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MBA

Build a Comprehensive Perspective

You need a comprehensive perspective to lead in today’s increasingly interconnected business world. Keep up with emerging trends and evolving marketplace demands with the Ted Rogers MBA. This collaborative program provides a holistic business management education that blends academic theory with innovative experiential learning and leadership opportunities. Smaller class sizes lead to meaningful collaboration with your peers, faculty and business experts. Gain the skills required to meet the unique needs of industries focused on disrupting traditional ways of business.

Curriculum

Seven core courses plus three elective courses plus one integrative semester

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

The full MBA and MBA-MTI course list and course descriptions are available in our PDF fileGraduate Studies page.

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

Course Code Course Name Term Offered
MB8103

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.

1 Credit

Fall 2018
MB8106

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.

1 Credit

Fall 2018
MB8107

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. 

1 Credit

Fall 2018
MB8108

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. Antirequisites: MB8101, MB8102 and MT8108

1 Credit

Fall 2018

Spring-Summer 2019

MB8109

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. Equivalent to MT8109 

1 Credit

Fall 2018
MB8600

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

Winter 2019

MB8602

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, MT8215, MB8109 or MT8109. 

1 Credit

Winter 2019

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.

No courses available this semester.

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.

Courses
Course Code Course Name Term Offered
MB8402

Brand Management

A brand name, and its associated brand equity, is one of the most valuable assets of any firm. The course is designed to increase student understanding of the important issues in planning, implementing and evaluating brand strategies; to provide relevant theories, models and tools for the making of brand decisions, and to enable students to apply these principles to real life cases.
1 Credit

Winter 2019

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.

Courses
Course Code Course Name Term Offered
MB8502

Retail and Commercial Dev

This course examines retail and commercial development from the perspective of both North American and international markets. Topics include understanding the retail/commercial structure; the dynamics of retail developments; the future role of downtowns, the challenges of the shopping centre format, the emergence of big/power centre development and mixed use of developments and emerging, high growth economies (e.g. Eastern Europe, China, India, the Middle East and South America).
1 Credit

Winter 2019
MB8506

Real Estate Finance

This course explores the foundations of real estate mathematics, capitalization rates; property appraisal process and issues related to real property assessment. It also focuses on specific types of real estate development, understanding the pro forma, the effect of leases on value, the role of pension funds and real estate investment trusts and private equity markets in the Canadian real estate industry, and the relation between land value and land use.
1 Credit

Winter 2019
MB8507

Special Topics: Retail and Commercial Development

Special topic courses in Retail and Comm. Dev may be offered in response to students’ needs and interests. Topics may include international or intercultural business analysis, new venture management in the industry, and financing ventures.
1 Credit

Winter 2019

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.

Courses
Course Code Course Name Term Offered
MB8304

Organizational Change 

This course provides an overview of the theory and practice of organizational change focusing on the tension between the organization’s need for stability and the pressures for change. It focuses on the stages of the change process concentrating on the importance of altering individual attitudes and behaviours, group relationships, and organizational cultures necessary for effective and sustained change.
1 Credit

Winter 2019

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 Term Offered
MB8002

Quantitive Methods for Business

This course equips students with basic analytical tools that support business decision making. Students learn the principles of statistics and other techniques and apply them to data analysis using computer-based tools. In addition, students develop a broader understanding of the information systems that supply these data, and how quantitative analyses support management and strategy in business organizations.

1 Credit

Winter 2019

Spring-Summer 2019

MB8004

Accounting

Topics include the role of GAAP, balance sheet, income statements and cash flow statements, the concepts of retained earnings, depreciation, receivables, inventory, amortization, deferred taxes and goodwill. It examines accounting models to improve managerial decision making including the Cost-Volume Profit model, Activity Based Costing, Economic Value Added, transfer pricing, overhead allocation and Balanced Scorecard. Strategic issues such as organizational learning, control systems and openbook management are examined with a global perspective.

1 Credit

Fall 2018

Spring-Summer 2019

MB8005

Finance

This course provides the necessary principles of finance for the manager of an enterprise in the global environment. This course examines from a global perspective, shareholder wealth maximization, the analysis and interpretation of financial statements, ratio analysis, the time value of money, discounted cash flow analysis, valuation of different financial assets, value of equity, interest rate analysis, the value of debt, and bond valuation.

