UBC EMBA Preparation

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The fast pace of the Integrated Foundation requires an adequate level of understanding in finance, accounting, economics, business statistics, quantitative methods and computers. A high level of written and oral English business communication skills is also required. For applicants and admitted students without this background knowledge and skills, we highly recommend taking coursework in these areas at any college or university prior to the start of the UBC EMBA.

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The UBC EMBA Program offers an optional math refresher course prior to the start of the Integrated Foundation. This course’s objective is to acquaint entering EMBA students with the modern tools of quantitative methods, statistics and spreadsheets. This is a “techniques” course rather than a “conceptual” course.  The focus will be on “hands on” learning.  The statistics/quantitative material will be taught within the context of spreadsheets and practical problems. By the end of this course you will have the skills to translate business problems into a quantitative framework. This class and the preparation work is highly encouraged.

Optional Reading List

Below are some optional suggested readings-

Recreational Reading

  • Paulos, John Allen, Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and its Consequences,  Vintage Books, New York, 1990.
  • Dewdney, A.K., 200% of Nothing, John Wiley and Sons, 1993.

Mathematical Review Reading

The books listed below are good examples of texts that provide an excellent review of fundamental quantitative/algebra skills needed for the EMBA program. These books are intended to provide a review only and will not be used during the Integrated Foundation.

  • Hummelbrunner and Coombs, Contemporary Business Mathematics with Canadian Applications with MyMathLab, 9th Edition, Pearson, Prentice Hall Publishing, 2012. (ISBN-10: 0132490269)
  • Jerome, F.E., Business Mathematics in Canada, 6th edition, McGraw Hill, 2008. (ISBN-10 00709655285)
  • Lial, Greenwell & Miller, Finite Mathematics & Calculus with Applications, 9th edition, Addison Wesley, 2011. (ISBN-10: 0321749081)

GMAT Pre-Test

If you would like further preparation, we would like to offer you the opportunity to study the GMAT Pre-Tests. The on-line GMAT Pre-Test courses let you review fundamental business concepts at your own pace, so you can come to class ready to learn at a higher level. The GMAT Business Ready program is completely Web-based, so that you can access it anytime, anywhere you have an Internet connection. No downloading or additional software required.

  • More than 80 comprehensive lectures use animated graphics and videos to clearly explain all the concepts you need to hit the ground running.
  • The Test Your Knowledge feature lets you pinpoint your strengths and weaknesses.
  • More than 250 interactive practices and real-world case studies teach you how to put theory into action.
  • For more information please visit: http://gmatbusinessready.com/school.html

For more information please contact:

EMBA Programs Office

2053 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC
Canada V6T 1Z2
Tel 604-822-8403
Email emba@sauder.ubc.ca