Prepare for Success at Graduate School: Business and Business Management Programs

Understand how to navigate business and management master’s programs, and learn what you need to succeed as a graduate student in this pre-graduate program course.

Develop your communication, presentation, interpersonal and time management skills – all critical to your success as a grad student. Learn and practise important writing, publishing and research skills, and gain insights from your lead instructor, a PhD student, candidate or recent graduate, and a Canadian university business school faculty member.

In this course:

  • understand how graduate school differs from undergraduate programs, and how to successfully navigate this new environment
  • learn how to manage stress, time and motivational pressures
  • gain strategies for communicating effectively with your peers, professors and supervisors
  • practise giving feedback and resolving conflicts, and increase your emotional intelligence
  • get a real sense of graduate-level coursework by working on case studies
  • gain up-to-date knowledge of research, writing, publishing and presentation skills at the graduate level
  • strategize on how to effectively create your academic “brand” in a digital world
  • understand the value of your business degree in the professional world through financial modelling of the graduate degree investment
  • gain perspectives on the graduate school experience from faculty in top Canadian business schools.

Your instructors

Your lead instructor, Amir Fard Bahreini, MBA, MSc, is a PhD candidate at the UBC Sauder School of Business. His research interests include cyber security, human-computer interaction, online privacy and e-business.

Ricard Gil, PhD, is an associate professor and Distinguished Faculty Fellow of Business Economics at the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University. He specializes in organizational economics and his work has appeared in top journals. He is this course’s guest faculty speaker in Week 2.

Denise Lauritano, MEd, has held leadership positions at institutions large and small in both Canada and the USA for more than 30 years. For much of her career, she has overseen undergraduate and graduate admissions, including reviewing multiple kinds of applications using a variety of rubrics.

Course outline

Week 1

  • Learn the top 10 things you need to know for success in graduate business programs.
  • Explore critical strategies for communication, including networking with alumni and current students.
  • Examine fundamental concepts of business management including corporate structure in North America, multi-national enterprises, organizational, regional and global strategies, and marketing.
  • Complete an online exercise.

Week 2

  • Learn how to successfully navigate student-supervisor relationships.
  • Know how to overcome deadlines, stress and procrastination challenges, and improve time management.
  • Explore business studies pathways, available options to study in business schools, and financial tips on navigating your degree.
  • Complete an online exercise and case study.
  • Participate in a live lecture with a business and management faculty member from a Canadian university, and engage in a question and answer (Q&A) session.

Week 3

  • Review the most important strategies critical to your success in business schools.
  • Complete discussion of case study.
  • Participate in a livestream presentation, “Making the Most Out of your Degree.”

Course Format

This course is three weeks long and is 100% online. Expect to spend eight to 10 hours per week learning online, participating in live lectures and Q&As, communicating with your instructors and classmates, and completing assignments. You’ll meet and interact with your peers from around the world in a supportive, yet challenging academic environment.

For most activities, you don’t need to be online at specific times. However, there are some live lectures which are recorded for students who cannot attend. You also have opportunities to participate in live office hours so you can receive personalized feedback and support. Your instructors can offer you support by email if you aren’t able to attend the live lectures or office hours.

Available Sessions

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Feb 1-Feb 21, 2021 | Online | $850.00

Format: Online
Code: MI302W21O
Feb 1-Feb 21, 2021

1nstructor: Amir Bahreini, Denise Lauritano-Saplywy


Fees / Tuition

Type Fee Tax Total
$850.00 $42.50 $892.50