The Telfer School of Management offers the following gradudate programs: Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Health Administration (MHA), Master of Science (MSc) in Management, Master of Science (MSc) in Health Systems as well as two combined programs: MBA-Juris Doctor, MBA-LL.L. In addition, it is a partner in a number of interdisciplinary graduate programs, such as, Engineering Management, Systems Science; E-Business Techologies. Each of these programs has its own section in the graduate calendar.
The MBA is a tightly integrated intensive program that prepares candidates in the early stages of their professional career for the managerial and leadership responsibilities of a rapidly changing technology-intensive global business environment. The program allows for full-time or part-time study in English or French. The program is cohort-based, meaning that students within a cohort will take the same core courses according to a pre-determined structured sequence allowing them to progressively acquire knowledge by building on sound common foundations. This structured approach to program delivery also allows for greater integration across courses.
The program may be completed on a full-time basis over twelve (12) consecutive months. If the degree requirements are completed on a part-time basis, program duration is then normally thirty-six (36) months. However, part-time students may choose to complete the intensive International Summer Exchange Program which would allow them to complete their MBA in as little as twenty-eight (28) months. The Telfer School of Management also offers an Executive MBA (EMBA) program which is designed for mid-career and senior level executives who seek a Global, Practical and Relevant experience all while earning a graduate degree. For more information please refer to the EMBA website.
The program provides a strong foundation in all management disciplines, develops management and people skills, and refines the students' ability to view and analyze issues, opportunities and situations from a strategic perspective, allowing them to become responsible agents of change. Emphasis is placed on the applications of relevant, contemporary management concepts, models and philosophies with an integrated approach to problem solving and an appreciation of all aspects of the organization.
The pedagogical approach stresses teamwork and managerial skills development. It allows the student to grapple with real-world challenges facing organizations through industry-based integrating projects that draw upon multiple disciplines.
The student population is drawn from around the world and brings to the program a variety of educational backgrounds as well as professional expertise from the private and public sectors.
The program combines academic excellence with a strong concern for the practical challenges facing modern managers. To this end, it makes significant use of practitioner-oriented teaching materials and business simulations, and allows students to become actively involved with organizations.
NOTE: Throughout this text, the terms "course" refers both to three-credit courses and to 1.5 credit modules.
Cohorts and Work Groups
The MBA Program is designed to build on the academic and cultural diversity of its student body. A cohort environment allows students to work and learn together, benefiting from each other's strengths, capabilities and experience. The program carefully creates work groups composed of students with different academic, cultural and professional profiles. Progressing through the program in these work groups provides students with an enriching learning experience and a unique opportunity to develop their ability to function within a culturally diverse environment.
The integrated MBA curriculum prepares students to become leaders in a technology-intensive global economy and as such is delivered around five majors themes:
• Understanding Management Foundations and the Global Business Environment
• Developing a Strategic Perspective
• Integrating Business Functions
• Managing in a Technology-Intensive Global Economy
• Providing Value to the Business Community
Many of the program requirements consist of 3-credit courses, normally offered on the basis of three hours per week over twelve weeks during a university session. Each session has been divided into two blocks, allowing the program to also offer 1.5-credit courses, also known as modules. The 18-hour modules, normally offered over a six-week period, provide more variety in course offerings and allow flexibility in course delivery, as some modules may be offered in an intensive format such as over a 3-day weekend. Any given course is normally offered only once a year in a specific academic session or block. Multiple sections (day and evening) of each course may be scheduled in the same session or block, given the program structure and based on enrollment figures; some courses are offered only in the evenings. The Telfer School of Management may choose not to offer a course for which the demand is too low.
The Telfer School of Management offers graduate courses under four different course codes. The course codes identify to which student population the course is open, as summarized below. All students must have the appropriate prerequisites.
• MBA 5XXX, MBA 6XXX: Courses specifically designed for the MBA program. Access to these courses is normally limited to MBA students, to graduate exchange students coming to the Telfer School of Management, to graduate students on letter of permission, and to alumni of the MBA, MHA or Executive MBA programs. Some sections of some MBA courses are also open to students in the Master's of Engineering Management (EMP) program. All MBA 5000-level courses are compulsory for all MBA students.
• HAH 6XXX: Courses specifically designed for the MHA program. These courses are open to all MHA students, as well as to other University of Ottawa graduate students. Exchange graduate students, graduate students on letter of permission, as well as alumni of the MBA, MHA or Executive MBA programs may also register.
• ADM 5YYY, ADM 6YYY: Courses specifically designed for the multi-disciplinary programs in which the Telfer School of Management is involved. These courses are open to all students registered in a University of Ottawa graduate program, and in particular the Master's in Engineering Management Program (EMP), and the Graduate Diploma Programs offered by the FGPS. Exchange graduate students, graduate students on letter of permission, as well as alumni of the MBA, MHA or Executive MBA programs may also register.
• ADX ZZZZ: Courses that are exclusively offered to the Telfer School of Management Executive MBA (EMBA) students and alumni. See the EMBA web page for more details (www.emba.uottawa.ca).
The Telfer School of Management offers students well-equipped computer facilities. Hardware and software common in business are available. Computers are also used as a main teaching tool in the many multimedia classrooms available on campus.
The MBA program fosters the development of its students' computer skills by providing them with continuous access to the most current suite software, to financial databases, to specialized business software, as well as to the Internet and electronic mail. It also makes available computer and multimedia equipment for the preparation of assignments and class presentations required by the program. Twelve study rooms have been set aside for the exclusive use of MBA students: each room is equipped with two PCs, one white board, one work table and six chairs and are ideal for group work and discussions.
In addition to those tools and services provided by the Telfer School of Management, students can access computer, communication and multimedia services provided to all University students. Some of these services are available by dial-in access outside the campus.
The Telfer School of Management has an internal career service that supplements the services offered by the Career and Employment Centre on campus.
Our Career Centre offers a large variety of free services to the Telfer School of Management students and alumni. Our mission is to provide a service that builds, develops and maintains successful partnerships between students and employers by: creating employment opportunities, enhancing student value and facilitating the employers' recruitment process.
Students can take advantage of our MBA Career Development program. This four stage program consists of a series of workshops covering multiple topics ranging from resume building to career planning. Some of our other services include: career testing, several networking events, employer panels, the MBA student trip, our Career Navigator, and our resource centre.
All of our services are designed to complement the students' academic knowledge with self-understanding and career development tools that will lead them to establish a meaningful and successful career.