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The University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business

Contact our general manager with any questions. Profile updated: October 14, 2016.

School Data

Annual Tuition: $48,450 CAD

Annual Tuition Non-Resident: $79,290 CAD

Acceptance Rate: 32%

Full-Time Enrollment: 91

Average GPA: 3.3

Median GMAT: 650

Median GRE: 309

International: 50%

Female: 40%

Male: 60%

Average Age: 28

Application Deadlines: Round 1: November 6th, 2018 Round 2: January 8th, 2019 Round 3: March 12th, 2019 Final Round: May 7th, 2019

The University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business strives to set the highest standards for ethical and effective business practice.

It’s one of the reasons why it’s one of the top 50 schools in the Better World MBA Ranking for sustainability by Corporate Knights. It’s also why it’s ranked the number 1 school in Canada for business and economics by Times Higher Education. UBC ranks number 1 in the world by Times Higher Education for taking urgent action to combat climate change; and 1 in Canada for creating safe, sustainable cities – for which UBC Sauder has played a key role.

“We are training tomorrow’s business leaders to tackle social and environmental challenges that are more acute and complex than ever before,” Teresa Pan, Assistant Dean of the Robert H. Lee Graduate School at UBC Sauder School of Business, says. “If they can deliver against the triple bottom line – people, planet, profit – our graduates will not only be more desirable to employers, but will also have positive long-term impacts in how they run their businesses and contribute to society.”

MBAs at UBC Sauder have a plethora of opportunities to learn ethical and effective business practice.

The full-time MBA program is set up into 7 periods in 16 months. UBC Sauder offers four career tracks: finance, product and service management, innovation and entrepreneurship, and a custom track tailored to help students meet their specific career objectives.

Periods 1 and 2 feature foundation courses, integrated case days, global immersion pre- departure workshops and project work. In periods 3 and 4, MBAs take part in career track courses, electives, and travel abroad for the Global Immersion Experience, or GIE.

“A key component of the full-time UBC MBA program, the GIE allows you to go abroad and consult for a pre-selected overseas company on a real-world business challenge,” Pan says. It’s a five-month experience that starts at UBC with an introduction to the business practices and customs of a student’s host country. Once abroad, MBAs consult with a local company’s management team to help solve business problems that are unique to the company and region.

During period 5, MBAs apply what they learn through internships or entrepreneurial/industry projects. “UBC MBA students have the option of pursuing a summer internship and helping a company to develop new market opportunities and solve complex strategic problems,” Pan says. Typical internship roles can include Business Analysis & Sales Forecasting, Operations Management & Supply Chain Analysis, Project Management & Analysis, Market Research & Competitive Intelligence, and Marketing & Brand Management.

Those interested in the industry project can spend their summer developing a viable product with market testing or in-depth research. “Students have access to UBC-wide resources for mentoring and support for budding entrepreneurs, as well as the opportunity to connect with a diverse network of like-minded people from other faculties,” Pan says.

Resources include on-campus incubators, such as HATCH, UBC’s technology incubator and entrepreneurship@UBC, the school’s venture accelerator.

Periods 6 and 7 include an optional international exchange or Global Network Weeks, run by the Global Network for Advanced Management, elective courses, and the Capstone project. Global Network Weeks are a prestigious collaboration of 30 business schools from around the

world. Participating students travel to international universities, tour local businesses, and meet with local business experts. They also have access to a number of online courses that are offered by member business schools.

UBC Sauder seeks well-accomplished MBA applicants. But, more importantly, the school seeks students with an open mind, who can embrace a diverse and cosmopolitan environment.

“We seek candidates that are academically strong, have taken risks, learn from them during their career, and display key EQ competencies, such as adaptability, self-awareness, self- regulation, and optimism,” Pan says. “Students should also look forward to a learning environment that is incredibly collegial where the professors know you on a first-name basis.”

Contact Information

Robert H. Lee Graduate School,
UBC Sauder School of Business, 137-2053 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2 Canada
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The Full-Time MBA program at UBC Sauder’s Robert H. Lee Graduate School is one of the top 45 Global Elite programs, as ranked in the QS Global 250 Business Schools Report 2017. Based at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver campus, the school boasts one of the most international faculty and student bodies in North America.

The 16-month program, with its experiential curriculum, built-in professional development, and international perspective, promises a transformative journey for the candidate who’s ready to take their career to the next level.

UBC MBA students learn from some of the top thinkers and movers in the business world. With a faculty ranked #16 in North America for Business Research Excellence (by QS Top 250 Business Schools Report 2017), they learn from brilliant minds who will drive them to think like a CEO. Small-sized and close-knit cohorts consist of candidates from diverse countries and various professional backgrounds; corporate marketing managers rub shoulders with health care specialists and computer engineers.

UBC Sauder brings the modern business world to life in the classroom with an innovative curriculum, including tailored career tracks and the “flipped classroom” approach, where essential knowledge is delivered outside the classroom and class time becomes a staging ground for active engagement.

UBC MBA students graduate with invaluable practical experience which they gain locally and around the world. Through internships, Global Immersion, membership to the Global Network for Advanced Management, live case competitions and case studies, they learn by doing. The moment they start the program, Full-Time MBA students get the hands-on exposure they need to succeed in any organization.

The opportunity to study in Vancouver is unique. As Canada’s only major city on the West Coast, it is known for its strong Pacific Rim connections, vibrant multiculturalism and spectacular natural environment surrounded by ocean and mountains. Consistently rated among the world’s most livable cities, it has fast become home to a new generation of entrepreneurs who are tapping into the creativity and innovation that drives the city. A forerunner for sustainability, Vancouver’s progressive leaders are thinking beyond the bottom line and influencing the way...

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