DeGroote School of Business

Commerce Supplemental Application

Student in Commerce Lounge


Getting to Know You

DeGroote values having a well-balanced student body. Applicants may be assessed using a wide range of criteria, not just academic achievement. We are looking for motivated individuals who demonstrate significant achievement, leadership, and passion for the world of business.

The written supplemental application is optional, but students are encouraged to complete it. We use it to select recipients of $5,000 entrance awards, above and beyond the McMaster and DeGroote awards for which you are automatically assessed.

The supplemental application is also used to support the overall applications of students who have marks at the lower end of the expected admission range.


The supplemental application for Fall 2024 entry is now closed.

As the supplemental application is optional, your application will not be adversely impacted if you choose not to submit an application.

How it Works

You can access the supplemental application here. The link will take you to the Kira Talent platform. 

The application has two sections. The first section is to learn about what you do outside of academics and involves recording basic information about your extracurricular activities. These 8 questions will take you 1-2 minutes. The second section helps us better understand who you are and includes three written questions about your skills, character, and experiences. The 3 questions in this section have a time limit of 20 minutes each. 

If you require an accommodation to complete the supplemental application, please reach out to We will work with you based on your individual education plan (IEP). 


Before you begin your supplemental application, it may help to brainstorm some ideas and reflect on your past experiences. The following questions may be useful.


  • What leadership roles have you taken on? What type of leader are you?
  • What have you learned from leading a team?
  • How would you build cohesion on a team whose members disagree?


  • How have you dealt with failure in the past? How have you “bounced back” from it?
  • How do you stay engaged when working on a long, extended project or task?
  • How do you keep a positive attitude in difficult situations?


  • What motivates you to go above and beyond?
  • How do you keep yourself motivated?
  • How do you motivate others on your team?


For technical support questions, please contact Kira Talent directly by clicking the ‘Need help?’ button and choosing ‘Live Chat’ at the top right, at any point in the application process or by emailing

If you have any other questions or concerns, you can contact us by email at

Please note that your responses to the supplementary application questions must be prepared entirely by you. Posting answers on the internet, working with others to prepare your responses, or use of generative AI are not permitted, and may result in removal from the applicant pool.