MBA (ISP) versus MBA - MBA (ISP) FAQ

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MBA (ISP) versus MBA - MBA (ISP) FAQ

What is the difference between the MBA and the MBA (ISP)?

Goodman offers two programs that lead towards the MBA (Master of Business Administration) degree. We offer a traditional two year MBA as well as the MBA International Student Pathway (MBA (ISP)). Both pathways focus on the same curriculum and include the same degree requirements. The MBA (ISP) is ideal for international applicants who are intellectually and professorially ready to pursue an MBA in Canada but who would like a program that emphasizes communication and language skills. MBA and MBA (ISP) students take their courses separately, ensuring that international students are not at a disadvantage in the classroom. The MBA (ISP) does not focus on international business although the global business environment is discussed in all courses.

I am an international student who has studied in Canada or the USA.
Should I apply to the MBA or the MBA (ISP)?

Although you are an international student, we recommend that you apply to our traditional MBA pathway. The MBA (ISP) offers additional support to international students by focusing on Business English skills and helping them transition to the Canadian business world. As you already have an undergraduate degree from a North American university and are familiar with Canadian culture, the MBA would be the most appropriate pathway for you.

I am an international student who has never studied in English.
Which program should I apply to?

We recommend that you apply to our MBA (ISP). This program will not only provide you with a strong Canadian Business Education but will also provide you with additional preparation through the one month Business English Program and through supportive faculty attuned to your cultural and language needs.

You may also be interested in our Professional Masters Preparation Certificate Program (PMPCP). This certificate program focuses on developing English language communication skills so that students can succeed in graduate school in North America.