Hamilton, OntarioLOCATION
Estd 1952Established Year
McMaster UniversityParent College

DeGroote School of business is an English medium school which is amongst the six faculties of McMaster University.

  • Offers commerce programs (Hons), MBA, Ph.D., co-op MBA, Master of Finance program and EMBA course that is exclusive in DeGroote.
  • Considered to be the best B-school for undergraduate programs.

Why should you choose DeGroote School of Business?

Ranking and Standings

  •  Webometrics: Ranked number 10th in Canada
  • Webometrics: Ranked number 255 in world rank
  • Time Higher Education 2018: Ranked number 78 for the University in World University
  • Global MBA Ranking: Ranked number 5 in best B-Schools in Canada for FT doctoral rating.

Key Features

  • Around 96% of co-op students are employed within 6 months of graduation.
  • Offers BizX international exchange program for the undergraduate students and MBA students with 49 partner schools.
  • There are several clubs in DeGroote’s which includes MBA Operations Management Club, Women in Management Association, DeGroote MBA, Health Service Management Association, DeGroote Marketing Association, and Entrepreneur at DeGroote etc. for MBA students in all streams.
  • DeGroote Business Clubs ranks # 1 in the best B-School clubs in the Toronto with 12 business associated clubs.
  • DeGroote offers core commerce programs and honors commerce programs with minors and specialty minors.
  • The average salary of an MBA co-op student is CAD 71,930.
  • DeGroote has widespread Alumni contact all over the world. The engaged community of alumni is maintained through Alumni Networking in the official website.
  • Alfredo Tan is an alumnus of DeGroote School of business who leads in digital transformation at Facebook.


Type of UniversityPublic
Faculty Members91
Number of Undergraduate Seats376
Number of Postgraduate Seats424
Average starting package of GraduatesCAD 92,237
International students16%

Top placement industries:

  • Financial Services/Banking/Capital Markets (33%)
  • Consulting (22%)
  • Technology/Communications (17%)
  • Retail & Consumer Goods (28%)

Campus and Residence


DeGroote School of Business is located in the main campus of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.


Apart from standard housing information, school puts an emphasis on the ideal location while staying at DeGroote:

  • Free shuttle bus to commute between Hamilton and Burlington while pick-up on the main campus of McMaster University campus.
  • The city of Burlington does not offer lot of options for residence.
  • McMaster University has also expanded its off-campus resource center to include postings in the Burlington area.

Programs Offered

Every program is segregated into different campuses. Students need to select the program and the corresponding campus while taking the admission.

Campus NameProgram Name
McMaster University in Hamilton, OntarioUndergraduate Commerce, Specialized Graduate and Ph.D. programs
Ron Joyce CentreMBA Students, EMBA, and Executive Education Programs
Burlington and the Halton RegionThe Academic and Economic Collaboration of Ron Joyce Centre


  • Health Policy and Management
  • Human Resources and Management
  • Accounting and Financial Management Services
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Strategic Management
  • Finance and Business Economics
  • Information Systems

Specializations for the Respective Programs

Undergraduate program

  • Bachelor’s degree in commerce
  • Honors in Commerce


  • Minor in Business

Specialty Minors

  • Minor in Finance
  • Minor in Accounting and Financial Management Services
  • Minor in Information Systems


  • Master of Finance
  • MSc in eHealth
  • MSc in Global Health
  • Master of Health Management
  • Health Policy PhD
  • Graduate Diploma in Professional Accountancy
  • MBA
  • Integrated Business and Humanities

Doctorate Programs

  • PhD
  • Health Policy PhD

Executive Program

  • EMBA (Executive MBA)
  • Executive Education
  • The Director’s College

All you need to know about your Application Process


English Language Proficiency Tests

The candidates whose primary language is not English, they need to attempt any one of the following tests and score more than the minimum required score.

ExamsUndergraduate ProgramsGraduate ProgramsAccelerated MBA
TOEFL20 (writing), 20 (speaking), 20 (reading), 20 (listening) 86 Overall100100
IELTS6.5 Overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each of the four components (Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening)7.07.0
CAELOverall band of 70 with no band below 60Overall band of 70 with no band below 60-
CAE176 Overall with the minimum score of 154 in each component--
MELAB85 Overall Minimum 80 in each of the three required components Minimum 3 in optional speaking component (Required)90-
PTE60 Overall with a minimum score of 60 in Writing and Speaking70-


Undergraduate Program

The Undergraduate MD program needs a minimum of three years of study at an English-medium university prior to McMaster’s.

Graduate Program

Recommended GRE score of 315+ on the combined verbal and quantitative section for MBA

  • A minimum of one-year continuous work experience
  • A 7.0 GPA (B-) or higher in the final two years of your undergraduate degree
  • A competitive GMAT score
  • Two academic or professional references
  • KIRA Academic online video interview
  • Professional resume
  • Successful candidates include new graduates with strong extracurricular and community engagement.
  • Selected Co-op applicants will be invited to an admission interview

Accelerated MBA

  • Minimum one year of full-time continuous managerial, professional, or technical work experience. Co-op and internship work terms will also be considered.
  • A 7.0 GPA (B-) or higher in the final two years of your undergraduate degree
  • A competitive GMAT/GRE score
  • Two academic or professional references
  • KIRA online video interview

Doctoral Programs

  • Choose the field of study from Accounting, Finance, Health Management, Information Systems, Management of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources, Management Science and Marketing.
  • Completion of Master’s degree before registering in the Ph.D. program.
  • Completion of master's degree with the B+ grade.
  • A GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) score of at least 600 and GRE (Graduate Records Exam) score is also acceptable with a minimum 80% in the quantitative score.
  • TOEFL or IELTS score required.
  • A letter from the university confirming the language of instruction should be included with the transcript.

