Sauder School of Business

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Sauder School of Business
Motto Opening Worlds
Established 1956
Type Public
Endowment $1.16 billion (parent)
Dean Robert Helsley
Academic staff
Over 200 staff and faculty
Undergraduates 3,227
Postgraduates 110 MBA (full-time), 50 MBA (part-time), 86 International MBA, 34 EMBA, 60 MM, 86 MSc/PhD
Location Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Campus Urban, 402 ha (993 acres)
Colours      Green      Blue
Affiliations University of British Columbia, Vancouver

The Sauder School of Business is a faculty at the University of British Columbia. The faculty is located in Vancouver on UBC’s Point Grey campus and has a secondary teaching facility at UBC Robson Square downtown.

Sauder is accredited by both AACSB and EQUIS.[1][2]

The Dean of Sauder is Robert Helsley.[3]


First established in 1956, the UBC Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration was renamed Sauder School of Business in 2003, as a result of a donation of a $20 million endowment by Dr. William Sauder.[4] As a result of a donation from Vancouver business philanthropist Robert H. Lee to support graduate-level education, the Robert H. Lee Graduate School was established at Sauder opened in 2006.

As of 2012, the Sauder School of Business completed a major renovation to its Henry Angus Building on the UBC campus, adding 55,000 square feet to the original 216,000 square-foot building.[5][6][7] Designed by Acton Ostry Architects, the renovation added the Cannacord Learning Commons, Wayne Dean Investment Analysis Centre, and the Bruce Birmingham Undergraduate Centre along with new classrooms and a conference center.[7][8][9][10]


The Sauder School of Business offers the following programs:

Graduate Programs (Robert H. Lee Graduate School)

Masters of Business Administration (MBA)

The MBA program embodies the West Coast entrepreneurial spirit with its emphasis on innovation, diversity, and global leadership. The 16-month full-time MBA has one of North America's most culturally diverse student bodies, with 65-70% of students coming from outside Canada. The part-time MBA, covering the same material as the full-time MBA, is 28 months in length, with classes delivered every two to three weekends at the UBC Point Grey campus. MBA applicants typically have an undergraduate degree, several years of work experience, and a GMAT score of 630-640.[11]

Sauder's MBA program offers specialized career tracks combined with practical experience. The program focuses on experimental learning and global immersion. The curriculum, built around experiential learning, builds on five themes: creativity, decision-making, ethics and sustainability, global issues and macroeconomics, and leadership development. Outside the classroom, students will be exposed to international business and gain invaluable experience with the Global Immersion Program, and have the chance to choose between one of three career tracks (in Finance, Business Innovation & Experience, Product and Service Management), or build a custom career track.[12]

The program culminates with the Capstone, a three-day live-case competition, where students present solutions to real business problems to CEOs and business leaders, often being invited to present in head offices. MBAs will also receive one-on-one career coaching from the Business Career Center, the chance to participate in exchange programs with 36 partner schools around the world, and an innovative experiential-minded curriculum, and will start thinking like top-level management to take their career to the next level.


Sauder is consistently ranked among the top 100 business schools by organizations such as the Financial Times and The Economist.[13][14] The MBA program was indexed as the 16th best in North America in the 2015 QS Global 200 Business Schools Report.[15] In 2015, the Financial Times ranked the MBA ranked second among Canadian business schools and in the top 5% of MBA programs worldwide; Sauder was also ranked #1 in North America for “international mobility”, #1 in North America for "international faculty", and #5 in North American for International Students.[16] The UBC MBA program has also been recognized in the Corporate Knights 2014 Global Green MBA Survey as 2nd in the world for its efforts to integrate sustainability into business education[17] and was listed 23rd by Forbes in its top global business schools report.[18]

International Masters of Business Administration (IMBA)

