DeGroote School of Business

DeGroote School of Business OverviewWhy Business at McMasterBusiness Admission DetailsBusiness First Year CoursesBusiness Options Beyond First YearTypical Business TimetableBusiness Internships and Co-OpsCareers Beyond the Business ProgramProfiles and Alumni of BusinessBusiness Program StatisticsBusiness FacilitiesBusiness Web Links

  • Overview

    The DeGroote School of Business provides a full range of business education opportunities – Honours Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Commerce, MBA and Ph.D programs, executive development and international exchanges.

    Professionals worldwide view DeGroote as a centre for academic excellence, innovation and recruitment of graduates. The School also has established links with educational institutions around the world.

    The goal of our programs is to provide students with the opportunity to obtain a broadly-based education to prepare for a rapidly changing, globally competitive business environment that will be encountered upon graduation.

    Why Business at McMaster?

    AACSB LogoAACSB Accredited
    AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) International accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools. Less than 15 percent of business schools worldwide have earned AACSB Accreditation – the hallmark of excellence in management education.

    Commerce Internship Program

    The Commerce Internship Program offers 12-16 months of paid work experience with an average salary of $39,804. Students have the opportunity to work with top employers. This allows Commerce students to apply classroom knowledge and gain important career skills. 

    Professional Designations
    Educational requirements toward a variety of professional designations can be met in varying degrees within the Honours Bachelor of Commerce Program, including:

    • Certified Professional Accountant (CPA)
    • Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP)
  • Admission Details

    Admission AVERAGE & Requirements

    OUAC Application Code: MB

    Annual Enrolment: 630


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  • First Year Courses

    Total: 30 units
    Required: 18-24 units

    6-12 units (to bring total to 30 units)
    See the International/Cross-Cultural/Language Menu in the Undergraduate Calendar.

    Note: The value of a particular course is indicated by the last digit of the course code (e.g. 1A03 = 3 units).

  • Careers or Options Beyond This Program

    • account representative
    • advertising associate
    • brand management consultant
    • communications coordinator
    • entrepreneur
    • financial analyst
    • human resources associate
    • marketing analyst / specialist
    • operations analyst
    • portfolio manager
    • product manager
    • project specialist / coordinator
    • staff accountant
    • stock / bond trader
    • strategic planner
    • systems analyst


Beyond First Year

  • Accounting: a balanced and integrated view of all areas of accounting including management and cost accounting as well as auditing, taxation and the preparation and analysis of financial statements.

    Finance: covers both the theory and practice of business finance. You will be exposed to various financial instruments and institutions, various types of options and futures, money market instruments, international currency, corporate valuation and over-the-counter securities.

    Human Resource Management: provides opportunities for intensive study of the fundamental and current issues in human capital management and labour relations. You will acquire specific skills in personnel recruitment, selection and training, compensation administration, collective bargaining, dispute settlement, and organizational development.

  • Information Systems: the knowledge and expertise needed to acquire, design, develop and manage information systems, services and technology. You will acquire analytical techniques that will be vital to the success of knowledge-based organizations.

    Marketing: a thorough understanding of the current theory and practices of business and consumer marketing. You will be exposed to pricing, advertising, distribution, promotion, sales, business development, consumer behaviour, new product development and much more.

    Operations Management: You will acquire skills on how to manage and design service and manufacturing operations. Focusing on operations management provides you with training in subjects such as supply chain management, quality management, transportation and purchasing. Selected operations courses would also make it easy for you to obtain SAP certifications and the Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) designation.

  • Facilities

    Allen H. Gould Trading Floor
    One of the first such facilities in North America, and one of only 30 in the world, the Allen H. Gould Trading Floor is a state-of-the-art educational tool that enables students to experience the relationships and interactions of the financial markets.

    The Trading Floor is an essential component of the finance focus and represents an astounding opportunity for students who wish to pursue a career in the financial services industry, it features:

    • 21 computer terminals each with two flat screen monitors (served by Reuters’ latest Kobra information technology).
    • three Trans-Lux display boards real-time data feeds from all Canadian exchanges, Chicago Board of Trade and the NYSE
    • two Bloomberg terminals
    • a unique Trader-in-Residence program offering mentors from the financial community
  • Internship / Co-op

    During the third year of the Commerce Program, students may choose to participate in the Internship Program. Preparation begins with a career development course, Commerce 3IN0. This workshop-based, non-credit course is mandatory for any student wishing to compete for internship opportunities and is designed to ensure that students are ready for the job selection process. Successful candidates (pre-requisites must be met) will elect to embark on a period of employment, after completion of third-year, for a period of 12 or 16 months. Unlike traditional co-op programs, interns will be employed with the same company for the duration of their internship. The current average salary for interns is approximately $39,000 per year. There is an impressive list of companies who have partnered with the DeGroote School of Business to offer internship opportunities for business students:

    • Canada Revenue Agency
    • GE Canada
    • Ford Canada
    • Hydro One 
    • KPMG LLP
    • Loblaw
    • New Balance
    • TD Commercial Banking

Typical Timetable

Typical Timetable