    • A résumé describing education, work and volunteer experience.
    • Two letters of recommendation from past employers or professors.
    • One year minimum of work experience is required.
    • No GMAT (entrance examination) score required.
    • Applicants whose previous degree was obtained in a country where English is not the primary/official language and from a university where English was not the language of instruction must meet one of VIU’s English Language requirements for Graduate Programs.

    • Additional Admission Requirement for International students:
      • Certified copy of all educational documents (enclose one copy in the original language and a certified copy translated into English, if applicable).

Note: Applicants without a Bachelor degree, but with significant work experience, may apply with a GMAT score. These applicants will be considered on an individual basis.

Application Process

Domestic Students (Permanent Residents or Canadian Citizens):

 

In addition to the application form, applicants must submit the following:

      • A non-refundable Application Fee,
      • Certified copy of relevant transcripts,
      • Letter of introduction explaining how the MBA will contribute to career plans,
      • A résumé describing education, work and volunteer experience,
      • Two letters of recommendation from past employers or professors.

 

Domestic applicants should send all documents to: 
The Registration Centre
Vancouver Island University
900 Fifth Street
Nanaimo, BC V9R 5S5

International Students:

In addition to the application form applicants must submit the following:

  • A non-refundable Application Fee,
  • Certified copy of all educational documents (enclose one copy in the original language and a certified copy translated into English, if applicable.),
  • Applicants whose previous degree was obtained in a country where English is not the primary/official language and from a university where English was not the language of instruction must meet one of VIU’s English Language requirements for Graduate Programs.
  • Letter of introduction explaining how the MBA will contribute to career plans,
  • A résumé describing education, work and volunteer experience,
  • Two letters of recommendation from past employers or professors.

International applicants should send all documents to: 
MBA/MScIM Admissions
Centre for International Education 
Vancouver Island University
900 Fifth Street
Nanaimo, BC V9R 5S5

 

Start Date and Application Deadline

 Program Start DateApplication Deadline
Non-Business GraduatesJuneMarch 31
Business GraduatesAugustMarch 31
Non-Business GraduatesSeptemberJune 30
Business GraduatesJanuaryJune 30

Domestic Fees | International Fees

Domestic Fees

Tuition Fee Schedule

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Domestic Students - Foundation Program

Amount

Tuition

2,785.57

Student Activity fee (8 credits x $8.87 per credit)

70.96

VIU Students' Union fee (3 months x $19.43 per month)

58.29

Textbooks and supplies (approximate cost)

750.00

Total

3,664.82

Domestic Students - Dual Degree with Project

Amount

Tuition

21,250.69

Student Activity Fee

306.79

VIU Students' Union fee (14 months x $19.43 per month)

272.02

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275 per year)

275.00

Textbooks and supplies (approximate cost)

2,700.00

Total

24,804.50

Domestic Students - Dual Degree with Project and Option

Amount

Tuition

23,611.88

Student Activity Fee

306.79

VIU Students' Union fee (16 months x $19.43 per month)

310.88

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275 per year)

275.00

Textbooks and supplies (approximate cost)

2,700.00

Total

27,204.55

Domestic Students - Single Degree with Project or Option

Amount

Tuition

20,287.80

Student Activity Fee

306.79

VIU Students' Union fee (16 months x $19.43 per month)

310.88

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275 per year)

275.00

Textbooks and supplies (approximate cost)

2,700.00

Total

23,880.47

Domestic Students - Single Degree with Project and Option

Amount

Tuition

22,529.86

Student Activity Fee

306.79

VIU Students' Union fee (16 months x $19.43 per month)

310.88

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275 per year)

275.00

Textbooks and supplies (approximate cost)

2,700.00

Total

26,122.53

Notes

The Health and Dental Plan fee is in effect only for full–time students at the Nanaimo Campus.  

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

International Fees

Tuition Fee Schedule

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

International Students - Foundation Program

Amount

Tuition

5,040.00

Ancillary Fee

187.20

VIU Students' Union fee (3 months x $19.43 per month)

58.29

Textbooks and supplies (approximate cost)

750.00

Total

6,035.49

International Students - Dual Degree with Project

Amount

Tuition

34,000.00

Ancillary Fee

1,123.20

VIU Students' Union fee (14 months x $19.43 per month)

272.02

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275 per year)

275.00

Textbooks and supplies (approximate cost)

2,700.00

Total

38,370.22

International Students - Dual Degree with Project and Option

Amount

Tuition

37,750.00

Ancillary Fee

1,497.60

VIU Students' Union fee (16 months x $19.43 per month)

310.88

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275 per year)

275.00

Textbooks and supplies (approximate cost)

2,700.00

Total

42,533.48

International Students - Single Degree with Project or Option

Amount

Tuition

32,000.00

Ancillary Fee

1,123.20

VIU Students' Union fee (16 months x $19.43 per month)

310.88

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275 per year)

275.00

Textbooks and supplies (approximate cost)

2,700.00

Total

36,409.08

International Students - Single Degree with Project and Option

Amount

Tuition

35,500.00

Ancillary Fee

1,497.60

VIU Students' Union fee (16 months x $19.43 per month)

310.88

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275 per year)

275.00

Textbooks and supplies (approximate cost)

2,700.00

Total

40,283.48

Notes

 

The Health and Dental Plan fee is in effect only for full–time students at the Nanaimo Campus.  

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

Updated
Sunday, April 1, 2018

Contact

For More Information

Director, Graduate Business Programs
Faculty of Management
Vancouver Island University
900 Fifth Street
Nanaimo, BC V9R 5S5

Tel: 1-888-920-2221, Ext. 6177.

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