Sunday, August 05, 2007

TPUB - The Alberta MBA Part-Time Program

Why an Alberta MBA?
A Masters Degree in Business Administration represents a significant achievement and valuable credential for anyone seeking to advance their career with a focus on business issues. The Alberta MBA program allows you the flexibility to pursue knowledge in a wide range of topics – from Finance to Marketing, International Business to Natural Resource Management within a specialization, a joint degree program or as a general program.

Career Management

The Alberta MBA equips students with the knowledge needed to function well in a corporate or entrepreneurial environment. Most graduates continue working with their current employer and use the MBA to propel themselves up the corporate ladder, however some graduates have used the MBA as a launching pad for a career change.

The Program

The Alberta MBA is a challenging and rigorous program that demands a significant investment of time and energy but pays dividends many times over in knowledge, understanding, skills, and strong friendships that last the length of the program and beyond. When taken on a part-time basis, it permits students to pursue the degree at their pace. Students typically complete the program within four years. However, the 57-credit program must be completed within a maximum of six years. The part-time program offers all of the benefits of the full-time program, but allows flexibility in the number of courses taken each term.

With only a small number of students accepted each year, the Alberta MBA provides for a personalized and high-quality experience which is further enhanced by the program’s faculty, many of them winner’s of teaching and other excellence awards.

During the fall and winter terms, courses in the part-time program are offered once a week in the evening in a three-hour block. During the summer months (May to August), select courses are offered in a six-week format (twice a week) or as a one-week, all-day intensive course, permitting you to catch up or move ahead.

The first part of the Alberta MBA consists mostly of a pre-set schedule of business and economics basics carefully designed to establish the necessary foundation for the elective portion of the program. Areas covered include: accounting, business strategy, economics, finance, management science, marketing, and organizational behaviour. For those with previous business training, these courses will serve as a welcome refresher, but will also provide a challenge by going beyond previously acquired knowledge and by presenting current findings and theories.

Teamwork is an essential element of the program and part-time students often find themselves teaming up with the same people course after course, building valuable friendships and an even more valuable resource and support network.

Almost halfway into the program, there already is an opportunity for some elective coursework. Some of these electives will provide the basis for so-called “second-year courses” and should thus be chosen with further coursework in mind.

If you want to pursue a specialization or stream in International Business, Technology Commercialization, Natural Resources and Energy, Public Management, or Sports and Leisure Management, you will need to submit a letter of intent as you near completion of approximately half of the core courses, outlining your goals and suitability for the specialization. More information on the specializations can be found by clicking here and choosing from the links in the specialization section.

Joint graduate degrees are also offered in cooperation with the faculties of Law and Engineering, and the departments of Agriculture and Forestry. While it would be possible to take some of the joint MBA/LLB program as a part-time student, the majority of this joint degree program would require full-time attendance. More information on joint degrees can be found by clicking here and choosing from the links in the joint degree section.

Second year courses come from a wide variety of subjects, giving you an opportunity to fine-tune your degree with respect to your interests and opportunities you wish to explore. A capstone business strategy course which brings together previously learned knowledge and seeks to apply it to comprehensive cases and issues, is the only common requirement for each student in the second year portion of the program.

From part-time to full-time or vice versa
Sometime after commencing their studies on a part-time basis, students may wish to switch from a part-time course load to a full-time course load to accelerate the remainder of their studies. This is a possibility at certain points in the program but should be discussed with the MBA Programs office.

Pursue a professional designation

While taking courses towards the completion of the MBA degree you can also lay the groundwork for obtaining a professional designation. For example, a number of the core MBA courses fulfill some of the core requirements for admission to the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) entrance examination whereas the course “Introduction to Management Consulting” satisfies a portion of the requirements for the Certified Management Consultant (CMC) designation. Some students have also opted for the completion of the exams required for the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Chartered Accountant (CA)
Certified General Accountant (CGA)
Certified Management Accountant (CMA)
Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
Certified Management Consultant (CMC)


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