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Daytime format

The Daytime program is the immersive experience. It's a full-time, Monday-to-Friday schedule for applicants with a minimum of 2 years of professional experience or for those who want an accelerated program.

  • program length: 16 months
  • delivery: in person / full-time on campus
  • program start date: September
  • cohort size: 24-28 students
  • program orientation: early September on campus
  • work term option: summer term

Weekend format

The Weekend program is for the working professional. It's an on-campus, weekend-delivery program for someone who has more than 6 years of professional experience.

  • program length: 24 months
  • delivery: in person / 1 weekend per month on campus
  • program start date: September
  • cohort size: 24-28 students
  • program orientation: early September on campus


Our courses include the business foundations from a traditional MBA, but they are designed from the ground up to integrate sustainable innovation. This approach allows students to fully engage with the complexities of the modern world.

Classes are small. The focus is on:

  • group dialogue
  • simulations and case studies
  • applied projects
  • individual reflection

Our courses emphasize problem-solving and student-centred learning, connecting practical theory to useful, real-world applications.

We teach courses in 6 integrated blocks.

Career development

While in the program, you have access to professional, customized supports to help you grow, launch or pivot your career. We provide you with tools and resources, reflective learning activities and one-on-one coaching so you can make the most of transformative experiences and new connections.

Industry mentors

Elevate your MBA journey and gain invaluable insights from an engaged group of nearly 150 seasoned business leaders. Join our mentorship program to connect, learn and thrive.

Co-op work term

While a co-op work term is not a requirement for MBA students, it is available to those who would like to gain additional work experience or try a new industry while in the program. With more than 600 businesses in Canada and around the world employing Gustavson students every year, you can try your hand at just about anything. Think of it as a paid internship!

Alumni network

More than 1,400 UVic MBA alumni have amazing careers all over the world, in just about any industry you can think of. Join a community of like-minded professionals. Students are welcome to attend networking panels and events with MBA alumni.

Get to know a few of our alumni through alumni stories.

If you're considering applying to the program and would like to connect with a grad, please email us!

International experience

All MBA students participate in a 1 week trip; a customized, unparalleled opportunity to meet pioneers in sustainable innovation and organization change. It's designed to give you an insider’s view of transformational work being delivered by leading and impact enterprises. Return to work and the classroom with ambition and action calibrated to the scale of radical change needed to create resilient communities, economies and ecosystems. 

Note: There is a one-time fee of $6,000 for this required international trip.

Learn more

Interested in learning more about the MBA in Sustainable Innovation? Register for an info session