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From our new Minor in Innovation to our partnership with Rogers Communications Inc. on the Ted Rogers Scholarship in Digital Transformation, or the launch of the Blended Learning Part-Time MBA program, to welcoming new faculty members, and transforming the Bachelor of Commerce program with a greater emphasis on problem-based discovery, interdisciplinary study and interaction with business leaders that will prepare graduates to prosper in the quickly-changing conditions of the business world itself. The DeGroote School of Business is undergoing rapid evolution with an eye towards the future of business education.


The DeGroote School of Business is a community that celebrates excellence, innovation, and inclusion.

Many of the School’s defining principles and practices – such as experiential education, active engagement with the public and private sector, cutting-edge interdisciplinary programs, and excellence in research – lead to transformational experiences that make DeGroote a premier business school.

With 13 diverse programs and more than 4,100 graduate and undergraduate students across two campuses, DeGroote is shaping a generation of future leaders. While constantly striving to provide current and innovative programming to our students, DeGroote recently introduced a new Business Analytics Specialization in the MBA program, and joined forces with the Faculty of Engineering to launch a Minor in Innovation at the undergraduate level. DeGroote’s innovative approaches to education have drawn recognition from the global academic community and industry partners. In 2018, the Times Higher Education/Wall Street Journal business school report ranked DeGroote’s MBA program among the top three two year MBA programs in the country. DeGroote also ranks third nationwide for its Master of Finance program according to QS Rankings. Finally, The Globe and Mail profiled the EMBA in Digital Transformation as among the best MBA/EMBA programs in Canada.

DeGroote is truly exceptional because it combines intellectual rigor with a commitment to positively impacting society at large. To increase the application and commercialization of McMaster’s vast repository of research, DeGroote launched the Clinic at the Ron Joyce Center.

To recognize research collaborations or project initiatives with community organizations in Southwestern Ontario, the inaugural DeGroote School of Business Awards for Community Engagement will be handed out in this year to celebrate faculty who enrich communities through their research or engagement.

With award-winning programs and some of the country’s top faculty and students, the School has formed a solid foundation for success. Five new tenure-track faculty members will be joining us in 2019, as we look forward to a new academic year as an post secondary education leader.


Anna Danielova
Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs and Accreditation

Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Commerce
  • New Minor in Innovation Launched
    Launched in September 2018 and offered jointly through the Faculty of Engineering and the DeGroote School of Business, in partnership with the Forge, McMaster’s startup incubator, the minor was conceived to help students become successful entrepreneurs or to think like one. Students will learn the fundamentals of entrepreneurship through a series of guest lectures from prominent business owners and how to develop, prototype, test and market ideas.
  • DeGroote in the Field
    In September, 900 first-year students gathered on campus as part of the Business Orientation class – Commerce 1DEO. Students connected with faculty, alumni, staff and senior students. 1DEO, connects the dots between curriculum, business and possible career paths while creating a sense of community.
Integrated Business and Humanities (IBH)
  • IBH Students Visit Ecuador
    In October, IBH students were exposed to some of the unique business and cultural practices in the heart of Ecuador. It wasn’t a volunteer excursion, though. Participants were there to learn, observe, and take part in community building in a manner that was natural and non-intrusive. While abroad, students spent time in Quito, the capital, as well as the lush Cloud Forest, the Amazon basin, and Minga Lodge, situated on the banks of the Rio Napo.

Masters of Business Administration (MBA)

  • Launch of the Blended Learning Part-Time MBA
    The program, taught online and in person during weekend residencies at Burlington’s Ron Joyce Centre, asks candidates to collaborate and share ideas among a cohort rich with diverse skills, backgrounds, and values. Nick Bontis, Director of the Blended Learning Part-Time MBA program, is proud to oversee a program that smoothly combines online learning with classroom work. “Blended learning is the future of education, there’s no question”, he says.
  • The Clinic Announced
    The Clinic will help with the commercialization of McMaster’s vast repository of research by doing exactly that. It’s the first site in what will become an interconnected network in Southern Ontario. Goran Calic will use his expertise in strategic management, mathematical modeling, and computer science to serve in a leadership role at the new space. Participating MBA candidates will search for work that offers great social or economic value.
  • New and Updated Academic Initiatives
    Foundations 2 was offered as part of the Winter term, we partnered with, and visited, global brands such as Deloitte, RBC and SC Johnson. Additionally, to ease the transition into Canada a record number of MBA international students into the program, the Pre-MBA program was updated and streamlined.

