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Graduate Studies Calendar 2014-2015 Program Descriptions Haskayne School of Business: Management MGMT
Haskayne School of Business: Management - MGMT
Contact Information

Location:
MBA Program: Scurfield Hall, Room 350
PhD Program: Scurfield Hall, Room 424

Phone:
MBA Program: 403.220.3808
PhD Program: 403.220.6073
Fax: 403.282.0095

Email address:
mbarequest@haskayne.ucalgary.ca
phdrequest@haskayne.ucalgary.ca
Web page URL: http://www.haskayne.ucalgary.ca

1. Degrees and Specializations Offered

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Master of Business Administration (MBA), course-based and thesis-based

Specializations:

  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Project Management
  • Global Energy Management and Sustainable Development
  • Global Energy (Executive MBA only)
  • Energy and Environmental Systems (Interdisciplinary, thesis-based only)*

*See the Calendar section on Interdisciplinary Specializations for further information.

Joint programs, offered with other Faculties:

Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration (JD/MBA)
Master of Public Policy/Master of Business Administration (MPP/MBA)
Master of Social Work/Master of Business Administration (MSW/MBA)
Master of Biomedical Technology/Master of Business Administration (MBT/MBA)
Doctor of Medicine/Master of Business Administration (MD/MBA) (“Leaders in Medicine” Program)

Combined programs, offered with professional societies:

MBA-CMA Program
This is a combined initiative between the Haskayne School of Business and the Certified Management Accountants of Alberta. For information check with the Haskayne MBA office.

MBA-CGA Program
This is a combined initiative between the Haskayne School of Business and the Certified General Accountants of Alberta. For information check with the Haskayne MBA office.

Master of Business Administration (course-based)

The course-based MBA program is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in management and is offered to students who possess a four-year degree or equivalent in any discipline. The program consists of required courses designed to create integrative business skills and elective courses where students have the opportunity to pursue areas of specialization. Students can complete the Haskayne MBA through full-time study that normally requires 16 to 20 months, or through evening study with completion in two to six years. Normally, combined programs (JD/MBA, MPP/MBA, MSW/MBA, MBT/MBA, MD/MBA) must be completed on a full-time basis. Students in the Haskayne MBA program may choose a specialization in Finance, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Marketing, Global Energy Management and Sustainable Development or Project Management. They may also elect not to have an area of specialization.

Executive MBA

The Executive MBA is offered jointly by the University of Calgary and the University of Alberta on alternate weekends and periodic intensive weeks. It is designed for those who wish to participate in an intensive MBA study program while still continuing actively in their careers.

Executive MBA – Specializing in Global Energy

The Global Energy focused delivery of the Executive MBA maintains the core content of the MBA program and the alternative scheduling of the EMBA that is more conducive to executives who remain active in their career. The MBA curriculum is enhanced by collaboration with IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates (IHS CERA) allowing greater emphasis on energy-focused business from a global perspective. The material is delivered through five distinct learning modules, each conducted over a period of three to five months. These modules feature intensive two- to three-week residencies providing real-world experiences in international energy centres. All graduates of the Global Energy Executive MBA receive a specialization in Global Energy.

Master of Business Administration (thesis-based)

This program of studies is designed for students wishing to pursue a special research interest in the Haskayne School of Business. It is normally offered to students who possess a Bachelor of Commerce degree or its equivalent. The thesis program will admit only those students who can demonstrate a serious commitment to research, the ability to work independently in the production of a thesis, and a qualified supervisor who is interested in overseeing their research program.

Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy program offers talented research-oriented students the opportunity to pursue an academic career in business-related subjects.

