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From part-time programs to dual degrees, a roundup of offerings from eight business schools around the province

Royal Roads University, School of Business

TUITION: $25,730-$42,680 (program-dependent)

NEXT APPLICATION DEADLINE: MAY 5

Royal Roads University offers an MBA in executive management with a variety of experiential learning opportunities, combining in-class and online teaching to keep things flexible. The curriculum includes specializations such as international business–Asia Pacific trade and investment, which sees students do an eight-day residency in Asia. For the international business and innovation—Europe specialization, RRU partners with France’s Grenoble Ecole de Management. The university also offers a master of global management degree.

SFU, Beedie School of Business

TUITION: $32,800-$56,100 (program-dependent)

NEXT APPLICATION DEADLINE: MAY 17

Beedie delivers a variety of MBA programs in full-time and part-time formats, with concentrations such as management of technology and Indigenous business and leadership. As part of the learning experience, there’s an experiential component built into the full-time MBA. In the applied international project, for example, students learn about the Port of Vancouver’s operations before travelling to Singapore to observe the port there. They then tackle a challenge faced by each port and present potential solutions.

Thompson Rivers University, School of Business and Economics

TUITION: First year, $7,800; second year, $21,500

NEXT APPLICATION DEADLINE: MAY 1

In one of the province’s most flexible MBA programs, TRU offers full-time, part-time and study-from-home options, catering to the busy professional as well as the dedicated student. Besides an MBA, there’s a master of environmental economics and management. Outside the classroom, the university provides experiential learning opportunities. In the Bridge to Business program, for instance, students network with business leaders.

Trinity Western University, School of Business

TUITION: $34,200-$36,225 (program-dependent)

NEXT APPLICATION DEADLINE: Depends on specialization

With MBA specializations such as management of the growing enterprise, and nonprofit and charitable organizations, TWU gives students plenty of choice. Those in Metro Vancouver can earn their degree at its Langley and Richmond campuses. There’s also an option to complete studies at TWU’s partner campus in China, Tianjin University of Finance and Economics. Lighter schedules and distance learning opportunities make the 12-to-21-month program attractive to seasoned professionals and new grads alike.

UBC Sauder School of Business

TUITION: $48,450 (full-time MBA)

NEXT APPLICATION DEADLINE: MAY 7

Besides a full-time degree, UBC Sauder offers a professional MBA for working people that convenes every few weekends. There are also academic partnerships such as the MBA/JD program, offered through the Robert H. Lee Graduate School and the Peter A. Allard School of Law, which allows students to earn both degrees at once. To keep offerings relevant, UBC Sauder often adds innovative courses to its lineup. The school admits students on a rolling basis throughout the year.

University of Northern British Columbia, School of Business

TUITION: $7,600 per semester (five semesters)

NEXT APPLICATION DEADLINE: APRIL 30

UNBC’s MBA program is designed for working professionals. To accommodate busy schedules, classes take place one weekend per month. The university allows students to complete their degree at its Prince George campus or at Vancouver’s Langara College, bringing both groups together twice a year to meet alumni and network with potential employers. Students who lack an undergraduate degree or don’t meet other admission requirements are welcome to apply.

UVic, Peter B. Gustavson School of Business

TUITION: $24,500-$33,700 (program-dependent)

NEXT APPLICATION DEADLINE: MAY 31

From its corporate MBA to its business-focused master’s degrees, the Gustavson School of Business covers various designations and fields of study. Small class sizes, group work and an international applied project give students networking opportunities and expose them to business environments in other cultures. Programs like the master of global business help them prepare for careers with multinational corporations.

Vancouver Island University, Faculty of Management

TUITION: $33,400-$39,600 (program-dependent)

NEXT APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 31

At VIU, students who have a business degree can jump straight into the 14-to- 16-month, full-time MBA; for those without, there’s a two-to- three-month foundation program to help them get up to speed. Before doing their internship, enrollees can opt for a two-course specialization. Through a partnership with the U.K.’s University of Hertfordshire, VIU also lets students earn an MBA and a master of science in international management.