Master of Management
Regionally focused and globally connected, the Master of Management degree program engages with issues directly relevant to your work, organizations and regions. Explore new and nimble ways of leading and managing in a rapidly changing globalized world.
What You Need to Know
By taking the Master of Management (MM) degree program delivered by the Faculty of Management at UBC’s Okanagan campus, you can expect to:
- Increase your leadership capabilities in and across organizations—through collaboration and negotiation—by successfully identifying and accessing new global opportunities.
- Expand your ability to learn and see new opportunities for organizations through an increased understanding of regional and global transformation.
- Join a community of leaders and learners like you, bringing their experiences to bear in a new, experiential, and experimental learning format.
The MM degree program is accessible to working professionals over the course of 25 months. Online, face-to-face, and experiential learning are blended with three two-week residential sessions at UBC’s Okanagan campus in Kelowna, BC.
Through online studies, participants will engage with issues directly relevant to their work, organizations and regions, from a number of perspectives.
Participants will engage with their cohort, led by UBC and international faculty to learn comparatively and experientially.
UBC Okanagan’s Master of Management (MM) degree program features:
The MM is a part-time, course-based UBC master’s degree program delivered both online and in two-week summer sessions on campus or in a nearby community or communities.
Work and learn where you live with online studies from September through June; then come together for face-to-face learning in July during intensive residential sessions at UBC’s Okanagan campus in Kelowna, BC.
Grow and contribute to your MM cohort, a team-based peer community of students from diverse academic and professional backgrounds. Your cohort is an integral resource for comparative learning, led by UBC faculty and international partners.
Integrate new perspectives and skills in your applied project(s) which will demonstrate your learning and show peers and employers that you’re ready for today’s ever-changing leadership opportunities. We will consider challenges faced by various organizations and sectors in the Okanagan organization and use the region as a living lab for experimentation in transformative change.
MM learning crosses disciplines within the management field and beyond, enabling participants to leverage key concepts, experiences, philosophies and viewpoints to address future organizational opportunities and challenges.
From the facts and forces of globalization to the emerging importance of intercultural understanding, we go beyond conventional boundaries to bring relevant and applicable knowledge to the problems of today and tomorrow. Subject areas include political economy, information technology, entrepreneurship and innovation, and social accounting.
- Place: We engage the Okanagan Valley as a living lab and connect to the world from our facilities at Canada’s only purpose-built 21st-century campus.
- Perspective: We guide student cohort groups in exploring the future of organizations in small urban and non-metropolitan regions as they adapt to the opportunities and challenges of globalization. These forces bring the world to every locale, and every locale to the world
- People: Students come from diverse academic and working backgrounds to learn with UBC faculty and international partner universities in regions comparable to the Okanagan Valley, including Orkestra, the Basque Institute for Competitiveness at the University of Deusto in Spain.
Courses and Credits
The MM is a highly interactive, practical program that will provide you with a diverse set of tools, principles, and practices from key areas of management thought.
It is comprised of 10 management courses and an Applied Project(s) course, delivered through part-time online studies and three intensive in-residence sessions in Kelowna, BC.
What Will I Learn?
Master of Management graduates will be effective leaders and citizens, equipped with the knowledge, skills and aptitudes needed to adapt to the challenges and opportunities for the future growth of sustainable organizations, sectors, regions and societies.
- components of social and for-profit marketing;
- principles of GAAP accounting, cash flow, internal controls;
- key techniques in financial analysis (e.g., discounted cash flow, net present value);
- key legal frameworks and practices in human resource management and organizational performance (e.g., recruitment, compensation strategies);
- key organizational forms (e.g., companies, societies, cooperative partnerships);
- key indicators of socio-economic development (e.g., human development index, Kearney Global Cities index);
- important factors affecting ethical conduct in organizations (e.g., corporate social responsibility, sustainability, board governance);
- important theories and concepts related to organizational and regional change (e.g., regional opportunity index);
- concepts relevant to critical analysis (e.g., argument fallacies, rigor in argument construction, attention and synthesis of extant literature);
- concepts related to leadership and communication—individual, collective, rhetoric and persuasion.