2. Admission Requirements

Master of Business Administration

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements, the MBA program requires:

a) A current résumé.

b) A 250-word response to each of “How, considering your career progress to date, does an MBA fit in with your future career goals?” and “When thinking of your own personal successes, were they a result of your own personal skills or your ability to work with others? Please describe”.

c) For students required to prove proficiency in English, a minimum TOEFL score of 600 (written test), or 100 (Internet-based test), or an IELTS score of 7.0.

d) Completion of the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT*) with a recommended minimum score of 550 for the Haskayne MBA with high scores on both verbal and quantitative subcomponents. It is recommended that students should place above the 70th percentile on overall test scores. A minimum GMAT score of 600 or an equivalent GRE is required for the thesis program.

e) Two reference letters.

f) For the course-based MBA program only, the equivalent of at least 2 years of appropriate work experience.

g) For applicants to the thesis-based program, normally a Bachelor of Commerce with a minimum grade point average of 3.30 on a four-point scale.

h) For applicants to the Executive MBA (EMBA) delivery formats, the equivalent of at least seven years of work experience, a number of years of which must have carried management or professional responsibility.

i) Applicants to the EMBA specializing in Global Energy must be eligible to travel internationally.

j) Applicants may be interviewed by a member of the Admissions Committee as part of the application screening process.

k) An applicant to a combined MBA program (JD/MBA, MPP/MBA, MSW/MBA, MBT/MBA, MD/MBA) must be admitted to the MBA program, and make separate application for admission to the other program. The respective Combined Program Committee will review each application. Normally, only a full-time student in the Haskayne MBA Program may take a combined program.

Please note that receiving admission to both individual programs does not guarantee admission to the combined program.

Note: An applicant who has completed a bachelor’s degree with an admission grade point average (GPA) from 2.50 to 2.99 may be admitted to an MBA course-based program as a regular student on the basis of the following equivalent achievement score: [(GPA x 200) + GMAT] >/= 1150.*

Doctor of Philosophy
In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements, the Haskayne School of Business requires:

a) Normally, an MBA degree or equivalent from a recognized institution with a recommended minimum admission grade point average of 3.50 on a four-point scale. Students with an undergraduate or master’s degree in an area other than business may be required to complete a qualifying period to gain a general business background before beginning the normal doctoral course requirements.

It is possible to enter the PhD program without an MBA or other master’s degree. Consult the Director of the PhD Program for further information.

b) Completion of the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT*) with a recommended minimum score of 650, with high scores on both verbal and quantitative subcomponents. Many successful applicants in the recent past have earned scores of 700 and above; or equivalent results on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). It is recommended that students should place above the 85th percentile on overall test scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

c) For those students required to prove proficiency in English, a minimum TOEFL score of 600 (written test), or 100 (Internet-based test), or an IELTS score of 7.0, or a MELAB score of 84, or a PTE score of 70.

d) Current CV.

e) Two reference letters.

f) A personal statement outlining objectives, intent and commitment to a research program.

g) Availability of a research-active supervisor and resources for the area in which the student wishes to study.

Work experience in business or public organizations will be considered.

See the PhD program website http://haskayne.ucalgary.ca/haskaynegrad/phd for more information. Approved changes to the program standards and requirements will be posted on the website.

*Consult the Haskayne School of Business about the Graduate Management Admission Test.

3. Application Deadline

March 1 for international applicants (September admission)
Refer to website for other deadlines.

PhD and MBA (thesis-based) programs
January 15 for September admission - year-round admission assessment and decision possible for exceptional students with complete applications.

Combined programs
As separate application to applicable program is required, please see relevant program for deadlines.

4. Advanced Credit

The applicant must make advanced credit requests as part of the admission process to the MBA program. Credit will not be given for course work taken as part of another completed degree/diploma or for courses taken to bring the grade point average to a required level for admission.

Course requirements for doctoral students will be based on the student’s background and program needs. Credit for previous courses will be provided as appropriate.

5. Program/Course Requirements

In addition to the requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, the Haskayne School of Business requires:

MBA (course-based)
The MBA degree normally consists of twenty half courses (nineteen half courses and two quarter courses). Students may be granted exemption from foundation courses based upon prior academic preparation and with the approval of the Associate Dean (MBA Program). Students must complete a minimum of fifteen half courses (or equivalent), of which a maximum of five half courses may be transfer credit from another recognized graduate program, for the MBA degree.

