Frequently Asked Questions


Does the online program lead to the same MBA degree as the in-person program?

All of our MBA and Executive MBA offerings lead to the same credential, the Master of Business Administration. Completing the UAlberta Energy MBA will lead to a Master of Business Administration with a specialization in Natural Resources, Energy & Environment degree.

Can I take in-person classes?

The Energy MBA is designed to be a cohort-based program. Outside of the three in-person courses offered as part of the program, you would not be able to complete other in-person courses as part of the Energy MBA. However, it may be possible to move entirely over to our full-time or part-time MBA program and finish your degree.

How do exams and assignments work? Can I finish a course early?

Courses are designed to run asynchronously, meaning you can review course materials and lectures on your own schedule. Each course will have its own specific approach to exams and assignments. However, you can expect in most cases that assignments and exams will be due at set times over the term. Courses are intended to be completed gradually over the length of the term.

How much time can I expect to spend on coursework?

Typically, you can expect to spend 20-25 hours per week on course readings, lectures and assignments. This will vary over the term.


Can students outside of Canada complete the program?

While the majority of courses are delivered online, there are three in-person courses as part of the program. These are each approximately one-week in length and held over the course of the program. Students from outside of Canada would need to ensure they are able to attend the in-person courses. For students who do not have Canadian citizenship or permanent residency, we would encourage you to apply to our full-time MBA program.

Are there any exemptions to the GMAT / GRE requirement?

For virtually all applicants, a valid GMAT or GRE score will be required for admission. The only two situations where we may consider an applicant without a GMAT or GRE score are (1) University of Alberta Bachelor of Commerce graduates; and (2) PhD holders. If you meet either of these two criteria, please reach out to our office to confirm if you would able to apply without a GMAT or GRE score.

What does the Admissions Committee look for in applicants?

First, we would look for applicants who meet our standard admission requirements. After we are confident that an applicant would be able to do well academically in our program, we would evaluate the other aspects of their application. Ultimately, we are looking for students that will be active and engaged in the program and who would bring unique and relevant experience into class discussions.