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 have the freedom to carve your own path upon graduating. Due to small class sizes, you benefit from more individual attention from faculty and staff.

What skills will you develop?

Business leaders must have strong financial acumen, the commerce aspect of the IBH program fosters this but IBH doesn’t stop there. You also develop sharp critical thinking skills, personal and ethical values, and emotional and cultural intelligence to help transform communities at home and abroad.

How will you build those skills?

IBH has a uniquely integrated, interdisciplinary curriculum that weaves together the three pillars of the program; leadership, community engagement, and entrepreneurship, through creatively designed courses and activities.

In which future careers will you utilize those skills?

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 entrepreneurships. Some examples of future careers include, but are not limited to:

  • Financial Analyst
  • Human Rights Diplomat
  • Management Consultant
  • Organizational Change Manager
  • Sustainability Officer
  • Entrepreneur/Social Entrepreneur
  • Operations Officer
  • Management Strategist

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 skills developed in both Commerce and Humanities courses and apply them to live cases.

  Live Cases in Class

The majority of in-class casework will follow a “live” format, meaning that with the IBH faculty you will cover current issues faced by various organizations, industries and governments.

 Course Options

As a student in the IBH program you are able to take a variety of optional Commerce and Humanities courses to expand your breadth of knowledge.

Outside The Classroom

 Community Engagement Consulting

Students of the IBH program will complete class field studies on topics being discussed in class, while interacting with businesses, non-profit organizations and social entrepreneurships from the local community. Through a combination of experiential learning and research, you will gain an understanding of issues facing businesses today, while also making a difference by giving back to the community.

Commerce Internship Program

By participating in a 12-16 month internship you have the opportunity to focus on experiential learning by enhancing your classroom education with a real-world, paid opportunity in the business community. This IBH exclusive internship includes opportunities to work at businesses, non-profit organizations and social entrepreneurships.

 Global Experiences

IBH Global Business Experience

Students in the IBH program are exposed to unique business, social entrepreneurship and cultural practices in a setting far outside their comfort zone on the IBH Global Business Experience. The trip goes beyond traditional volunteerism since students travel to a developing nation to learn, observe, and take part in community building in a natural and non-intrusive manner.

Student Exchange

You also have the opportunity to study abroad at one of DeGroote’s 49 partner schools as part of the BizX program. Studying abroad offers an unparalleled opportunity for immersion in another culture, learn from a global perspective and develop a broader understanding of the world, which will help you to view challenges in a new way and prepare you for success in today’s global economy.

Extracurricular Events

At DeGroote there are always opportunities for you to participate in a wide range of student and faculty run activities, clubs, associations, experiential learning competitions and conferences — all of which can help you meet new people, practice your skills, and develop as a leader.

DeGroote Commerce Society

The DeGroote Commerce Society (DSC) is an organization of student leaders put in place to help enrich the student experience and growth within the faculty, while simultaneously promoting a sense of unitiy between the ammonisation and the student body. DSB hosts over 75 events each year as well as acting as the figure head to multiple clubs and committees that promote professional growth.

DeGroote 24-Hour Case Competition

As a first year student in the DeGroote School of Business you participate in the 24-Hour Case Competition. The case study is an opportunity for you to problem solve, conduct research, generate ideas and present your recommendations in a professional setting.

The Fine Print

Admission Requirements


  • English
  • Calculus and Vectors
  • Data Management
  • Three other grade 12 4U or M courses.

IBH is a direct entry program: Students enter directly in their first year

Anticipated Admission Average: 88-92%

Number of students accepted: 60

Required Supplementary Application: Due February 1, 2019

IBH Supplemental Application

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 Student Financial Aid & Scholarships can provide information about other McMaster scholarships, bursaries, and financial aid.

First Year Courses

Leadership Coaching 1Insight and Inquiry:  Questions to Change the World
Financial AccountingPerspectives on Canadian Business
Introduction to Language and SocietyFundamentals of Ethics
Introduction to Peace Studies for IBHIBH in the Community
Introduction to MicroeconomicsIntroduction to Macroeconomics

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