Uvic, Pe­ter B. Gus­tavson School of Busi­ness

BC Business Magazine - - Bc Innovation Council -

OF­FER­ING: Full- and part-time MBAS; cor­po­rate MBA (Telus) TARGETMARKET: Gen­er­al­ist MBA seek­ers; Telus lead­ers

Gus­tavson of­fers a Day­time

MBA pro­gram that runs full-time for 17 months, while its Week­end MBA holds face-to-face classes one week­end a month for 24 months. The spac­ing of the part-time pro­gram's class­room ses­sions gives work­ing stu­dents more flex­i­bil­ity, draw­ing some who com­mute from as far afield as Cal­gary. Be­tween meet­ings, stu­dents con­nect with lec­tures, other course con­tent and fel­low class­mates on­line, so they can make the most of their face-to-face time. “When the stu­dents come for a week­end, we spend a lot more time dis­cussing things and do­ing project work,” ex­plains David Dunne, Gus­tavson's direc­tor of MBA pro­grams.

The school's cul­ture and small class sizes–20 stu­dents on av­er­age– foster a more in­ti­mate con­nec­tion with pro­fes­sors, Dunne says. “I know ev­ery stu­dent in both our week­end and day­time pro­grams quite well.”

Uvic of­fers an­other MBA pro­gram that's both unique and ex­clu­sive. Gus­tavson has col­labo- rated with Telus Corp. to de­velop a cus­tom, part-time MBA for se­lect em­ploy­ees. Jill Sch­narr, Telus's vice-pres­i­dent of com­mu­nity af­fairs, was among the first co­hort of 20 who com­pleted their de­grees last Oc­to­ber. Sch­narr had al­ready built a suc­cess­ful ca­reer, but she says the MBA re­vi­tal­ized her and opened new doors: “It's given me mas­sive, ex­po­nen­tial in­creases in con­fi­dence and cred­i­bil­ity.”

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