What is the difference between the Accelerated MBA and regular MBA?
The Accelerated MBA is built specifically for graduates of a four-year undergraduate business program from a recognized Canadian or U.S. post-secondary institution. The Accelerated MBA option saves participants up to 45 per cent in tuition cost, as well as significantly reduces their program length. Students enrolled in the Accelerated MBA option take 11 courses, as opposed to 20 courses in the regular MBA option.
What is the difference between the Accelerated MBA and Executive MBA?
An Executive MBA is targeted to mid- to senior-level professionals who have already achieved significant success in their careers and typically manage a team, business unit or organization. The teaching style is designed to leverage the collective experience of the cohort. Further, additional support is provided to enable the students to be effective learners despite the fact that they have not been students for potentially many years.
What is the reputation of the program?
The Haskayne MBA program has a strong reputation locally, nationally and internationally.
The Haskayne School of Business is an AACSB accredited business school, a recognition awarded to less than 5 per cent of business schools worldwide. Our MBA program is internationally recognized by independent bodies. For example, the 2015 Better World MBA ranking placed Haskayne’s MBA at number 5 from over 100 programs it examined around the globe and Haskayne MBA was ranked #4 in the worldon the Global Green MBA in Corporate Knights (2013).
With 85 per cent of our alumni remain in Calgary and the surrounding area, we also have a very strong local reputation with employers.
How will the Accelerated MBA impact my career?
Many students are seeking to make a career transition or accelerate their career through their MBA. In addition to enhancing your critical thinking skills and knowledge there are a myriad of opportunities to expand your leadership capacity. Students benefit from networking opportunities with other MBA students and alumni, faculty and local business leaders.
Can I specialize?
Students in the Accelerated MBA have the option to specialize in one of eight areas:
- Business Intelligence and Data Analytics
- Entrepreneurship and Innovation
- Global Energy Management and Sustainable Development
- Management Analytics
- Project Management
- Real Estate Studies
For more information, see Specialization Options.
Alternatively, students can select from across the broad range of electives available to pursue a general MBA.
Will I stay with the same group of people throughout the program?
You will be in the same class as your cohort for your core courses. However, for electives, you will have the opportunity to meet students from across many other MBA cohorts.
What sort of networking opportunities are there?
Integrated across the program are opportunities to network with your classmates, other MBA and EMBA students at Haskayne, MBA students from other universities, faculty, alumni and business leaders. These networking opportunities could take numerous forms, such as case competitions, guest speaker events or the Leadership Development Program.
Can I work while completing the program?
The Accelerated MBA is flexible and can be completed by working professionals.
How much time will I need to study?
Students in the Haskayne MBA program typically spend 12 hours studying per course, this includes class time (more in block weeks).
If I need to travel for work, can I still complete the program?
In the case of missing an individual class, students are expected to make arrangements with their faculty member and study team.
What is the mix of classroom versus online learning?
The Accelerated MBA is a classroom based option; faculty may choose to provide supplemental tutorials online through our learning management system as part of class preparation or review.
Is there more than one start date?
There are two intakes of the Accelerated MBA each year, commencing in Fall and Winter.
How long does the Accelerated MBA take?
The Accelerated MBA can be completed in as little as 12 months.
What qualification do I receive when I complete the program?
Upon successful completion of the program, students are awarded a Master of Business Administration. If an individual fulfills the relevant requirements, their specialization will also appear on their parchment and transcripts.
Do I need an undergraduate degree in business to apply?
Yes. The Accelerated MBA is built specifically for graduates of a four-year business program from a recognized Canadian or U.S. post-secondary institution.
Do I need to complete the GMAT?
To be eligible for the Accelerated MBA program, applicants must hold a business degree issued in the last 10 years from a recognized Canadian of U.S. post-secondary institution with a GPA of 3.00/4.00. Those whose GPA is at 3.20 or higher may have the GMAT waived. For further information, please contact the MBA Admissions Office.
How long is my GMAT score valid?
We accept GMAT scores within 5 years of the test date.
What is included in the tuition?
The tuition for the Accelerated MBA includes course instruction only; 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?
Students should expect to spend approximately $150 to $200 per course on books, cases and supplies.
What is the typical ROI of the program?
Based on our graduate surveys, our alumni recover their investment in the program within 2.2 years of graduating on average.
Can I apply University of Calgary Tuition Support to this program?
Yes. Many University of Calgary staff members are eligible to apply for tuition support. Please refer to the University of Calgary's Tuition Support Program page for more information.
International Applicants FAQs
Can I apply to the program as an international student?
International students are welcome to apply to the Accelerated MBA program but must hold a business degree issued in the last 10 years from a Canadian or U.S. post-secondary institution with a GPA of 3.00/4.00.
Can I enter directly into the program if I have an undergraduate business degree and no work experience?
No. The Accelerated MBA is designed for early- to mid-career professionals who already have at least two years of professional work experience.
Can I transfer in to the program from another school / program?
No. This program does not accept transfers.