- conducting structured market research—audience research, product research;
- considering differences of social and for-profit marketing processes;
- identification of accounting practices for typical management events (e.g., accrual accounting, generally accepted accounting principles);
- identification of internal controls relevant to organizational control problems (e.g.; corporate budgeting, process costing);
- considering of legal and-or organizational development practices relevant to human resource events;
- identification of legal strategies and forms to carry out particular organizational goals (e.g.; incorporation, charitable status, intellectual property strategies, outsourcing, contracting);
- important roles of various organizational forms and mixes in socio-economic development (e.g.; private public partnerships, systems of innovation, inter-institutional forms);
- ability to analyze competing dilemmas of the “good” in organizational cases (e.g., triple bottom line accounting, stakeholders analysis, situation ethics);
- analysis and conclusion of case histories of organizational and regional change;
- ability to constructively critique original research and secondary readings-opinions related to management;
- ability to determine and apply leadership and communication concepts to organizational case studies.
- conducting market research processes for organizations in “mixed” or complex value industries;
- complex accounting decisions within novel industrial spheres (e.g., virtual firms, software service organizations);
- ability to development range of short and long-term HR policies and practices;
- strengths and weaknesses of organizational forms for novel organizational settings;
- ability to analyse the regional institutions and their roles in socio-economic development;
- ability to evaluate and build organizational practices that address regional characteristics;
- capability of acting and deciding within multiple and competing frames of value;
- ability to carry out novel analysis using primary and secondary data, of organizational and regional change;
- ability to find diverse and competing positions, to synthesize and to build upon and contribute new and sound positions to management thinking;
- ability to emulate and evaluate leadership and communication strategies to simulated and live settings.
Learning Goals and Outcomes: Our graduates work together as a network of management innovators in regions around the world. Read More
Employers: Retain your valuable employee while supporting their professional development and growth. Read More
Work and learn where you live with part-time online studies, which prepare you for summer intensive residential sessions at UBC’s Okanagan campus in Kelowna, BC.
Students study online on a part-time basis from September to June for two years. A typical week of online learning requires a commitment of approximately 10-15 hours per week divided between instructional time, independent study, and online group discussion and work.
The balance between group and individual work ensures individual interests and reflections are always enhanced and supplemented with team dialogue and shared exploration.
Intensive In-residence Sessions
Face-to-face learning sessions are a vital part of the MM program. They are full time for two weeks in July, for three consecutive summers. Each Cohort formally begins their study in the MM with an intensive in-residence session*. The second intensive in-residence session brings the cohort together, in-person, at the half-way point in the program and the third intensive in-residence session brings the cohort together once more to wrap up the program.
During these sessions, both days and evenings are devoted to learning in a supportive environment. We blend face-to-face instruction and discussion with opportunities to engage with companies and organizations in the region through individual and collective work.
The program also offers opportunities to build effective and lasting relationships with your cohort, and with UBC and international faculty.
You should expect to do some preparatory work before each compulsory summer session.
* Online module prepatory reading for the first intensive in-residence session commences in June
A focal point of MM learning is the Applied Project course. Master of Management students will apply what has been learned through the MM program to provide thought leadership and innovative capacity to one or more organizations or sectors to spur progress on an issue faced.
Students will work on their applied projects throughout their second year of study. There are opportunities to both work with other members of the cohort and to work independently. Students will build a portfolio of work which might focus on a single organization or sector, or might span multiple organizations/sectors.
The Master of Management degree program welcomes applications from candidates able to commit to 25 months of part-time online study and three intensive in-residence sessions, held for two weeks each July at UBC’s Okanagan campus in Kelowna, BC.
The program allows highly-motivated full-time employees to complete the program in 25 months. We also encourage applications from recent bachelor degree graduates with sufficient relevant experience.
Application Requirements Overview
The selection process is guided by the criteria below, but we also welcome applications from candidates who satisfy competence prerequisites in other demonstrable ways. Those candidates are encouraged to contact the Academic Programs Coordinator for personal advising.
