The Alberta MBA Part-Time Program
Why an Alberta MBA?
A Masters Degree in Business Administration represents a significant achievement and valuable credential for anyone seeking to advance their career with a focus on business issues. The Alberta MBA program allows you the flexibility to pursue knowledge in a wide range of topics – from Finance to Marketing, International Business to Natural Resource Management within a specialization, a joint degree program or as a general program.
The Alberta MBA is a challenging and rigorous program that demands a significant investment of time and energy but pays dividends many times over in knowledge, understanding, skills, and strong friendships that last the length of the program and beyond. When taken on a part-time basis, it permits students to pursue the degree at their pace. Students typically complete the program within four years. However, the 57-credit program must be completed within a maximum of six years. The part-time program offers all of the benefits of the full-time program, but allows flexibility in the number of courses taken each term.
The curriculum is the same for that of the full-time MBA, with all students developing a foundation in key business fundamentals. Areas covered include: accounting, business strategy, economics, finance, management science, marketing, and organizational behaviour. You would then be able to tailor your program to best match your career aspirations with elective courses or pursue a specific specialization.
Courses in the part-time program are offered during weekday evenings (Monday-Thursday). Classes run from 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm, one night per week over the Fall (September - December) and Winter (January - April) semesters. Most students will take two courses during both the Fall and Winter terms, although it is possible to speed up the program by taking more than two courses per term. Evening courses during the Spring (May-June) and Summer (July-August) terms run from 6:30-9:30 pm two nights a week.
One Week Intensive Courses
In addition to evening courses, there are also one-week intensive courses offered during the Spring and Summer terms. These are full 3-credit courses that run during the day for an entire week. Without compromising the educational experience, the one-week intensive courses all you to spend an entire week imersed in the subject at hand, while speeding up the completion of your MBA.
From Part-time to Full-time
Sometime after commencing their studies on a part-time basis, students may wish to switch from a part-time course load to a full-time course load to accelerate the remainder of their studies. This is a possibility at certain points in the program but should be discussed with the MBA Programs office.
The Alberta MBA equips students with the knowledge needed to function well in a corporate or entrepreneurial environment. Most graduates continue working with their current employer and use the MBA to propel themselves up the corporate ladder, however some graduates have used the MBA as a launching pad for a career change.
Pursue a professional designation
While taking courses towards the completion of the MBA degree you can also lay the groundwork for obtaining a professional designation.