IX. Graduate Programs


MA Program

The Master of Arts in Management focuses on the challenges that face leaders in the public, private and, not-for-profit sectors while emphasizing the important of evidence- based decision-making. Successful completion of the MA degree involves a comprehensive program of theoretical study, backed by significant practical experience and analysis.

The MA in Management has two fields:

  1. Management Research: with emphasis on evidence-based decision-making, is designed to equip students with the necessary skills to support managerial decision, with evidence-based reasoning. Courses are designed in a hybrid format with a mix of face-to-face meetings, seminars and lectures as well as online learning. The completion of a major research project will also be undertaken during the course of the degree.

  2. Accounting: combines the conceptual and quantitative elements of accounting, while promoting the integration of theory and practice. It provides graduates with a systemic understanding of knowledge of financial accounting and managerial accounting while fulfilling the requirements of the professional accounting standards defined by CPA Canada Competency Map for the first four modules of the Professional Education Program. Students will develop the technical, analytical, evaluative, leadership and, communication skills needed for a successful career in accounting and the related management areas in the field/profession.

Admission Requirements

To be considered, applicants must have completed a four-year honours undergraduate degree with a minimum 2nd class (70%) (or its equivalent), from a recognized post- secondary institution. For the specialization in Accounting, subject area coverage should be equivalent to that required for entry into the CPA Professional Education Program.

For applicants who do not hold an honours degree with a major in or possess an undergraduate degree with a strong emphasis in either the accounting and/or management fields, additional prerequisites or academic upgrading may be required.

Applications will be assessed comprehensively, based on transcripts, referee assessment, statement of intent, and resume/CV. In cases where English is a second language, the applicant must also submit International English Language Testing System (Academic) (IELTS) (minimum 6.5) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT)) (minimum 89 overall with no component score lower than 21). Applicants may also be formally interviewed.

Program Requirements

Overall Requirements (5.0 credits)

  • 1.0 credits – core courses

  • 2.5 credits -field specific electives

  • 0.5 credit – restricted electives

  • 1.0 credit – Major Research Project (MRP)

  • 0.0 credit – Seminar Series course (Fall and Winter Semester)

Core Courses:

MGMT*6100 [0.50] Evidence Based Management Research
MGMT*6200 [0.50] Leadership Assessment and Development


Management Research

MGMT*6130 [0.50] Creative Process of Innovation
MGMT*6300 [0.50] Business Consulting
MGMT*6400 [0.50] Project Management
BUS*6800 [0.50] Readings in Leadership I
BUS*6810 [0.50] Readings in Leadership II
BUS*6820 [0.50] Readings in Management
BUS*6840 [0.50] Foundational Theories of Management


ACCT*6100 [0.50] Integrated Cases I
ACCT*6200 [0.50] Integrated Cases II
ACCT*6300 [0.50] Taxation
ACCT*6400 [0.50] Performance Management
ACCT*6500 [0.50] Assurance
ACCT*6600 [0.50] Financial Management

Students may be permitted to take other courses from the Department of Management with written permission from the Graduate Program Coordinator.

Restricted Electives

One quantitative or qualitative research methods course (0.5 credits) with permission:

MGMT*6120 [0.50] Quantitative Methods for Evidence Based Management
MGMT*6830 [0.50] Applied Univariate Statistical Analysis for Management
MGMT*6840 [0.50] Quantitative Research Methods: Multivariate Techniques
SOC*6130 [0.50] Quantitative Research Methods
PSYC*6060 [0.50] Research Design and Statistics
ANTH*6140 [0.50] Qualitative Research Methods
FRAN*6020 [0.50] Qualitative Research Methods
MGMT*6850 [0.50] Qualitative Research Methods
SOC*6140 [0.50] Qualitative Research Methods

Major Research Project

MGMT*6500 [1.00] Major Research Project
University of Guelph
50 Stone Road East
Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1