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The Schulich School of Business offers candidates setting out on a career or moving to strengthen an existing career all the benefits of richly diverse, innovative, real-world management programs. MBA students may also pursue combined degrees in the Arts (MBA/MA, or MBA/MFA) or Law (MBA/JD), or concurrent graduate diplomas in Arts, Media & Entertainment Management; Business & the Environment; Culture, Communication & Leadership in Canadian Business; Financial Engineering; Health Industry Management; Intermediate Accounting; and Nonprofit Management. Students interested in global business are encouraged to consider the International MBA, while experienced managers may apply to the Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA.

Schulich programs teach more than just how to derive correct answers: students first need to ask the right questions and then frame the answer in the right context. All Schulich Business Administration programs combine classroom learning of fundamental and advanced management concepts with real world experience, including a major hands-on project where students work with real clients on real business problems and solutions.

The Schulich School of Business also offers graduate programs in Accounting, Business Analytics, Finance, Management, Management in Artificial Intelligence, Marketing, Real Estate & Infrastructure, and Supply Chain Management, as well as graduate diplomas such as the Post-MBA Advanced Management. Please refer to the relevant program information in this Calendar and visit http://schulich.yorku. ca for more information.

The MBA program offers an integrated approach to general management fundamentals, a balance between qualitative and quantitative skills, and experience in a six-month, strategic consulting project with real clients, problems and solutions. Students complete 33 credits of core courses and 27 credits of electives, selected from more than 20 functional or cross-functional specializations. Students cover management fundamentals in terms one and two and advanced management (including specializations and the strategy project) in terms three and four. Many study options are available, including three campuses, multiple start dates and scheduling choices, plus the ability to switch between full-time and part-time study, as well as opportunities to study abroad. Full-time students typically complete the program in four terms; the average completion time for part-time students is ten terms. A limited amount of advanced standing is available for qualified applicants. Please visit for more information.

The Master of Business Administration can be completed on a full- or part-time basis. Entry is fall or winter term.

The length of time required to complete the MBA depends on a number of factors, including a student’s previous educational and work experience and choice of study options. Full-time students usually complete the program in 20 months (4 active terms with one break term), but can opt to complete in 16 continuous months (no break term).

*This graduate program is not accepting new registrants this year.

The Schulich IMBA is a specialized MBA program designed for students interested in understanding and exploring the global challenges facing firms in an increasingly complex business environment. The program immerses students in global management education and practice from day one and is designed around two interrelated themes: functional business management and the professional development skills necessary to succeed in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

The IMBA is a full-time program for the first year with the option to go part-time in year two. It consists of 42 required credits, including an international work term and an international capstone consulting project, and a minimum of 24 elective credits. Students also pursue a 12-week international work term in the summer semester between first and second year to obtain relevant work experience in an industry sector of interest to them and in a country in which they have not had prior work or life experience. Other unique features of the IMBA program include an integrated curriculum, language development in six supported languages, unique IMBA courses such as the two-semester Integrated Management Experience course and a professional development course, and a smaller cohort that enables IMBA students to take all their first-year courses together. In second year, IMBA students take the same courses as MBA students and have the opportunity to choose from 18 different specializations as well as to take a semester at one of Schulich’s many exchange partners around the globe. Please visit for more information.

The International Master of Business Administration must be completed on a full-time basis in year 1, but can be completed on a full- or part-time basis in year 2. Entry is fall term.

The length of time required to complete the IMBA depends on a student’s choice of study options in year 2. Full-time students usually complete the program in 20 months (5 active terms).

The Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA is an 18-month, general management program leading to a joint Master of Business Administration degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the Schulich School of Business at York University. The program is designed for promising managers with substantial experience who are on executive career paths in their employing organizations.

With its global content, locations, faculty members and students, the Kellogg-Schulich EMBA makes the world one’s classroom. This global EMBA gives students the unique opportunity to learn from and interact with business leaders from around the world. The KelloggSchulich Executive MBA is part of a growing global network of joint Executive MBA programs with Kellogg. Graduates of the Kellogg-Schulich program become part of a global alumni network with Kellogg’s other joint programs with the Guanghua School of Management at Peking University, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Business School, the Tel Aviv University School of Management, and the WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management in Vallendar/Koblenz, Germany.

