2004 - 2005 Calendar

SCHOOL OF GRADUATE STUDIES

REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

Associate Professor and Dean
G. Gorman

Associate Professor and Associate Dean (Academic Programs)
T. Clift

The degree of Master of Business Administration is offered by full-time or part-time study.

These regulations must be read in conjunction with the GENERAL REGULATIONS of the School of Graduate Studies of Memorial University of Newfoundland.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR ADMISSION

DEADLINES FOR APPLICATIONS

PROCEDURE FOR ADMISSION

DIRECT ENTRY AND ADVANCED STANDING

PROGRAMS OF STUDY

COURSE PREREQUISITES

EVALUATION

COURSES


A) QUALIFICATIONS FOR ADMISSION

1. Admission is limited and competitive. To be considered for admission to the Master of Business Administration program, an applicant shall normally hold at least a Bachelor’s degree, with a minimum ‘B’ standing, from an institution recognized by Senate. Applicants must achieve a satisfactory total score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), as well as an appropriate balance of verbal and quantitative GMAT score components. Specific information regarding test centres, dates, registration procedure and deadlines can be obtained by writing to: Educational Testing Service/GMAT, P.O. Box 6103, Princeton, New Jersey, U.S.A., 08541-6103. Their web address is: http://www.gmat.org. Relevant employment experience will be taken into account during the evaluation of applications.

2. In exceptional cases, applicants who have not completed an undergraduate degree, but who meet all other requirements, may be considered for admission. Preference will be given to those who present a high GMAT score, have a minimum of 10 years of full-time managerial and executive experience, and have completed several years of university studies. The Faculty may also take into account relevant professional credentials. Applicants, who do not meet normal admission requirements, may be required to complete, with a high level of achievement, certain undergraduate courses before being considered for admission.

3. When circumstances warrant, and only on the strong recommendation of the Faculty of Business Administration, consideration may be given to candidates who do not meet some of the above requirements.

4. Applicants who did not complete a four-year baccalaureate degree at a recognized university where English is the primary language of instruction must normally achieve a paper-based score of 580 (or higher)/computer-based score of 237 (or higher) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Those submitting results of the Test of Written English (TWE) as well, with a score of 4 or better, will receive preference in the evaluation of English proficiency. Information regarding both tests is available from the Educational Testing Service.

B) DEADLINES FOR APPLICATIONS

Applications and all supporting documents must be received not later than March 15 from Canadian applicants wishing to enter full-time or part-time studies in the Fall semester. Part-time applicants planning to enter in the Winter (January) or Spring (May) semester must apply prior to October 15 and January 15 respectively. Individuals submitting applications later than the above dates are not assured of consideration for admission to the program in the semester desired; their applications will be processed only if time and resources permit. Full-time and international applicants are normally considered for entry in the Fall semester. International applicants must submit complete documentation by February 1.

C) PROCEDURE FOR ADMISSION

1. Applications for admission to the MBA program must be made on the appropriate form to the School of Graduate Studies.

2. The following documents must be submitted in support of the official application form:
a) Letters of appraisal from three referees, at least one of whom has had close professional contact with the applicant within the last two years, and at least one of whom is capable of appraising the applicant's academic potential as a graduate student.
b) Two copies of the Faculty's Employment Experience Information Form.
c) Two official transcripts from each university or other post-secondary institution previously attended, to be sent directly by its Registrar (or equivalent officer) to the School of Graduate Studies. If not recorded on the transcript, official evidence of completion of undergraduate degree must also be submitted.
d) The official GMAT score report, to be sent directly by the Educational Testing Service. The code number for Memorial University of Newfoundland is 0885.
e) Where applicable, an official TOEFL score report, to be forwarded directly by the Educational Testing Service. As indicated above, overseas applicants have a stronger case if they also submit official results of the Test of Written English (TWE).

NOTE: Application files are evaluated only when all required items have been received.

3. Admission shall be by the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies on the recommendation of the Faculty of Business Administration. Upon notification from the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies of acceptance into the MBA program, applicants must give written notice to the School of Graduate Studies of their intention to register. Such notice must be received by the Office of the Dean within 30 days of notification of acceptance, or three weeks prior to semester registration.

D) DIRECT ENTRY AND ADVANCED STANDING

1. Students who have an undergraduate honours (or equivalent, e.g., first class from another university recognized by Senate) degree in business may apply for direct entry into the second year of the MBA Program. Their course load will be 8107 - Managing in the Canadian Environment, 8208 - Strategic Management, 8209 - Management Skills plus seven electives from the list of second year courses listed in Table III and paragraph E3. Direct entry will only be considered if the honours degree was awarded within seven years of the year for which admission is being sought. The Committee on Graduate Studies reserves the right to require additional first year courses where there are noted deficiencies in a student’s undergraduate record.

