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MBA Global

Build an International Perspective

The business world has become increasingly global and interconnected, requiring business leaders to gain a more comprehensive international perspective to keep up with emerging trends and changing marketplace demands.

Our graduates understand the global context of various industries and have the knowledge necessary to drive innovation and deliver as capable and confident leaders.


7 core courses + 3 elective courses + 1 intergrative course

To graduate, you must successfully complete all of the required core courses, three electives and fulfill the integrative semester requirements.

MBA Global students are required to complete all of the seven core courses outlined below:

Course Code Course Name Credits

Strategy in International Business Environment

This course develops pragmatic and dynamic perspectives on functional level, business level, and corporate strategies through the analysis of the internal and external environment. Strategic analytical theories and processes are examined using current business cases in a range of industries. The focus is on creating competitive advantages through strategic control and governance, diversification, effective foreign market entry, creating a learning organization, and fostering innovation and entrepreneurship, all while responding ethically.


Managing in a Diverse World

This course develops competencies in managing a global workforce. Specific topics include the behavioural impact of cultural differences, alternative approaches to organizational structure, cross cultural communication challenges, management of diverse groups, leadership and employee motivation techniques for global managers, conflict resolution across cultures, approaches to ethics and social responsibility in different cultures, global recruitment, selection and employee repatriation issues. Antirequisite: MT8214.


Advanced International Marketing

This course examines the processes used by marketers to produce, communicate and deliver value to customers, shareholders and society. It focuses on the management of relationships across the spectrum of marketing interactions that benefit the organization, its stakeholders and the community in which it operates. The course provides insight into marketing actions and their impact on customers, markets, firm value and community development including socioeconomic well being and sustainability. 


Regulation, Government and Social Responsibility Management

This course focuses on corporate social responsibility and ethical management from a legal perspective. Students learn the importance of law as a facilitator in developing successful business strategies and explore the mutuality reinforcing relationship between law and corporate social responsibility in areas such as corporate governance, environmental protection, privacy, corruption, and free trade agreements. Through an examination of these themes, the course provides students with analytical tools for identifying ethical problems and a framework for managing ethical conduct in organizations. 1 Credit. Antirequisites: MB8101, MB8102 and MT8108


Financial Management

Building on the foundation in Accounting and Finance, this course further develops an understanding of the challenges for sound financial planning and management in a global environment. Students learn the risk return characteristics of various international financial markets and financial instruments. Topics include financial instrument valuation (stocks, bonds and derivative securities), going public decisions, initial and seasonal equity offerings, joint venture, venture capital firms and international entry decisions. 1 Credit. Equivalent to MT8109 


Research and Communication for Managers

This applied course introduces theories and skills of management research and communication. Key research topics include formulating questions, conducting industry analyses and critical literature reviews, quantitative and qualitative methods and report writing. The communication dimensions focus mostly on career-related skills such as writing resumes and cover letters, doing presentations and interviewing. Antirequisite MT8600. 1 Credit



Investments and Portfolio Management

This course covers analyses of equity, fixed income, derivative and alternative investments. The second half of the course focuses on portfolio management. This course is appropriate for students who want to write the CFA exam. Prerequisite: MB8104 or MT8215. 1 Credit.


MBA students are required to complete a total of three elective courses. Students have the option to specialize by completing two of the three elective courses, and their capstone project, in one subject area.

MBA Global specializations include:

Students choosing this specialty gain insight into the challenges of developing effective global management strategies. They learn about the role of business intelligence, the use of technology and global supply chains and networks, the tensions between localization and standardization, and the importance of entrepreneurial perspectives in complex organizations. Those graduating with this specialty are well prepared to manage and lead organizations in an international environment.

Sample Courses
Course Code Course Name Credits
MB8201 Intl Strategic Mgmt Challenges 1
MB8202 Intl Environ Fincl Dcsn-Mkg 1
MB8203 Intl Trade in Goods and Servs 1
MB8204 Intl Negs, Contrg and Rsk Mgmt 1
MB8205 Global Issues 1
MB8206 Internatztn of Retailing 1
MB8207 Special Topics: Intl Business 1

Creative, influential people are essential to any company’s marketing needs, regardless of the sector or location. Students choosing this specialty understand marketing in an international context. Specifically, they learn how to be leaders in organizations seeking to produce, communicate, and deliver value to customers, shareholders and society. Students gain insight into planning, implementing, and evaluating marketing strategies that result in competitive advantage for firms operating in a multicultural and multinational environment.

Sample Courses
Course Code Course Name Credits
MB8401 Marketing Management 1
MB8402 Brand Management
MB8403 Competitive and Mrkt Analysis
MB8404 Managing Customer Relations
MB8405 Mktg in Theory and Practice 1
MB8407 Special Topics in Marketing

Students choosing this specialty examine retail and commercial development from the perspective of both North American and international markets. It is the only program in the downtown core which provides graduates with a solid grounding in global business, coupled with in-depth courses in real estate development, real estate law, real estate finance, and emerging issues in real estate, as well as opportunities to explore topics such as geodemographics and spatial analysis in further detail. Students develop the necessary analytical tools to understand retail and commercial structure, the dynamics of the retail environment, the financial and legal challenges, and the opportunities in emerging high growth markets.

