Haskayne School of Business MBA

University of Calgary, Calgary

All MBA programs promise to build students’ character, but the Haskayne School of Business takes this mission to the extreme. Students have the opportunity to participate in a six-day wilderness retreat in the Rocky Mountains where they hike, build fires and learn to assemble shelters. The experience culminates in an overnight solo vigil, where they spend nearly 24 hours isolated. The mixture of serenity and adventure cultivates plenty of self-reflection.

The Haskayne program is offered on a full-time, 20-month schedule; a part-time, 28-month evening schedule; or at an accelerated pace for graduates with relevant degrees. Core courses include finance and accounting, people and organizations, supply chains and business analysis, and leadership development.

Students take these core skills and apply them to a specialization: global energy management and sustainable development, entrepreneurship and innovation, finance, marketing, project management or real estate studies. Students can also earn a combined degree in medicine, law, biotechnology, social work or public policy.

Haskayne recently introduced international exchanges to Argentina, Chile, Israel and Mexico, each ranging from one to four weeks, on top of its other full-semester options. In total, the program has more than 30 partnerships with educational institutions around the globe.

Haskayne recognizes the benefit of participation and generates realistic activities that foster development and real-world thinking. The Haskayne Student Experiences Fund supports students who wish to expand their education through activities such as case competitions and conferences.

Notable alumni include W. Brett Wilson, co-founder of FirstEnergy Capital; Lesley Conway, president of Hopewell Residential Communities; Al Duerr, former mayor of Calgary; and Al Monaco, president of Enbridge Inc.

Full-Time: 20 months

Part-Time: 28 months

Work Experience: 2 years 

Cost: $34,578

Cost (International): $59,731

Incoming Full-Time Enrolment: 42

Incoming Part-Time Enrolment: 98

Female Students: 39%

International Students: 5%

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