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SUBJECT: New business degree at Memorial a first in Atlantic Canada
DATE: April 23, 2014

The addition of a new graduate degree at the Faculty of Business Administration makes Memorial University the only university in Atlantic Canada to offer a master of science (M.Sc.) in management.
The new degree, approved by the university’s Senate and Board of Regents in March, will provide master’s level training and education to students looking for a research-focused learning experience that will prepare them for doctoral studies or research careers in the private, public or non-profit sectors.
“Our new master of science in management program is intended to develop a pool of talented and trained researchers that is located here in the province,” said Dr. Wilfred Zerbe, dean of Memorial’s business faculty. “We anticipate that many of our M.Sc. students will subsequently pursue doctoral studies in our PhD program but others will choose to bring their research skills to local and national companies. Having this program at Memorial increases the likelihood of our post-secondary students being able to obtain research-focused work in Newfoundland and Labrador following graduation.”
Memorial’s M.Sc. is currently accepting applicants for the fall semester with an application deadline of May 15. The degree is a two-year, thesis-based program that offers concentrations in one of five areas of business: general management, information systems, operations management, human resources management and organizational behaviour.
Nineteen post-secondary institutions in Canada currently offer graduate degrees related to management. Research undertaken while examining the feasibility of the degree at Memorial showed that there is an unsatisfied demand of nearly 2,800 students who wish to pursue graduate studies in management in Canada.
“Establishing a M.Sc. in management at Memorial shows that we are aiming to meet the needs of post-secondary students as there are simply not enough programs in Canada to meet the demand for admissions,” Dr. Zerbe said.
The Faculty of Business Administration offers master’s degrees in business administration and employment relations as well as a doctoral degree in management. There are 219 students currently enrolled in all three programs.
More information about the M.Sc. in management program is available at www.business.mun.ca/programs/masters/msc.
 
About the Faculty of Business Administration
Memorial University’s Faculty of Business Administration is recognized as a leader in Canadian business education with innovative programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including four undergraduate degrees, four graduate degrees and a diploma. The Faculty of Business Administration’s programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, a mark of exceptional quality in management education and the highest distinction a business school can achieve worldwide. For more information about the Faculty of Business Administration, visit www.business.mun.ca.

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