The current realities of global competition, rapid technological change, and fundamental economic and political realignment require leaders who can identify trends, rather than follow them. The AACSB accredited Asper management programs provide the learning that enables graduates to change paradigms, not simply to manage within them.
The Asper Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a sixty credit hour program designed around the role of the manager, but not just any manager. The message—the ever-present underlying theme—is business leadership. The MBA program's mission is to develop an individual's leadership commitment, management skills, and specialized business expertise so he or she may excel in business, community and life. The curriculum not only delivers core business and management theory, but also leaves you with a sense of ethics and social responsibility within today's competitive global environment. In addition to problem solving, the program emphasizes critical thinking and decision implementation skills. Students are provided with countless opportunities to develop their skills to work effectively in teams and to motivate others, and to present ideas clearly and effectively both in presentations and in writing.
Aligned to the mission, the Asper MBA is made up of three powerfully crafted and integrated components:
Executive Leadership - 7.5 credit hours of corporate leadership study and exploration
Management Essentials - 40.5 credit hours of general management and business study
Advanced Specializations - 12 credit hours of elective study in a selected specialization.
To complete the program, one must complete a minimum of 60 credit hours of on-campus study, with one credit being equivalent to ten hours of actual in-class time. Courses are normally 1.5 or 3.0 credit hours in length, depending on the nature of the subject and depth of study required. Courses are offered at least once per year, and routinely twice, and are scheduled to optimize on-campus time and course progression, particularly if undertaken full time. Individuals normally start the program in late August, but one can also start in January. The academic year is composed of three seasonal terms—fall term (August-December), winter term (January-March), and spring term (April-July).
On a full-time basis, a student can complete the program in less than one year, while on a less than full-time basis one can take up to 6 years to complete, with 3 years being the normal part-time duration. If an applicant has recently completed university-level business or management courses, he or she may qualify for up to 30 credit hours of exemptions, significantly reducing an individual's program length and cost.
Career support is an integral part of the program. The Asper Career Services Centre, located in the School, provides a host of services. Beside a spectrum of reference services, the Centre offers MBA students career counseling and employment search services, and business networking and internship opportunities.
The M.Sc. Program in Management is designed to produce graduates who have an academically more in-depth, rigorous training in their chosen management field than is normally the case either for the B.Comm (Hons.) graduates or MBA graduates. In addition, the program seeks to develop strong research skills for the graduates in order to meet the needs of employers as well as to more effectively prepare Master's students for doctoral work within various areas of concentration in the departments of supply chain management, marketing, and business administration.
The Ph.D. Program in Management is designed to prepare individuals for teaching and research careers in universities, or for applied research positions in either the private or public sector. The program is based upon the premise that contemporary managerial problems are typically multi-faceted and need to be examined from a perspective that is not restricted by the boundaries of any single discipline. The inter-disciplinary nature of the program extends beyond the Asper School of Business to related disciplines across the University of Manitoba. Areas of concentration include: finance, management science, marketing, and several within business administration.
Fields of Research
The Asper School of Business is one of the best equipped management schools in Canada for research in managerial issues of national and international interest.
Researchers in business administration are examining a wide range of issues including organizational change and conflict management, job stress, work role socialization, compensation structures, goal setting, employment equity and discrimination.
Researchers in marketing and entrepreneurship are studying issues of national loyalty in international air travel, how customers perceive price discounts, how the age of the consumer affects the impact of advertising, and the nature of effective small firm niche strategy.
In the accounting and finance area, research programs span issues in accounting standards, asset pricing, national, and international capital markets and international corporate finance.
Other researchers are examining issues such as efficiency of transportation and logistics, and Internet search strategies and telecommuting.
The Asper School of Business occupies the Drake Centre for Management Studies, one of the finest management education facilities in North America. The centre houses case rooms, lecture theatres, computer laboratories, a graduate study area, and research space.
The Albert D. Cohen Management Library holds approximately 40,000 volumes and subscribes to some 540 current periodicals. It has an annual report collection of 2,150 corporations including 480 current reports, specialized trade directories, and investments and marketing services. The Library subscribes to the major online services including ProQuest, Canadian Business and Current Affairs (CBCA), Cancorp Financials, E-Stat (Statistics Canada)., Financialpost.infomart, JSTOR Business, and Mergent Online as well as being part of the University of Manitoba Libraries service known as NETDOC which provides access to some 150 additional online services.
Academic and applied research is conducted in the Centre for International Business Studies, the Transport Institute, the Asper Centre for Entrepreneurship, and the Accounting and Finance Research Centre which subscribes to the following databases: S & P Compustat, CRSP, TSX CMFRC, and NYSE TAQ.
- 6.39.1 MBA
- 6.39.2 Faculty Based M.Sc. in Management
- 6.39.3 Faculty Based Ph.D. in Management