McMaster University- DeGroote School of Business


McMaster University- DeGroote School of Business

Get there with the DeGroote MBA

McMaster University- DeGroote School of Business
With a 50-year history of delivering MBAs and a focus on experiential learning, DeGroote offers 4 MBA programs (MBA; MBA with Co-op; Accelerated MBA; and Blended Learning Part-Time MBA) designed for students of all work-experience levels. Get the education and experience you need to get you to the next stage of your career.
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As part of McMaster University, among the top 1% of universities in the world (as per the 2019 Times Higher Education World University ranking), the DeGroote School of Business is centred on “Education with Purpose.” DeGroote has been first-to-market with MBA programs that address industry and student needs, such as the MBA with Co-op and the Blended Learning Part-Time MBA. The School was also the first program in Canada to offer a Health Services Management specialization. DeGroote’s 8000+ MBA alumni have significantly influenced businesses within Canada and around the world, with several currently employed as senior executives in globally recognized companies. Boasting a 96% post-graduate employment rate and 200+ employer partnerships, come see what makes DeGroote special.

With the School’s focus on collaborative, hands-on learning, DeGroote MBA students have numerous opportunities to build networks with fellow classmates, industry, and the larger community. International exchange, a diverse student population, and award-winning faculty also ensure students leave the program with a global mindset.

DeGroote offers 4 MBA programs that address the needs of students at every stage of their career:

Best suited for the new professional with less than 4 years of work experience, the 28-month, full-time MBA with Co-op program allows students to develop the breadth of their work experience through 4 academic semesters and 3 paid work terms. 

Intended for the savvy, driven professional with 2-7 years of work experience, the 20-month, full-time MBA program allows students the opportunity to reach their goals and return to market more quickly through the customization of 2nd year courses and a paid summer work opportunity. 

Perfect for the North American business graduate with full-time work experience, the Accelerated MBA program allows students the opportunity to advance directly to the 2nd year of MBA studies. It can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis (8 months or 2 years, respectively).

Designed for mid-career professionals with 4-10 years of work experience, the 3-year Blended Learning Part-Time MBA program combines in-class and online courses for an innovative, cohort-based learning experience. The program focuses on leadership and management fundamentals, and helps students reach the next stage of their careers.

Female students: 

44%-54%, depending on program

Age range: 

22-35, depending on program

Average age: 

24-31, depending on the program

Degree background: 

Science – 35%; Business – 21%; Engineering – 20%; Social Sciences – 14%; Humanities – 9%; Other – 1%

International students: 


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We are blessed with a number of successful alumni, so it was actually very hard for us to determine whom we might consider to be our top three. With the rapidity in which technology is influencing our business practices and DeGroote’s focus on digital transformation, we ultimately chose to highlight three alumni who are in different industries but are pursuing careers in technology, innovation, and strategy.

Tanvir Bhangoo (MBA ’14) is currently employed as the Vice-President of Technology at Freshii.  Tanvir is what we call a Mac lifer – he completed his Bachelor of Commerce degree at the university, while winning the national football championship in 2011 with the McMaster Marauders.  He joined the DeGroote MBA program in 2013, and focused on innovation and new technology.  Unsurprisingly, Tanvir was just as involved in extracurricular activities at the graduate level.  While at DeGroote, he was a teaching assistant for two courses, a defensive line coach for the Marauders, and an active participant in case competitions, workshops, and consulting labs.  Post-MBA, Tanvir worked for a year as the Territory Manager of Retail Fuels Operations at ExxonMobil. He also co-found and was Head of Digital Marketing & Operations at Market Master Team. Tanvir joined Restaurant Brands International from October 2015 to January 2019, where he worked his way up from Manager of Marketing Technology and Digital to Director of Tech Projects. 

Kim Dwyer (MBA ’12) is currently employed as the Director of Digital Strategy and Innovation at CIBC.  She began her studies at DeGroote not long after completing her Bachelor degree in Management and Organization Studies at Western University.  Kim joined our MBA with Co-op program, where she focused on information systems and new technology management.  She pursued her three co-op work terms at Prescient Digital Media (as a Web Business Analyst), PwC Canada (as an Associate), and Focus Business Consulting (as a Consultant).  Post-MBA, Kim continued full-time as a Consultant with Focus Business Consulting before joining PwC as an Associate in January 2013.  She enjoyed a progressive career at PwC Canada and was employed as a Senior Manager – Technology Advisory until this month (May 2019), where she transitioned to her current role at CIBC. 

Brandon Watters (MBA ’16) is currently employed as the Director, Strategy and Planning - Enterprise Digital Transformation at Sun Life Financial.  He is also a Mac Lifer, having completed his bachelor’s degree in Engineering before joining the MBA program the following year.  Brandon focused his MBA around financial management and information systems, and was a part of our student consulting lab.  He began his career as a Consultant (Performance Improvement Advisory) at EY before being promoted to Senior Consultant in October 2016.  He then joined TD where he was employed as a Manager, Financial Management – Enterprise Information, and then as a Senior Manager, Data Services – Enterprise Information Management.  Brandon joined Sun Life Financial in October 2018.


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