Graduate Studies










Program Components: 

Coursework and Thesis


Registration Options: 

Full-time and Part-time


The Master of Science in Management (MSc (Mgt)) degree meets a growing need in graduate management education. Unlike a traditional MBA that offers education in functional knowledge and skills, our MSc (Mgt) program focuses on developing competence in research with majors in Accounting, Finance, Human Resources & Labour Relations, International Management, Marketing, and Policy & Strategy.

The MSc (Mgt) program attracts students with an interest in research. The program is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in Management, Commerce, or Business. Previous work experience is not required for admission to the program.

This research-intensive program provides students with knowledge and hands-on experience to conduct rigorous and scholarly investigation into business or management issues within the student’s major. The MSc (Mgt) program will develop scholars who acquire a solid understanding of the research paths in their discipline, become skilled in the research process, and contribute knowledge to management scholarship. Our graduates are prepared to enter and succeed in high-quality doctoral programs or to pursue careers where research skills and scholarly knowledge are valued.

Applicants are strongly advised to select the major where they present a breadth of completed courses, which will enable them to conduct high-level research in that discipline/major.

The program is divided into four modules delivered over a two-year period. The first module (Fall term) offers a two-day orientation for students entering the program. Orientation activities include building and campus tours, information technology set-up, meetings with instructors and potential supervisors, and workshops/meetings to assist with getting started in the MSc (Mgt) program.

During the second module (Fall term), students begin the process of integrating research methodologies and theories relevant to various management fields. In the third module (Spring term), students specialize in their area of interest and begin to develop their research proposals in more depth. In the fourth and final module, students present their Master’s Thesis proposals and then conduct and defend their Master’s Thesis work in an oral examination.

Whether your career goals are within academia, the government sector, or industry, our graduate program will provide a value-added experience that will lead to many new employment opportunities for you to explore.

Students may complete their degrees in either a full-time or part-time basis at our main campus in Lethbridge and our campus in Calgary. 

Individual Workspace

All MSc (Mgt) students are provided with:

  • A secure work-space;
  • Access to technically advanced audiovisual equipment, and network printers;
  • Access to up-to-date software (e.g., Microsoft Office), and databases needed for study and research work;
  • Email account, and
  • Internet connection on campus.

Students must have their own laptop for in-class use. 


Questions? Contact the Dhillon School of Business -


Admission requirements

Applicants will meet the following minimum requirements to be considered for admission:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (i.e.undergraduate degree) in a related discipline
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.00 (based on the uLethbridge 4.00 scale) on the last 20 graded university-level term courses OR calculated on the most recent master's degree if the applicant is applying for another master's degree
  • Demonstrate English language proficiency (ELP) for graduate student
  •  A minimum test score of 550 on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and a minimum of 4.0 on the Analytical Writing portion.
    • The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or alternative graduate entrance exam will be considered where circumstances merit the substitution. 
Application process

Step 1: Prepare Supporting Documents

Please see below for Supporting Documents for the Master of Science (Management) program. If additional documents are required, the Dhillon School of Buisness graduate programs Office will contact you. 

Step 2: Submit Online Application by Deadline

 Submit your complete application by midnight (MST/MDT) on the deadline date.

Step 3: Arrange for Official Documents

Note: Applicants who have attended or are currently attending an institution participating in ApplyAlberta do not need to arrange for official transcripts to be sent to uLethbridge from the issuing institution. A list of participating institutions is available at

Step 4: Admission Decision Process

Faculty members from each area (major) review your application and make a recommendation on admission to the Dhillon School of Business Graduate Programs Committee. You will be notified of your official admission status by the Registrar’s Office no later than April 1 (February 1 deadline).

Note: Students who are graduates of non-Canadian universities must provide notarized English translations of all documents not in the English language.

For more details please see the Graduate Studies Calendar and Course Catalogue.

Supporting Documents for the Master of Science (Management) Program


Unofficial Transcripts
You will need to upload and submit your unofficial transcripts, including proof of graduation for your completed degree(s) and transcripts of all post-baccalaureate work, if any, via the online application system.

Official Transcripts
You will also need to arrange for your official transcripts to be sent to the Registrar’s Office. Your official transcripts are required to be received prior to course registration.

Applicants who have attended or are currently attending institutions NOT participating in ApplyAlberta must arrange to have official transcripts sent directly from the issuing institution to the Admissions Office. A list of participating institutions is available at

Official transcripts must be mailed directly from the issuing institution in a sealed envelope to:
Registrar’s Office
University of Lethbridge
4401 University Drive West
Lethbridge, AB T1K 3M4

Your transcripts are required to display your up-to-date coursework, including grades/marks received for completed coursework.

Reference Letters

Applicants to the Master of Science (Management) program are required to submit three (3) reference letters. Referees can be academic or professional.

You are: Who is an acceptable academic referee?
A current or recent graduate of an undergraduate program
  • One of your course instructors who hold a terminal
    degree or a continuing position at a University
A current or recent graduate student
  • Your supervisor, or a member of your Supervisory
  • One of your course instructors who hold a terminal
    degree or a continuing position at a University
Working and completed a degree several years ago
  • Someone with whom you have studied at the
    university level
  • An employer or another person who has served
    in a supervisory capacity who can testify to your
    ability to succeed in an academic setting

The School of Graduate Studies is not able to:

  • Accept Letters of Reference submitted via email or regular mail
  • Re-use a Letter of Reference submitted in support of a previous application  
  • Edit/change your referees or send them reminders to submit their Letter of Reference  
  • Accept Letters of reference from a friend or family member
Curriculum vitae

Your CV is a comprehensive document with a formal structure and academic focus. It should include your background, work experience, awards, scholarships, publications, and other achievements. If you are a current or former University of Lethbridge student, contact Career and Employment Services for additional information on the content and structure of a CV. 

Letter of Intent

Your Letter of Intent for the Master of Science (Management) program must contain:

  • Your goals or objectives for seeking a graduate degree in the chosen discipline.
  • The maximum length is 500 words.

You should address your letter to the Dhillon School of Business Graduate Programs Committee.

Things to Note:

Your Letter of Intent is your opportunity to show us your passion for your proposed research. Explain how dedicated and invested you are to your proposed graduate program, and provide specific examples of key accomplishments. Be concise and include only important information – reviewers have many graduate applications to review; your Letter of Intent should generally be no more than one page in length, or up to 500 words. 

English Language Proficiency requirements for Graduate Students

English is the primary language of instruction and communication at the University of Lethbridge. Prior to registration, all applicants to the School of Graduate Studies must demonstrate English Language Proficiency (ELP) sufficient to meet the demands of classroom instruction, written assignments, research, and participation in tutorials and discussions, regardless of their citizenship or country of origin. Please see the English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements for graduate students for detailed information. 

Note: Though applicants are not required to secure a supervisor to apply to the MSc (Mgt) program, they are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the research streams available in their selected MSc (Mgt) major. Be sure to mention your research interests in your Letter of Intent. 

 The Master of Science (Management) program is built to help you succeed. The staff and faculty at the uLethbridge are supportive and knowledgeable. Investing time into a master’s program helps you reflect on previous knowledge, and learn to apply your understanding in a
meaningful way. Throughout the program, there are many opportunities to fine tune skills through workshops and conferences offered on campus.

Janelle Marietta-Vasquez, (MSc in Mgt '18)


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