The curriculum includes 20 core courses and eight elective courses. It provides exposure to all of the key functional areas of business for general managers and emphasizes United States, Canadian and international perspectives on global leadership and strategic management. The program’s faculty members are drawn from the Kellogg School, Schulich’s senior faculty members and Kellogg’s global EMBA partners. Among the program features are speciallydesigned preparatory tutorials to help strengthen quantitative and qualitative skills, diverse study teams, guest speakers, and a global strategy project that combines classroom with experiential learning and includes a trip to an emerging market. A culminating hands-on project focuses on an entrepreneurial venture design presented to Schulich and external experts.

With classes generally held every third weekend, the schedule minimizes time away from work and maximizes in-class and study team learning. The overall format of the Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA is flexible, balanced and designed to accommodate students’ career development and personal goals.

The program begins each year in January and concludes in June of the following year. Please visit for more information.

*This graduate program is not accepting new registrants this year

The Schulich School of Business offers an Executive MBA program at the GMR/Schulich India campus in Hyderabad, and awarded by York University.

The program is geared towards educating managers in core and advanced management topics. The program runs in Schulich’s Hyderabad campus but includes courses in Toronto and other international locations. It facilitates the busy work lives of practicing managers by offering courses over extended weekend sessions. Students engage in peer learning, international immersion and a capstone applied management project. Please visit https://schulich. for more information.

The Schulich School of Business and the Faculty of Graduate Studies’ Fine Arts programs offer a three-year, full-time, combined program leading to a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) or Master of Arts (MA) degree for students interested in the arts and cultural sector. York University has distinguished itself in many ways but among its central achievements are the excellence of its School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design, and that of the Schulich School of Business. These Faculties have created a combined MBA/MFA degree in the programs in Visual Arts, Film, and Dance and a combined MBA/MA degree program in Art History, Dance, Music, Film/Cinema & Media Studies and Theatre & Performance Studies at York University. The combined degree offers students a unique opportunity for study. Graduates of this highly challenging program follow career paths in which knowledge of the arts and of management and business are required. The MBA and MFA/MA programs complement each other in focus and offer excellent preparation for those interested in management careers in the arts and entertainment sectors.

For acceptance into this combined graduate program, students need to meet the application requirements for both the MBA and the MFA or MA as outlined by the University. Students must apply to each program separately. Students may apply for admission to the combined program during the first year of study in either the MBA program or MFA or MA program.

The program has been designed so that students are normally able to complete the program of study over a three-year period. Students are encouraged to complete their first year of core requirements in the MFA/MA program, the MBA core requirements in the second year and electives in both programs in year 3. Students are encouraged to complete an optional internship between years two and three. This internship is required for students who choose to pursue the Graduate Diploma in Arts, Media & Entertainment Management (please see below for further information). Students may also reverse years one and two. Please visit http://schulich. for detailed information.

The Master of Business Administration/Master of Fine Arts/Master of Arts must be completed on a full-time basis. Entry is fall term.

Students who enrol in the combined program should be able to complete it over a three year period, from date of entry.

The Joint Master of Business Administration/Juris Doctor (MBA/JD) Program offered by the Schulich School of Business together with Osgoode Hall Law School features a unique combination of courses that prepares students for the demands of leading edge careers in business, law and a variety of fields in which the two disciplines intersect.

The full-time joint degree gives students the added value of completing studies in just four years, one year less than if both degrees are undertaken separately. Students may also complete the program in three years by starting in the summer term (May). This option condenses years one and two to 16 months through year-round study. Admission is required by both Schulich and Osgoode Hall Law School.

Graduates from these highly challenging programs follow career paths in which business and law overlap. Students normally specialize in some business/law combination such as environmental law/business management; economic regulation; finance; international business; corporate / commercial law; corporate tax; labour law/labour relations; public administration; and real estate and infrastructure. Regardless of their proposed career path, students should always ensure sufficient breadth in their legal studies to prepare for the lawyer licensing and the demands of a legal career. This program offers full-time study only.

The Joint Master of Business Administration/Juris Doctor must be completed on a full-time basis. Entry is fall term.

The length of time required to complete the MBA/JD is 48 months (the three-year option is not accepting new registrants). Please visit and for more information.

This 16-month (4-term) full-time program includes guaranteed workplace internships, direct exposure to industry leaders in Toronto’s thriving tech scene, and career support. Students tackle current technology challenges through case studies, simulations, guest lectures, and a capstone integrated field study project. The Tech MBA Advisory Council guides the curriculum’s continuous innovation, reflecting market challenges and opportunities.

Schulich and OneEleven have partnered to create a joint “Venture Studio” as part of the Schulich Tech MBA program. The Venture Studio will take place in Term 3 of the program.

