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MBA Jumpstart

What Does It Look like to Earn an MBA at Concordia, and How Can I Do so Utilizing the Jumpstart Program?

Earning an MBA might be the key to career advancement, starting a new business or becoming an industry leader. Concordia MBA students master core business concepts, analytical tools and leadership skills to build a better future for the community.

If you are a Business major or minor in the junior or senior year of your program, you could expedite the process of earning your MBA by enrolling in our MBA Jumpstart program.

The program grants direct admittance into the Concordia MBA program contingent on meeting the conditions of acceptance. MBA Jumpstart students can immediately enroll in up to 12 MBA credits, giving them a “jumpstart” on their MBA degree.

MBA Jumpstart Overview

Business majors and minors at Concordia can join the Jumpstart program during their junior or senior years. Eligible students must first interview with an MBA counselor and sign the commitment form for the program. Jumpstart students will receive a letter granting them contingent direct admittance into the MBA, without the need for a separate graduate application.

The students will be able to immediately register for up to 12 credits of MBA classes, fast-tracking their timeline for MBA completion. While MBA credits will not count toward the undergraduate degree, they will count toward each semester’s course load for purposes of determining full-time status.

Jumpstart participants can enroll as full-time MBA students once they earn their bachelor’s degree. They may enroll in either the on-campus program that meets one evening per week, or the online program.

To maintain their MBA acceptance, Jumpstart students will need to keep up with program conditions. These include accumulation of work experience, as well as attendance of events at the IncubatorCTX. These events present Jumpstart students with opportunities to interact with early stage entrepreneurs and to reap the benefits of Incubator programming. Guest speakers, computerized simulations, case studies, learning teams and a Capstone project are just some of the ways students are exposed to real-world business issues.

In the final semester of the MBA program, students complete a Capstone project with a business, non-profit or public agency, making an impact in their chosen industry and in their wider community.

Jumpstart Eligibility

  • Applicant must be a junior or senior Business major or minor with a 2.75 college GPA.
  • The student must continue to meet program conditions to make satisfactory progress in the Jumpstart program.
  • Program conditions include attendance of four professional events at IncubatorCTX, such as entrepreneurship workshops, guest speaker lectures and MBA Capstone presentations. Students must also make progress toward accumulating work experience through a combination of paid, volunteer and student leadership roles.

Jumpstart Program Benefits

  • The Jumpstart program grants contingent direct admit into the MBA, meaning students can list this honor on their resume and communicate to prospective employers that they are taking graduate classes.
  • Jumpstart students move toward a higher degree faster, saving thousands of dollars in MBA tuition.
  • Jumpstart students will attend professional events at IncubatorCTX, allowing them to gain critical networking skills
  • Additionally, students take MBA classes with working professionals, giving them early access to networking opportunities.
  • In the final year of the MBA program, students join a cohort learning community that fosters personal and professional transformation.
  • The Concordia MBA drives innovative programming that integrates academic coursework with real-world applications.

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