Program Tuition Fees:

Domestic Fees

International Fees


Fall (October), Winter (January), Spring (April), Summer (July)




This program is also available on campus.

We understand that some students do not have the professional or academic qualifications but wish to pursue the MBA program.  Students have the option of completing the three MBA Foundation courses. In order to qualify for admission to the MBA program, a cumulative grade average of B (3.0) must be achieved for the combined, successfully passed MBAF courses.

Students who pass the MBA Foundation program successfully can register into MBA program.

The MBA Foundation program is the first fully Open Educational Resources (OER) program at UCW. All courses within this program have no textbook or resource fees.

Course Structure

The MBA Foundation includes courses in the following areas:

Students prepare for success in the MBA program and in the business world by learning to compose written business documents and deliver presentations. They analyze context, audience, purpose and genre in written communications, and integrate relevant and appropriate media to create appropriate workplace communications that can be received, understood and used efficiently and accurately. Students are introduced to researching and writing correspondence, business report writing, proposals, project plans, digital media, technical descriptions, and how to prepare and present professional presentations for use in the workplace and classroom. The course culminates in a group signature assignment, which draws on the knowledge and skills gained throughout the course.

As beginners in graduate studies, students often require an introduction or re-introduction to basic quantitative skills (e.g., basic algebra, statistics) important to core graduate courses such as accounting, economics, finance, operations and project management. Topics include the basic tools and techniques for understanding and utilizing quantitative information for business decision-making. Students develop critical thinking skills related to the design of their study, data collection, descriptive statistics, selection of appropriate statistical tools, interpretation of the statistical results and understanding of the merits and shortcomings of various statistical models. Students also practice written and oral communication skills related to numerical data analysis. Statistics skills acquired through this course are vital to a wide variety of business applications.

This course equips business students with the fundamental economic tools and methods necessary to understand modern business practices. Students investigate the two core pillars of economics: microeconomics and macroeconomics while quantitatively building their analytical skills gained from MBAF 502 using a project-based learning approach. They explore microeconomics through observing the behaviour of economic units and their interactions with consumers, firms and government under conditions of scarcity. Macroeconomic theories are explored through the concepts of national income, economic growth, international trade, inflation, unemployment, aggregate demand, macroeconomic equilibrium, monetary and fiscal stabilization policies, money and the banking system.

MBA Foundation Entry Requirements

Applicants to the MBA program who do not meet the requirements for direct admission may qualify through completion of the MBA Foundation courses.

  1. If your first language is not English submit an IELTS of at least 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in writing band) or equivalent (TOEFL, PTE, Duolingo etc.) OR Successful completion of UCW’s University Access Program (UAP) with Grade Point Average of at Least 70%. If your first language is English and you can demonstrate that you graduated from a recognized degree in an English-speaking country, the English IELTS score or equivalent requirement is waived.
  2. A cumulative GPA of 2.33 or better in a Bachelor degree from a recognized post-secondary institution
  3. One of the following:
    • A suitable score on a Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) that has been written in the last five years.
    • A relevant Canadian professional designation or equivalent international designation (e.g. CPA, CA, CGA, CMA, CHRP or P.Eng).
    • A minimum of three (3) years documented professional or management experience with evidence of career progression and relevant education and/or training.

English Proficiency

English is the language of instruction at University Canada West. If your first language is not English, you must submit proof of English Proficiency as specified in the English Proficiency section of this website.

The Admission Committee may require proof of English language proficiency from applicants who attended English language-based education systems if the Committee sees deficiencies in language proficiency when the application package is reviewed.

English language test scores are valid for admission purposes for a maximum of 2 years from the date of the test.

University Access Program

The MBAF content is delivered online via:

  • Online
  • No scheduled classes.
  • Asynchronous, self-paced learning so you can study around your work, family and busy life.
  • All course materials are made available at the start of term, except exams & quizzes, so students can manage their time and plan accordingly.
  • Weeks 1-10: Students access course content online and complete tasks.
  • Weeks 11-12: Students complete review activities and final assessments (examinations).
  • Instructors consider student participation in forum discussions and completion of online activities when taking attendance in the MyUCW Student Portal.
  • Students participate in Online Applied Interactive Activities (minimum 4 hours per week) with instructors and classmates through discussion forums and by completing other individual or group activities.
Course Content
  • Syllabus
  • Course materials provided plus additional items added by the instructor, textbooks, PPT slides, readings, videos, etc. in the MyUCW Student Portal. All course materials made available at start of term except exams & quizzes.
Instructional Activities
  • Applied Online Interactive Activities: recorded mini lectures, case studies, simulations, discussion forums, homework, assignments, tasks, projects, etc.
  • Students can ask questions through discussion forums in MyUCW and emails to instructors, or during scheduled virtual office hours.
  • 2 hours of scheduled virtual office hours per week per course section.
  • Diversified assessments: group projects/presentations, assignments, quizzes & examinations, etc.
  • Quizzes and examinations are proctored by Examity (online invigilation platform).
  • Assignments are submitted through Turnitin for Academic Integrity.

Online MBA Foundation Tuition Fees

2022 Fees

Number of Courses 3 3
Cost per course $1,229* $1,229*
Total Tuition Fees $3,687 $3,687

2023 Fees

Number of Courses 3 3
Total Tuition Fees $3,871** $3,871**

Tuition deposit for international students: $3,000

First term tuition deposit for domestic students: $500

Scholarships, awards and grants do not apply to online programs.


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