SCHOOL OF GRADUATE STUDIES

REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

Associate Professor and Dean W.R.P. Blake

Associate Professor and Associate Dean H.F. MacKenzie

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.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR ADMISSION

DEADLINES FOR APPLICATIONS

PROCEDURE FOR ADMISSION

ADVANCED STANDING

PROGRAMMES 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 programme, an applicant shall normally hold at least a Bachelor's degree, with a minimum B standing, from an institution recognized by Senate. 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 have completed several years of university studies, present a high GMAT score and have a minimum of 10 years of full-time managerial and executive experience. 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.

2. 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.

3. Applicants with relevant employment experience will normally receive preference during evaluation of applications.

4. 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.

5. 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 score of 580 (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 June 15 from Canadian applicants wishing to enter full-time or part-time studies in the Fall semester. Foreign applicants are considered for entry in the Fall Semester only, and must complete documentation by May 15. Canadian applicants planning to enter as part-time students in the winter (January) or spring (May) semester must apply and submit the required documentation at least two months before the beginning of the semester to which admission is sought. Individuals submitting applications later than the above dates are not assured of consideration for admission to the programme in the semester desired; their applications will be processed only if time and resources permit.

C) PROCEDURE FOR ADMISSION

1. Applications for admission to the MBA programme must be made on the appropriate form, in duplicate, 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 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 programme, 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) ADVANCED STANDING

1. Candidates holding an undergraduate business degree will be considered for direct entry to Term 3. Such candidates will be required to complete B8107 - Managing in the Canadian Environment, B8208 - Strategic Management and B8209 - Management Skills, and seven programme electives. The Faculty's Committee on Graduate Studies reserves the right to impose additional course requirements on individuals whose undergraduate business degree is not considered strong enough in all areas to merit direct entry to Term 3.

2. The Faculty's Committee on Graduate Studies may recommend advanced standing for students who have not been given direct entry to Term 3 (for certain term 1 and term 2 courses, and up to two elective courses) at the time of admission to the MBA program. After admission and normally not later than one week after registration, candidates may apply for advanced standing for courses. In either case, 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.

3. The Faculty's Committee on Graduate Studies may waive up to two non-business, non-specified electives for students who enter the MBA programme with a previous graduate degree. If such a waiver is granted, the remaining electives will be chosen from courses offered by the Faculty of Business Administration.

E) PROGRAMMES OF STUDY

1. The programmes of study include:

a) a 60-credit hour programme (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 programme courses are compulsory and are specified in Table 1; the remaining 27 credit hours in programme courses are electives.

b) a 30-credit hour programme (equivalent to two semesters of full-time study) for candidates entering with an undergraduate business degree. Three of the programme courses are compulsory and are specified in Table II; the remaining seven programme courses are electives.

2. Electives may be chosen from among the following:

a) approved business electives as listed in Table III;

b) up to six credit hours in courses from other graduate programmes 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 nine 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 are required to choose among the elective courses so that they do:

a) at least one of B8204, B9321;

b) at least one of B9306, B9325, B9326, B9327, 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
B8108 B8103 (or corequisite)
B8204 B8104
B8206 B8108, B8109, B8103
B8207 B8108, B8103
B8208 B8108, B8109, B8104, B8106, B8107, B8206 (or corequisite), B8207 (or corequisite)
B9103 B8103, B8104, B8106
B9308 B8109, B8106, B8206
B9310 B8203
B9311 B8204
B9312 B8206
B9313 B8108 and B8206
B9314 B8109 and B8206
B9315 B8109 and B8206
B9316 B8205
B9318 B8106
B9320 B8206
B9322 B8106 and B8208 are strongly recommended
B9323 B9320
B9324 27 credit hours, including B8104; B8204 is strongly recommended


NOTE: All other 9000-level courses require prior completion of 27 credit hours.

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

7. Changes to a student's prescribed programme, 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 programme of study and in which the candidate has obtained a mark of 65% or higher.

3. To remain in the programme, a candidate who obtains a final grade of C in any course must repeat that course, normally when next offered, and is permitted to repeat that course only once.

4. A candidate is required to withdraw from the MBA programme if:

a) a final grade of "C" is obtained in more than two courses;

b) two final grades of "C" are obtained in the same course;

c) a final grade of less than "C" is obtained in any one course.

5. When it has been determined, on the basis of consultation with the candidate, the advisor and the instructors, that a candidate's work has fallen below a satisfactory level, it may be recommended to the Dean of Graduate Studies that the candidate be required to withdraw from the programme.

COURSES

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
9001-015. Special Topics
8203. Management Science
8204. Human Resource Management
9102. Management Decision Analysis
9103. Research in Management
9202. Management Problem Solving
9301-03. Research Project (Variable Credit)
9306. International Business
9307. Management of Not-for-Profit Organizations
9308. New Venture Creation
9309. Marketing Management
9310. Management Science Applications
9311. Seminar in Human Resource Management
9312. Financial Management
9313. Natural Resource Management
9314. Business and Taxation Law
9315. Advanced Accounting
9316. Information Systems Management
9317. Current Topics in Management
9318. Marketing Communications Management
9320. Investments and Portfolio Management
9321. Labor Relations
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
9327. Human Issues in International Business
9328 Change Management

Two graduate electives from programmes 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
8107
8108
8109
8207
8208
9323
9325
9326
9327
9201
8101 or 8201
8102 or 8202
9319
9101
9004
9005
9010
9007


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