McMaster University - DeGroote School of Business

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McMaster University - DeGroote School of Business

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McMaster University - DeGroote School of Business

Ron Joyce Centre | Burlington, ON

McMaster University - DeGroote School of Business
The DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University is an AACSB-accredited university located in Hamilton, Ontario. Our MBA programs operate out of the Ron Joyce Centre in Burlington, Ontario. We are proud to be part of one of the Top 80 Universities globally (Times Higher Education 2022 World University Rankings). Located less than an hour from Toronto, the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) is home to a growing economy and one of the Top 10 Places to do Business in Canada (Invest in Hamilton). At DeGroote, we’re not just looking for strong business candidates. We want students from all backgrounds who are ready to make a difference in the world. Find your best fit among our 4 MBA program options including MBA with Co-op, Full-Time MBA, Blended-Learning Part-Time, and Accelerated MBA. A DeGroote MBA brings you closer to realizing a dream, and we want to help you get there.
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Education with Purpose


Purpose is not a subject we teach. It lives in our students, professors and alumni. Purpose is how we do business. And how we do business transforms the world. At DeGroote, we take a student-first approach that ensures we meet your needs. We’re not just looking for strong business candidates. We want students from all backgrounds who are ready to make a difference in the world. We want to talk to the engineer who has great sustainability ideas but needs help on the commercialization side. We want to learn more about the political science major who is working in government but wants to explore consulting. We want to talk to the budding healthcare professional with a passion for microfinance loans in developing countries. Regardless of your background, be it science, health, history, or economics, every DeGroote MBA student has potential waiting to be unlocked.

We give you an opportunity to explore your interests, while connecting with faculty, staff, alumni and your diverse classmates. Over the course of your MBA you will develop your network and upon graduation you will leave with the skills and knowledge we know our employers are looking for. Your classroom experience is enriched through conversations and perspectives gleaned from your colleagues’ work experience, academic and cultural background. At DeGroote, we attract talent from across the globe which enriches the overall student and classroom experience.

Working with our dedicated Career and Professional Development team, you will be provided the skills, tools and resources necessary so you can find success after graduating with your MBA from DeGroote. You will expand your network; and we will work together to ensure your goals are met. Whether you will be looking for a summer internship, a co-op work term, or employment after graduation, we want to ensure your MBA experience is a meaningful one.

 

Find your best fit among our 4 MBA program options including MBA with Co-op, Full-Time MBA, Blended-Learning Part-Time, and Accelerated MBA. Connecting with classmates, instructors, staff and alumni, we get to know you, what you want to do and what barriers we can remove together. At DeGroote, we get there together.

 

Learn more about DeGroote by attending one of our upcoming events or ask our admissions team a question.

Seamlessly integrating the classroom and real-world experiences, the DeGroote MBA addresses industry needs and opportunities. With a focus on hands-on learning in a supportive and inclusive environment, you will develop your network and upon graduation you will leave with the skills and knowledge we know our employers are looking for.

Full-Time DeGroote MBA

An opportunity to unlock your future potential with a full-time program that takes less than two years to complete. Students may apply for optional paid internships in the summer between levels one and two. This program is the perfect fit for those wishing to accelerate their career goals.

Length of study: 20 months
Start date: September 2022
Work experience: Best fit for anyone with less than seven years of work experience.

Full-Time DeGroote MBA (with Co-op)

Interested in an MBA but lack the industry experience and network? Integrating classroom education with three full-time paid work terms, this program is ideal for newer grads wanting to build business acumen and launch their careers. 96% of paid work terms for DeGroote students are secured through DeGroote’s Career and Professional Development team.

Length of study: 28 months
Start date: September 2022
Work experience: Best fit for anyone with less than four years of work experience.

Accelerated DeGroote MBA

Are you a business graduate from a Canadian university? The accelerated program allows you to complete your MBA and enter the workforce in as little as eight months. 

Length of study: 8 months to two years
Start date: September 2022
Work experience: Best fit for anyone with an undergraduate degree in business with a minimum one year of work experience.

Blended Learning Part-Time MBA

Our newest MBA offering, it is the perfect program for the working professional. The experience includes a combination of an in-class and online curriculum offers and is our most convenient option to complete an MBA.

Length of study: 36 months
Start date: September 2022
Work experience: Best fit for anyone with four to eight years of work experience.

 

CLASS PROFILE

Average age: 24-27, depending on program
Average work experience: 2-4 years, depending on program
Average percentage of women students: 48%
Percentage of international students: 28%


From scholarships, bursaries, and admissions awards to paid work opportunities, there are a number of ways to cover the costs of your MBA. Learn more about tuition and financial aid.

Please visit https://mbarecruit.degroote.mcmaster.ca/admissions/ for up-to-date admission requirements and application deadlines. 

Please visit https://mbarecruit.degroote.mcmaster.ca/finances/ for estimated tuition fees. 

What is it like to be a part of the DeGroote MBA family? Our students and alumni represent a range of backgrounds and interests. They experience DeGroote in their own way, yet create a cohesive community.

You are welcome to connect directly with our MBA ambassadors via LinkedIn or email (if applicable). 

