Master of Business Administration (MBA)


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

Are you ready to take the next big step in your career and become a global community leader? The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at Vancouver Island University (VIU) inspires learners to become professionals able to navigate and meet the challenges of an increasingly complex, digital, interconnected world. With a focus on building the leader of tomorrow, the VIU MBA program is among the most technologically integrated programs in Canada, with data analytics embedded in research courses and four dedicated, technology-focused courses. This approach allows our students to graduate with specialized expertise on how the digital and technological landscape is driving everything from organizational behaviour to industry, exploring phenomena like surveillance capitalism and digital media management.

MBA students are supported by career coaching throughout the program, and work with industry mentors during an internship where they apply their learning to a business project with the full support of experienced, dedicated program faculty.

As a VIU MBA graduate, you will launch your career with the essential disciplinary knowledge, growth mindset and creative and foundational thinking that will make you a confident leader in the broader global business community.

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 opportunities to learn in a collegial setting, while the diversity of our students and faculty provide a relevant global perspective for today's business world. Our MBA faculty bring a unique combination of industry-based expertise and international experience into the classroom, providing academic rigor to real-world examples and cases from their own experience. 

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

The MBA program is offered in an intensive 20-month, full-time format which includes a series of well-articulated integrated courses in Management, Finance, Marketing, Accounting, Research, and Technology and a 4-month internship and an applied business project. 

All students participate in a 3-week Foundation of blended coursework at the start of the MBA program. The Foundation introduces students to the core principles of the program learning outcomes and rigorous requirements of academic writing and professional representation at the graduate level, setting our students up for success. 

Progression through the coursework in each semester is divided into 1, 2, or 3 modules. Students are provided with down time in between modules to ensure ample opportunity for knowledge retention and career exploration. Each semester ends with a 2 week official break in study. 

Upon successful completion of course work, students complete an internship. Working with an industry mentor, students identify a significant organizational problem that will be used to write an Applied Business Project under faculty supervision. 

Intakes for the MBA program begin in September and January. 

For more information about the program and courses, visit Graduate Programs, Faculty of Management.

Program Outline

Fall Intake

Year 1 - Fall Semester

Credits

MBAA 500 - (Foundations 1)

1

MBAA 501 - (Foundations 2)

2

MBAA 511 - (Research 1 - Introduction)

1.5

MBAA 512 - (Economics 1 - Introduction)

1.5

MBAA 513 - (Marketing 1 - Introduction)

1.5

MBAA 514 - (Management 1 - Strategic Management)

1.5

MBAA 515 - (Finance 1 - Finance and Quantitative Analysis) 

1.5

MBAA 516 - (Accounting 1 - Basics of Accounting)

1.5

Credits

12

 

Year 1 - Spring Semester

Credits

MBAA 521 - (Research 2 - Research Design)

2

MBAA 522 - (Economics 2 - Microeconomics)

2

MBAA 523 - (Marketing 2 - Strategic Marketing)

2

MBAA 524 - (Management 2 - Leadership and Managerial Skills)

3

MBAA 525 - (Finance 2 - Finance Theory and Application) 

2

MBAA 526 - (Accounting 2 - Context of Accounting)

2

MBAA 527 - (Technology 1 - System Management)

2

MBAA 552 - (Work Integrated Learning Foundations) 

Credits

15

Year 1 - Intersession Semester

Credits

MBAA 531 - (Research 3 - Data Analytics)

3

MBAA 532 - (Economics 3 - Global Context)

2

MBAA 533 - (Technology 2 - Communication Tools)

2

MBAA 534 - (Management 3 - Strategic Global Talent Management)

3

MBAA 536 - (Accounting 3 - Financial Decision Making)

2

MBAA 537 - (Technology 3 - Digital Behaviour)

2

MBAA 552 - (Work Integrated Learning Foundations)

Credits

14

Year 2 - Fall Semester

Credits

MBAA 542 - (Economics 4 - Advanced Topics in Economics)

2

MBAA 543 - (Marketing 3 - Global Marketing)

3

MBAA 544 - (Management 4 - Operations Management)

3

MBAA 545 - (Finance 3 - Investment Management and Markets)

2

MBAA 547 - (Emerging Business Technology)

2

MBAA 552 - (Work Integrated Learning Foundations)

3

Credits 

15

 

Year 2 - Spring Semester

Credits

MBAA 550 - (Internship)

6

MBAA 551 - (Research 4 - Applied Business Project)

6

Credits

12

Spring Intake

Year 1 - Spring Semester

Credits

MBAA 500 - (Foundations 1)

1

MBAA 501 - (Foundations 2)

2

MBAA 511 - (Research 1 - Introduction)

1.5

MBAA 512 - (Economics 1 - Introduction)

1.5

MBAA 513 - (Marketing 1 - Introduction)

1.5

MBAA 514 - (Management 1 - Strategic Management)

