Why an MBA at SFU ?



Top three reasons why SFU is your first option:

  1. ROI: one of the best returns on investment in time and money for an MBA.
  2. Prestige: international accreditation and top rankings.
  3. Only 12 months + Internship: An intensive 12 month MBA curriculum plus a 4 month internship

MBA Full Time = 12 months intensive

The 12 month academic curriculum is the equivalent of most 18-24 month programs. We’ve compressed the schedule by eliminating extended downtimes between the three semesters and filling the time with events like the international field study trip. Students are in class approximately 17 hours per week. Their assignments, project work and reading requirements average another 30 hours or more per week.

Why the intensity? Your time is valuable. We treat it as such. MBA programs are expensive; not only in tuition costs but in the time they take you out of the marketplace. We have priced this program to be a rare value.


MBA Internship → a possible employment opportunity

At the end of the 12-month program, apply your newly acquired skills, knowledge, and fresh ideas to an MBA Internship. Internships begin each September, are full-time, and are 4 months in length. Compensation is at market rates and negotiated directly between you and your internship employer. For more information, please visit the Career Management Centre web site:
Career Management Centre

Simon Fraser University Accreditation

why mba at sfuLocated in Canada on British Columbia’s west coast and named for an early explorer, Simon Fraser University opened on September 9, 1965; now boasting three distinctive campuses, 30,000 students, 6,500 faculty and staff, and 120,000 alumni, SFU has matured into one of the world’s leading teaching and research universities.

In addition to Canadian accreditation, Simon Fraser University has applied for formal accreditation in the United States from the Washington-based Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). The NWCCU is one of six independent regional agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to evaluate post-secondary educational quality and institutional effectiveness of higher education institutions.

Beedie School of Business Accreditation

The Beedie School of Business has achieved international accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). In addition, the Beedie School of Business has committed to integrating the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) in the education we offer. Receiving accreditation from AACSB and EQUIS verifies that the Beedie School of Business has the resources, processes, policies and programs in place to deliver the highest possible standard in business education. The Beedie School of Business has earned a level of distinction among an elite group of peers who satisfy rigorous international management education standards. Approximately 1% of business schools worldwide have achieved these valued seals of quality and Beedie School of Business is one of seven Canadian B-schools accredited only by AACSB and EQUIS.
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EQUIS Accredited
AACSB Accredited
Principles for Responsible Management Education

SFU Rankings

Simon Fraser University has been consistently ranked among Canada’s top comprehensive universities (No. 1 in 2013) and named to the Times Higher Education list of 100 world universities under 50. SFU is also the first Canadian member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the world’s largest college sports association. Please visit:
2013 Comprehensive University Rankings
The Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 years old

Beedie School of Business Rankings and Recognition

The Beedie School of Business has garnered a reputation internationally for academic excellence and business research. In particular, we have been recognized for the school's contributions to knowledge creation in the areas of globalization and emerging markets; innovation and technology; sustainability and governance; and capital and risk management. Rankings sanctioned by diverse organizations such as Shanghai JiaoTong University, University of Texas at Dallas, Social Science Research Network and the Canadian Federation of Business School Deans point to Beedie as an emerging leader for management and business scholarship that is influential and relevant.

  • QS Global Business Schools Report. The Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University has been ranked as one of QS’s “Emerging Global” business schools as part of a survey that is informed by over 3,000 employers around the world. The list, part of a larger ranking of the world’s top 200 business schools in the world, describes “Emerging Global” schools as those “that have an established reputation for excellence well beyond their region”.
  • FT40 Publications. A new ranking of globally accredited Canadian business schools based on research productivity has positioned the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University as tops in Western Canada, and among an elite group of management schools across Canada; the survey focuses on schools accredited by EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) and/or AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). The Beedie School of Business (SFU) is ranked second nationally in the report with a score of 1.69.
  • Eduniversal Ranking. The Beedie School of Business was ranked number one in the category of Four Palmes: Top Business Schools Internationally Known, in the Eduniversal Ranking 2012. The survey was carried out by the deans of the top 1000 business schools around the world, with selection and ranking taking into account the national and international reputation of each business school.
  • UT Dallas Top 100 World Rankings of Business Schools. The top 100 World Rankings of Business Schools published by the University of Texas at Dallas ranked the Beedie School of Business in the top ten in Canada and top 100 worldwide for research, conducted between 2009-2012 based on publication in 24 elite business journals.
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking. Simon Fraser University and the Beedie School of Business were ranked in the top ten schools in Canada and top 75 worldwide in the category of economics/business in Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s 2011 Academic Ranking of the top 50 World Universities – a testament to the quality of the Beedie School of Business’ research output and SFU Economics. The rankings are heavily research-oriented, with weight given to criteria such as citations and publications in top academic journals.

Experts in International Business.

In today’s global environment all business is international business. The International Business area focuses its research activities on understanding how managers and firms can thrive in an increasingly complex and dynamic global business environment. International Business faculty members are engaged in numerous research activities that revolve around two main themes. The first is the strategic management of the multinational firm with a special emphasis on international alliance performance and technology transfer. This theme also has a significant focus on the Asia-Pacific region. The second theme is on the management of individuals in multinational and multicultural organizations. This includes the study on International Human Resource Management topics such as expatriation/repatriation, international career development and work-life balance in a multinational setting and also the relationship of culturally different employees with their employer. Other areas of research interest and expertise include the development of intercultural competence, cross-cultural leader-member interactions, and the management of multicultural groups and teams.
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International Business Research Papers

Cross-Cultural International Field Study Trip

Each year students participate in a mandatory international cross-cultural trip. Discover the role your new skills play in business and the world. The international field study trip exposes you to the cultural differences and challenges of working in an era when businesses span borders. Past locations have included China, Japan, Argentina and Chile; on May 2014 the MBA students will visit Brazil. The trip includes site visits, lectures, cultural events and meetings with senior business leaders across a variety of industries.


Last update: May 1, 2014

'A Few Good Minds' Blog

For a taste of what Beedie School of Business students are involved in both inside and outside of the classroom, please check out our student blog: afewgoodminds.ca

Program Information

For detailed information on our Full-Time MBA, please visit: About MBA

To set up a meeting with an admissions advisor, please contact mba@sfu.ca.