Master of Business Administration, M.B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
, | Online
Everyone’s goals are different, including yours. At Thompson Rivers University, the Master of Business Administration is different, too. If you want to follow your entrepreneurial instincts, specialize through research, skip the thesis or embrace it, you can make our MBA your own.


Learners and faculty with diverse backgrounds come together from all over the world, contributing to a holistic perspective of a global business mind- and skill-set. The MBA experience at TRU is a training ground for your future and the limitless opportunities you’ll explore upon graduation.

If you’re interested in research, there are many choices for pursuing your passions. Our world- class faculty are known to be some of the most approachable, and are here to support you with your projects and case work.


Our program offers thesis, project and course-based completion options. You’ll leave the program with concrete skills to apply to your workplace or your next venture.


TRU is a public university, and you can be confident that all TRU MBA students, regardless of their method of study, receive a rigorous academic experience.


An education doesn’t have to be expensive to be good. The TRU MBA offers one of the highest values for your dollar in Canada.


The Thompson Rivers University Master of Business Administration is the most flexible program in Canada. You choose whether to complete courses on campus or at home, part-time or full-time.

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility Course outline
  • Corporate Finance Course outline
  • International Business Course outline
  • Leadership and Organizational Development Course outline
  • Supply Chain Management Course outline
  • Strategic Management Information Systems Course outline
  • Project Management and Consulting Methods Course outline
  • Strategic Management
For more information, please visit the program website.

              Detailed Programme Facts

              • More details: Note: International students are encouraged to apply early to allow sufficient time or study permit processing.
              • Programme intensity

                You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

                • Full-time duration 24 months
                • Duration description

                  Choices include a two-year program; an accelerated one-year program; part-time, online and blended study; and a graduate diploma in business administration.

                • Part-time variant
                • Duration description

                  Within five years.

              • Languages
                • English
              • Delivery mode
                On Campus, Blended, Online
                • Time flexibility
              Check your fit with this programme

              English Language Requirements

              You only need to take one of these language tests:

              • Minimum required score:


                The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

                Book IELTS
              • Minimum required score:


                The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

              • Minimum required score:


                The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

              Academic Requirements

              • This programme accepts GRE scores, however, has not provided a recommended or minimum required score range.

                The GRE - or Graduate Record Examinations - is a standardized test administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS) and is part of the admission requirements at many graduate schools and business schools. The GRE score uses a range between 130 and 170 and measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing.


              An acceptable three- or four-year undergraduate degree in any discipline with a minimum B average (GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.00 or local equivalent) in the last 60 credits.


              Applicants who did not complete their undergraduate degree at an English language university in a country where English is the primary language must have one of the following:

              • A minimum TOEFL score of 587 with a TWE of 5.0 or higher (paper-based test), or minimum score of 94 with no section below 20 (IBT), or
              • A minimum IELTS score of 7.0 (with no band below 6.5), or
              • Completion of TRU ENGL 1100 and CMNS 1290 with a minimum B.
              Quantitative and computing skills

              Applicants must have adequate quantitative and/or computing skills.

              Work Experience

              TRU does not require a minimum length of professional work experience for admission; however, prior work experience is highly recommended.

              Tuition Fee

              • International Applies to you

                30571 CAD/year
                Tuition Fee
                Based on the original amount of 30571 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
              • National Applies to you

                21436 CAD/year
                Tuition Fee
                Based on the original amount of 21436 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
              We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
              Tuition for year one (Graduate diploma)
              • National: $7,793 
              • International: $14,000 


              For National students:
              • TRU MBA Entrance Scholarships
              • Bruce & Theresa Gysel MBA Entrance Scholarships
              Donor awards available for MBA students
              • Chartered Financial Analysts of the Okanagan Award
              • Ken Lepin Prize of Business Excellence Entrepreneur and Communication (MBA)
              • Ken Lepin Research Graduate Student Award
              • Outstanding Part-Time MBA Student Award

              Lifelong Learning Plan

              • The Lifelong Learning Plan allows you to withdraw amounts from your registered retirement savings plan to finance full-time training or education for you or your spouse or common-law partner. 
              Government loans and grants

              StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

              The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

              Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.