Foundation Courses
Accounting 601 Financial Accounting
Accounting 603 Management Accounting
Finance 601 Managerial Finance
Human Resources and Organizational Dynamics 601 Managing Human Resources
Management Information Systems 601 Management Information Systems
Management Studies 611 Managerial Economics
Management Studies 613 Managerial Decision Modelling
Marketing 601 Marketing Management
Operations Management 601 Operations Management
Strategy and Global Management 601 Strategic Management
Management Studies 601 Skills Development

Integrative Courses
Management Studies 715 Strategic Business Analysis
Business and Environment 777 Global Environment of Business
Management Studies 770 Topics in Leadership

Specializations
Students must complete seven elective half courses beyond the foundation and integrative courses. Students may select an area of specialization normally consisting of four half courses. Students wishing to specialize may choose from the following areas:

  • Finance
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Marketing
  • Global Energy Management and Sustainable Development
  • Project Management

Students who elect not to choose an area of specialization may choose instead from various graduate courses offered by the Haskayne School of Business. Subject to the approval of the Associate Dean (MBA Program) and the Faculty of Graduate Studies, graduate courses offered at the University of Calgary outside the Haskayne School of Business may also be taken.

Combined JD/MBA
A student admitted to the combined JD/MBA program spends the first year doing core studies in one program and the second year doing core studies in the other program. The remaining years in the program combine Law and Business courses in a way that will allow the achievement of both degrees in four rather than five years (please consult the MBA office).

Combined MPP/MBA
A student admitted to the MPP/MBA program spends the first year in the MBA program, completing a minimum of 12 half courses. The student will be required to hold an undergraduate degree and be admitted to both the MPP and MBA programs (please consult the MBA office).

Combined MSW/MBA
A student admitted to the combined MSW/MBA program will require an undergraduate degree in Social Work (BSW) or equivalent. The MSW/MBA degree can be completed in two years of study (24 months) including fall/winter and spring/summer sessions (please consult the MBA office).

Combined MBT/MBA
A student admitted to the combined MBT/MBA program will require an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences or equivalent (please consult the MBA office).

Combined MD/MBA
A student admitted to the MD/MBA program spends the first year in the MBA program, completing a minimum of 12 half courses. The student will be required to hold an undergraduate degree and be admitted to both the MD and MBA programs. A program will be developed for each student under the guidelines of the Leaders in Medicine program (please consult the MBA office).

Combined MPP/MBA
Students must meet the admission requirements for the Faculty of Graduate Studies and those for the MBA and MPP programs. Please consult the MBA Admissions Officer or the MPP Program Manager for more information.

Executive MBA
The delivery format of the program is different from the Haskayne MBA program and requires more integrative types of sessions and activities. However, the program requires many of the same courses as are required in the Haskayne MBA program. In general, students in this program are expected to follow a general curriculum rather than electing an area-specific specialization other than the specialization in Global Energy Management. Only in rare cases will it be possible for students to do the latter. The Executive MBA has the same 13 core course credits with 7 additional courses for a total of 20 as the other MBA programs. A complete course overview can be found on the Haskayne website. It is expected that all participants entering the program in a given year will complete the program requirements at the same pace, completing all of them over the same 20-month time frame.

Executive MBA– Specializing in Global Energy
The delivery format of the program is different from the Haskayne MBA and Calgary-based Executive MBA programs. Course delivery will include more integrative types of sessions and activities, offered in modules in a variety of locations. The course content of the MBA required courses above, will be completed through the alternative delivery format with the added benefits of the networking and alternative scheduling for business career professionals and a real-world global experience with international travel. It is expected that all participants entering the program in a given year will complete the program requirements at the same pace, completing all of them over the same 19-month time frame. The Executive MBA Specializing in Global Energy has the same 13 core course credits with 7 additional courses for a total of 20 as the other MBA programs. A complete course overview can be found on the Haskayne website.

MBA (thesis-based)
a) A minimum of eight half-course equivalents selected by the student in consultation with his or her supervisor. Among these eight half courses, a course in research methods (Management Studies 773, Multivariate Analysis in Management), Business and Environment 777 and Strategy and Global Management 601, or 795 are required. MBA Thesis students are also invited and encouraged to take one or more doctoral-level courses as part of their programs.

b) Approval of each individual's program by the Director, MBA (thesis-based) Program.
Students who lack courses in one or more of the functional disciplines in management (i.e., accounting, finance, human resources and organizational dynamics, management information systems, operations management, marketing) may be required to take courses in those areas in partial fulfillment of their program either as part of, or in addition to, the normal eight half course requirement.

