Many business enterprises in Sri Lanka belong to the small business category. Most of these enterprises are located outside the capital city of Colombo. Employment in the rural sector is also generated by small business ventures. The government has recognized the socio economic significance of the small business sector and has instituted policies to encourage and promote small business activities.

The Commonwealth Executive MBA and MPA are two of the well-established Master's Degree programmes offered by the Department of Management Studies of the OUSL in partnership with the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) in Vancouver, Canada. The programme, which commenced in 2002, will be enrolling its 12th batch of students this year.

The MBA in HRM strives to build capacity of HR professionals enabling them to strategically align people to work towards overall goals of an organization. This MBA programme will motivate HR professionals to build on their industry experience and widen their horizons in conceptual knowledge, innovative techniques applicable in the field, and enhance their skills to perform more effectively in the HR profession.

In our rapidly changing socio-economic environment there is a growing demand for trained personnel in the management of business and other managerial fields. Conceptually equipped, trained managers are increasingly in demand.