Canadian Online MBA
Can I do an MBA online in Canada ?
The first online MBA that in Canada that we can look at is that at Lansbridge University, which is in New Brunswick . The MBA program there is aimed at both managers and aspiring managers who have at least a year of industry experience, or maybe for experienced managers who are wanting maximum affordability and flexibility.
Classes at Lansbridge are open for students for 7 days a week, and 24 hours a day. They can be taken from any place in the world over the internet. You don't need to have residency in Canada and you do not have to attend classroom sessions either. Most of the course materials are entirely available online. In Canada , university education is the responsibility directly on each province. Lansbridge University is a degree granting university which has its headquarters in New Brunswick .
The Financial Times (FT) ranking in London included Athabasca Univeristy's executive MBA on their list of the top 75 Executive MBA programs in 2003-2004. What makes this amazing is that it is the ONLY executive MBA on the list which is delivered entirely online that was included in this prestigious list.
The Financial Times rankings are based upon the responses to two questionnaires. One of the questionnaires is answered by the actual business school, and the other by the alumni who graduated three years ago. The factors in the rankings include - career progression of alumni, salary increase percentage, international board members, faculty and students, women board members, faculty and students and the quality of the research carried out by the faculty.
Athabasca have aimed to become the best online business school in the world and have done so by measuring themselves against traditional EMBA programs instead of just online ones. They believe that by introducing technology to management education they can achieve just the right balance of student to student interaction and the flexibility needed to enable students to complete the high quality and rigorous program of studies whilst maintaining their commitments to their work and family.
Athabasca's Executive MBA was launched in 1994 and has since grown to be the largest Executive MBA in Canada with it's student body of more than 1,100, who represent over 400 companies world wide and the top 20 companies in Canada . The students come from over 23 countries apart from Canada . They posses on average nine years of experience in management and average 40 years old - working at the moment in middle and senior level management.
The University itself was opened 30 years ago, and has always specialized in distance education. The graduate business programs are provided by the Centre for Innovative Management (CMI) which was launched in 1993 and provided the first graduate level education online in Canada.