Master of Science in Management

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Program components

Coursework and Thesis

Registration options

Full-time and Part-time


Admission to the Master of Science in Management program is planned for Fall 2022. See our application deadlines for details.

The Master of Science in Management (MSc (Mgt)) degree meets a growing need in graduate management education. Unlike a traditional MBA that offers education in functional knowledge and skills, our MSc (Mgt) program is a research-intensive program provides students with knowledge and hands-on experience to conduct rigorous and scholarly investigation into business or management issues within the student’s major, focuses on developing competence in research with majors in Accounting, Finance, Human Resources & Labour Relations, International Management, Marketing, and Policy & Strategy.

Our graduates are prepared to enter and succeed in high-quality doctoral programs or to pursue careers where research skills and scholarly knowledge are valued. The MSc (Mgmt) program develops scholars who acquire a solid understanding of the research paths in their discipline, become skilled in the research process, and contribute knowledge to management scholarship.

The program is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in Management, Commerce, or Business; applicants are strongly advised to select the major where they present a breadth of completed courses, which will enable them to conduct high-level research in that discipline/major. Previous work experience is not required for admission to the program. 


Applicants to this program do not need to secure a supervisor prior to application. However, you can view faculty research expertise here

Admission information

Applicants will meet the following minimum requirements to be considered for admission:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (i.e.undergraduate degree) in a related discipline
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.00 (based on the uLethbridge 4.00 scale) on the last 20 graded university-level term courses OR calculated on the most recent master's degree if the applicant is applying for another master's degree
  • Demonstrate English language proficiency (ELP) for graduate student
  • A minimum GMAT score of 600 and 4.0 on the Analytical Writing portion is required. All bands must be in the 50th percentile or higher. See below for additional GMAT information.

See here for information regarding international graduate-level admission requirements.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to provide GMAT results upon application. Although the GMAT is preferred, the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or alternative graduate entrance exam will be considered where circumstances merit the substitution. GMAT Waiver Requests: Students with an excellent academic record may qualify for a Special Case GMAT Waiver if they:

  • 1. Have a University of Lethbridge Bachelor of Management degree or its academic equivalent from another recognized degreegranting institution, in the discipline of interest or in a closely cognate discipline. The University of Lethbridge reserves the right to determine whether degrees completed elsewhere are equivalent to University of Lethbridge baccalaureate degrees. Degree must be awarded from an external accredited (AACSB, EQUIS or EMBA) to qualify.
  • 2. Have a minimum GPA of 3.70 or equivalent (based on the University of Lethbridge 4.00 scale) on the last 10 graded universitylevel term courses.

GMAT requirements will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis for applicants who already have a completed graduate (Master’s) degree from an external accredited (AACSB, EQUIS or EMBA) institution.

Securing a GMAT Waiver does not guarantee admission to the M.Sc. (Mgt.) program.

Step 1: Prepare Supporting Documents

Please see below for Supporting Documents for the Master of Science (Management) program. If additional documents are required, the Dhillon School of Buisness graduate programs Office will contact you.

Step 2: Submit Online Application by Deadline

Submit your complete application by midnight (MST/MDT) on the deadline date.

Step 3: Arrange for Official Documents

Note: Applicants who have attended or are currently attending an institution participating in ApplyAlberta do not need to arrange for official transcripts to be sent to uLethbridge from the issuing institution. A list of participating institutions is available at

Step 4: Admission Decision Process

Faculty members from each area (major) review your application and make a recommendation on admission to the Dhillon School of Business Graduate Programs Committee. You will be notified of your official admission status by the Registrar’s Office no later than April 1 (February 1 deadline).

Note: Students who are graduates of non-Canadian universities must provide notarized English translations of all documents not in the English language.

For more details please see the Graduate Studies Calendar and Course Catalogue.

Supporting documents

Unofficial Transcripts
You will need to upload and submit your unofficial transcripts, including proof of graduation for your completed degree(s) and transcripts of all post-baccalaureate work, if any, via the online application system.

