AACSB

The Asper School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, one of the highest standards of achievement for business schools worldwide. Only 5 per cent of business schools achieve this distinguished recognition.<

Schools with AACSB accreditation:

  • Guarantee highly credentialed professors (PhD or professional designation) in their faculty
  • Are more academically challenging
  • Teach relevant skills that provide a distinct advantage in the real world  

Graduates of AACSB-accredited schools:

  • Graduate with higher GPAs
  • Are pursued by more employers after graduation
  • Are preferred by top global corporations. Some only consider AACSB-accredited graduates
  • Have greater access to top-tier recruiters
  • Are offered better, more competitive salaries


AACSB learning objectives

The Asper School of Business is proudly accredited by AACSB. Accreditation requires a process of continuous improvement of the school and our students. Part of student improvement is ensuring that students graduate with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in their careers. To do so, the Asper School has set the learning goals and objectives listed below for our programs. They are assessed via tests and assignments in various courses.

Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)

Learning Goal 1: Quantitative Reasoning

Students will be able to model and solve problems and draw appropriate conclusions based on quantitative analysis of data.

Students will be able to:

  • determine which quantitative analysis technique is appropriate for solving a specific problem
  • use the appropriate quantitative method in a technically correct way to solve a business problem
  • analyze quantitative output and arrive at a conclusion

Learning Goal 2: Written Communication

Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively, logically, and coherently in an organizational context.

Students will be able to:

  • use correct English grammar and mechanics in their written work
  • communicate in a coherent and logical manner
  • present ideas in a clear and organized fashion

Learning Goal 3: Ethical Thinking

Students will be able to address ethical issues when analyzing challenging organizational problems and drawing conclusions.

Students will be able to:

  • identify ethical issues in a problem or case situation
  • identify the stakeholders in the situation
  • analyze the consequences of alternatives from an ethical standpoint
  • discuss the ethical implications of the decision

Learning Goal 4: Core Business Knowledge

Student will demonstrate an understanding of the material presented in the required core courses in the BComm (Hons) program.

Asper MBA

Learning Goal 1: Strategic Thinking

Students will think critically and creatively about solutions to organizational problems, considering short-term and long-term goals, resources, risks, and opportunities.

Students will be able to:

  • identify situations where strategic thinking is necessary
  • identify different strategies
  • perform a basic strategic analysis
  • recommend strategic alternatives and their implementation

Learning Goal 2: Global Perspective

Students will adopt a global mindset in considering organizational decisions.

Students will:

  • have an awareness of global diversity, and multicultural awareness
  • have an awareness of different global perspectives
  • have been exposed to global business environments through course materials

Learning Goal 3: Ethical Mindset

Students will consider ethical and moral issues when analyzing and recommending solutions to organizational problems.

Students will demonstrate:

  • an understanding of the responsibility of business in society
  • an understanding of ethical decision making
  • moral development in ethical decision making
  • an understanding of the responsibilities of a leader’s role as it relates to ethics

Learning Goal 4: Quantitative and Financial Proficiency

Students will demonstrate the ability to approach organizational issues using quantitative and financial analysis.

Students will be able to:

  • identify that a problem containing a quantitative aspect exists
  • apply financial methodologies in the answering of business questions
  • demonstrate a basic financial proficiency in understanding the role and flow of money in an organization
  • interpret the results of a financial analysis

MSc/PhD candidacy exam

Learning Goal 1: Knowledge of Theoretical and Empirical Advances in the Discipline

Students will be able to:

  • establish an understanding of the discipline
  • access and use the relevant literature
  • demonsrate written communication skills

Learning Goal 2:  Knowledge and Application of Research Methods in the Discipline

Students will demonstrate: 

  • understanding of quantitative and/or qualitative methods, research design, and the related applications
  • selection and application of appropriate quantitative and/or qualitative methods and research design

Learning Goal 3:  Ability to Plan and Carry out Original Research

Students will demonstrate:

  • academic integrity (proper citation and referencing in academic writing, ethics and privacy)

MSc thesis proposal

Learning Goal 1: Knowledge of Theoretical and Empirical Advances in the Discipline

Students will be able to:

  • establish an understanding of the discipline
  • access and use the relevant literature
  • demonsrate communication skills

Learning Goal 2:  Knowledge and Application of Research Methods in the Discipline

Students will demonstrate:

  • understanding of quantitative and/or qualitative methods, research design, and the related applications
  • selection and application of appropriate quantitative and/or qualitative methods and research design

Learning Goal 3: Ability to Plan and Carry out Original Research

Students will be able to:

  • advance knowledge in the discipline
  • demonstrate academic integrity (proper citation and referencing in academic writing, ethics and privacy)

MSc thesis defence

MSc THESIS DEFENSE

Learning Goal 1: Knowledge of Theoretical and Empirical Advances in the Discipline

Students will be able to:

