Integrated Business and Humanities (IBH)
Business for Humanity
Help transform the world around you
The Integrated Business and Humanities (IBH) program is designed to produce Canada’s next generation of business leaders.
As an IBH student you are exposed to a variety of learning opportunities via coursework and co-curricular activities, with an emphasis on responsible leadership and management tactics for our changing global economy. The program also encourages community engagement and sustainable business practices.
With skills you gain from McMaster’s Faculties of Business and Humanities, you will truly be equipped to create valuable and lasting change, both locally and internationally.
What skills will you develop?
Alongside fostering strong business expertise demanded by corporations today, the IBH program develops sharp critical thinking skills that enhance your personal and ethical values. You also become more aware and understanding of various emotions and cultures which aids you in transforming communities at home and abroad.
How will you build those skills?
IBH has a uniquely integrated, interdisciplinary curriculum that weaves together the core pillars of the program; leadership and community engagement, through creatively designed courses and activities.
Inside The Classroom
Unique Teaching Style
The IBH program incorporates both blended learning and team-taught classes, offering a varied and interdisciplinary perspective on major issues. This enables you to integrate and apply skills developed in both Commerce and Humanities courses into your future endeavours.
Live Cases in Class
The majority of in-class casework follows a “live” format; exploring current issues faced by various organizations, industries and governments.
Outside The Classroom
Commerce Internship Program
The 12-16 month paid internship includes opportunities to work at businesses, non-profit organizations and social enterprises, providing practical experience in your area of interest.
Community Engagement Consulting
By completing class field studies in partnership with local businesses, non-profit organizations and social enterprises, you gain an understanding of real-world issues while also making a difference by giving back to the community.
By learning in a setting far outside your comfort zone, you view challenges in a new way and prepare for success in today’s global economy.
IBH Global Business Experience
You will be exposed to unique business and social enterprises in a developing nation; during which you learn, observe, and take part in community building in a non-intrusive manner.
Studying abroad offers an unparalleled opportunity for immersion in another culture and to learn from a global perspective.
The Fine Print
- English (ENG4U)
- Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U)
- Four other Grade 12 U/M level courses
IBH Is a Direct Entry Program: Students Enter Directly in Their First Year
Anticipated Admission Average: 88-92%
Number of Students Accepted: 60
Application Deadline: January 12, 2023.
Supplemental Application Deadline: February 1, 2023.
Supporting Documentation Deadline: April 1, 2023. Submit new, available grades immediately as available.
English proficiency (if applicable): April 1, 2023.
View the IBH Supplemental Application Here.
All applicants are required to complete a recorded interview using a video platform. The short-list of applicants will be invited to participate in a two-way interview with the Program Director and a panel of members from the IBH community.
For more information about the IBH program please look at the Future McMaster Website.
The IBH program offers two scholarships to incoming students, more information can be found here. The Office of the Registrar can provide information about other McMaster scholarships, bursaries, and financial aid.
Note: IBH students are able to take a variety of elective courses from across McMaster in their upper years.
The skills that you develop in the IBH program allow you to pursue a variety of potential careers in the corporate sector, non-profit organizations and social enterprises. Some examples of future careers include, but are not limited to: