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Below is a list of some courses, including a brief description, that you may find yourself taking during your first year of this program. For formal policies governing mandatory courses and the order in which they have to be taken, please refer to McMaster’s Undergraduate Calendar.

Some Courses You May Take

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Leadership Coaching

In first year, students go through a Transformative Learning Experience (TLE) which acts as a leadership development foundation. Throughout the four years of their program, students participate in leadership workshops and document their leadership journey. In fourth year, all students take “Leadership Coaching B” which builds upon the seven TLE Reports they have completed and informs individual action steps for their final term.

Community Engagement

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 also giving back to the community.

Social Enterprise

Students are introduced to the concept of social enterprise in their first year. In second year, students are required to participate in a mandatory social enterprise international field trip facilitated by the Canadian social enterprise and development organization, ME to WE. In third and fourth year, students will take courses on social entrepreneurship, strategic management for for-profit and nonprofit organizations, and a capstone on social enterprise.

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

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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

Coming soon

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 facility 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

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