Doctor of Philosophy
Each student will have four areas of study. The first area (Management Studies – MGST) will be an overview of management education, theory, and research methods. The second will be designated as the major area; the third as the minor; and the remaining area is analytical methods.

a) Management Studies Area – A number of half courses, such as Management Studies 781, 783, 792, and 793. There is a requirement to complete courses at the Teaching and Learning Centre to develop necessary teaching skills. Students who have not completed a research-based master's degree should take Management Studies 792 during the Spring/Summer Sessions between their first and second years.

b) Major area: The major area must be chosen from those offered within the Haskayne School of Business:

  • Accounting
  • Entrepreneurship and Family Business Management
  • Environmental Management/Sustainable Development
  • Finance
  • Human Resources and Organizational Dynamics
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Risk Management and Insurance
  • Strategy and Global Management
  • Tourism Management

Students will be required to take three or four half courses from the major area.

c) Minor Area – The minor area of study must complement the major area. It may be chosen from those areas offered within the Haskayne School of Business or from those offered from other faculties. Students will be required to take one or two half courses in their minor area.

d) Analytical Methods – Research and Statistics/Methods: at least three half courses offered within the Haskayne School of Business or by other Faculties.

The typical student will take six full-course equivalents over the first 20 months of the program. The number of courses may vary according to the student's particular program and background. Students work closely with their research-active supervisors who help guide them to the appropriate courses within and outside the School.

6. Additional Requirements

Attendance at an orientation session is mandatory for all incoming students in all MBA program options and for all incoming doctoral students.

7. Credit for Undergraduate Courses

Credit for undergraduate courses taken prior to admission may be granted based on the approval of the Associate Dean (MBA Program).

8. Time Limit

Thesis-based Master: five years
Course-based Master: six years
Doctor of Philosophy: six years
MSW/MBA: seven years

Note: It is expected that all participants entering the Executive MBA delivery format of the MBA program in a given year will complete the program requirements at the same pace, completing all of them over the same 20-month time frame.

9. Supervisory Assignments

Doctoral and MBA (thesis-based) students are required to select a permanent supervisor within the first twelve months of their program. For doctoral students, a supervisory committee reflective of the student’s research interests is required within three months after the permanent supervisor has been approved.

10. Required Examinations

Doctoral students are required to complete written candidacy examinations developed by the supervisory committee within twenty-eight months of commencing the program. These often combine take-home examinations and an oral examination completed within a period of one month. Questions on the research proposal may be included in the candidacy exam. The written candidacy examination format may differ depending on the major area and the supervisory committee. Students are advised to consult with their supervisors at least six months in advance of the candidacy examination dates.

MBA thesis and doctoral students will complete an oral thesis examination at the end of their programs.

Oral thesis examinations are open.

11. Research Proposal Requirements

Students whose research involves human subjects must receive approval from the Haskayne School of Business and from the University of Calgary Conjoint Faculties Research Ethics Board before beginning data collection. Doctoral students are required to have an acceptable research proposal before the doctoral candidacy examination. MBA (Thesis) students must secure approval from the supervisor before beginning thesis research.

12. Special Registration Information

None.

13. Financial Assistance

Financial assistance may be available to qualified students. For information on awards, please see the Awards and Financial Assistance section of this Calendar.

MBA Thesis and doctoral students applying for scholarships must submit their applications to the Program Director by January 15.

The Haskayne School of Business provides assistance for doctoral students in the form of Graduate Assistantships, Faculty of Graduate Studies Scholarships, the Robert Willson Scholarship, and the Marion Janet and Ian Stormont Forbes Graduate Scholarship. Students should also enquire about scholarships available from the Faculty of Graduate Studies. All admitted full-time MBA students will be automatically considered for Business scholarships.

14. Other Information

Successful applicants will be required to confirm their acceptance of an offer of admission into the MBA program with an online non-refundable $500 deposit to the Haskayne School of Business. The $500 will be credited toward fees upon registration.

15. Faculty Members/Research Interests

The active research interests of the faculty can be found at http://www.haskayne.ucalgary.ca/faculty/dir/faculty/.