Vivian Sadeh, MBA '22 Candidate
Location: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Program: Full-time MBA
Prior education: University of Ottawa (Philosophy and Criminology)
Why DeGroote? I can sum it up in one word: community. Everyone in the program is there to support you reach your goals. 
Why an MBA? To me, an MBA is far more than a degree; it’s about building leadership and interpersonal skills. As someone who didn’t have a previous business education, I knew getting my MBA would help me grow and learn the skills needed to enhance my career.
What surprised you about DeGroote? The level of support I received from my classmates, faculty, and administration. The program is challenging and you will face hardships; however, you will never go through them alone. Everyone is welcoming, supportive and truly wants you to succeed.
What piece of advice would you give to anyone considering doing their MBA at DeGroote? Make yourself known – get to know your classmates personally, be engaged in the classroom, get involved in different clubs and activities, and most importantly, HAVE FUN!

Sean Richardson, MBA '20
Location:
 Nepean, Ontario, Canada
Program: Full-time MBA with Co-op
Prior education: Wilfrid Laurier University (Health Sciences)
Post MBA position: Consultant, Digital Care, Deloitte
Why did you choose DeGroote to pursue your MBA? I chose DeGroote because I wanted to use my foundational skills from my undergraduate Health Sciences degree as a platform to build business competencies through a program that offered experimental learning in the classroom and co-op opportunities. I also wanted to participate in a collaborative and inclusive student community where we could support one another throughout the program and our careers.
How did your experience at DeGroote prepare you for your current career? DeGroote helped me in my career by providing me with resources to accelerate the development of my professional competencies, integrating me in a strong and connected alumni network, and supporting my personal and professional growth.

Amy Gorth, MBA '18
Location:
 London, Ontario, Canada
Program: Full-time MBA with Co-op
Prior education: Western University (Biology)
Post MBA position: Process Improvement Coordinator, Bluewater Health
Why did you choose DeGroote to pursue your MBA? Choosing the Co-op MBA Program at DeGroote was a clear choice; it was the only program I applied to. As a recent graduate with little professional work experience, the co-op opportunities would essential to my career development. Additionally, the positive student experience, as described by friends I had in the program at the time, was a top selling feature. My friends recounted how DeGroote offers a challenging, yet rewarding, program in a supportive and collaborative learning environment. Several years later as an alumnus, I am happy to report that this was indeed my experience.
What is your biggest takeaway from the MBA program? My biggest takeaway from the MBA program is an extensive network of professional and personal connections. DeGroote gives you countless opportunities to meet and learn from alumni and industry professionals, but more important are the connections and relationships I developed with my peers. Some of my closest friends are now individuals I met in the program. I am proud to be a DeGroote alumni and a part of their impressive legacy.

Osman Khawaja, MBA '16
Location:
 Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Program: Accelerated MBA
Prior education: Ryerson University (Commerce)
Post MBA position: Senior Asset Management/Supply Chain Analyst, Johnson & Johnson
Why DeGroote? I chose DeGroote over other MBA programs was because of the Accelerated program offering. At the time, there wasn’t any comparable program that allowed me to finish my graduate studies in a condensed fashion—the Accelerated program was everything I was looking for and allowed me to hit the ground running as soon as I graduated.
What is your biggest takeaway from the MBA program? My biggest takeaway is that learning is never-ending and constant. Whenever I thought about successful people I would think that they’re successful because they’ve been doing essentially the same thing for so long. Therefore, that can be my silver bullet. However, the real success is because of constantly learning and broadening your skill-set. Before the MBA program, I was resistant to change. After completing my MBA, I look forward to embracing change! I enjoy the challenges that require novel solutions because that’s what my DeGroote MBA prepared me for.

Julie Poirier, MBA '21
Location:
 Grande-Digue, New Brunswick, Canada
Program: Full-time MBA with Co-op
Prior education: Acadia University (Economics)
Post MBA position: Business Analyst, Whirlpool Corporation
Why DeGroote? The co-op program! Although I had work experience, I didn’t feel like I had gained the necessary skills to advance in my career. I also wanted to have a career in supply chain but I did not have any experience in the field.
Why an MBA? After graduating, I worked several years in the banking and insurance industry. I wasn’t passionate about my work. After researching and networking, I discovered that supply chain would be a great fit for myself, so I decided to change career. I needed extra skills and an MBA offered exactly what I was seeking.
What piece of advice would you give to anyone considering doing their MBA at DeGroote? When applying for co-ops, apply to different fields! You never know what could peak your interest during an interview. All experiences earned during the co-ops is never lost.

Kwasi Oti-Awere, MBA '21
Location: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Program: Full-time MBA with Co-op
Prior education: University of Toronto (Economics)
Post MBA position: Management Consultant, EY
Why DeGroote? I chose DeGroote for the reputation of it’s co-op program, along with the academic reputation.
Why an MBA? I chose to do an MBA primarily to add specific business skills to my toolkit. In my previous role, I felt that there were some gaps in my understanding of certain business functions, and I knew an MBA would be the best option to fill those gaps.
What surprised you about DeGroote? The biggest surprise about DeGroote has been the collaborative atmosphere. Everyone is willing to extend a helping hand, whether it be preparing for an interview or studying for that big exam. It has been extremely refreshing to be part of such an environment.

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