The minimum admission requirements are as follows:

  • An undergraduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution with a minimum B average in the last two full years (or equivalent) of academic work. Three-year cycle undergraduate degrees from institutions that meet the criteria set forth in the Bologna Declaration may be acceptable as the equivalent of an undergraduate honours degree.
  • 2 to 5 years of work experience in technology firms and/or in technology-enabled roles in non-technology firms is required.
  • Alternate admissions requirement: Graduates with other 3-year degrees may be admitted as well. All graduates with 3-year degrees must possess at least three years of post-graduation work experience in a sector relevant to the program.
  • Proof of English language proficiency if prior studies were not completed in English:o TOEFL(iBT): 100 with minimum component scores of 23 or IELTS: 7.0 overall with minimum component scores of 6.5.
  • A supplementary application form that shows strong evidence of leadership ability.
  • Two letters of recommendation. It is recommended that one of these is from a professor.
  • A panel interview with Student Services, Career Services, and the Program Director.

The Tech MBA curriculum includes 37.5 credits of core courses designed to equip students with a common set of capabilities necessary for effective management in the tech sectors.

In addition to foundational core courses, students have the opportunity to complete 6.0 credits of electives, allowing for deeper exploration in a particular area of interest.

In term 3, students participate in a Venture Studio project where they learn leading product design, management strategies and frameworks for high-growth potential technology firms. Students explore how those strategies and frameworks connect directly to the investments placed by Venture Investors seeking to scale tech firms.

Term 4 includes a mandatory graduate placement. Through the placement experience, students build upon, practice and reflect on key learnings and build relevant experience for their career post-graduation. A minimum of 12-weeks, full-time work is required to complete this graduate placement.

Students are eligible for graduation upon their successful completion of 49.5 credits.

Required Courses

Term 1 Fall
Sustainability 5100 3.0:  Ethics and Technology
Operations Management & Information Systems 5100 3.0:  Emerging Technologies and the Changing Landscape of Business
Economics 5110 3.0: Digital Economics 
Marketing 5100 3.0:  Unlocking Value for Customers Through Technology and Digital Transformation
Management 5190 1.5:  Professional Development Hive – Part 1
Management 5110 1.5:  Technology Firms and the Global Environment

Term 2 Winter
Accounting 5201 3.0:  Financial Reporting and Control in Technology Firms
Finance 5201 3.0:  Finance in the Digital Age
Operations Management & Information Systems 5201 3.0:  Digitizing Supply Chain Operations
Organization Studies 5201 3.0:  Leading and Managing Digital Transformations
Management 5290 1.5:  Professional Development Hive – Part 2

Term 3 Summer
Business Analytics 6200 3.0:  Realizing Value from AI and Analytics in Organizations
Schulich Elective 2 (hyflex)
Management 6110 6.0:  Venture Studio:  The Acceleration Mission (Integrated Field Study) [Startup Studio/ Product Studio]Term 3 Fall
Strategic Management 6010 3.0:  Strategic Management in the Digital Era (hyflex)
Management 5300 6.0:  Mandatory Experiential Learning

The 12-month Master of Health Industry Administration (MHIA) is a highly specialized 34.5-credit full-time program designed to provide the in-depth knowledge and skills necessary to navigate and manage in a highly complex and competitive field that encompasses business, government, and not-for-profit organizations.

The Canadian healthcare system, along with others around the world, requires major transformational changes to adapt to limited financial resources, an aging population, and the emergence and adoption of new delivery models and technologies, including artificial intelligence, business analytics, and virtual care.

The MHIA combines Schulich’s strengths of leading-edge management education with our specialized expertise in the field of healthcare administration. Building on Schulich’s existing Health Industry Management specialization and graduate diploma, along with a diverse alumni pool and wide range of sector partners, this highly applied professional program integrates leadership development with a focus on strategic thinking, systems design, healthcare quality, and value-creation.

Admission Requirements
The general admission requirements for the MHIA are listed below. Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission, as space in each program is limited. A holistic approach is taken during the application review process and all components of the application are thoroughly reviewed.

  1. An undergraduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution, with a minimum B+ average in the last two full years (or equivalent) of academic work.
  2. Work Experience is not required, but considered for admission.
    • One year of full-time, post-graduate work experience is required for applicants holding 3-year degrees.
  3. Completion of the online application which requires:
    1. Essays (2 written, 1 timed written, 2 video)
    2. An up-to-date resume
    3. Two references (at least one academic reference is recommended)
    4. Unofficial copies of transcripts from all previously attended post-secondary institutions**Official copies of transcripts will be required if an applicant receives an offer to the program.
      Applicants are NOT required to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). 
  4. Proof of English language proficiency if studies were not completed in English.

