By limiting the number of Required Foundations of Management Core Courses in each degree program, the Schulich School provides students with the opportunity to select a significant number of courses from the more than 100 electives it offers. The result is a rich opportunity to select from 21 specializations, including management functions such as finance and marketing; industries or sectors such as financial services, global mining management, social sector management; or management topics such as international business, entrepreneurial studies, and business and sustainability. Most electives are taken in Year 2 of a degree program. One elective is required in Year 1.
Students are encouraged to focus in more than one area. Schulich does not, however, require that its graduates specialize. Many students already possess a specialization and find that their on-going careers are enhanced by selecting a wide variety of elective courses that add greater breadth to existing knowledge and skills.
Schulich students have a range of study options. MBA students are normally required to complete 12 or more credits of elective courses and students in the MBA/JD, IMBA, and MBA/MA/MFA programs are required to 9 credits of elective courses in a particular area of study to meet specialization requirements.
Students may also pursue specialization in the form of a degree program such as the International MBA (IMBA), MBA/JD; and graduate diploma programs in real estate and infrastructure, health industry management, financial engineering, or arts and media administration, social sector management, or business and sustainability.
In the MBA Program, there are 27 credits available for electives. This permits a student to choose two areas of specialization. Those who have received waiver with replacement for several of the required courses may be able to focus in more than two areas.
In the IMBA program, students have 21 credits of electives available. This permits one area of specialization in addition to international business which is built into the program. The MBA/JD and MBA/MA/MFA programs also allow for 12 credits of electives enabling students in these programs to pursue one specialization within their Schulich studies.
Please note: neither the transcript nor the degree will note an area of specialization. Students may request a letter from Student and Enrolment Services at the Schulich School of Business to substantiate any claims made on resumes for employment purposes.