The objective of the MBA program is to prepare graduates to work at the middle management and executive levels of administration in both private and public sectors. The MBA program enables the degree holder to provide organizations with a business management skill set such that it raises the competitiveness of the entity and leads not only to a comparative advantage but retains higher skilled and thus higher income jobs within the province.
The design of the MBA program focuses on the breadth of a general management core curriculum coupled with emphasis on particular business career specializations.The program is also supported by specialist facilities such as the faculty's Marketing Research Lab and its Virtual Trading Lab in Finance.
Courses in the program emphasize not only the theoretical approach to learning, but also provide students with real-world case studies. Thus, students will learn how to apply textbook theories to realistic examples. To facilitate this, the program draws expertise from firms and government agencies in the region to bring real-world experiences and effective career networking to the classroom. Such firms and agencies also provide the basis for the program's required research project.
The MBA is directed towards students looking for deeper knowledge and experience in one of the program's fields of concentration. These degree paths provide students with the opportunity to explore management problems in a particular area at a more theoretical level and hence to prepare themselves for further graduate study if they wish. The MBA provides the opportunity for students to specialize in one of five areas of faculty expertise:
* International business;
* Logistics and supply chain management;
* Marketing; and
* Technology Management.
Finance and marketing are two fundamental areas of graduate business study in strong and consistent demand. International business is also strongly represented, but the approach at UOIT follows recent practice by offering a further examination of global business through its impact on other specializations such as finance, marketing and management. Logistics and supply chain management has emerged as a crucial area of study relating production planning, warehousing and inventory optimization and transportation. UOIT is one of the first universities in Canada to offer this as a concentration at the MBA level.
For students with at least two years of relevant work experience, the MBA at UOIT builds on their employment experiences and can be completed in 16 months of full-time study. For students with less than two years of relevant work experience, there is the opportunity to integrate MBA studies with work placements in a 24-month schedule of full-time study that includes work components. Previous relevant work experience (such as a co-op placement) can reduce the work requirement for this option. Spaces in the full-time integrated work placement option are limited by the availability of work placements.
Many part-time students integrate their work commitments with their MBA studies. Many courses are scheduled in the evenings to accommodate part-time MBA students.
Program was approved by the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies (OCGS).