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    Just wondering if anybody has completed the mba program at UofC and what they thought of it? Iíve been out of school for 6 years now and would like to do some meaningful education.

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    I am currently the better part of the way through mine. Program is pretty good, definitely has some flaws but I think itís really you get out of it what you put into it. I have learned a ton so far especially in the area of finance.

    This thread should get you started.

    https://forums.beyond.ca/threads/406...g-Haskayne-MBA

    Let me know if you have any specific questions.
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    Thanks for the reply killramos. I see your doing the evening program, how much time do you find your investing into studying/assignments outside of the schooling? Have you found that you’ve met some good people/connections through the program? Good professors or just a bunch of wash ups?

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    Time commitment isn’t really that bad. What I found worst with work is taking a couple weeks off a year for block week. Really eats into your vacation time and come at pretty bad times of the year for work in my case. I took 2 full extra courses above the base courseload this term to try and make things easier for me over the next year while working full time and while I was busy and tired I made it work. Taking 1 extra course in a semester isn’t really a big deal.

    Assignments and studying I mostly do on the weekend. Few hours sat and Sunday after golfing in the morning and an hour here and there during the week. Some courses require more than others, there is one I plan on taking this fall that threatens 10+ hours a week of work outside of class time to be succssssful. I find it’s helpful to not get too wrapped up into the concept of meeting up with group members too often for assignments as that really eats up a lot of time, amazing the number of people who haven’t grasped the concept of colaboration by email for simple stuff.

    I have definitely met some cool people, some friends who will likely be lifelong contacts. You get to know who you like working with pretty quickly. And who you don’t want to work with even quicker haha.

    The professors are pretty good. I’d say about 25% I found it a real privilege to learn from them, around 50% that are just alright, and maybe 25% duds you can barely stay awake during. Haskayne definitely invests some money in its professors as far as talent goes. I think I saw that my accounting prof this term cleared over 260k this year. Not shabby.

    One thing that is pretty valuable is some of the extra events you get access to as a student, there was one open bar dinner I went to for a nominal 20 dollar fee with a star power committee doing a discussion, while at the table they recruited a few C suite level alumni for you to have further discussions with. I think they call it The jaroslowski fellow dinner series? That was pretty cool.

    One of my biggest concerns with the program is I think they dumb it down to the lowest common denominator a bit too much, that’s not the profs fault as a general rule but more of a faculty guideline for pass rates. I think they could be a bit more academically stringent in which case I think the higher achievers would get more out of the program.

    If you come from an engineering background you will find the academics of it a breeze, it’s mostly a time management excersize.

    End of the day total cost for the full program is about 40k split over 2.5-3 years
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    Thanks for the reply man! Hoping to start in the fall.

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    You seem like a motivated guy, you will do great.

    Let me know if you want me to send you any course syllabuses or anything like that if you want any more information.
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    BCOM Perspective:

    20x Easier than a BCOM. It's actually refreshing in the sense that you get out of the program as you see fit. You want to do little work and coast by you can easily do that. However, if you would like to learn lots and get a lot of out the program you can certainly do that as well. There is an untold hidden pass always, which has been held true to 99% of the people I've met. Some courses i've taken were fantastic learning topics of interest with great guest speakers and great profs with real life experiences. A lot of classes aren't about a textbook, but about real life experiences and practical group work.

    I'd say about 70% of the people I've met try way to hard to justify their existence in the program and how "awesome" they are. The other 30% recognize we are all here for the same reason and those are the ones I've kept in touch with and made great connections with.

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    I've consider an MBA on multiple occasions, but I'm always hesitant as a marketing grad because if it's anything like the BComm program, they don't give a damn about the marketing side. I'd have to go to a more marketing-focused school and that would just be too far away.
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    I have my registration day for the fall intake coming up. The options actually seem pretty interesting but you are right even though they have a marketing major there appears to be only 4 marketing courses all year available for the Evening MBA so your options are limited.

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