The 20-month part-time IMBA, in collaboration with the Antai College of Economics and Management at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, one of the oldest and most prestigious and selective universities in China, was launched in 2002, offering professionals the chance to study part-time in China, and an intensive four-week learning experience at the UBC Point Grey campus in Vancouver. The UBC IMBA program has been specially adapted for the Chinese and Asian markets, and is taught entirely in English by Sauder School of Business professors. The program emphasizes active learning through lectures, case studies, problem-based learning, and group projects. IMBA students also conclude their program with the Capstone.[19]

Masters of Management (MM)

The Masters of Management is a 9-month pre-experience program, designed for recent graduates looking to complement their bachelor's degree in non-business disciplines. The MM program provides students with the chance to learn topics such as financial reporting, organizational behaviour, strategic management in a collaborative environment. Throughout the program, students also receive career development programming to help them grow in their career paths, consult for non-for-profit organizations with the Community Business Project to gain real-world experience, and may participate in study abroad programs.[20] The Masters of Management has been recognized as one of the top 50 Masters of Management degrees in the world by the 2014 Financial Times.[21]

Bachelor + Masters of Management (B+MM) Dual Degree

The Bachelor + Masters of Management Dual Degree program is a unique career-focused program offered, offering eligible students the ability to hold both a bachelor's degree and a Master of Management at the end of their time at UBC.[22]

Undergraduate Program: Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)

Sauder's Bachelor of Commerce offers ten different career tracks to provide students the ability to specialize and customize their degrees. These career paths are: Accounting, Marketing, Real Estate, Finance, International Business, Operations & Logistics, Organizational Behaviour & Human Resources, General Business Management, Business Technology Management, and Business & Computer Science. Students can further choose within their career tracks to focus on entrepreneurship, e-commerce, or sustainability.[23]


Although the minimum required grade point average is 84%, the entering class of 2017 had a mean GPA of 92%.[24] In 2014, the acceptance rate was approximately 13%.[25] For example, Ivy League's Cornell University's admission rate was 14.2% during the same period.[26]

The Dual undergraduate degree with Sciences Po is a highly selective program in which undergraduate students earn a Bachelor of Arts from Sciences Po and a Bachelor of Commerce from the Sauder School of Business in four years. Students spend two years at one of three Sciences Po campuses in France (Le Havre, Menton, or Reims), each of which is devoted to a particular region of the world. After two years, students matriculate at UBC. Graduates of the program are guaranteed admission to a Sciences Po graduate program. High school students may apply.[27]

Post-Baccalaureate Programs

  • Diploma in Accounting (DAP)
  • Diploma in Marketing & Sales Management

Non-Degree Programs

Executive Education

Sauder offers Executive Education offers more than 100 seminars that cater to individual needs as well as offers custom programs for organizations, which include executive training programs in Asia and Europe.[28] It has a number of partnerships such as with the Project Management Institute, Edumine[29] and the FRED Scholars (SM) Program.[30] Sauder's Executive Education has been ranked 51st in the world in 2013 by the Financial Times.[31]

Real Estate Division

The Real Estate Division at Sauder is a full service supplier of online and classroom education services: licensing and mortgage brokerage courses and examinations as well as credit and professional development courses. Sauder offers real estate licensing services on behalf of regulatory bodies in British Columbia like BCREA, PAMA, RECBC, and AIC among others.[32]

All courses are available by distance education and assistance is given to students via webinars, online resources, and email and telephone tutoring.[33]

The Real Estate Division also has a publishing arm, providing print and online publications like real estate textbooks, workbooks, case studies, on-line lectures and custom produced course materials.[34][35]

Other Non-Degree Programs

  • Ch'nook Indigenous Business Programs
  • Business Families Centre Programs for Families & Advisors


Sauder consistently ranks in the top 30 - among non-U.S. business schools worldwide - for business research by the Social Science Research Network (SSRN).[36][37] The SSRN, a leading repository of business and management research papers, ranks Sauder 16th in Canada out of 771 international business schools, not including U.S. schools, for research downloads of all time.

Research Centres

The school is host to 15 specialized research centres.[38]

Notable alumni


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