MBA Foundation

We understand that some students do not have professional or academic qualifications but wish to pursue the MBA program. Students have the option of completing the four MBA Foundation courses. In order to qualify for admission to the MBA program, students will need to earn a grade of B or better on each Foundation course.


Course Structure

The MBA Foundation includes courses in the following areas:

MBAF 501 – Business & Academic Writing

Students will learn to compose written documents and presentations that will help them succeed in MBA coursework and the workplace. Students will learn to analyze context and audience, to determine purpose and message content, and to integrate effective visual design in order to create written workplace communication that can be received, understood, used and retrieved efficiently, quickly, and accurately.

Coursework will include the research and writing of correspondence, reports, proposals, project plans, social and digital media communications, and technical descriptions as well as the preparation and performance of oral presentations for use in the workplace as well as the classroom.

MBAF 502 – Quantitative Skills for Business

Students beginning MBA studies often require an introduction or re-introduction to basic quantitative skills (e.g. basic algebra, statistics) that are important to core MBA courses like accounting, economics, finance, operations, and project management.

Topics include the basic tools and techniques for understanding and utilizing quantitative information for business decision-making.

MBAF 503 – Business Fundamentals

This course examines different forms of a business organization along with an overview of the typical business functions of production, marketing, human resource management, accounting, and finance.

Students will explore organizational structures; different operational management opportunities; business processes; how businesses are financed; business and risk; corporate responsibilities to shareholders and employees; and business law.

MBAF 504 – Economics from a Business Perspective

This course introduces students to the fundamental economic principles and their application. The first part of the course covers micro-economics topics such as:

  • opportunity costs and gains from trade
  • the elements of supply, demand, and elasticity
  • price regulation and taxes
  • consumption, production, and costs
  • pricing and market structure
  • government policy in the market economy
  • international economics

The second part addresses macroeconomics issues that include:

  • economic growth, savings, investment, and financial systems
  • money, banking, and prices
  • macroeconomic fluctuations and stabilization

Experienced faculty

Our faculty are experienced in both education and industry – professionals who have excelled in their field – and who use this to your advantage. They will provide you with case studies, a context for your study, even stories about their time on the job – anything and everything that will give you a more complete understanding of the industry you wish to enter.

Our faculty are superb teachers who are able to nurture new talent by developing strong relationships with their students, and proficient in real-world applications.

They are more than teachers: they also have extensive first-hand experience in business and maintain strong ties to Canada’s leading companies in order to provide you with real-time insight.

Student Services

At UCW, we pledge to support you every step of the way with student services staff who will answer any questions you may have. They’ll provide you with resume advice and even help you prepare for job interviews.

Through Student Services, students can access:

  • Writing and Numeracy Coaches
  • Academic Advising
  • Campus Information Sessions
  • Workshops and Seminars
  • Student Life and Student Committee Events, such as holiday parties, end of term socials, movie nights, and much more.


Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university with a cumulative GPA between C+ (2.33) and B- (2.99) and

Have one of the following:

  • Acceptable score on a Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) that has been written in the last five years.
  • An appropriate Canadian professional designation or equivalent international designation (e.g. CPA, CA, CGA, CMA, CHRP or P.Eng).
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (BBA) or Commerce (BComm) or equivalent.
  • A minimum of two (2) years documented professional or management experience.


Applicants who have a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 out of 4.33 scale (or equivalent) or better but do not have the required test score, professional designation or business/management background may be admitted to the MBA Foundation courses.

English Proficiency

The Admission Committee may require proof of English language proficiency from applicants who attended English language-based education systems

English is the language of instruction at University Canada West. If your first language is not English, you must submit one of the following*:

  • Required score on a recognized English proficiency test.


Minimum Score for Admission

Academic IELTS

6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in the writing band


88 overall with a minimum of 20 in each component

PTE Academic

61 overall with a minimum score of 60 in writing


70 overall with a minimum of 60 in each subtest


85 overall with a minimum of 3 in the speaking test

  • Successful completion of a minimum of 30 credits of post-secondary education from a recognized institution where English is the language of instruction and where the school is located in a country where English is an official language.
  • Successful completion of University Canada West’s University Access Program (English preparation courses),
  • Successful completion of other recognized English preparation courses where students have demonstrated English proficiency equivalent to an academic IELTS score of 6.5 or better,
  • Successful completion of BC English 12 or English 12 First Peoples (or equivalent) with a final grade of 65% (C) or better (including the provincial exam if applicable) ) taken in Canada as part of a high school graduation program,
  • Completion of International Baccalaureate English A1/A2 or English Literature and Performance,
  • Successful completion of a 3 credit academic English course with a minimum C grade from a Canadian post-secondary institution. The credits must be eligible to be transferred to University Canada West as transfer credits,
  • Graduation from a secondary school attended for three (3) or more consecutive years of full-time education where English was the language of instruction and where the school is located in a country where English is an official language,
  • Graduation from a recognized secondary school attended for four (4) or more consecutive years of full-time education where English was the language of instruction but operates in a country where English is not a primary language.
  • The Admission Committee may require proof of English language proficiency from applicants who attended English language-based education systems if the Committee sees deficiencies in language proficiency when the application package is reviewed.

English language test scores are valid for admission purposes for a maximum of 2 years from the date of the test.

Start dates: Fall (October), Winter (January), Spring (April), Summer (July)


Winter, Spring, Summer 2019

  • $5,100* (Domestic)
  • $7,560 (International)

*10% discount applies for Canadian Forces members and veterans


Program taught in:
  • English

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