Degree Requirements
The MHIA program is comprised of 34.5 credits of core courses.

Students are eligible for graduation upon their successful completion of 34.50 credits.

Term 1 Fall
Health Industry Administration 5000 1.5:  Fall Workshop:  Overview of Canadian Healthcare Industry
Health Industry Administration 5130 1.5: Preventative Healthcare
Accounting 5200 3.0:  Financial Decisions for Managers
Marketing 5201 3.0:  Marketing Management for Healthcare 
Management 5210 3.0:  Design And Management Of Organizational Processes

Term 2 Winter
Health Industry Administration 5500 1.5:  Winter Workshop: Leadership And Strategy in Canadian Healthcare
Health Industry Administration 5140 1.5:  Digital Health
Operations Management & Information Systems 5150 1.5:  Analytics And Modelling For Healthcare 
Health Industry Administration 6120 3.0:  Leadership & Healthcare Strategy
Health Industry Management 6150 3.0:  Economics Of Healthcare
Health Industry Administration 6160 1.5:  Quality And Value In Healthcare

Term 3 Summer
Health Industry Administration 6000 1.5:  Summer Workshop: Healthcare Systems and Public Policy
Health Industry Administration 6170 1.5:  Performance Indicators in Healthcare 
Health Industry Management 6180 3.0:  Entrepreneurship And Innovation in Healthcare
Health Industry Administration 6200 1.5:  Public Policy for Healthcare
Health Industry Administration 6100 3.0:  Strategy Consulting Study in Healthcare    

In addition to specializing, students may pursue a concurrent Graduate Diploma in the following areas: Arts, Media & Entertainment Management; Business & the Environment; Culture, Communication & Leadership in Canadian Business; Financial Engineering; Health Industry Management; or Nonprofit Management. Graduate diplomas are available in addition to a degree, and must be completed within a term following the MBA or IMBA. Besides specializing and completing their strategy field study in the appropriate field as approved by the specialization director, students also engage in an internship or research project to deepen their knowledge. To obtain a graduate diploma, Schulich graduate students must satisfy both the graduate diploma requirements and degree requirements.

The Schulich School of Business offers three stand-alone graduate diplomas: the Post-MBA Diploma in Advanced Management, the Graduate Diploma in Intermediate Accounting and the Graduate Diploma in Financial Engineering. Please consult the relevant sections and for further information about the stand-alone diplomas.

This designation is available to graduates of the MBA program who have completed the specialization in Arts, Media & Entertainment, a Management 6100 3.0: Strategy Field Study examining an organization in the Arts or Media sector, and satisfied an approved internship/placement. The diploma must be completed within one term of completing graduate program degree requirements.

The Graduate Diploma in Business & The Environment is offered jointly by the Schulich School of Business (SSB) and the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change (EUC). The Diploma offers graduates of both the respective MBA and MES programs the skills and tools needed to advance sustainability transitions in business in response to the climate and other environmental crises. This graduate diploma provides the perspectives, understanding, and recognition for York master’s graduates to become leaders in business and the environment. Students in the MBA and MES programs are eligible to receive this designation in conjunction with the completion of either graduate degree. The course requirements for the graduate diploma are the completion of 12 credits in designated required and elective courses from SSB and EUC (minimum 3 credits from SSB and 3 credits from EUC, with a maximum 6 credits from SSB for EUC students). MBA students are also required to incorporate an environmental or sustainability component into their Management 6100 3.0: Strategy Field Study, while students in the MES program are required (in the MES III stage of their program) to undertake their major paper, major project, or thesis with a strong business and environment focus. In addition to the course requirements, students must complete an internship or placement of at least 12 weeks in an organization or agency with a focus on business and the environment. The diploma must be completed within one term of completing graduate program degree requirement.

Diploma requirements:

• At least 3 credits from:

Sustainability 6250 3.0: Integrating Sustainability Functions
Sustainability 6350 3.0: Orchestrating Sustainability Initiatives; or,

Sustainability 6450 3.0 Sustainability Reporting and Disclosure.

• At least 3 credits from:
Environmental Studies 5115 3.0 Ecological Economics;
Environmental Studies 6186 3.0 Environmental Assessment; or,
Environmental Studies 6119 3.0 Environmental Resource Management

• An additional 6 credits from the above list or from an approved list of electives.

