DeGroote School of Business
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Forge your path to success with an MBA at the DeGroote School of Business

An MBA transcends the acquisition of mere credentials. However, just a handful of MBA programmes have the ability to push students to surpass conventional thinking and cultivate a global mindset that opens doors to unimagined possibilities. This is exactly why McMaster University introduced the Full-Time MBA and Full-Time MBA (with Co-op) programmes.

The esteemed DeGroote School of Business, known for producing global leaders, is responsible for delivering these dynamic programmes. Whether you’re in the early stages or the middle of your career, obtaining an MBA can unlock new opportunities, and this school has a remarkable track record of accomplishing just that.

As a world-renowned institution, McMaster University is ranked 33rd in the world and 7th in Canada by the 2023 Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023. Its graduates are highly sought after worldwide due to their exceptional creativity, innovation, and strong collaborative skills. Pair that with DeGroote School of Business’s student-first approach, and you get the perfect recipe for a “magnet” that brings hundreds of applicants from all over the world to the vibrant province of Ontario.

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“DeGroote became my undisputed choice when I read in its vision statement that the school intends to be a global leader in healthcare management,” Isip says. Source: DeGroote School of Business

Jasper Isip, who’s pursuing a Full-Time MBA at DeGroote School of Business, attests to this. “DeGroote goes beyond traditional MBA specialisations,” he says. “Through the Integrating Project and Pitching in for Charity case competitions, I broadened my horizons and took the lead in financial analysis, despite lacking a background in accounting/finance. This experience shows that DeGroote provides the students with the tools and training to excel outside of your expertise.”

It’s a foundation that prepares students to excel in a fast-paced world — 95% of Class of 2022 graduates secured employment within three months of graduation. The best part? These graduates gain an average base salary of $82,464 Canadian dollars. Around 34% of graduates pursued careers in the financial services sector, earning an average salary of CA$82,907 while 17% found their path in consulting, with an average salary of CA$87,722.

Such figures are the result of the programme’s Career and Professional Development (CPD). MBA students benefit from a dedicated team that works closely with them, offering personalised guidance and support to enhance their skills, uncover their potential, and explore various career pathways. Just ask Camilo Peron, a full-time MBA with Co-op student.

“I got internships in world-class companies because I had the right coaching, resume and cover letter preparation, mock interviews, and feedback that I needed during the recruiting processes,” he says. “When I came to DeGroote, I had a lot to be developed, and the CPD team made it possible. They are experienced professionals who prepare themselves to assist us even before we meet. They research the companies we are applying to for internships, so they have the right advice.”

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DeGroote School of Business’s MBA exposes students to real-life scenarios to prepare them for their careers. Source: DeGroote School of Business

DeGroote School of Business “delivers education with a purpose.” More than just a tagline, the school aims to transform business and society by promoting interdisciplinary thinking and evidence-based management. Here, students apply their learning to real-world business scenarios, and gain a profound understanding of how the concepts taught in the classroom will impact the business world tomorrow.

As long as students have an undergraduate degree, they can pursue the full-time and full-time co-op MBA programme at the DeGroote School of Business.

The Full-Time MBA (with Co-op) programme is suited for recent graduates who lack practical work experience but are eager to pursue an MBA and gain industry insights. Through the co-op component, students participate in 12 months of paid work experience distributed over three work terms. By actively networking and exploring career options, students can earn an average salary of CA$44,300.

Noor Alfalah, describes the programme as an ideal combination of academic knowledge and practical experience: “With three co-op terms, the curriculum provides a comprehensive understanding of real-life business challenges and case studies, enabling students to apply their learnings directly during their co-op placements.”

That’s not all. The co-op work terms also contribute to the issuance of a Post Graduate Work Permit that corresponds to the programme’s duration. This permit enables graduates from eligible Canadian designated learning institutions (DLIs) to obtain an open work permit, helping them to gain work experience in the country.

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A co-op differs from an internship as it involves collaboration with the career team to complete and apply for various positions. Source: DeGroote School of Business

By pursuing a Full-Time MBA, students gain the experience and skills needed to stay ahead of current industry demands and prepare for future opportunities. That was the case with Vietnamese graduate Nhat Tan Hoang who hailed the programme for providing a transformative experience as he navigated life in a foreign country.

“Understanding more about myself allows me to identify areas which I am good at and areas which I need to improve. This helps me to stay motivated and maintain the ‘willing to learn’ attitude. Moreover, the MBA helped me sharpen important business skills such as communication, planning, and time management skills. It also made me adapt faster to new environments as well as new company cultures,” he says.

Nicolas Jaramillo Martinez credits the MBA programme, which can be completed in under two years, for opening new doors and intellectually stimulating him through a rigorous curriculum. “The MBA programme exposes you to challenging situations where you learn to make better decisions and determine future leadership,” he says.

Get your MBA at DeGroote School of Business. Click here to learn more about DeGroote’s MBA programmes and to see if you are eligible for a GMAT Waiver.

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