Vancouver Island University's Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Science (MScIM) in International Management is a dual degree program offered in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire (UH), located near London, England. The MBA/MScIM program is an intensive 14-18 month full-time program that includes a 4- month internship and an Applied Business Project. This unique program attracts students across the globe and is an eclectic mix of nationalities and professional backgrounds, including science, business, engineering, communications, fine arts, education, commerce and media.
In January 2015, the University sent a full team of students to compete in the National MBA Games in Hamilton, Ontario and represented Vancouver Island. As part of the team’s fundraising activities, the group raised $46,500.
Vancouver Island University's MBA Society hosted the inaugural BC MBA Games in Nanaimo, British Columbia. The BC MBA Games 2015 hosted over 100 MBA Students from Universities across BC. The participants were from University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, Thompson Rivers University, University of Victoria and Vancouver Island University.
The theme for the BC MBA Games 2015 was "Connect. Inspire. Impact." Together the BC MBA community had raised over $10,000 for families living with autism and special needs. Vancouver Island University took first place followed by Thompson Rivers University in second place. VIU will be hosting the BC MBA Games 2016 in Nanaimo, Vancouver Island from October 21, 2016 to October 23, 2016.
In January 2016, students in Vancouver Island University’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program took fourth place in the National MBA Games, held in Toronto from January 2nd to 4th, earning the best result for university MBA programs in western Canada.
VIU’s team of 32 competing alongside more than 700 MBA students from 20 Canadian universities also took first place in the “Spirit” competition, with the best results in fundraising, video and opening performance competitions. The MBA Games 2016 raised a total of $69,269 by all teams for the designated charity, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Canada, VIU MBA students raised nearly half, $32,000.
VIU won the bid to host the National MBA Games 2017. This year, a separate body from the MBA Society has been created entitled the "MBA Games Organizing Committee (MGOC)." MGOC is an impartial/independent committee that has been established to organize the BC MBA Games 2016 and National MBA Games 2017. The committee members are MBA and Business students from Vancouver Island University who share the common goal to connect and inspire leaders across Canada in the call to empower today’s community to embrace, impact, and cultivate the future. The MGOC welcomes all universities across Canada to compete with purpose and to experience the beauty of Vancouver Island, British Columbia.