1.5

MBAA 515 - (Finance 1 - Finance and Quantitative Analysis) 

1.5

MBAA 516 - (Accounting 1 - Basics of Accounting)

1.5

Credits

12

 

Year 1 - Intersession Semester

Credits

MBAA 521 - (Research 2 - Research Design)

2

MBAA 522 - (Economics 2 - Microeconomics)

2

MBAA 523 - (Marketing 2 - Strategic Marketing)

2

MBAA 524 - (Management 2 - Leadership and Managerial Skills)

3

MBAA 525 - (Finance 2 - Finance Theory and Application) 

2

MBAA 526 - (Accounting 2 - Context of Accounting)

2

MBAA 527 - (Technology 1 - System Management)

2

MBAA 552 - (Work Integrated Learning Foundations) 

Credits

15

Year 1 - Fall Semester

Credits

MBAA 531 - (Research 3 - Data Analytics)

3

MBAA 532 - (Economics 3 - Global Context)

2

MBAA 533 - (Technology 2 - Communication Tools)

2

MBAA 534 - (Management 3 - Strategic Global Talent Management)

3

MBAA 536 - (Accounting 3 - Financial Decision Making)

2

MBAA 537 - (Technology 3 - Digital Behaviour)

2

MBAA 552 - (Work Integrated Learning Foundations)

Credits

14

Year 2 - Spring Semester

Credits

MBAA 542 - (Economics 4 - Advanced Topics in Economics)

2

MBAA 543 - (Marketing 3 - Global Marketing)

3

MBAA 544 - (Management 4 - Operations Management)

3

MBAA 545 - (Finance 3 - Investment Management and Markets)

2

MBAA 547 - (Emerging Business Technology)

2

MBAA 552 - (Work Integrated Learning Foundations)

3

Credits

15

 

Year 2 - Intersession Semester 

Credits

MBAA 550 - (Internship)

6

MBAA 551 - (Research 4 - Applied Business Project)

6

Credits

12

Completion Requirements

1. Students must maintain a ‘C+’ average (2.33) in each SEMESTER of the program.

2. Any student that receives a grade below a ‘C+’ in an individual course, or for any Set or Semester within the program, is required to meet with the Graduate Programs Advisor to map out a plan to improve their academic standing.

3. Students must achieve an overall GPA of 2.33 to transition to the ABP and internship. 

4. Students may receive a failing grade and may retake up to 4 courses or 12 credits of coursework, whichever comes first. If they fail a 5th course or 13 or more credits, they will be asked to leave the program.

5. Students that are asked to leave the program may re‐apply after a period of 1 year (12 months) with proof of improved academic standing.

6. Students must achieve an overall "C+” CGPA to graduate from the MBA program.

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 
Friday, February 7, 2020

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

 

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.

Fees per Program

Amount

Tuition

27,463.91

Student Activity fee (68 credits x $9.22 per credit)

626.96

VIU Students' Union fee (20 months x $20.73 per month)

414.60

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275 per year)

550.00

Textbooks and supplies (approximate cost)

1,500.00

Total

30,555.47

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.

Fees per Program

Amount

Tuition

48,000.00

Ancillary Fee

1,908.00

VIU Students' Union fee (20 months x $20.73 per month)

414.60

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275 per year)

550.00

Textbooks and supplies (approximate cost)

1,500.00

Total

52,372.60

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
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Program Start Date Accepting Applications Campus Options
Anticipated intake for someone applying today
Sep 7, 2021
Next Intake(s)
  • September 7, 2021
Accepting International Applications
Yes
Application Fee
$108.20
Accepting Late Applications
No
Waitlist
No
Testing Required
No
Admissions Assistant

Name: Helene Viau, Canadians & Permanent Residents
Phone: 250-753-3245 ext. 2040
Email: helene.viau@viu.ca

Chair Contact

Name: Stacie Chappell
Phone: 250-740-6178
Email: stacie.chappell@viu.ca

Coordinator Contact

Name: Carolyne Rickett
Phone: 250-740-6177
Email: carolyne.rickett@viu.ca

International Admissions Officer Contact

Name: Joy Knudsen
Phone: 250-753-3245 ext. 2527
Email: masters@viu.ca

Documentation Deadline

All documents must be submitted by April 15, 2021 for the fall 2021 intake.

For information on any previous versions please check our Program Archive Page.
Master of Business Administration (MBA) Student, Fatemah Mayit, on campus

Fatemah Mayit

“Although the program over 16 months was very intense and a challenging, it was very rewarding at the same time. Students at VIU come from different countries and different backgrounds, there must have been over 13 nationalities in my batch. The diversity in culture adds more fun while studying. Also, working in groups with students from different parts of the world means different ideas, aspects, and points of view enhanced my knowledge and made me more resilient.”


Fatemah will graduate with a Master of Business Administration