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Program Requirements

Note: University regulations apply to all students at Laurier. If there is any discrepancy between the program or progression requirements outlined on this page and those in the university's academic calendars, the academic calendars are the official sources of information. The information below is from the latest calendar, and you may be following progression requirements from an earlier calendar. Students are responsible for checking the appropriate calendar. Contact your program coordinator should you notice any discrepancies.

The Lazaridis Master of Business Administration (MBA) general program formats require the completion of 20 half-credit courses, consisting of a combination of required and elective course offerings

NoteToronto part-time MBA with CPA option and Toronto part-time MBA/MFin programs have different program requirements and total credits. Read our transfer resource guide and get answers to your frequently asked questions about switching programs or campus locations.

Waterloo Full-Time

Requirements include 10 half-credit required courses and 10 half-credit elective courses offered over three terms.

Term Structure

Term 1: 8 required courses (BU601, BU602, BU603, BU604, BU605, BU606, BU607 and BU609)
Terms 2 and 3: BU610 and 10 electives

Note: No exemptions are granted for prior course credit due to the integrated nature of the program.

Waterloo Full-Time with Co-op

Requirements include 10 half-credit required courses and 10 half-credit elective courses offered over three terms as well as the completion of two work terms.

Term Structure

  • Term 1: 8 required courses (BU601, BU602, BU603, BU604, BU605, BU606, BU607 and BU609)
  • Term 2: Work term
  • Term 3: 6 elective courses
  • Term 4: Work term
  • Term 5: 4 elective courses and BU610

Note: No exemptions are granted for prior course credit due to the integrated nature of the program.

Waterloo Part-Time

Requirements include 10 half-credit required courses and 10 half-credit elective courses offered over ten terms. Lectures are held in the evening, with a normal course load of two courses per term for three terms a year. The program takes 3.3 years to complete and has been designed to allow the part-time student the flexibility to decrease or increase their course load beginning term five, including the opportunity to transfer to full-time registration beginning term five upon completion of the required 8 core courses offered in term one thru term four. Students who transfer to full-time registration will be required to pay full-time fees.

Term Structure

  • Term 1: BU604, BU607
  • Term 2: BU603, BU609
  • Term 3: BU602, BU605
  • Term 4: BU601, BU606
  • Term 5: BU640 and 1 elective
  • Term 6: 2 electives
  • Term 7: 2 electives
  • Term 8: BU610 and 1 elective
  • Term 9: BU610 and 1 elective
  • Term 10: 2 electives

Note: At the time of admission, you may have been granted exemption toward your MBA required courses for prior course credit. Keep this in mind when planning your schedule and contact your MBA program leader if you are uncertain about your program requirements. A request for exemption from required courses must have been submitted with your application to the program. 

Toronto Part-Time

Requirements include 10 half-credit required courses and 10 half-credit elective courses offered over ten terms. The program is completed on a part-time alternate weekend basis over a 3.3 year period. Lectures are held on alternating Friday evenings and Saturdays with a normal course load of two courses per term for three terms a year. There are occasions that a back-to-back weekend schedule may result in any given term. Toronto part-time MBA degree programs begin every April.

Term Structure

  • Terms 1–4: BU601, BU602, BU603, BU604, BU605, BU606, BU607, BU609
  • Terms 5–10: BU610 and 10 elective courses

Toronto Part-Time with CPA Option

Requirements include 25 half-credit required courses and requires four years of part-time study to complete. Lectures are held on alternating Friday evenings and Saturdays with a normal course load of two courses per term for three terms a year.

Term Structure

  • Terms 1-4: BU601, BU602, BU603, BU604, BU605, BU606, BU607, BU609
  • Term 5: BU617, BU651
  • Term 6: BU627, BU747
  • Term 7: BU697u, BU717
  • Term 8: BU637, BU667
  • Term 9: BU517, BU767
  • Term 10: BU663, BU687
  • Term 11: BU527, BU537
  • Term 12: BU777, BU787
  • Term 13: BU677

Note: Students who choose to opt out of the CPA option at any time will not be refunded incurred fees. 

Toronto Part-Time MBA/MFin

Requirements include 20 half-credit required courses and four MBA elective courses. This program is designed for working professionals and requires four years of part-time study to complete. Lectures are held on alternating Friday evenings and Saturdays with a normal course load of two courses per term for three terms a year.

Term Structure

  • Terms 1-4: BU601, BU602, BU603, BU604, BU605, BU606, BU607, BU609
  • Term 5: MF753, MF773
  • Term 6: BU673, MF713
  • Term 7: BU713, BU663
  • Term 8: BU723, MF723
  • Term 9: BU623, MF763
  • Term 10: 2 electives
  • Term 11: BU610, 1 elective
  • Term 12: BU610, 1 elective

Note: Of the 24 required half-credits, two half-credits can be waived for students who already passed CFA level I and level II. Students who choose to opt out of the MFin double-degree program at any time will not be refunded incurred fees.