- Academic Achievement: This will be evaluated based on your academic transcript(s) and three references, typically a combination of academic and professional references. Candidates must have a solid academic record and normally submit a competitive GMAT or GRE score. GMAT/GRE exemptions may be granted upon request.
- Experience:Relevant professional or other applicable experience is considered a significant asset and should be normally a minimum of three to five years. Your motivation and fit for the program will be evaluated through your curriculum vitae, application, and an interview (in-person, telephone, or Skype).
- English Proficiency: Applicants must be able to speak, comprehend, and write fluently in English. An English proficiency exam is required for all candidates who have not completed a prior degree taught in English.
UBC’s International Programs and Services provides advising, transition services, and programs for international students.
Important Dates and Deadlines (2019 Intake)
- International student application deadline for Cohort 2 is January 31, 2019 (2019 intake).
- Domestic student application deadline for Cohort 2 is April 30, 2019. (2019 intake).
- Please note: Typically, the Faculty will admit a cohort of students to this 25-month long program on a biennial basis.
- June 2019: Online preparatory reading for the first intensive in-residence session commences
- July 2019: First two-week intensive in-residence session at UBC’s Okanagan campus
- September 2019 to June 2020: Online studies
- July 2020: Intensive in-residence session 2 at UBC’s Okanagan campus
- September 2020 to June 2021: Online studies
- July 2021: Intensive in-residence session 3 at UBC’s Okanagan campus
Tuition and Fees
$140.25 CAD (non-refundable); paid online using VISA or MasterCard at time of application submission.
$1,000 CAD; paid once you receive your admission offer; the amount is credited toward your first tuition instalment.
$29,029.24 CAD, domestic; $43,262.61 CAD, international. Tuition fees are typically collected in seven instalments; for more information please visit the Academic Calendar. More information on tuition payment options can be found on the Awards and Financial Support website.
Financial support is available on a competitive basis for qualified candidates.
How to Apply
Please note: applications are now open for Cohort 2. The application deadline for Cohort 2 is as follows:
International student application: January 31, 2019
Domestic student application: April 30, 2019
Your application will be evaluated as quickly as possible. The number of students that can be accommodated is limited; therefore, early application for admission is strongly encouraged.
If you have questions at any stage in the application process, please contact our Program Office at email@example.com or by phone at 1-877-807-9644 or 250-807-9644.
Step 1 – Pre-application
Email your curriculum vitae, unofficial copies of your academic transcripts, and your answers to the Application Questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may submit your documents as PDF or Word files. Once your pre-application materials have been received, you will be contacted. Successful prospects will be invited to an interview – in person or via telephone or Skype.
Step 2 – Formal application
Following a successful interview, you will be invited to apply here. You will need to provide your personal information, contact information for three references (preview the questions for referees), and the $140.25 CAD application fee.
In the online application, please use plain text; avoid special characters and formatting.
Step 3 – Official documentation
Immediately following the submission of your formal application, please ensure you arrange for necessary official documentation to be sent to the Master of Management office promptly (this includes all academic transcripts as well as English Proficiency or other exam scores, as required).
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Master of Management Program
Faculty of Management
The University of British Columbia | Okanagan Campus
EME 4145 – 1137 Alumni Ave
Kelowna, BC, Canada V1V 1V7
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- Engage with issues directly relevant to your work.
- Use the Okanagan region as a living lab for experimentation in transformative change.
- Study with a team-based cohort, led by UBC and international faculty.
- Work and learn where you live from September through June.
- Learn comparatively and experientially to develop skills to navigate rapid change.
Whether you are interested in private, public or blended enterprise, the Master of Management program will equip you to contribute to the success of globally-connected organizations within or focused on small urban and non-metropolitan regions.
Why a Regional Focus?
Global flows of goods, services, finances, standards, and people have never been faster or more complex. Supra-state trading regions incorporating many nations, and sub-national territories, regions and districts are all home to new kinds of organization and options for constructive interaction.
