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Choosing to apply to a program can leave you with some questions, we’ve answered a variety of the most common below.
Regardless of your program, Commerce or Integrated Business and Humanities, you will graduate with a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degree. A BCom and a BBA are both undergraduate degrees in the field of business and management, covering the same foundational business courses.
For our Commerce program, you are required to complete both Functions and Calculus and Vectors Grade 12 U level math, as well as Grade 12 U level English. These courses are included in your admission average along with your next top three best grade 12 M or U level grades. For our Integrated Business and Humanities program, you are required to complete both Functions and Calculus and Vectors Grade 12 U level math, as well as Grade 12 U level English. These courses are included in your admission average along with your next top three best grade 12 M or U level grades.
The anticipated admission average for the Commerce program is in the high 80s. The anticipated admission average for the Integrated Business and Humanities program is between 88 and 92% with heavy influence from the supplementary application.
The Integrated Business and Humanities program has a mandatory supplemental application.
To be considered with priority for early offers, complete your supplementary application by January 15, 2024. The final deadline to complete is February 1, 2024. Once you apply, you will be sent a link to complete a required recorded interview through KIRA Talent, an online video platform. The Commerce program has an optional supplemental application. The supplemental application will be used to help with admission decisions and to award our scholarships (up to $10,000) for overall excellence and admission. All applicants are encouraged to complete the supplemental application in order to strengthen your overall application. If you feel they may be at the lower end of our cut-off or just below it, we recommend you complete the supplemental application to be considered. 100+ offers were made in 2023 based on the supplemental application.
If you take specific courses in your first year, and perform well, you are able to transfer into level II of the Business Program. Details are on the Business website. We recommend you apply to other McMaster faculties besides Business. You should contact the Student Experience team before selecting your Level I courses and identify yourself as a hopeful transfer. Students who want to transfer into IBH will have to apply to transfer into Level I and will not retain transfer credits.
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During your time at DeGroote, you may pursue many (or all) of the opportunities below;
The Integrated Business and Humanities (IBH) program blends traditional business education with the critical thinking and communication skills of the Humanities.
This unique learning environment is characterized by a small cohort- based program, interdisciplinary coursework, and variety of learning opportunities via coursework and intensely experiential activities.
Class Size – Commerce has larger class sizes in earlier years and smaller in upper years. IBH will stay the same for all 4 years (approximately 60 students)
Content – Core business content will be covered in both programs. IBH content and perspectives will be integrated and developed across all courses including courses offered with the Faculty of Humanities.
Focus – You can select an area of focus with both programs. You can not easily focus in accounting in IBH – if a student wants to pursue an accounting designation, it is best to study in the Commerce program.
Course Selection and Minors – With IBH, you will only receive 7 electives through your 4 years, these electives can be in any area. In Commerce, you have a wider breadth of course selection and you may consider completing one or more Minors
Yes. Both Commerce and IBH students can partake in internship programs.
Internship work terms are with one company for the entire duration. Longer work terms (vs. a shorter 4 month) allow you to engage in more significant projects which help build your skills and resume. Students elect to extend their graduation by one full year and must be eligible to participate.
What compensation varies, the average annual internship salary for 2022/2023 was $43,800.
Students in Commerce or IBH program do not select a major. Students in the Commerce program have non-Commerce electives throughout your first two years, but are required to take all of the foundational Business courses before choosing to focus on an Area of Focus or can continue to study business broadly. IBH students begin to choose their Commerce electives beginning in Level III.
In the first year, you will take Accounting, Human Resources, Marketing, Data Analytics, Economics, Math and electives from other faculties. For the IBH program, the core Commerce content is essentially the same, but includes a focus on Humanities in addition to Business.
By the end of second year, you will be exposed to all areas of Business; Accounting, Human Resources, Finance, Marketing, Information Systems, and Operations.
Courses in the Commerce program can help you meet the requirements for a variety of professional designations. Examples of designations and how you can work toward them in the Commerce program can be found here.
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Entrance awards are awards for incoming students based on merits like academics, community involvement, or leadership. Some entrance awards are automatic but others require an application through McMaster’s AwardSpring platform (available after you apply and get your MacID).
With AwardSpring, you can complete one common app that matches you with all the aid and award opportunities you’re eligible for. It also tracks the completion of any additional requirements on a user-friendly dashboard. You can even share the same requirements (i.e. a reference letter or statement of interest) across all applications with the same criteria to save you time.
There are three new International Entrance Awards available at the DeGroote School of Business.
The Student Experience team serves as your initial point of assistance throughout your time at DeGroote. We are here to address any concerns or questions you may have.