Feb 24, 2024
The Faculty of Business offers programs leading to the degrees of Master of Business Administration, Master of Financial Management, Master of Accounting, and Doctor of Philosophy. In addition to the standard MBA program, specializations are available in International Business, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment, Finance, Public Policy and Management, and Sustainability. PhD specializations are Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Operations & Information Systems, and Strategic Management & Organization.
The minimum admission requirements of the Faculty of Business are those of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research; namely, an undergraduate degree with an average of at least 3.0 in the last two years of undergraduate work (or graduate work) at the University of Alberta, or an equivalent qualification from a recognized institution.
All applicants are required to write the Graduate Management Admission Test, and have their scores forwarded to the Associate Dean – Master’s Programs. Although no arbitrary standard is employed, a score above 550 is desirable.
In addition to the above requirements, all students must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission as described in English Language Requirement.
Where degree programs offered by the Faculty of Business are approved to be delivered in a language other than English, the English language proficiency requirement may be waived.
Additional entrance requirements are listed below, under the heading of the specific degree program.
For the PhD in Business the minimum admission requirements are an undergraduate degree with an admission GPA of at least 3.0 on the 4-point scale from the University of Alberta, or an equivalent qualification and standing from a recognized institution. The admission GPA will be calculated on the last ★60 of graded coursework completed, or on the equivalent of the last two years of full-time graded coursework. Completion of a Master’s degree is not a requirement.
An academic background in business is not required; demonstrated aptitude for conducting research and familiarity with a scholarly discipline are valued credentials.
Applicants to the Accounting specialization must provide evidence of accounting expertise, such as a professional accounting designation.
Where applicable, applicants must meet the minimum English Language Requirement.
All applicants are required to submit their scores from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Scores must be from a test taken within the past five years; scores above the 90th percentile are desirable.
Applicants are also required to provide:
- A current resume or curriculum vitae;
- Three letters of reference;
- A statement of purpose identifying what specific topics within the area of specialization they are interested in and why; relevant skills and past experiences; and tentative plans upon completion of the program. The applicant should also identify appropriate faculty members as potential supervisors.
Academic Standing Requirements
All students in the Business PhD program must maintain a minimum cumulative grand point average of 3.0 throughout the course of the program.
For Master’s programs, a limited number of bursaries and scholarships are available.
For Doctoral programs, the Faculty of Business normally offers funding for four years (in exceptional cases for five years) made up of several kinds of support. Tuition is normally paid for the first four years. A number of fellowships are available (see Graduate Financial Support section of this Calendar).
Graduate Program Requirements
Graduate courses in Business can be found in Course Listings, under the following subject headings:
Business Economics (BUEC)
Human Resources Management (HRM)
Management Information Systems (MIS)
Management Science (MGTSC)
Organizational Analysis (ORG A)
Operations Management (OM)
Strategic Management and Organization (SMO)