What is the difference between the Master of Management program and the MBA program?
The Master of Management program is designed to help new graduates launch their career. It is open to students with a non-business undergraduate degree and less than two years of professional work experience post-graduation. The objective is to provide students with a foundation in business that will enhance their existing degree.
The MBA program is open to graduates with any degree and students must have at least two years of progressive work experience. The objective is to help mid-career professionals develop their critical thinking and leadership skills.
What is expected of a Master of Management student?
The Master of Management program is a fast-paced graduate level program. Expectations include:
- Be prepared for each class – do the pre-reading, course work, etc.
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment (the pace of the program is compressed and intense)
- Willingness to complete work outside of class. While classes are typically only three hours a day, there is a significant amount of work to be completed outside of class (tutorials, group and individual assignments, studying, presentation preparation, professional development assignments, workshops, etc.)
- Students are expected to dress and conduct themselves in a professional manner
What can I expect from the classroom experience?
Classes are designed to start at an introductory level and scale so that your knowledge and skill develop over the course of the program. While content is a component of classes, the application of content and how it applies to real world problems form a large part of what students learn. Classes are active rather than passive with the expectation that students will come to class prepared and ready to participate.
Can I specialize?
No, the Master of Management’s 10 month timeline does not allow for a specialization. The program is designed to enhance a broad range of business skills.
How will the Master of Management program impact my career?
The Master of Management program provides you with a competitive advantage in launching your career. Your unique skillset combined with the business knowledge gained in the program will set you apart. As well, you will have a dedicated career coach to help you explore a variety of career options and pathways and support you in crafting your personal story.
Will I stay with the same group of people throughout the program?
The Master of Management is a cohort program, which means that you will remain with the same group of individuals throughout the 10-month program.
How many students will be in my cohort?
A typical cohort will be between 30 and 45 students.
What sort of networking opportunities are there?
Integrated across the program are opportunities to network with your classmates, other students at Haskayne, faculty, alumni and business leaders. These networking opportunities will take numerous forms from guest speakers to workshops and receptions.
Can I work while completing the program?
The Master of Management program is an immersive experience whereby students are encouraged to take advantage of the myriad of experiential opportunities, workshops, and events available in addition to a heavy, compressed, and accelerated workload of study. As such, part-time work, although possible, is not recommended.
How much writing is involved? How much quantitative work is involved?
The program is a mix of qualitative and quantitative courses. There are workshops and tutorials designed to help students meet expectations in each of these areas. You will also have access to online learning modules that will help you prepare for some courses in advance.
Is there more than one start date?
At this time, there is only one intake annually in early May.
How long does the Master of Management program take?
The program is intensive and completed in ten months. It begins in early May and runs until the end of February.
What is a typical schedule for a semester?
A typical semester consists of classroom experiences, tutorials, career workshops and other supplementary experiences designed to enhance your learning and career potential. Courses may be scheduled in the morning or afternoon in one week or six week formats.
Are there career-advising services available to Master of Management students?
Yes. Master of Management students have a dedicated career coach who will run workshops to help you with develop your career readiness skills, résumé, cover letter, and interview skills. Additionally, the career coach will set up panel discussions and industry events to support career exploration, practicing business communication and to facilitate networking.
What is a capstone experience?
A capstone experience is the culmination your program of study where you synthesize what you have learned over the course of the program. Examples include projects, multi-day simulations, presentations or a trip. The capstone will occur in your final semester of the program.
Do I need an undergraduate degree in business to apply?
No, the Master of Management program is designed for recent graduates of non-business fields. The Master of Management is not open to business graduates. The program will provide you with the business knowledge needed to elevate your skills and differentiate you in the job market.
Do I need to complete the GMAT?
If your GPA is above a 3.3 in the last 20 courses of your degree you will not require the GMAT.
Students with a cumulative GPA of 2.70 to 3.29 may be admitted based on presenting an acceptable GMAT score. Please consult the Haskayne Master of Management Admissions team about the required Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score required.
How long is my GMAT score valid?
We accept GMAT scores within 5 years of the test date.
What is the application deadline?
Application deadlines are as follows:
- Round 1: November 15 (decision by December 15) - final round for International applicants
- Round 2: January 15 (decision by February 5)
- Round 3: March 1 (decision by March 30) - final round for Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents
What is included in the tuition?
Currently, tuition includes courses and associated classroom materials. You will also be required to pay general fees, which are set annually by the University of Calgary.
What should I budget on top of tuition and fees?
Most of the books, cases and supplies are covered by the program fees. Additional fees may be needed for the capstone course.
International applicants FAQs
Can I apply to this program as an international student?
International applications will be accepted until November 15. As we only have a few seats reserved for international applicants, admission is expected to be competitive. Please be aware that all international applicants will need to provide an Academic IELTS or TOEFL score to be considered for admission. Please contact the admissions team for details.
Can I enter the program directly from an undergraduate degree?
Yes, the program is designed for new graduates. You will need to ensure you complete the graduation requirements for your degree and provide proof of degree conferral after you start the program. New graduates starting the program in May have until June 30 to provide their proof of graduation.
Please note we require less than two years’ professional post-graduate work experience since the completion of an undergraduate degree for admission to this program.
How does this set me up for success if I want to do further graduate level work (e.g. PHD)?
The Master of Management program builds professional skills. If you are interested in pursuing an academic research career, a thesis-based master’s program may be a better fit.