Uvic, Peter B. Gustavson School of Business
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.”