I have a bachelor’s degree but it is not in business or management. What are my options?
The MSc (Mgt) program is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in Management, Commerce, or Business, although students with other backgrounds may be considered if they have completed sufficient relevant coursework. Applicants from outside business/commerce/management will be assessed on a case-by-case basis at the time of application.
Do I need to identify a supervisor before I apply?
Students on the MSc (Mgt) thesis-based pathway identify a supervisor by the end of the fall semester in the first year of their program. The supervisor and the graduate student will then determine the composition of the supervisory committee.
Students on the MSc (Mgt) project-based pathway, leading to a business analytics concentration, do not need supervisors to complete their degree requirements.
Can I complete the Master of Science in Management program on the Calgary campus?
MSc (Mgt) students can be admitted to either Lethbridge or Calgary campus and complete their degree requirements on either campus. MSc (Mgt) courses are currently scheduled to be delivered through a blended learning format to accommodate students on both campuses. Please note, however, certain courses may be offered on Lethbridge campus only (e.g., ECON 5960 is offered by the Faculty of Arts and Science, or some courses are paired with MGT 5230 and MGT 5225).
I have not taken math or statistics courses for a while. Can I do something to prepare myself for the program?
While there is no formal requirement for a particular quantitative background, it is assumed that most students have taken statistics and a math course in their undergraduate program. Students will find it helpful to do some review work for basic statistics and math if they last took math courses some time ago, or do not feel especially comfortable with quantitative concepts. There are a variety of online sources available for individual review.
Are there financial opportunities available to fund my program?
Students admitted to the MSc (Mgt) degree are strongly encouraged to explore funding opportunities on the University’s website: Funding Tips | University of Lethbridge (ulethbridge.ca). In addition, applicants to the MSc (Mgt) thesis-based pathway are considered for the University of Lethbridge Graduate Research Award (ULGRA) at the point of admission.
What courses are required?
The MSc (Mgt) program consists of 36.0 credit hours of coursework and culminating activity. Students in the MSc (Mgt) program must choose one of the following two pathways; course offering and course sequencing will differ by pathway:
- Thesis-based pathway (coursework and research thesis), and
- Project-based pathway (coursework and applied experiential project, leading to business analytics concentration, i.e. the BANA concentration).
See Additional Information on www.ulethbridge.ca/future-student/graduate-studies/master-science-management for list of program components and required courses.
What is the difference between a thesis and a project?
The MSc (Mgt) thesis-based pathway is for students who wish to conduct academic research. A thesis begins with the posing of a research question and requires an in-depth review of the academic literature, application of clearly described methodology for answering the research question, ethics approval if applicable, data collection and analysis, description of the results of the work, a synthesis of the research findings with current literature, and implication of the research for both theory and practice. Students should be aware that a thesis requires a large investment in time and energy.
The MSc (Mgt) project-based pathway is for students who wish to apply empirical research skills to address applied questions in industry settings. Students enrolled in the MSc (Mgt) project-based pathway will be required to complete coursework as well as an applied, experiential project. The focus of the experiential project should be on the application of data analytics in the student’s major and the proper interpretation and use of analytics findings, rather than on programming. Completion of this project-based pathway leads to a business analytics concentration (i.e. the BANA concentration) in the student’s identified major.
What co-operative education opportunities exist?
The Co-operative Education/Internship opportunity is available to students in the MSc (Mgt) program. Normally, students are required to successfully complete two work terms of four months each (or, one work term of eight months) to earn the Co-op designation for the MSc (Mgt) degree. Further information and details concerning admission and requirements may be obtained from the University of Lethbridge Career Bridge office: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: www.ulethbridge.ca/career-bridge/co-op/how-co-op-works/graduate-student-co-op .
How long does it take to complete the Master of Science in Management program at the University of Lethbridge?
The applied, experiential project pathway (i.e., BANA concentration) may be completed in 16 months on a full-time basis for students who do not complete the optional Co-operative Education/Internship opportunity.
For full-time MSc (Mgt) students on the thesis pathway, the maximum time limit for degree completion shall be 20 months continuous registration in the program for students who do not complete the optional Co-operative Education/Internship opportunity. For part-time MSc (Mgt) students, the maximum time limit for degree completion shall be 40 months continuous registration in the program for students who do not complete the optional Co-operative Education/Internship opportunity. If needed, a graduate student may apply for an extension up to one academic year.
Where can I look to find in-depth details on the program?
Information about the program details is available via several sources:
- Thesis pathway required courses under the Additional Information section on https://www.ulethbridge.ca/future-student/graduate-studies/master-science-management;
- Project pathway required courses under Additional Information section on https://www.ulethbridge.ca/future-student/graduate-studies/master-science-management;
- Graduate Studies Calendar and Courses Catalogue (Graduate Studies Calendar (2022/2023) (ulethbridge.ca); and
Additional information about the MSc Mgt degree is available in the School of Graduate Studies Policies and Procedures manual (School of Graduate Studies Policies and Procedures (ulethbridge.ca)