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York Learning Space at IBM Canada

The Master of Science in Management Practice (MScMP) is designed to provide future leaders with an understanding of management practices that inform evidence-based decision making through applied research and data analysis. The graduate program serves full-time students as well as professionals who desire to obtain a graduate degree in management while continuing full-time employment.

In particular, the graduate program trains students to:

  • understand the importance of evidence-based decision-making for improving an organization’s performance and understand the limitations of particular types of data and analytical tools;
  • be familiar with key methods of qualitative and quantitative research, data collection and analysis needed to provide evidence to decision-makers;
  • be familiar with emerging trends and tools in the cognitive technology of data analytics;
  • be able to apply relevant theories, methodologies, and critical thinking skills to identify and solve organizational/management problems and issues.
  • be able to identify sources of information and data best suited to inform managerial decisions in selected specialization while understanding ethical considerations in using personal data for research; and,
  • be able to work efficiently in groups and teams and to effectively communicate analyses, outcomes and conclusions to a range of audiences.

The graduate program offers five specializations:

  • Applied Accounting Research
  • Applied Marketing Research
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Managing in Professional Contexts
  • Supply Chain Management

The graduate program’s courses combine theoretical knowledge with practical application. The program is highly experiential, culminating with a program milestone where students employ their knowledge and skills to identify organizational problems and suggest solutions to them based on appropriate analysis of available data.

Admission Requirements

Master of Science in Management Practice Program

The minimum admission requirements are as follows:

1. An honours undergraduate degree in business or related discipline from an accredited post-secondary institution, with a minimum grade point average of B over the final two years of full-time equivalent study. However, students with a business degree who have a grade point average below the minimum but who possess substantial professional experience or the equivalent will be considered for admission.

Applicants who lack business and/or quantitative background will have to complete preparatory courses and are encouraged to apply for the Graduate Diploma in Management.

2. High competency in oral and written English. Applicants whose native language is not English or who have not studied for at least two years in an English language university or who have not worked in a professional role in an English-speaking country for at least one year must obtain satisfactory scores on an acceptable English language test such as International English Language Testing System (minimum 7.5) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (minimum 600). In special circumstances, admission to the Management Practice may be conditional upon taking an intensive English language course.

Applicants must provide:

  • Two satisfactory letters of reference (e.g., minimum rating of ‘good’ in all letters), which may include: a) an academic reference from a faculty member who taught the applicant; and/or b) a reference from a direct workplace supervisor of the applicant within the past five years who can evaluate the applicant’s analytical orientation.
  • A personal statement of research and professional plans, clearly stated, logically developed, and congruent with the Management Practice program.
  • Up-to-date résumé/curriculum vitae.
  • Supplementary information form.

Degree Requirements

Master of Science in Management Practice Program

Candidates for the Graduate Program in Management Practice must successfully complete the following requirements:

  1. Two half-courses on applied research methods;
  2. Three half-courses (or equivalent) in selected specialization;
  3. One half-course in any specialization including the selected specialization (if available);
  4. Research Project Seminar;
  5. Program milestone in a form of either:
    a) a major research paper, where students engage in a research in their fields of specialization under the supervision of a faculty member; or,
    b) an applied research assignment in an organization (especially suitable for part-time students, needs an approval of a program director).

The MScMP program can be completed on a full- or part-time basis. Entry is fall term.

The program is designed to be completed in three terms of full-time study provided that the candidate has an undergraduate business degree and adequate quantitative preparation when admitted. For those students who complete degree requirements earlier than 3 terms, they must register and pay fees for a minimum of the equivalent of 3 terms of full-time study. All requirements for a master’s degree must be fulfilled within 12 terms (4 years) of registration as a full-time or part-time master’s student in accordance with Faculty of Graduate Studies’ registration policies.

Further details about the Graduate Program in Management Practice are found on the program website.