2. The Faculty’s Committee on Graduate Studies may recommend advanced standing for students who do not qualify for direct entry at the time of admission to the MBA program. After admission and normally not later than one week after registration, all other students, including those who have an undergraduate degree in business, may apply for advanced standing for 8000 level courses in the MBA program. Advanced standing for any 8000 level MBA course would normally require that the student had achieved a “B+” or better in a letter grade system or the equivalent to a grade of 75% or better at Memorial University of Newfoundland in undergraduate courses required for advanced standing. Courses will only be considered for advanced standing if they are part of a degree that has been awarded within seven years of the year for which admission is being sought. Advanced standing will not be granted for 8107 - Managing in the Canadian Environment, 8208 - Strategic Management, 8209 - Management Skills, and 8203 - Management Science.

3. The following information must be submitted to the Associate Dean, Faculty of Business Administration, for evaluation by the Committee:
a) a detailed course outline for each course to be considered in the application for advanced standing;
b) a description of the method of evaluation used in each such course, the grades received, and the completion dates.

4. Students who enter the MBA program with previous graduate degrees may be granted transfer credit for two non-business, non-specified elective courses by the Faculty’s Committee on Graduate Studies. The remaining electives will be chosen from courses offered by the Faculty of Business Administration. This will reduce their program from 20 courses to 18 courses. (This does not apply to students with degrees such as the LLB and Medical Doctor degrees that are not master’s degrees.) Courses will only be considered for advanced standing if they are part of a degree that has been awarded within seven years of the year for which admission is being sought.

E) PROGRAMS OF STUDY

1. The programs of study include:
a) a 60-credit hour program (equivalent to four semesters of full-time study) for candidates entering with an undergraduate degree in any area other than business. Thirty-three credit hours in program courses are compulsory and are specified in Table 1; the remaining 27 credit hours in program courses are electives.
b) a 48-credit hour course program plus a thesis for candidates entering with an undergraduate degree. Thirty-three credit hours in program courses are compulsory and are specified in Table I; the remaining 15 credit hours in program courses shall consist of 9103 (3 credit hours), 12 credit hours in courses agreed upon by each student and his or her supervisor plus a thesis, or
c) a 30-credit hour program (equivalent to two semesters of full-time study) for direct entry candidates. Three of the program courses (9 credit hours) are compulsory and are specified in Table II; the remaining 21 credit hours for candidates in the all-course program are electives. For direct entry candidates in the thesis option, courses shall normally consist of 8107, 8208, 8209 and 9103 (all 3-credit hour courses), 6 credit hours in courses agreed upon by each student and his or her supervisor plus a thesis. Additional courses may be recommended by the supervisor to the Committee on Graduate Studies where the preparation of the candidate in the cognate area is deemed to be inadequate.

2. Electives in the all course programs may be chosen from among the following:
a) approved business electives as listed in Table III;
b) up to 6 credit hours in courses from other graduate programs within the School of Graduate Studies, as approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies on the recommendation of the Faculty of Business Administration;
c) a Research Project or projects, which may be assigned up to 9 credit hours, as approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies on the recommendation of the Faculty of Business Administration;
d) any other course or project deemed to be of satisfactory content and rigor as approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies on the recommendation of the Faculty of Business Administration.

3. Candidates in the all course programs are required to choose among the elective courses so that they do:
a) at least one of B8204, B8210;
b) at least one of B9306, B9325, B9326, B9020; or another approved international course;
c) at least one of B9308, B9322, B9328.

4. The Faculty’s Committee on Graduate Studies reserves the right to restrict candidates from taking particular MBA courses if it is deemed that those courses do not add sufficient value beyond courses that the candidate has completed at the undergraduate level. Regulations 3 a) and 3 b) above may be waived where the candidate is restricted from taking a particular course due to the completion of an undergraduate course. However, a candidate restricted from taking any one course listed under regulation 3 c) must complete a second course from that list.

5. Students are required to observe certain approved co- or prerequisites in scheduling their courses. These are as indicated:

COURSE PREREQUISITES/COREQUISITES*
Required
Courses
8103 Nil
8104 Nil
8106 Nil
8107 Nil
8108 8103*
8109 Nil
8205 Nil
8206 8103*, 8108*,8109
8207 8103, 8108*
8208 8103, 8104, 8106, 8108, 8109, 8205*, 8206*, 8207*
8209 8104
Electives
8203 Nil
8204 8104
8210 Nil
9020
Nine courses completed including 8104
9103 Nine courses completed including 8103
9301 Nine courses completed
9302 Nine courses completed plus 9301*
9303 Nine courses completed plus 9301* and 9302*
9306 Nine courses completed including 8103, 8104, 8106, 8108, 8109, 8205, 8206, 8207, 8208*
9308 Nine courses completed including 8103, 8106, 8108, 8109, 8206
9309 Nine courses completed including 8106
9311 Nine courses completed including 8104, 8204
9312 Nine courses completed including 8103, 8108, 8109, 8206
9314 Nine courses completed including 8103, 8108, 8109, 8206
9316 Nine courses completed including 8205
9317 Nine courses completed
9318 Nine courses completed including 8106
9320 Nine courses completed including 8103, 8108, 8109, 8206
9322 Nine courses completed including 8103, 8104, 8106, 8108, 8109, 8205, 8206, 8207, 8208*
9323 Nine courses completed including 8103, 8108, 8109, 8206, 9320
9324 Nine courses completed including 8104, 8204
9325 Nine courses completed including 8106
9326 Nine courses completed including 8103, 8108, 8109, 8206
9328 Nine courses completed including 8104
9329
Nine courses completed