Sample Courses
Course Code Course Name Credits
MB8501 Geo-demographics
MB8502 Retail and Commercial Dev 1
MB8503 Business Geomatics
MB8504 Rtl Location and Dev Strats
MB8505 Lgl Asps of Rtl and Comm Dev
MB8506 Real Estate Finance 1
MB8507 Spec Topics Rtl and Comm Devel 1

The quality of an organization’s human resources provides strategic competitive advantage for organizations. The human resources management specialty is designed to provide students with the opportunity to understand the complex issues facing managers with diverse workforces in countries across the globe. Broad cultural, generational and individual differences in human resources challenge leaders responsible for attracting, training, motivating, compensating, protecting and evaluating their human capital. This specialty attracts students who want to be on the leading edge of the increasingly strategic management of human resources to achieve competitive advantage in the global marketplace. Graduates can expect to build a career in managing diverse global workforces.

Sample Courses
Course Code Course Name Credits
MB8301 Strategic HR Mgmt
MB8302 Comp and Labour Mrkts
MB8303 Comparative Emplymt Relations
MB8304 Organizational Change
MB8305 Organizational Dsgn and Theory
MB8306 Special Topics in HR

Students may choose to do a specialization from the MBA-MTI program.

During their final semester, all students focus on the application of theory into practice and conduct real-world analysis of a particular organizational issue, market, or management challenge by completing a final capstone project (major research paper or business plan).

Major Research Paper

All students must complete an individually written major research paper (MRP), under the supervision of a faculty advisor and a second reader (the MRP Supervisory Committee). This project serves to ensure all Ted Rogers MBA graduates are equipped with the critical analytical and writing skills required in the business world.

Business Plan

Business plans will be supervised by faculty with entrepreneurial and business plan expertise.  Students are expected to have an interest in starting a business.  

All students will be required to present their research in a poster presentation or oral defense.

In addition to a capstone project, full-time students must complete one of the three options outlined below. Part-time students’ current full-time employment meets the internship requirement; however, they may also complete one of the three options outlined below.

Option 1: Internship

The internship experience enables students to demonstrate the practical and theoretical knowledge they have acquired in the MBA program and explore their own specialized interests.

Option 2: International Student Exchange

Students complete two credit courses while studying abroad.  Students have studied in Copenhagen Denmark, Calcutta India, Linz Austria, China and Israel.

Option 3: Language Training

Language and cultural training gives students the opportunity to improve existing fluency or develop fluency in a second language. Students take a minimum of two credits and conduct research in the second language for their MRP or business plan.

Foundation courses are graduate-level courses that help prepare students with non-business degrees for success in the MBA program. These courses include: Accounting, Finance, Quantitative Methods for Business, Economics and Principles of Management.

Students without an undergraduate degree in business but who have completed equivalent courses to the foundation courses may be exempted on a case-by-case basis.

Students with four-year undergraduate Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Bachelor of Commerce (BComm) or equivalent, from a recognized academic institution, are exempt from the MBA foundation courses.

Course Code Course Name Credits
MB8002 Quantitive Methods for Business
MB8004 Accounting
MB8005 Finance
MB8006 Economics
MB8007 Principles of Management

Applicants with degrees from outside of Canada, and less than two years North American work experience will be required to complete up to four Canadian Business courses as part of their MBA program. Applicants who require Canadian Business courses must apply for the Spring program start.

Course Code Course Name Credits

Case Analysis and Presentation

This course will focus on how to effectively collaborate to design solutions to case problems, and to present them orally and in teams.  Students will gain expertise in accessing relevant materials about Canadian corporations through annual reports, Bloomberg terminals, and other publicly available materials, in order to reason effectively from a set of facts presented towards a solution to problems framed by the case. Presenting case results as part of a team using presentation technologies, such as slide decks to convey the situation and proposed solutions will also play a major role in the class, which will be focused on experiential learning.


Effective Writing for Business Administration

This course builds on the Case Analysis course to provide a foundation in the types of analysis and written communication expected in the classroom and the workplace, bridging the gap between proficiency in English and effective written business communication. Students will learn how to structure arguments that will be advanced over the course of a paper. Written communication of cases will be covered, along with an introduction to simple models of rhetoric that will enable students to identify key claims needed to present effective solutions to problems and issues presented as part of case analysis and other types of writing. 


Canadian Business History

This course is designed to acquaint students with the unique features of Canadian business as it developed over time, and to understand the relationship between Canada’s economy and key trading regions, including the United States, the Commonwealth, Europe and developing economies. The structure and role of government and politics, the relationships with indigenous peoples, and the differences between the regions of Canada will be covered. The relationship between political movements and businesses, along with a historical perspective on the development of key industries will be covered, including a focus on the extraction sectors, on the developments in capital markets, including the role of provincial legislation, and other important aspects of the Canadian business and economic environment since the colonial era. 


Principles of Management

This course comprises a tour through the non-financial management functions. It outlines the history of management thought followed by business law and corporate governance, which explain the roles and responsibilities of managers and executives. The course highlights principles of social psychology as they relate to how people interact in organizations and small groups and how organizations use technologies. The principles of marketing and the unique aspects of entrepreneurship and small business, as well as non-corporate management, are also covered in this course.


Ryerson attracted like-minded students from a wide variety of cultural, educational and industry backgrounds who collaborated inside the classroom and developed friendships outside the classroom

Farzeen Saleh, MBA Global ‘11, Senior Manager, Product Development at President's Choice Financial