Graduate Studies










Program Components: 

Coursework and Thesis


Registration Options: 

Full-time and Part-time


The Master of Science in Management degree meets a growing need in graduate management education. Unlike a traditional MBA that focuses on development of functional knowledge and skills, our MSc program focuses on developing competence in research.

The University of Lethbridge MSc (Management) degree focuses on building competencies in research. This intensive program provides students with the knowledge and hands-on experience to conduct rigorous and scholarly investigation into a business or management issue(s) in the discipline of Accounting, Finance, Human Resources & Labour Relations, International Management, Marketing, or Policy & Strategy. The MSc (Mgt) program develops scholars who have a solid understanding of research paths in their discipline, are 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 posses the strongest knowledge to enable them to conduct high level research in that area/major.

The MSc (Management) program attracts students with an interest in research and is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in Management, Commerce, or Business, and does not require any previous work experience.

The first module (Fall Term) serves as a two-day orientation for students entering the program. This module is designed to orient students into the program. Topics covered will include: building and campus tours, IT set-up, meetings with instructors and potential supervisors, other meetings and workshops to assist with ‘getting started’.

During the second module (Fall Term), students begin the process of integrating research methodologies and different theories used across the various management fields of specialization. In the third (Spring Term) module, students specialize in their area of interest, and begin to develop their research proposals in more depth.

In the final module, students present their thesis proposals. After the successful defence of their research proposal students continue to conduct their primary research and analysis, writes up the thesis and schedules the final thesis defence. Whether your career goals are within academia, research, or the corporate sector, our graduate program will provide a value-added experience that will lead to many new employment opportunities for you to explore.

The program is offered on a full-time or part-time basis at our main campus in Lethbridge, and our campus in Calgary.

Individual Work-space

All graduate students are provided with a secure work-space, network printer, and have access to technically advanced audiovisual equipment. All students are assigned e-mail and Internet accounts at no additional cost. Students must have their own wireless internet ready laptop for in-class use, and will have access to up-to-date software (i.e. Microsoft Office) and databases needed for study and research work.

Admission requirements

Applicants normally must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold an 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.
  • Demonstrate English language proficiency (ELP) for graduate student
  • Minimum GMAT of 550 (GRE 310), with 4.0 in the Analytical Writing section
Application process

Step 1: Prepare Supporting Documents

Before you begin an application, review the requirements for your supporting documents:

  • Transcripts
  • Three references
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of Intent
  • English language proficiency (ELP) for graduate students
  • If additional documentation is required, the Management Graduate Programs Office will contact you

Official documents (e.g., transcripts, English language proficiency test scores) are required prior to registration.

Note: Though it is not required to secure a supervisor to apply to the MSc (Mgt) Program, applicants 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. 

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) reviews your application and makes a recommendation on admission to the Management 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.

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