Your UBC MBA Curriculum

During your exciting 16-month UBC MBA journey, you'll take several cross-functional, integrative business courses, or modules, as well as focusing your skills and interests by choosing one of the distinct career tracks and picking electives that match your goals. Together, these emphasize the core values of the UBC MBA as well as equipping you with the knowledge and experience to become our future leaders.

 Class of 2019 Program Journey

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The UBC MBA teaches the latest in theoretical and applied knowledge, and requires that students undertake the following mandatory modules in order to graduate the program becoming stronger, innovative leaders ready to make a change. Heavy emphasis is also placed on experiential, or "action-based" learning, an important component of business education, and applying learning to real-world business problems.

  Business Strategy Integration

Deepen your understanding of business with this primer module. You'll be primed to take on leadership roles in upcoming teams, and gain a fundamental understanding of business in all functional area, and learn to appreciate the diverse issues faced by innovative and successful leaders, across different disciplines, perspectives, and cultures.  Students will also learn through a variety of methods (case studies, management decision briefs, simulations, team projects) and from distinguished guest speakers from various industries.   Learn about major global business trends as they happen, and take varied approaches to analyze complicated commerce problems.

  Business Plan Project

Building on the knowledge gained in Integrated Foundations, the Business Plan Project module offers you hands-on experience in preparing a detailed business plan in a multidisciplinary and integrated environment. Here, you sharpen a broad range of skills essential to effective and responsible management, including problem solving in simple and complex situations, leadership, teamwork, interpersonal relations, and present a detailed business plan.

 Foundational Modules

Accounting: This module also provides you with a strong grasp of basic managerial accounting concepts, and a better understanding of articles related to the financial performance and condition of organizations.
Examples of what you learn: compile and analyze a cash flow statement; understand business valuation process; assess earnings quality.

Introduction to Finance: Learn the core finance knowledge required by anyone serious about business affairs, and gain a basic understanding of finance principles.
Examples of what you learn: Identify appropriate (and inappropriate) uses of funds when confronted with several alternatives, deal with time and uncertainty in financial decision-making, calculate payback and other characteristics of an investment that indicates its quality.

Organizational Behaviour:  Emphasizing leadership effectiveness, this module helps you integrate current knowledge about effective leadership with knowledge in other business disciplines.
Examples of what you learn: Your own and other leadership styles; sources of power and organizational situations; motivating others; enabling positive change in organizations

Marketing Fundamentals: This module provides you with a necessary foundation in marketing strategies and principles to deliver winning well-planned, well-executed tactical marketing strategies, through an understanding of marketing principles.
Examples of what you learn: Measuring market segmentation, performing competitive analyses, differentiated value propositions, developing marketing plans.

Operations Fundamentals: This module introduces you to the key operational concepts and analytic tools needed to understand and effectively manage supply chains.
Examples of what you learn: Learning how to improve operational metrics of business processes, defining notions of risk, applying strategies to mitigate risk.

Managerial/Micro-Economics: From understanding how the forces of supply and demand lead to market outcomes, to the study of production and costs, you learn the fundamental ideas of economic reasoning that govern firms and markets.
Examples of what you learn: Calculate optimal input mix, production levels and pricing for a profit-maximizing firm; apply mechanisms of supply, demand; regression analysis techniques.

 Summer Experience: Experiential Learning

This module offers you a choice from three hands-on experiences for gaining vital business know-how:

Internship. Spend the summer working at an organization. Managers at the organization, in concert with you and a faculty supervisor, set the scope of the work. 

Entrepreneurial Project. Work individually or in a small group to create a detailed business plan for a new venture, or identify new business opportunities in a particular industry. Ideal for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Track students. 

Industry Project. Learn how to apply classroom learning to real-world business projects, analyzing an industry, and negotiating project scopes with appropriate stakeholders. Demonstrate achievement of project deliverables by producing a final report and, potentially, a presentation suitable for external stakeholders.

  Thematic Modules

Creativity: Creativity is a necessary and vital skill that, when nurtured, empowers you to generate success in novel ways with new ideas. Learn how to apply creativity at the individual and organizational levels, and craft a creative organization through executing a vision. You’ll learn through a range of experience and activities (lectures, research papers, projects and Lego) to focus and foster your own creative abilities, and develop solutions unseen by others.

Decision Making: Good decision makers recognize problems, analyze problems with the tools based on decision theory, and learn to get ahead. You’ll be taught how to think effectively about inputs into a decision analysis, and make effective intuitive decisions. Learn how to apply formal reasoning to solve difficult and incomplete problems through case analyses, in-class discussion, and individual/group projects.

Global Issues and Macro-Economics: To operate in a global, you’ll need a firm grasp of global issues. Develop an understanding of macroeconomic variables such as employment, inflation and exchange rates, learn policies, and gain an understanding of key issues such as globalization, financial markets, and political economy.

Ethics, Sustainability and Value Creation: How do you create value in responsible yet impactful ways? Learn the principles and practices of ethical and sustainable business, and critically reflect on the values you will develop as future managers. Get an overview of tools and approaches in this case-rich module, and through Bridge In, Pre Test, Participation, Post Test models and the Socratic teaching method, learn about engagement, full product lifecycle impacts, NGO pressures, and new product development.

Leadership Development: UBC Sauder is focused on leadership, and this module is designed to help you evolve from good managers into game-changing ones. This experiential and activity-based module will see you work individually and in small groups to develop your leadership acumen, and drive organizational change. Begin to articulate your personal vision, and acquire skills to facilitate effective leadership through peer coaching, self-assessment, lectures and assignments.

Please note that the modules listed here should only be used as a guide to our curriculum. Not all modules are listed here and a full curriculum will be available for admitted students as they approach the start of the program.