Program Overview

The Alberta MBA is a two-year MBA program.  Year one begins with Orientation at the end of August.  Over year one, you will complete core MBA courses that provide you with a strong understanding of management essentials.  After completing a summer internship, year two begins.  Year two allows you to focus your studies on specific areas of interest or complete a specialization.


The Alberta MBA begins in August each year with a week long orientation built around SMO 652: Leadership Skills.  Following orientation, the MBA Association organizes a weekend retreat to the Rocky Mountains.

Core Curriculum

Year one of the MBA program is focused on business fundamentals.  Over the Fall (September - December) and Winter (January - April) terms, you will work within a team of four or five students to develop functional business knowledge and critical thinking skills.  These core MBA courses are the building blocks for the second year of the Alberta MBA: 

  • Leadership Skills
  • Financial Reporting & Analysis
  • Accounting Information & Internal Decision Making
  • Economic Foundations
  • Ethics & Corporate Social Responsibility with Communications
  • Managerial Finance
  • Marketing Management
  • Data Analysis & Decision Making
  • Managing People
  • One Core Elective from the following
    • International Business
    • Operations Management
    • Organization Strategy - Managing Organizations

Summer Internship

In between the first and second year of the MBA program (May - August), you have the option to complete a summer internship.  You are encouraged to work closely with the MBA Career Management Centre to secure an internship.

Electives & Specializations

Along with our MBA Capstone course (Business Strategy), the second year of the MBA allows you to tailor the degree to your own interests.  Roughly half of Alberta MBA students complete the General MBA by choosing from our elective courses.  You would also have the opportunity to complete one of our six specializations: