Volume 92, Issue 65

Friday, January 22, 1999


USC prez wannabes

Allison faculty walk out

Court date conflicts

Renovations just need final stamp of Board

Teen unemployment worst in 25 years

From boots to suits: new EMBA program offered


Caught on campus

From boots to suits: new EMBA program offered

By Mark Brown
Gazette Staff

In only five years, Royal Roads University has gone from training cadets to training corporate executives with the introduction of a new executive master of business administration program.

The school, located only 10 kilometres from the University of Victoria, is a fairly new university in British Columbia, created in 1996. Before becoming a public institution, the school was known as the Royal Roads Military College and was one of three military colleges in Canada.

The EMBA program, opening later this year, will be a flexible program able to adjust to meet changes in the market, said Jim Bayer, a professor of conflict management and member of a working advisory board for Royal Roads.

The program will offer four separate EMBA programs, including a general MBA along with MBAs focusing on public relations, human resources and information technology, Bayer explained.

Although much of the work in this new program will be done away from the campus, students will still be required to be on campus for three, three-week sessions, Bayer said. "It reflects the fact that businesses are less willing to let people go."

Once the program is established, the university intends to try and integrate various components of other graduate programs into the EMBA program, Bayer said. He added his area of conflict management could be adapted to work with this program.

Currently the school is receiving support from both the provincial and federal governments but hopes to become self-sufficient in 10 years, he added.

Bill Clay, communications officer for the British Columbia's Ministry of Advanced Education, Training and Technology, said no fixed target for the school to become self-sufficient has been set. Still, he added, the school does have some flexibility in setting the initial tuition for new programs.

"When they bring in a new program they can set the bar wherever they like," Clay said. After the tuition fee is set, it then becomes subject to the tuition freeze currently in place in the province, he added.

To become self-sufficient, the school will try to increase its population from 300 to between 1,500 and 2,000, Bayer said. Also, the tuition for the executive MBA program will be $21,000 over two years, he added.

Comparatively, tuition at Western's Ivey School of Business ranges from $58,000 to $62,000, said Marilyn Nash, director of EMBA program services at Western. "It doesn't sound like their programs are in our program range."

Nash added she was aware of the new EMBA program at Royal Roads but was not familiar with what it had to offer.

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