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Sauder School of Business – University of British Columbia - International MBA

UBC Sauder School of Business International MBA Structure

The UBC Sauder School of Business’ Robert H. Lee Graduate School International MBA is a 20-month part-time program taught at the Antai College of Economics and Management at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. The program is designed for Chinese business professionals seeking an global academic experience, complete with a trip to Vancouver.

Students start the program in November, with eight foundational courses, taught in Shanghai. In April/May of the first academic year, students complete the mandatory Vancouver, Canada residency, before returning to Shanghai to complete their Capstone project. Students also have the option to return to Vancouver to attend a graduation ceremony.

Classes are taught mostly on weekends. Friday classes last from 3:30 – 10 p.m., with Saturday and Sunday classes running from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Individual classes are taught over one weekend, with exams taking place on the first day of the successive class.


The IMBA foundation courses, taught at Jiao Tong University, include the following:

• Business Strategy
• Corporate Finance
• Foundations in Accounting
• Foundations of Managerial Economics
• Marketing
• Operations & Logistics
• Organizational Behaviour
• Statistics
• Integrated Project

These courses are completed from the first month of the program, beginning in November, until July. At the end of April, students complete the two-week residency at the Vancouver UBC campus. The final 12 months of the program are comprised mostly of advanced courses, of which include:

• Accounting
• Financial Reporting
• Financial Statement Analysis
• Entrepreneurship
• Finance
• Investments
• Human Resource
• Managing Change
• Two Party Negotiations
• Brand Management
• Services Management
• Supply Chain Management
• Process Fundamentals
• Strategy
• Corporate Strategy
• Managing Information Technology

Like the full-time and Professional MBA options at UBC Sauder, students in the IMBA program complete Career and Professional Development programming through entirety of their schedule, of which includes workshops, networking events, and more. An additional Global Network for Advanced Management module may be available for select students, allowing them to travel abroad even more for their global education.

Class Profile

The average age of the UBC Sauder International MBA class is 34-years old. About 42 percent of the most recent class is male, with 58 percent female students. In total, the class featured 45 students. The average amount of previous work experience is 11 years. More than 90 percent of the class originate from China.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

The total cost of the UBC Sauder International MBA program is $60,000 USD, payable in two separate installments. An additional $2,500 fee is required to hold a spot in the program. Additional costs are as follows:

ExpensesCost (USD)
Optional Prep Program Fee$150 for each individual course, or, $400 for all three
Optional Global Network for Advanced Management (GNAM) $5,600
Vancouver Flight$1,000
Accommodation in Vancouver$2,100
Medical Insurance$100
Food and Other Expenses$700

The total estimated cost, with all other fees, insurance, travel, and miscellaneous factors included, is about $69,980.

Outstanding students may be rewarded a UBC International MBA Entrance Scholarship, which can range anywhere from $1,000 to $6,000. The range of the scholarship is dependent upon the time of application, with earlier applicants given higher scholarship opportunities.

Private and federal loan funding may be available, per student.


In order to apply to the UBC Sauder International MBA program at the Robert H. Lee Graduate School and the Antai College of Economics and Management at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 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). There is no minimum GMAT/GRE score requirement, but the suggesting GMAT minimum is 550 and in the 50th percentile for each test section. GRE scores should be at least 155 for the verbal and quantitative sections. At least two years of full work experience is also required. However, it is suggested that applicants have at least five years of prior experience.

Applicants must also be able to speak fluent English in order to enroll. For those who did not earn an undergraduate degree in Canada, the U.S., or UK, or didn’t earn a degree from a predominantly English-speaking academic institution, TOEFL/IELTS/CAEL scores are required. Applicants must score a minimum of 80 on the TOEFL exam, 6.5 on the IELTS, or 70 overall on the CAEL.

The following must also be submitted:

A completed online application
• Official transcripts
• $143 CAD application fee

Application deadlines are as follows:

Round Two – June 11, 2019 (final deadline for scholarship consideration)
Final Round – August 27, 2019

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