The MM program enables students to understand the dynamics of these situations and to lead and manage organizations that embrace opportunities arising from new connections across the world.
From the global network formed through the MM program, students will develop adaptive capacity and entrepreneurial skills that can be leveraged long after graduation. Read More
You will learn from UBC faculty and international partners at universities in regions comparable to the Okanagan Valley. Our partners include Orkestra (Basque Institute for Competitiveness at the University of Deusto, Spain) and KEDGE Business School (Bordeaux, France).
UBC’s Faculty of Management:
Prof. Mike Chiasson, Faculty director, MM curriculum lead
Dr. Chiasson’s research examines the development and introduction of information technology systems and the effects on organizational practices, in complex social settings. Read More
See all faculty and staff from UBC’s Faculty of Management.
MM professors from international partner institutions include:
Assoc. Prof. Mari Jose Aranguren
The University of Deusto’s Dr. Aranguren is a recognized expert in the area of competitiveness and territorial strategy, cluster and networks, and the analysis and evaluation of policies. Read More
James Wilson, Senior Researcher, Orkestra-Basque Institute of Competitiveness and Lecturer, Duesto Business School
Dr. Wilson is a Senior Researcher at Orkestra-Basque Institute of Competitiveness and lecturer at the Deusto Business School, where he is head of the Master’s in Innovation and Competitiveness. His main areas of research are the analysis of regional competitiveness, socio-economic development processes, and public policies. Read More
Prof. Jacques-Olivier Pesme
At KEDGE Business School (Bordeaux, France), Dr. Pesme specializes in sustainable development and international development with a special focus on developing countries.
Contributing UBC researchers focused on supporting organizational change/complex environments and engaging forces of globalization are present across faculties, and research institutes and centres at UBC’s Okanagan campus.
Welcome to UBC’s Okanagan Campus
The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. In the Master of Management program at UBC’s Okanagan campus, you gain all the benefits of attending a globally respected university while studying with a close-knit learning community.
The Okanagan: What to Expect
UBC’s Okanagan campus borders the dynamic city of Kelowna, a hub of economic development with a population of more than 150,000 people—the fourth fastest growing population in Canada.
The campus is two minutes from the Kelowna International Airport, one of the Top 10 busiest airports in Canada. More than 160 buses per day link the campus to key locations such as Kelowna’s cultural district and thriving downtown waterfront.
Kelowna is a family-friendly city that offers the services of a much larger centre, given its role as a regional service hub. Families visiting Kelowna during the summer season enjoy easy access to mountain resorts, mountain biking, hiking, swimming, sailing, and other watersports, together with summer festivals and winery tours.
Further afield, many visitors enjoy travelling by car to the Rocky Mountains, to glacier hikes and whitewater rafting. Along the way, visitors can take-in well-developed historical sites associated with the Canadian West and the accomplishments of First Nations and immigrants in our beautiful, vast terrain.
Explore the Okanagan lifestyle at you.ubc.ca.
Our Place, Our Culture
When you choose to study at UBC’s Okanagan campus, you are joining the decade-old, second campus of UBC, a 100-year-old university system recognized globally for its excellence in research and teaching.
As a new campus in an interior region of Canada, a country not yet 150 years old while rooted in millennia of First Nations history, UBC Okanagan is deeply conscious of our character, both new and old. We respect our region’s traditions while thriving in an atmosphere of possibility.
Our campus is located at the heart of the Okanagan Valley, a semi-arid geographic region once known principally for fruit, forestry, farming and tourism.
As the Okanagan transitions from these origins to emerging sectors—agri-tourism, wine-production, value-added wood products, and advanced manufacturing and high technology—the region offers outstanding opportunities to study the emergence of new social and economic models. Those models are co-constructed by indigenous peoples and newcomers in a multi-cultural, transboundary environment bordering U.S. markets and just four hours away from Vancouver, the largest port in North America.
Living in Residence
Students are free to choose their own accommodation during the summer sessions but are encouraged to consider the housing options offered at UBC’s Okanagan campus.
Life on campus offers a study-oriented environment with easy access to academic and personal support.