1 Credit

Fall 2018

Spring-Summer 2019

MB8006

Economics

This course develops the fundamental tools of economic analysis that are essential for understanding global markets and making managerial decisions. The economic relationships between growth and inflation are examined as well as credit, interest rates, and government fiscal and monetary policy. International input and product markets, foreign direct investment, multinationals, mergers and acquisitions, as well as the market determination of exchange rates and interest rates are considered.

1 Credit

Winter 2019

Spring-Summer 2019

MB8007

Principles of Management

The course comprises a tour through the non-financial management functions. It begins with an outline of the history of management thought, an approach that frames the successive topics. It is followed by a unit on business law and corporate governance, which explains the roles and responsibilities of managers and executives. The organizational behaviour/human resource section highlights principles of social psychology as they relate to how people interact in organizations, and small groups. The section on operations and management information systems shows how organizations use technologies. The quality unit shows how it is fostered in manufacturing and services. The marketing module introduces the first principles of this function. There is also a lecture introducing the unique aspects of entrepreneurship and small business.

1 Credit

Winter 2019

Spring-Summer 2019

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 Term Offered
MT8921

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.

1 Credit

Spring-Summer 2019
MT8922

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. 

1 Credit

Spring-Summer 2019
MT8923

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. 

1 Credit

Spring-Summer 2019
MB8007

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.

1 Credit

Winter 2019

Spring-Summer 2019

Starting the Application Process

  • Completion of a four-year Bachelor degree
  • Complete your Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)
  • Prepare your supporting documents. Review what you will need to submit.

Admission Criteria

All applications for graduate programs at Ryerson University are done online through the Yeates Graduate Studies page. Please note:

  • It will take approx. 1 hour to complete the online application
  • Save your application regularly to avoid losing your work

Please have the following items prepared:

  1. Four-year bachelor's degree from a recognized institution.*
  2. Business bachelor's degrees: Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Bachelor of Commerce (BComm) or equivalent business degree exempts you from foundation courses.
  3. Other bachelor's Degrees: Foundation courses will be required; exemptions are
    based on courses taken during an undergraduate degree.
  4. GPA requirement: Overall average of 3.0/4.33 (B) or higher in the final two years of university study, including post-graduate university programs. For information about calculating your GPA visit the Yeates School of Graduate Studies
  5. English Proficiency Score: Required from all applicants who have degrees from institutions in which English is not the language of instruction or examination. For information about English Proficiency accepted tests and minimums scores visit the Yeates School of Graduate Studies
  6. GMAT score: A minimum score of 550, the average GMAT score from recent cohorts is 628. Highest valid GMAT score will be used for consideration. GMAT code: 3QP-56-33
  7. Work Experience: A comprehensive resume outlining a minimum of two years full-time professional work experience. On average, applicants have five years of work experience. 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.
  8. References: Contact information for two references must be provided, one reference should be from a former instructor at the post-secondary level, and the other from a current or recent employer.
  9. Statement of Interest: Approximately 500 words outlining your reasons for graduate study, your career objectives, the research interest(s) you may wish to pursue in the MBA or MBA in Management of Technology & Innovation, how your previous studies and experience have prepared you for the program.
  10. Interview: After the submission of your application, you will be contacted to complete an online video interview.

* Copies of transcripts must be provided with your online application. Upon receiving an offer of admission, applicants must submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions.

For information on transcripts visit the Yeates School of Graduate Studies.

At Ryerson, all graduate applications are submitted online through the Yeates School of Graduate Studies. Submitting a complete application package is a two-part process. You can read details about the process on our Graduate Studies site and learn how to:

  1. Submit your application through OUAC and

  2. Upload your documents. (Please include all post-secondary transcripts with your application.)

The system is easy-to-use and saves you time. The online system is mandatory; paper applications mailed to the Graduate Admissions and Recruitment Office will not be accepted.

Monitor the status of your application and document submissions on the Applicant Upload portal.

Once an admission decision has been reached, you will be notified by email.

International Students

Please visit International Student Support for important information including study permits and living in Toronto.

Student Profile

Hilary Green, MBA, 2013

“I spent almost a decade in a very rewarding and focused career track,” she says. “The Ted Rogers MBA helped me understand how I could apply my work experience to other fields. It opened up opportunities that I never thought were possible.”

Read Hilary's story

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 ‘11, Senior Manager, Product Development at President's Choice Financial

The full MBA and MBA-MTI course list and course descriptions are available in our PDF fileGraduate Studies page.