Integrated Business & Humanities

DeGroote School of Business OverviewWhy Integrated Business and Humanities 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 Integrated Business and Humanities (IBH) program seeks to develop graduates that will make both a personal and social impact through a combination of course and co-curricular work.

    This interdisciplinary program will foster the growth of 21st century problem solvers that recognize both the needs of individuals and business to generate the most value for both. For example: A Business graduate may ask “What is the Return on Investment?” An IBH graduate asks the same questions, but also asks, “What is the Return to Society?”

    A background in Humanities provides students with the skills and knowledge to recognize, understand and constructively engage with complex social needs and diverse perspectives. Through their background in Business, students will develop a way to solve those problems.

    Why Integrated Business & Humanities?

    Limited entry program
    Small class sizes and a more personal classroom experience means more attention from professors and a close knit community that helps grow the best you.

    Unique teaching style
    This includes both blended learning and team taught classes, that offer an interdisciplinary perspective on societal issues.

    All students will gain global perspective and experience through international exchanges, study trips and/or conferences.

    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.

  • Admission Details

    Admission AVERAGE & Requirements

    OUAC Application Code: MBH

    TARGET Enrolment: 80 students


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  • First Year Courses

    Total: 30 units
    Required: 30 units

    • IBH 1AA3 – Financial Accounting I
    • IBH 1AB3 – Business Environment and Organization
    • Economics 1B03 – Introductory Microeconomics
    • Economics 1BB3 – Introductory Macroeconomics
    • IBH 1AC3 – Sentence & Communication Structure in Modern English
    • CMTYENGA 2A03 – Foundations of Community Engagement
    • IBH 1BA3 – Organizational Behaviour
    • IBH 1BB3 – Insight and Inquiry: Questions to Change the World
    • IBH 1BC3 – Introduction to Ethics
    • IBH 1BD3 – Introduction to Peace Studies


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

  • Beyond First Year

    Community Engagement Consulting – Students complete field studies on a topic they are passionate about while interacting with businesses from the local community. Through a combination of experiential learning and research, students will gain an understanding of issues facing businesses today while making a difference by giving back.

    Publishing You – To help develop critical thinking, writing and analytical abilities all students will be given the opportunity to publish one of their works online each year.

    Live Cases in Class – Most case work in the program will follow a “live” format, meaning that cases are about current issues faced by an organization vs. historical issues..

  • Careers or Options Beyond This Program

    • Brand Manager (CPG)
    • Community based event organizations (i.e. Me to We)
    • Community NGO Manager
    • Entrepreneurial start-ups
    • Financial Analyst
    • Immigrant Settlement organizations
    • Integrated Marketing Manager
    • Marketing in a Not-For-Profit
    • Management Consulting
    • Management strategy at the World Bank or IMF
    • Organizational Change Management
    • Supply Chain Specialist
    • Sustainability Officer
  • Internship / Co-op

    Students will have the option of completing a 12 or 16 month paid internships between their third and fourth years.

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


    Program Statistics

    Anticipated Enrolment: 80 students

Typical Timetable

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Profiles & Alumni

DeGroote School of Business – Education with Purpose.