Integrated Business and Humanities (IBH)

Business for Humanity.

Help transform the world around you

A woman at a table in a meeting.The Integrated Business and Humanities (IBH) program was conceived to produce Canada’s next generation of business leaders.

IBH students will be 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 gained from McMaster’s Faculties of Business and Humanities, graduates of the program will truly have the freedom to carve their own path. Classes will be smaller, and students will benefit from more individual attention from faculty and staff. There will also be opportunities to represent McMaster University at academic conferences and events across Canada and beyond.

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What skills will I get?

Business leaders must have strong financial acumen, but IBH doesn’t stop there. Students will also develop sharp critical thinking skills, personal and ethical values, and emotional intelligence to help transform communities at home and abroad.

How will I build those skills?

Inside the classroom

  Unique teaching style

The program will incorporate both blended learning and team-taught classes, offering a varied and interdisciplinary perspective on major issues.

  Live cases in class

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

  Course options

IBH students will be able to take a variety of optional Commerce and Humanities courses to expand their breadth of knowledge.

Outside the classroom

  Community engagement consulting

Students will complete field studies on a topic they’re 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 making a difference by giving back.


Each senior student will be nominated to attend a conference on a global or community issue they are passionate about. This allows for the opportunity to demonstrate leadership and enhance personal learning.


To help develop critical thinking, literary, and analytical skills, all IBH students will be given the opportunity to publish one of their works online each year.

  Commerce internship program

Students can gain 12-16 months of paid work experience to increase career-readiness.

The Fine Print

Admission Requirements


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

Anticipated Admission Average: 88-92% Required Supplementary Application: Due February 1, 2018

IBH Supplemental Application

Number of students accepted: 80

First Year Courses

Leadership Coaching 1 Introduction to Microeconomics
Financial Accounting Perspectives on Canadian Business
Introduction to Language and Society Introduction to Language and Society
Insight and Inquiry:  Questions to Change the World Foundations of Community Engagement
Introduction to Peace Studies for IBH IBH in the Community
Fundamentals of Ethics Introduction to Macroeconomics

Future Careers

  • Entrepreneurial start-ups
  • Brand Manager (CPG)
  • Marketing in a Not-for-profit
  • Community based event organizations (e.g. Me to We)
  • Supply Chain Specialist
  • Management Consulting
  • Community NGO Manager
  • Financial Analyst
  • Organizational Change Management
  • Immigrant Settlement organizations
  • Management strategy at the World Bank or IMF
  • Integrated Marketing Manager
  • Sustainability Officer

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