Official Transcripts
You will also need to arrange for your official transcripts to be sent to the Registrar’s Office. Your official transcripts are required to be received prior to course registration.

Applicants who have attended or are currently attending institutions NOT participating in ApplyAlberta must arrange to have official transcripts sent directly from the issuing institution to the Admissions Office. A list of participating institutions is available at

Official transcripts must be mailed directly from the issuing institution in a sealed envelope to:
Registrar’s Office
University of Lethbridge
4401 University Drive West
Lethbridge, AB T1K 3M4

Your transcripts are required to display your up-to-date coursework, including grades/marks received for completed coursework.

Applicants to the Master of Science (Management) program are required to submit three (3) reference letters. Referees can be academic or professional.

The School of Graduate Studies is not able to:

  • Accept Letters of Reference submitted via email or regular mail
  • Re-use a Letter of Reference submitted in support of a previous application
  • Edit/change your referees or send them reminders to submit their Letter of Reference
  • Accept Letters of reference from a friend or family member

Your CV is a comprehensive document with a formal structure and academic focus. It should include your background, work experience, awards, scholarships, publications, and other achievements. If you are a current or former University of Lethbridge student, contact Career and Employment Services for additional information on the content and structure of a CV.

Your Letter of Intent for the Master of Science (Management) program must contain:

  • Your goals or objectives for seeking a graduate degree in the chosen discipline including potential research interests in the chosen discipline (major)
  • The maximum length is 500 words.

You should address your letter to the Dhillon School of Business Graduate Programs Committee.

Things to Note:

Your Letter of Intent is your opportunity to show us your passion for your proposed research. Explain how dedicated and invested you are to your proposed graduate program, and provide specific examples of key accomplishments. Be concise and include only important information – reviewers have many graduate applications to review; your Letter of Intent should generally be no more than one page in length, or up to 500 words.

English is the primary language of instruction and communication at the University of Lethbridge. Prior to registration, all applicants to the School of Graduate Studies must demonstrate English Language Proficiency (ELP) sufficient to meet the demands of classroom instruction, written assignments, research, and participation in tutorials and discussions, regardless of their citizenship or country of origin. Please see the English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements for graduate students for detailed information.

Note: Though applicants are not required to secure a supervisor to apply to the MSc (Mgt) program, they are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the research streams available in their selected MSc (Mgt) major. Be sure to mention your research interests in your Letter of Intent.

The Master of Science (Management) program is built to help you succeed. The staff and faculty at the uLethbridge are supportive and knowledgeable. Investing time into a master’s program helps you reflect on previous knowledge, and learn to apply your understanding in a
meaningful way. Throughout the program, there are many opportunities to fine tune skills through workshops and conferences offered on campus.

Janelle Marietta-Vasquez, (MSc in Mgt '18)

Additional information

The program is divided into four modules delivered over a two-year period. The first module (Fall term) offers a two-day orientation for students entering the program. Orientation activities include building and campus tours, information technology set-up, meetings with instructors and potential supervisors, and workshops/meetings to assist with getting started in the MSc (Mgt) program.

During the second module (Fall term), students begin the process of integrating research methodologies and theories relevant to various management fields. In the third module (Spring term), students specialize in their area of interest and begin to develop their research proposals in more depth. In the fourth and final module, students present their Master’s Thesis proposals and then conduct and defend their Master’s Thesis work in an oral examination.

Students may complete their degrees in either a full-time or part-time basis at our main campus in Lethbridge and our campus in Calgary.

All MSc (Mgt) students are provided with:

  • A secure work-space;
  • Access to technically advanced audiovisual equipment, and network printers;
  • Access to up-to-date software (e.g., Microsoft Office), and databases needed for study and research work;
  • Email account, and
  • Internet connection on campus.

Students must have their own laptop for in-class use.