About the Sauder MBA

The UBC Sauder School of Business is a faculty at the University of British Columbia. The Sauder School of Business is one of Canada’s leading academic business schools and maintains a worldwide reputation for excellence in research. The UBC Sauder Business School is located in the central part of the Point Grey campus in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The school has an additional facility, the UBC Robson Square, in downtown Vancouver. The main campus is located about 20 kilometers northeast of the Vancouver International Airport.

The Full-time MBA Program 

With the Financial Times regularly ranking UBC Sauder’s Robert H. Lee Graduate School among the top 25 international business research institutions, the 16-month, full-time Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at Sauder is a program designed for high-achieving, ambitious professionals who want to realize their full potential. 

The UBC Sauder School of Business has more than 40,000 alumni across 80 countries worldwide. 

The tuition fee for the entire program is CAD $90,000. 

The UBC Sauder School of Business offers a number of financial aid, support, and assistance in terms of scholarships and awards. The list is as follows – 

  • Women in Business Leadership Scholarships
  • Responsible Business & Community Spirit Scholarship
  • Hoegg Family MBA Scholarship
  • Michael & Sonja Koerner Indigenous Fellowship
  • Dean’s Excellence in Diversity Award
  • Ray Kruck & Jennifer Vancini Climate Action Leadership MBA Entrance Award

Class Profile 

There are 101 students in the full-time MBA class. Their average age is 30 and their average length of employment is seven years. The class is made up of 33% female students and 67% international students. The average GMAT score of the class is 658. 

25 percent of the students had majored in business or commerce as undergraduates. 10% of those with degrees in computer science and 39% in engineering. Ten percent of people studied social or life sciences, respectively.

Course Curriculum Summary

The first two periods (or, terms) of the full-time MBA at UBC feature core coursework, with elective courses built around the student’s selected career tracks integrated from the third to the seventh periods of the program. At the tail end of the third period (late February and early March), students attend a mandatory two-week trip abroad, adding a significant global business experience element to the program. Experiential learning practices, including a student internship, are introduced in the fourth period, lasting until the seventh period, where students conclude the program with a Capstone project.


The foundation courses of the UBC Sauder full-time MBA include the following topics: Accounting; Intro to Finance; Organizational Behavior; Marketing Fundamentals; Operations Fundamentals; and Managerial/Micro Economics.

Specified career tracks

As part of the MBA program, one can choose one of four career tracks. Each track focuses on a specific discipline while broadening and deepening your understanding of business. The four tracks are – 

  • Technology and analytics leadership
  • Finance
  • Product and service management
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship

Hands-on Learning 

Through internships, the Global Immersion Experience, live case competitions, and case studies, full-time MBA students learn by doing. Students land internships and take up entrepreneurial projects. The college also offers mentorship and training programs. These programs include, but are not limited to, product management training, case interview preparation, brand management mentorship, MBA mentorship, and strategy consulting mentorship.

The UBC MBA also offers three global learning opportunities: International Business School Exchange, Global Network for Advanced Management, and the Global Immersion Experience.

Across every discipline, UBC Sauder’s faculty are among the very best in the world and shape today’s business world. They’re not just world-leading academics, they’re also business leaders who, as in-demand consultants, apply their sought-after expertise to the real world.

Placement Statistics 

The Sauder MBA program has a 92% employment rate within three months of graduation for the class of 2021. The salary range for the class of 2021 is between $40,000 – $150,000, with an average salary of $83,194. This is made possible with the help of Hari B. Varshney Business Career Centre (BCC) bridges the gap between UBC Sauder’s students and the business world.  BCC helps the students  in the following ways as well – 

Career Coaching

Students are assigned their own professional career coach. The relationship begins at orientation, continues throughout your time at UBC Sauder, and carries into your future career. One will get one-on-one advice and support to develop their professional brand, explore career options and make powerful connections with employers.

Self-assessment tools

Sauder provides one with access to self-assessment tools that will help one clarify your career direction. Throughout the program, coaches help students develop and work through a personalized career development plan.

Notable Alumni 

Robert H. Lee CM OBC, Canadian businessman, investor, and philanthropist.

Harbance Singh Dhaliwal, Canadian politician and businessman. 

James Allen Pattison, Canadian business magnate, investor, and philanthropist.

Application Details 

Admission Requirements

  • Three or four-year Bachelor’s degree with a B+ average, or the recognized equivalent from an accredited institution
  • English proficiency
  • Two years of full-time work experience gained after graduation from your Bachelor’s degree.

Application Fees – CAD $143

Application Deadline


Essay 1: What motivates your decision to pursue an MBA? (200 Words)

Essay 2: What excites you about the UBC MBA Program? Also, How do you plan to get the most out of this journey? (200 Words)

Essay 3: Given the opportunity to provide 1-piece of advice; to the most important person in your life, personally or professionally what would that be? Why? (500 Words)

Essay 4: The UBC MBA program prepares innovative and ethical leaders who understand the impact of business on society; and who seek to create value for the world. Please describe a situation in which you created value for an organization or group. What was the outcome and We encourage you to consider your contributions in both professional and community settings. (500 Words)

Video Essay:

Please respond to the following question in a video format (60-90 seconds). And upload it to either YouTube or Vimeo and provide the video’s URL.

UBC Sauder business school students and alumni often describe their MBA experience as a transformational discovery of themselves.

  • What do you foresee as the biggest challenge with regards to the MBA journey you are about to embark?
  • How do you plan to overcome this challenge?