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Vancouver Island University - MBA

Vancouver Island University MBA Program Structure

The Vancouver Island University Faculty of Graduate Management MBA is a 54-credit, 14-16 month program, accredited by Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) on the university’s Nanaimo campus. The program features 12 core courses, one elective, and two specialization courses, or, an applied business project with a four month internship. There are two start date options, beginning in either July or September. Students that choose option one, which begins in July, complete foundation courses in the first two months, then core courses from September to June. This leg of the MBA concludes with the applied business project and four-month internship from July to October. Those that choose any specialization complete the program in December.

Option two follows the same regiment, but begins in September and concludes in February, roughly 14 months after it begins. Those who choose a specialization in the second option will conclude the program in April, 16 months after the program begins.

A dual degree option with the University of Hertfordshire to earn an additional Master of Science in International Management is also available.


The foundations curriculum consists of four different courses taking place over eight to 10 weeks, worth a total of eight credits: Managing and Strategy; Foundations of Marketing; Foundations of Economics; and Basics of Accounting and Quantitative Methods. After the conclusion of the foundation courses, students in the VIU MBA complete six courses worth 16 credits in semester one. Semester two also features six courses worth 16 credits. Both semester one and two take 15 weeks to complete.

The shortened semester three marks the begin of elective coursework. Over seven weeks, students complete two more core courses and the first elective of the program. Semester four marks the beginning of the seven-credit, four-month internship portion of the program, in addition to the six-credit applied business project. The length of the program depends on whether students undertake a specialization.

Class Profile

The most recent graduating class of MBA students from VIU featured over 180 students.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

The Vancouver Island University MBA program currently costs $20,905.47 CAD for domestic students and $33,434.08 for international students, regardless of whether students choose the 14 or 16 month track. With the applied business program option and specialization, however, domestic students pay $23,147.53 CAD and international students pay $37,308.48 CAD. Domestic students in the dual degree program (MBA/MSc.IM) that only take the applied business project (no specialization) pay $21,829.50 CAD and international students pay $35,395.22 CAD. Domestic students in the dual degree program, completing both the applied business project and the specialization option, pay $24,229.55 CAD and international students pay $39,558.48 CAD.

During the pre-MBA semester, semester one, and semester two, the student with the highest GPA in the program earns a $750 CAD scholarship, while the student with the second-highest earns $500 CAD. If a domestic student earns the top award in a given period, then the highest earning international student earns second place. The same is true in reverse.


Applicants to the Vancouver Island University MBA program must have an accredited Bachelor’s degree with a minimum ‘B’ average in the final two years, and one year of work experience, in addition to the following:

A completed online application
• Official transcripts
• Letter of introduction
• Current résumé
• Two letters of recommendation
• Proof of English proficiency (if needed)
• A $159.15 application fee

No GMAT scores are required in order to enroll.

Application deadlines are as follow:

August Start – March 31
September Start – June 30

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