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Sauder School of Business – University of British Columbia - Full-Time MBA

UBC Sauder School of Business Full-Time MBA Structure

The full-time MBA program at the UBC Sauder School of Business is a 16-month AACSB-accredited program taught at the university’s Robert H. Lee Graduate School. Beginning in August, the program is built around five separate critical themes: creativity; decision making; global issues and marco-economics; ethics and sustainability; and leadership development.

The first two periods (or, terms) of the full-time MBA at UBC feature core coursework, with elective courses built around the student’s selected career tracks integrated from the third to the seventh periods of the program. At the tail end of the third period (late February and early March), students attend a mandatory two-week trip abroad, adding a significant global business experience element to the program. Expertiential learning practices, including a student internship, are introduced in the fourth period, lasting until the seventh period, where students conclude the program with a Capstone project.


The foundation courses of the UBC Sauder full-time MBA include the following topics: Accounting; Intro to Finance; Organizational Behavior; Marketing Fundamentals; Operations Fundamentals; and Managerial/Micro Economics. Specified career tracks, which integrate a student’s electives, include: Finance; Product and Service Management; and Innovation and Entrepreneurship. A custom career focus is also available for entrants, combining some of the aforementioned specializations.

Class Profile

The most recent UBC Sauder full-time MBA class features 97 students, 66 percent of which were male and 34 percent of which were female. About 51 percent were of international distinction. The age range of the class was 24-41-years old and the average work experience upon entry was five years.

Career Statistics

An estimated 85 percent of the most recent UBC Sauder full-time MBA class was employed within three months of earning their degree, with an average annual salary of $85,289 CAD.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

The total cost of tuition for the UBC Sauder full-time MBA program at the Robert H. Lee Graduate School is $48,450 CAD for Canadian residents and $80,060 CAD for international residents. Combined with the cost of living in Vancouver, and the Global Immersion fee, and an additional CAD course fee, the total cost of the program for Canadian residents will cost more than an estimated $105,000 CAD. Cost of living and other fees are the same, regardless of student residency. However, with the increased tuition rate, international students living full-time in the city should expect to pay more than $137,000 CAD for the entire program.

An estimated 25-40 percent of the class are automatically awarded merit-based scholarships upon entry. However, external scholarships may also be available.

Federal and private loans may be available to select applicants to help fund their educational needs. However, international students, unless the payment is provided via their employer, likely can only sign for private loan funding.


In order to apply to the UBC Sauder full-time MBA program at the Robert H. Lee Graduate School, applicants must have earned a three-or-four year undergraduate Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution while maintaining a GPA of at least a ‘B+’ (76 percent or 3.3). GMAT scores must be, at a minimum of 550 and in the 50th percentile for each test section. GRE scores should be at least 155 for the verbal and quantitative sections. However, the school suggests applicants score around 650 on the GMAT and 320 on the GRE. A minimum of two years of prior work experience is also required, although most students are expected to have at least three years of prior experience, with the average currently at five years per student.

The following must also be submitted:

A completed application
• Official transcripts
• A current resume
• $143 CAD application fee
• Letters of reference
• GMAT/GRE scores
• Proof of English proficiency (if necessary)
• Essays

Strong candidates will be asked to conduct an in-person interview on the UBC Sauder campus or via Skype.

Next Application Deadline

Domestic: Jan 6th, 2022

International: Jan 6th, 2022

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