Graduate Programs

EMBA in Digital Transformation
  • Rogers partners with DeGroote on Ted Rogers Scholarship in Digital Transformation
    The Ted Rogers Scholarship in Digital Transformation will enable Rogers to nominate one employee per year to complete the School’s Executive MBA in Digital Transformation.
Master of Finance (MFin)
  • Canada’s Third Ranked Master of Finance Program
    In September 2018, DeGroote’s Master of Finance program was ranked as the third best program, according to QS World University Rankings of Master in Finance programs.
    • Largest Applicant Pool to Date
      For Fall 2018 entry, 199 domestic students and 47 international students applied to the eHealth program – representing our largest applicant pool to date.
    • Nicole Wagner Named Faculty Lead
      Taking over from the retiring Norm Archer, Nicole Wagner was named the new eHealth Faculy Lead. eHealth staff, students, past and present, and faculty thank Norm Archer for his dedication to the program.
      • McMaster’s Three-Minute Thesis Award
        Armagan Ozbilge, a second-year PhD student in the Management Science Field, won the 2018 McMaster’s Three-Minute Thesis Award! The award comes with a prize of $500. This is a university wide competition where graduate students from all faculties create one slide summarizing their research and present it. Armagan’s presentation was titled “Donate More to Earn More” which summarizes part of his PhD thesis research on perishable food supply chains.
      • Alumni Parbudyal Singh Receives Distinguished Human Resources Professional Award
        Parbudyal Singh, PhD alumnus, received the Distinguished Human Resources Professional (DHRP) award. Parbudyal graduated from the MOBHR PhD program in 1998, and was supervised by Naresh Agarwal. He is currently working as a professor at York University in the School of Human Resource Management (HRM). The DHRP award is given to academics who have made an outstanding contribution to the HR profession.

      Executive Programs


      Executive Education Programs
      • Customized Training
        New partnership with Siemens Learning Academy to offer customized training.
      • Municipal Leadership Program 
        Working with the City of Burlington, as a long time partner, to develop a new municipal leadership program.
      • Disney Institute
        In conjunction with Mohawk College, provided the Disney Institute program (Disney’s Approach to Business Excellence and Approach to Leadership Excellence)


      Directors College
      • Innovation Governance for Directors and Chartered Director for the Energy Sector 
        In April, the program introduced the Innovation Governance for Directors program, the first program of its kind, attracting international faculty and a participant from Australia. Custom projects were also a focus area with offerings for BDO and BC Lottery Corporation, as well as, the launch of the Chartered Director for the Energy Sector in partnership with The MEARIE Group.
      • New Graduates
        In June, 68 new Chartered Director (C.Dir.) graduates were welcomed at the Annual Graduation and Alumni Event.


      Health Leadership Academy
      • Emerging Health Leaders Program
        A third cohort of 21 students was welcomed into the Emerging Health Leaders Program (EHL) in August 2018. This two-week leadership program equips students and young professionals with the skills to identify, implement, and champion new ideas in a health environment. A unique blend of simulations, assessments and guest speakers, EHL provides the foundation for participants to deliver change within the health system.
      • Innovation by Design
        Innovation by Design’s (IBD) fourth cohort launched in September 2018, with 60 students enrolled — double the fall 2017 enrolment. The 2017-18 class leveraged design thinking approaches to address the needs of several industry players. Teams of four to five students worked with sponsors, including The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and the City of Hamilton, to develop a strategy to increase active transportation in the city (City of Hamilton) and improve staff usage of personal protective equipment (SickKids).
      • Physician Fellowship Program
        In the fall of 2018, the Health Leadership Academy partnered with the Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) in Digital Transformation to enroll three physicians in the EMBA program: Mark Vytvytskyy, Oluwemimo Jayeoba, and Dale R. Kalina. As part of their studies, these three EMBA candidates are also part of the HLA’s first cohort of Physician Fellows. Aligned with Michael G. DeGroote’s vision of educating physicians to be knowledgeable in core business skills, both in theory and practice, this fellowship includes career planning support, mentorship matching, and development.