  • establish an understanding of the discipline
  • access and use the relevant literature
  • demonsrate communication skills

Learning Goal 2:  Knowledge and Application of Research Methods in the Discipline

Students will demonstrate:

  • understanding of quantitative and/or qualitative methods, research design, and the related applications
  • selection and application of appropriate quantitative and/or qualitative methods and research design

Learning Goal 3: Ability to Plan and Carry out Original Research

Students will be able to:

  • advance knowledge in the discipline
  • demonstrate academic integrity (proper citation and referencing in academic writing, ethics and privacy)

PhD thesis proposal

Learning Goal 1: Knowledge of Theoretical and Empirical Advances in the Discipline

Students will be able to:

  • establish an understanding of the discipline
  • access and use the relevant literature
  • demonsrate communication skills

Learning Goal 2:  Knowledge and Application of Research Methods in the Discipline

Students will demonstrate:

  • understanding of quantitative and/or qualitative methods, research design, and the related applications
  • selection and application of appropriate quantitative and/or qualitative methods and research design

Learning Goal 3: Ability to Plan and Carry out Original Research

Students will be able to:

  • advance knowledge in the discipline
  • demonstrate academic integrity (proper citation and referencing in academic writing, ethics and privacy)

PhD thesis defence

Learning Goal 1: Knowledge of Theoretical and Empirical Advances in the Discipline

Students will be able to:

  • establish an understanding of the discipline
  • access and use the relevant literature
  • demonsrate communication skills

Learning Goal 2:  Knowledge and Application of Research Methods in the Discipline

 Students will demonstrate:

  • understanding of quantitative and/or qualitative methods, research design, and the related applications
  • selection and application of appropriate quantitative and/or qualitative methods and research design

Learning Goal 3: Ability to Plan and Carry out Original Research

Students will be able to:

  • advance knowledge in the discipline
  • demonstrate academic integrity (proper citation and referencing in academic writing, ethics and privacy)

CAFCE

The Asper Co-operative Education Program is accredited by the Canadian Association of Co-operative Education (CAFCE), the national body for post-secondary education in Canada. CAFCE is comprised of over 75 educational institutions encompassing over 80,000 co-op students nationally.

CAFCE grants accreditation only to co-op programs that demonstrate a commitment to exceptional program delivery, operating procedures that facilitate the co-op learning process, and rigorous evaluation and monitoring.

Accreditation is important to our program, our co-op students and our co-op employers. It ensures we continue to provide students with relevant and meaningful co-op experiences, enhances our program’s profile in the business community, and signals to current and prospective employers that our program meets recognized standards of excellence.

UAP

The Warren Centre for Actuarial Studies and Research is accredited by the Canadian Institute of Actuaries' University Accreditation Program. The University of Manitoba's actuarial program is among the first programs to earn accreditation from the Canadian Institute of Actuaries (CIA). This accreditation provides students with the option to apply to the CIA for exceptions from some of the early actuarial exams. This will make progress toward CIA Fellowship more predictable and will reduce the duplication of students' efforts between the professional exams and their university studies.

CAE

The Warren Centre for Actuarial Studies and Research is also recognized as a Centre of Actuarial Excellence (CAE) by the Society of Actuaries, an honour that recognizes the actuarial program's outstanding curriculum, industry connections, research, faculty and student/graduate achievement. The CAE designation makes University of Manitoba eligible to apply for SOA’s CAE grants for education and research and the newly launched University-Earned Credit (UEC) Program.

 

CPHR

In February 2017, CPHR Manitoba (formerly HRMAM) added the I.H. Asper School of Business Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) program to its Post-Secondary Institution Accreditation Program.

BComm(Hons) graduates with a Human Resources major will be able to waive writing the National Knowledge Exam (NKE), placing them one step closer to receiving their professional designation. The NKE is a required step for many pursuing the Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation, the national industry standard of excellence for those working in human resources.

In order to be eligible for the waiver, graduates of the BComm(Hons) program must have graduated after June 2012 and completed the following courses:

Graduates who request approval for a NKE Waiver application then become CPHR Candidates. Eligibility information can be found on the CPHR Manitoba website, www.cphrmb.ca.

As well, CPHR Manitoba will offer a student rate membership for Asper BComm (Hons) students enrolled in at least three courses per term.

Asper BComm(Hons) graduates who have achieved an overall cumulative average of 70% (or a 3.0 GPA) in the BComm(Hons) degree will be eligible for exemption from the NKE, provided they have taken the six electives and apply to CPHR Manitoba for exemption from the NKE within one year of graduation from their degree.

BComm(Hons) graduates who completed the program prior to its accreditation may become eligible for exemption from the NKE if they:

  • meet the grade requirement
  • complete a required education upgrade through the University of Manitoba
  • graduated from the BComm(Hons) program within five years of the date of the signing of the agreement

For more information, read the full announcement from CPHR.