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Graduate Studies Calendar 2019-2020 Program Descriptions Haskayne School of Business: Management MGMT MBA (Course-Based), Executive MBA, Executive MBA - Global Energy
MBA (Course-Based), Executive MBA, Executive MBA - Global Energy
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Location: Scurfield Hall, Room 302

MBA Program: 403.220.3808
EMBA Program: 403.220.3803 
Fax: 403.282.0095

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1. Degrees and Specializations Offered

Master of Business Administration (MBA) - course-based

Students can complete the Haskayne MBA through full-time study either through the daytime or the evening.

Daytime MBA program has two streams: (1) registration over an 8-month (Fall and Winter) period with a regular scheduled break from May to August; or (2) registration over a 12-month period. Faculty of Graduate Studies General Fees assessment will align with the selected option (see General Fees Assessed on A Per Term Basis).

MBA Specializations:

  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Finance
  • Global Energy Management and Sustainable Development
  • Global Energy (Executive MBA only)
  • Marketing
  • Project Management
  • Real Estate Studies

Executive MBA (EMBA)

The Executive MBA is offered jointly by the University of Calgary and the University of Alberta on alternate weekends and periodic intensive weeks. Students in the Executive MBA program may choose a specialization in Finance or may elect not to have an area of specialization.

Executive MBA – Specializing in Global Energy (GEMBA)

The material is delivered through six distinct learning modules, each conducted over a period of three to five months. These modules feature intensive two-week residencies providing real-world experiences in international energy centres.

All graduates of the Global Energy Executive MBA receive a specialization in Global Energy.

2. Admission Requirements

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

a) A current résumé.

b) A 250-word response to each of the following questions: “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 applicants required to prove proficiency in English, a minimum TOEFL score of 97 with no section less than 20 (Internet-based test), or an IELTS score of 7.0 with no section less than 6.0. This requirement can also be met by completing Tier III of the International Foundations Program with a minimum grade of "B" on Academic Writing & Grammar III, "B" on Reading Comprehension & Proficiency III, and "B" on Listening Comprehension & Oral Fluency III.

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

For the Executive MBA program, completion of the GMAT* or completion of the GMAC Executive Assessment with a minimum score of 140.

For the course-based Day and Evening MBA programs only, the following applicants may request to have the GMAT requirement waived: (i) applicants with a four-year BComm degree (or equivalent) from a recognized university with a GPA of 3.20 or higher on a four-point scale; or (ii) applicants with a graduate degree from a recognized university.

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

e) Two reference letters.

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

g) 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.

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

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

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.

Admission Deposit
Successful applicants will be required to confirm their acceptance of an offer of admission into the MBA program with an online non-refundable deposit:

  • Daytime MBA: $3,000
  • Evening MBA: $1,500
  • Executive MBA: $3,000
  • Executive MBA – Global Energy: $5,000

The deposit will be credited toward tuition fees upon registration.

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.

5. Program 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 60 units. Students may be granted exemption from required courses based upon prior academic preparation and with the approval of the Graduate Director (MBA Program). Students must complete a minimum of 45 units, of which a maximum of 15 units may be transfer credit from another recognized graduate program, for the MBA degree. Students who have completed a recognized/accredited four-year BComm degree within the last 10 years may be granted exemption from 27 units and may be required to complete a minimum of 33 units for the MBA degree, of which 3 units may be transfer credit from another recognized graduate program.

Required Courses

For students approved for a BComm exemption, requirements normally will be:


Students must complete 18 units of elective courses beyond the required courses. Students may select an area of specialization normally consisting of 12 units. Students wishing to specialize may choose from the following areas:

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

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 Graduate Director (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.

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. The Executive MBA has 42 units of required courses with 18 units of additional courses for a total of 60 units.

In general, students in this program are expected to follow a general curriculum rather than electing an area-specific specialization. However, there is the opportunity to elect a specialization in Finance.

Required Courses

Finance Specialization

Students taking the Finance specialization will complete 12 units in the area of Finance: Finance 751 (3 units) plus 9 units of 700-level Finance courses.

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 requirements as the other MBA programs: 42 units of required courses with 18 units of additional courses for a total of 60 units. A complete course overview can be found on the Haskayne website.

6. Time Limits

MBA: The day MBA option normally takes 20 months to complete (from first registration, whether in an 8- or 12-month stream), while the evening option normally takes three years. Maximum time limit: six years.

Executive MBA: Participants enter the program as a cohort and are expected to complete the program requirements at the same pace, over the same 20-month time frame.

7. 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.

All admitted full-time MBA students will be automatically considered for Business scholarships.