About UVic's Gustavson School of Business
The world looks different from here
We take a unique approach to business education. We're different, and we want our students to think differently too. We want to develop global business leaders that can help create a better world.
Founded in 1990 and renamed to the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business in 2010, we are known for our unique educational approach, inspired teaching and excellence in research.
Launched in 1990, students compete each year to enter our highly competitive BCom program. In the 2010-2011 academic year, 710 first to fourth year students were enrolled, with approximately 240 students entering the third-year commerce 'core' annually.
Launched in 2010, 36 MGB students have joined the 2010 program which is co-located on three campuses.
36 students enrolled in 2010: 18 from UVic, 8 from Johannes Kepler University, Austria; 8 from National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan.
Key features of the four-year program include a focus on international business, opportunities to study and research abroad and the potential for internships to improve connections between theory and practice.
Four students are enrolled in 2011.
ICE nurtures the entrepreneurial drive by helping students to act on business ideas and to start down the road to launch new businesses.
- For students in the Gustavson School of Business, this centre picks up where courses leave off, providing continuity and access to longer term support.
- For students in other faculties, such as engineering where many advanced technology ideas are generated, this centre provides access to business planning support.
Growing all the time, our Executive Programs offers specialized management development opportunities to mid-level professionals that are designed and delivered by recognized leaders in business research and practice. The programs combine academic rigor and practical relevance with the latest in cutting edge thinking, strategy, and tactics.
The Gustavson business education and approach is founded on our vision and the four value pillars that underpin everthing we do: international, integrative, innovative and sustainability/social responsibility. These values are incorporated throughout the program in course content, in teaching style, in developing our students' global mindset and in our areas of specialization. The quality of our program is reflected in the thought leadership our professors bring to the classroom and in the accreditations we have earned from AACSB, EQUIS, and as an early signatory to the UN Principles of Responsible Management. We're a relatively small business school, with about 1,100 students, faculty and staff, located on the west coast of Canada. We get to know our students personally to help them excel and explore the exciting world of business management. We are a growing, dynamic business school with a bright future ahead. Please feel free to connect with us; we welcome your interest.
The Gustavson School of Business vision drives all our actions and decisions. We:
- produce outstanding research and develop global business leaders to create a better world;
- provide an experiential education that is international, integrative, innovative and socially responsible and is anchored in excellence in scholarship; and
- are open, fair, engaged and passionate in all we do.
To prepare leaders who think differently, act responsibly and have a global mind-set.
To foster a culture that thrives on research excellence.
To provide opportunities to learn by doing - to ensure our graduates are world ready.
To provide a friendly and collegial environment that attracts and retains the best people.
Find out more about how we enact this promise by reading our Promise document.
Our educational foundation is built on four pillars that reflect the values of the school.
Pillar 1: International
Appreciative, well-informed and perceptive of the divrse, complex world we live in and having the skill-set to succeed in it.
Pillar 2: Integrative
Having a deep understanding of the fundamental areas of buisness combined with an awareness of how these areas continuously ineract with one another and the abilities to use this knowledge.
Pillar 3: Innovative
Flexible and creative to view the world, issues and opportunities from different perspectives and secure enought to take risks and try new things.
Pillar 4: Socially Responsible/Sustainable
Having the awareness and skills to consider the economic, environmental and social consequences of decisions in business and personal contexts.
Read more here.
Define success in your own terms. Do you envision a career where the rewards are every day? Where you innovate, manage, problem-solve and lead to make a meaningful difference? If so, Gustavson provides the kind of business education that can get you there.
Internationally accredited and ranked among the top business school in Canada, we have built our reputation on high standards — for you and ourselves:
We have earned both EQUIS and AACSB accreditation, two standards of excellence that place us among the top tier of business schools worldwide.
In our BCom and MBA Programs, you can choose to specialize in entrepreneurship, international business or service management. Each is team taught, highly integrative and experiential. Or, you can always opt to remain non-specialized and tailor the program to your particular career interests.
- As a co-op grad, you’re more likely to land a job sooner, be promoted faster and earn a higher salary than non-co-op grads.
- The pay is great—the average monthly undergraduate co-op salary is $2,700 and the average graduate co-op salary is more than $3,225.
Our smaller size is your advantage. For example, as a third year BCom student, you become part of a cohort of less than 60 students. As an MBA or MGB student you join a class of less than 50 students. Our cohort based model means extensive interaction between students and instructors, as well as among students — especially as you work in tight-knit teams. The result: great friendships and an even better learning environment.
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