Students committed to research who enjoy a challenge should consider the Business Administration (MBA Thesis) program. It is designed for those who are interested in pursuing an intensive, research-based program within the Haskayne School of Business. Choosing a thesis-based graduate degree should not be considered a quick way to completing an MBA degree. However, the MBA Thesis curriculum allows students to hone their research skills as they advance in knowledge, gaining deeper insights about their chosen field of study that will serve them well in their future careers.
Areas of study include Accounting, Business Technology Management, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Environmental Management/Sustainable Development, Finance, Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources, Marketing, Operations and Supply Chain Management, Risk Management and Insurance, and Strategy and Global Management.
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Global Energy Management and Sustainable Development
Students take courses in management studies, business and environment, strategy and global management and more.
Students will be required to submit and defend an original research thesis.
Students complete a research proposal and must secure permission from their supervisor before beginning thesis research.
Admission requirements and information
Requirements for the Management Program
A minimum of 3.3 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.
A Bachelor of Commerce.
Applicants may be interviewed by a member of the Admissions Committee as part of the application screening process.
A current résumé
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”
Completion of the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT*) with a minimum GMAT score of 600 or an equivalent GRE is required for the thesis program.
English language proficiency
An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:
TOEFL score 97 (Internet-based) with a minimum score of 20 in each section. Our instituion code is 0813.
IELTS score of 7.0 with no section less than 6.0 (Academic version).
All graduate students must pay general fees each year, as well as program fees.
Estimate for full-time students
Canadian and permanent resident
12 months of study
First 12 months of study
For first year of studies
General fees and program fees
General fees are annual and per-term fees. Annual fees are paid once per year, while per-term are paid each term (3 terms per year).
Program fees cover standard academic costs. Textbooks and other course material costs are not included.
What are annual continuing fees?
Domestic Continuing Fees: $1,627 CAD
International Continung Fees: $3,693 CAD
Continuing fees apply after the first two years of studies.
Contact the program for information on funding. Full-time students registered in a graduate degree program at the University of Calgary are eligible for awards and financial assistance. Scholarship information, application forms and instructions are found on the graduate award website and through the searchable database at grad.ucalgary.ca/awards.
Fees listed here are estimates only, and have been rounded to the nearest dollar. These amounts should not be considered accurate. All amounts are in Canadian Dollars.
Fees are subject to change.
For more details and the most accurate information go to the Academic Calendar
For more general information, see our Fees and Funding Guide
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