NOTE: Environmental & Urban Change students should take no more than 6 credits of Schulich School of Business courses.

The Schulich Graduate Diploma in Culture, Communication & Leadership in Canadian Business provides students with an opportunity for an in-depth appreciation of cultural differences, business practices, skills and knowledge of conventions and vocabulary to effectively interact with and contribute to the organizations they will be engaged with post-graduation. This outcome is achieved with a professional development course, a selection of courses focused on communication, culture and leadership, and a placement.

The Graduate Diploma in Culture, Communication & Leadership in Canadian Business must be completed on a full-time basis. Entry is fall term.

Of interest to students with strong quantitative backgrounds in economics, mathematics, statistics, engineering or computing, financial engineering is a Schulich specialization which offers a graduate diploma in conjunction with the MBA degree. Students are required to complete 21 credit-hours of required core Diploma courses consisting of three credit-hours of courses taken in the first year of the MBA, and either an internship/placement in a financial institution or an additional research paper. The diploma must be completed within one term of completing graduate program degree requirements. Also see the Graduate Program in Mathematics & Statistics section of this Calendar.

The Graduate Diploma in Financial Engineering is also offered as a stand-alone graduate diploma, for students not registered in a graduate program, requiring five masters-level courses offered by the Schulich School of Business and the Graduate Program of Mathematics & Statistics. This graduate diploma is of particular interest to students with strong quantitative backgrounds in economics, mathematics, statistics, engineering science or computing who are looking to accelerate their career in financial management. Financial engineering students gain the theoretical knowledge and specialized skills necessary to develop new financial instruments and to understand the role of financial instruments in risk management.

The stand-alone Graduate Diploma in Financial Engineering must be completed on a part-time basis. Entry is Fall term. Further information about the graduate diploma is available at

Students may graduate with an MBA and a Graduate Diploma in Health Industry Management. The graduate diploma focuses on healthcare management in all subsectors of the healthcare industry including medical devices, biotech, pharmas, hospitals, long-term care facilities as well as healthcare consulting and healthcare insurance. To obtain the diploma, students specialize in health industry management and complete an internship or placement. The diploma must be completed within one term of completing graduate program degree requirements.

The Graduate Diploma in Intermediate Accounting develops students’ academic and intellectual abilities in the core competency areas that constitute the field of accountancy. This includes courses that are fundamental to accounting as well as basic and intermediate courses in accounting. This graduate diploma is suitable for graduates of non-business programs and graduates of business programs not accredited by the CPA. The curriculum is academically rigorous and comprises 30 credits over two terms.

After completing the program, graduates will have acquired in-depth learning of all of the field’s competency areas and will have acquired expertise in basic and intermediate accounting, covering the Core 1 and Core 2 of the CPA qualification path. Graduates may proceed to complete their education necessary for professional certification by pursuing Schulich’s Master of Accounting (advanced standing will be provided to successful graduates) or enter the CPA’s professional certification stream.

The Graduate Diploma in Intermediate Accounting must be completed on a full-time basis. Entry is summer term.

Please refer to the Graduate Program in Accounting section in the Calendar and visit for more information.

Students may graduate with an MBA and Graduate Diploma in Nonprofit Management upon completion of the following requirements: 12 credits of courses as required by the specialization, a Management 6100 3.0: Strategy Field Study conducted on a non-profit organization, and an internship or placement consisting of a minimum of 12 weeks in an organization in the non-profit sector. The diploma must be completed within one term of completing graduate program degree requirements.

The relentless and radical change associated with the business environment means that those holding MBA degrees must constantly upgrade their management knowledge and skills in areas such as inventory management, the management of workplace diversity, information systems, global operations and women in management. In recognition of this need, Schulich has developed a program that is unique in North America, the Post-MBA Diploma in Advanced Management. While other schools have chosen to mount brief ‘refresher programs,’ Schulich has opted instead to support more in-depth study through full-term (12 week) MBA elective courses. Open to individuals who hold an MBA degree from a recognized business school, the diploma re-immerses the MBA graduate into the mainstream of Year 2 of the Schulich MBA program.

The Post-MBA Diploma in Advanced Management can be completed on a full- or part-time basis. Entry is fall or winter term.

The length of time required to complete the diploma will depend on a student’s choice of study options. Full-time students usually complete the program in 4 months (1 active term).

Further details are available from the Schulich School of Business Graduate Handbook. To obtain a prospectus and an application form, please visit