Sauder School of Business

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Sauder School of Business
Sauder home logo.png
Motto Opening Worlds
Established 1956
Type Public
Endowment $1.16 billion (parent)
Dean Robert Helsley
Academic staff
Over 200 staff and faculty
Undergraduates 3,227
Postgraduates 110 MBA (full-time), 50 MBA (part-time), 86 International MBA, 34 EMBA, 60 MM, 86 MSc/PhD
Location Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Campus Urban, 402 ha (993 acres)
Colours      Green      Blue
Affiliations University of British Columbia, Vancouver

The Sauder School of Business is a faculty at the University of British Columbia. The school is located in Vancouver on UBC’s Point Grey campus and has a secondary teaching facility at UBC Robson Square downtown.

Sauder is accredited by both AACSB and EQUIS.[1][2]

The Dean of Sauder is Robert Helsley.[3]


First established in 1956, the UBC Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration was renamed Sauder School of Business in 2003, as a result of a donation of a $20 million endowment by Dr. William Sauder.[4] As a result of a donation from Vancouver business philanthropist Robert H. Lee to support graduate-level education, the Robert H. Lee Graduate School was established at Sauder opened in 2006.

As of 2012, the Sauder School of Business completed a major renovation to its Henry Angus Building on the UBC campus, adding 55,000 square feet to the original 216,000 square-foot building.[5][6][7] Designed by Acton Ostry Architects, the renovation added the Cannacord Learning Commons, Wayne Dean Investment Analysis Centre, and the Bruce Birmingham Undergraduate Centre along with new classrooms and a conference center.[7][8][9][10]


The Sauder School of Business offers the following programs:

Graduate Programs (Robert H. Lee Graduate School)[edit]

Masters of Business Administration (MBA)[edit]

The full-time MBA has one of North America's most culturally diverse student bodies, with 55-60% of students coming from outside Canada. In 2009, students came from 35 countries, speaking 42 languages. Sauder MBA applicants typically have an undergraduate degree and several years of work experience.[11]

Sauder's MBA program offers specialized career tracks combined with practical experience. The program focuses on experimental learning and global immersion.[12]


Sauder is consistently ranked among the top 100 business schools by organizations such as the Financial Times and The Economist.[13][14] The MBA program was indexed as the 18th best in North America in the 2011 QS Global 200 Business Schools Report.[15] In 2013, the Financial Times ranked the Sauder School 57th globally, up 25 places from the school's 2012 ranking; ranked third among Canadian business schools, Sauder was also recognized in the “international mobility” (27th), “international course experience” (29th) and “career progress” (56th) categories.[16][17][18] The UBC MBA program has also been recognized in the Corporate Knights 2013 Global Green MBA Survey as 14th in the world for its efforts to integrate sustainability into business education[19] and was listed by Forbes in its 2013 top global business schools report.[20]

Undergraduate Program: Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)[edit]

Sauder's Bachelor of Commerce offers ten different career tracks to provide students the ability to specialize and customize their degrees. These career paths are: Accounting, Marketing, Real Estate, Finance, International Business, Transportation & Logistics, Organizational Behaviour & Human Resources, General Business Management, Business Technology Management, and Business & Computer Science. Students can further choose within their career tracks to focus on entrepreneurship, e-commerce, or sustainability.[21]


The minimum required grade point average is 84%; the entering class of 2017 had a mean GPA of 92%.[22] In 2014, the acceptance rate was approximately 13%. [23]

Post-Baccalaureate Programs[edit]

  • Diploma in Accounting (DAP)
  • Diploma in Marketing & Sales Management

Non-Degree Programs[edit]

Executive Education[edit]

Sauder offers Executive Education offers more than 100 seminars that cater to individual needs as well as offers custom programs for organizations, which include executive training programs in Asia and Europe.[24] It has a number of partnerships such as with the Project Management Institute, Edumine[25] and the FRED Scholars (SM) Program.[26] Sauder's Executive Education has been ranked 51st in the world in 2013 by the Financial Times.[27]

Real Estate Division[edit]

The Real Estate Division at Sauder is a full service supplier of online and classroom education services: licensing and mortgage brokerage courses and examinations as well as credit and professional development courses. Sauder offers real estate licensing services on behalf of regulatory bodies in British Columbia like BCREA, PAMA[disambiguation needed], RECBC, and AIC among others.[28]

All courses are available by distance education and assistance is given to students via webinars, online resources, and email and telephone tutoring.[29]

The Real Estate Division also has a publishing arm, providing print and online publications like real estate textbooks, workbooks, case studies, on-line lectures and custom produced course materials.[30][31]

Other Non-Degree Programs[edit]

  • Ch'nook Indigenous Business Programs
  • Business Families Centre Programs for Families & Advisors


Sauder consistently ranks in the top 30 - among non-U.S. business schools worldwide - for business research by the Social Science Research Network (SSRN).[32][33] The SSRN, a leading repository of business and management research papers, ranks Sauder 16th in Canada out of 771 international business schools, not including U.S. schools, for research downloads of all time.

Research Centres[edit]

The school is host to 15 specialized research centres.[34]

Notable alumni[edit]


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  36. ^ Building the World’s First Mobile Rewards Network: Brian Wong, 20-Year-Old Founder of Kiip. Sramana Mitra. April 5, 2012.
  37. ^ Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010 (2010-08-03). "True Ventures Invests In 19 Year Old Entrepreneur Brian Wong". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2012-12-10. 
  38. ^ Elizabeth Woyke (2011-12-19). "Brian Wong, CEO, Kiip, 20 - Elizabeth Woyke Mobilized". Forbes. Retrieved 2012-12-10. 
  39. ^ "Brian Wong, BCom 2009, takes Silicon Valley by storm | Sauder School of Business at UBC, Vancouver, Canada". Retrieved 2012-12-10. 
  40. ^ "Jacki Zehner, Investor & Philanthropist: Fight for Your Place in a Man's World & Use It To Create Space for Others | The Next Women - Business Magazine". The Next Women. 2011-11-16. Retrieved 2012-12-10. 
  41. ^ "Jacki Zehner". Retrieved 2012-12-10. 

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