NOTE: All 9000-level courses require the prior completion of nine courses, including any specific prerequisites or corequisites.

6. Students shall successfully complete the requirements of B8103-Statistical Applications in Management as part of the first 33 credit hours of their programs.

7. Changes to a student's prescribed program, including the specified course load, must have the prior approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies on the recommendation of the Faculty of Business Administration.

F) EVALUATION

1. The Faculty Council of the Faculty of Business Administration constitutes the examining body for all examinations in Business courses. In addition, the standing of every student will be assessed by the Committee on Graduate Studies in accordance with the requirements outlined in clauses 2 through 5 below.

2. Credit towards the MBA degree will be granted only for those courses which have been approved as constituting part of the student's program of study and in which the candidate has obtained a mark of 65% or higher.

3. A candidate is required to withdraw from the MBA program if:
a) a final grade of ‘D’ or ‘F’ is obtained in two courses, or
b) a final grade of ‘C’ or less is obtained in three courses, or
c) a final grade of ‘C’ or less is obtained in a repeated course.

4. Clause F)3 notwithstanding, to remain in the program, a candidate who obtains a final grade of ‘C’ or less in any course must normally repeat that course when next offered, and is permitted to repeat that course only once.

5. Clause F3 notwithstanding, in some instances, at the discretion of the course instructor, and with the approval of the associate dean, academic programs, Faculty of Business Administration, a student who has received a grade of ‘C’ or less in any course may be permitted to complete remedial work and may be re-examined. A student who passes after re-examination will have “passed on the basis of re-examination” recorded on their transcript, and the original grade will remain. A student who receives a grade of ‘C’ or less after re-examination will be required to withdraw from the program. The original grade will count as part of the total number of final grades of ‘C’ or less permitted before a student is required to withdraw as specified in F3.
NOTE: The pursuit of remedial work may not be offered more than twice to an individual student.

COURSES

In accordance with Senate's Policy Regarding Inactive Courses, courses which have not been offered in the previous three academic years and which are not scheduled to be offered in the current academic year have been removed from the following listing. For information about any of these inactive courses, please contact the Dean of the Faculty.

The schedule of courses of the curriculum and elective courses are as follows:

TABLE I - Schedule of Courses

Term 1

Term 2
8103. Statistical Applications in Management
8104. Organizations: Behavior and Structure
8106. Marketing
8107. Managing in the Canadian Environment
8108. Economics for Business
8109. Accounting for Management
8205. Information Systems
8206. Managerial Finance
8207. Operations Management
8208. Strategic Management
8209. Management Skills
Term 3 Term 4
Five electives (may include project) Four electives (may include project)

TABLE II - Schedule of Courses (students with direct entry to Term 3)

Term 3

Term 4
8107. Managing in the Canadian Environment
Four electives (may include project)
8208. Strategic Management
8209. Management Skills
Three electives (may include project)

TABLE III - MBA ELECTIVES

Schedule of MBA Electives

8001-005. Special Topics
8203. Management Science
8204. Human Resource Management
8210. Labour Relations
9001-9019. Special Topics
9020. International Human Resource Management
9021-9035. Special Topics
9103. Research in Management
9301-03. Research Project (Variable Credit)
9306. International Strategic Management
9308. New Venture Creation
9309. Marketing Management
9311. Seminar in Human Resource Management
9312. Financial Management
9314. Business and Taxation Law
9316. Information Systems Management
9317. Current Topics in Management
9318. Marketing Communications Management
9320. Investments and Portfolio Management
9322. Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation
9323. Financial Forward, Futures, and Options Markets
9324. Women and Men in Organizations
9325. Accessing International Markets
9326. International Finance
9328. Change Management
9329. Labour Law

Two graduate electives from programs in other Faculties and Schools in the School of Graduate Studies.

TABLE IV - MBA COURSE RESTRICTIONS

Credit may be obtained for only one course from each of the pairs of courses listed in Table IV.
Present
Course
Replaces
Course
Present
Course
Replaces
Course
8107
8108
8109
8207
8208
9201
8101 or 8201
8102 or 8202
9319
9101
9321
9324
9325
9326
9327
8210
9004
9005
9010
9007


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