How and when to apply?

Registration deadline- December 14 (Winter), April 19 (Summer), August 10 (Fall), August 10 (Winter 2019)

Steps for admission

  1. Fill out the online application form by entering the program of the candidate’s choice and start date.
  2. Fill the details like personal details, LinkedIn profile, citizenship details.
  3. Application advisor will contact the applicant to confirm the details.
  4. Resume, official transcripts, GMAT or GRE score, English proficiency test are needed based on the required level of the programs.
  5. Two reference profiles need to be submitted
  6. Two video questions and one written response
  7. Personal Interview

There is no application fee. (New applicants are charged with a refundable deposit of CAD1000 which will be added to the first term fee)

International Students:

  • All international students must obtain a Canadian Study Permit to study in Canada and complete the Queen’s MBA program after receiving an offer of admission from Smith School of Business.
  • Depending on your country of citizenship you may also need to have a Temporary Resident Visa to enter Canada.
  • To decide your student visa requirements and to apply for a student visa to go to Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Cost and Expenses

Tuition Fee

ProgramLevel ILevel II
Full-time (Domestic – Canadian Citizen or Landed Immigrant)CAD 9,714.60CAD 9,714.60
Co-op (Domestic – Canadian Citizen or Landed Immigrant)CAD 9,714.60CAD 9,714.60
Full-time (International – Visa Student**)CAD 19,478.64CAD 18,757.20
Part-time (Domestic – Canadian Citizen or Landed Immigrant) – Per Academic CourseCAD 2,428.65CAD 2,428.65
Part-time (International – Visa Student**) – Per academic courseCAD 4,869.66CAD 4,869.66
Health and Dental Plans Fees (Full-time and Co-op)*CAD 258

*All the students are required to pay CAD 258 as Health and Dental Insurance fees

**All Visa students must enroll in the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP)

Note: For Co-op MBA students an additional fee of CAD 5,250 is to be paid along with the base fee.

Fee Deadline Dates:

  • Fall session – September 1
  • Winter session – January 1
  • Summer session – May 1


  • The exchange students have an option to study, on/off campus.
  • First-year students are requested for a deposit of CAD 1000 to confirm the booking of on-campus housing and to choose the mandatory meal plan with the accommodation.
  • Off-campus housing is supported by McMaster which is around the campus.

Room type:

Room TypeRent
Bunk & Loft Triple RoomCAD 5,600
Lofted Triple/QuadCAD 5,800
Lofted Triple Room with Access to Single-User WashroomCAD 5,950
Triple/Quad RoomCAD 6,300
Double RoomCAD 6,400
Double Room with Access to Single-User WashroomCAD 6,600
Double Room with Ensuite WashroomCAD 6,900
Single RoomCAD 7,200
Single Room with Access to Single-User WashroomCAD 7,400
Single Room with Ensuite WashroomCAD 7,700
Apartment – 2 Person (Double Room)CAD 7,850
Apartment – 4/6 Person (Single Room)CAD 7,950
Suite – 4 people (Single Room)CAD 8,400

Residence Life Activity fee would include CAD 49.11 which is excluded in the residence fee. The laundry fee would cost around CAD 2. Machines are available on all the floors.

Meal Plan

Dine On campus and lock facilities are given for the students as options which they can avail for.

Meal Plan OptionGroup A (Full Meal Plans)*Group B (Reduced Meal Plans)*
MinimumCAD 3,955CAD 2,855
LightCAD 4,155CAD 3,055
RegularCAD 4,355CAD 3,255
VarsityCAD 4,555CAD 3,455

Application process

  1. Fill out the online application available on the official website of DeGroote.
  2. Enter the Mac Number
  3. Choose the room based on the students’ choice (Note: the choice of your taste is not guaranteed)
  4. Wait for lottery number allocation
  5. After allocation, the rooms will be assigned based on the availability.

Scholarships and Bursaries


All the students are eligible for entrance scholarships and those with high profile and intellectual abilities are awarded scholarships.

Entrance Scholarships:

ScholarshipValueNo. of scholarships released
The David Feather Family MBA ScholarshipUpto CAD 5,0002
Hamilton Economic Development ScholarshipCAD 2,0001
The DeGroote School of Business ScholarshipCAD 1,0001
The DeGroote School of Business Management Information Systems ScholarshipsCAD 1,5001
The Adam Felesky MBA ScholarshipCAD 30,0001
The Richard Nino MBA ScholarshipCAD 1,0001
The Schwenger Family MBA ScholarshipCAD 5,0001

In-course Scholarships:

ScholarshipValueNo. of scholarships released
The Broad Family MBA ScholarshipCAD 1,0001
The Canadian Tire Scholarships in Management Information SystemsCAD 1,2501
CIBC Murray Hogarth ScholarshipsCAD 3,0001
Ford of Canada MBA Travelling FellowshipCAD 3,0001
The Foyston, Gordon & Payne MBA ScholarshipCAD 10,0001
G.J. Lozinski Foundation ScholarshipCAD 2,5002
The Halton Rotary Clubs/Pythons’ Pit Entrepreneurship MBA ScholarshipCAD 3,5001
The James M. Stewart AwardCAD 1,0001
The John Deere Foundation Graduate Scholarship in Management Information SystemsCAD 1,2501
The MBA Class of 1988 Greg Brophy Memorial Scholarship in Principled LeadershipCAD 5,0001
Michael Lee-Chin and Family ScholarshipsCAD 10,0001
The Noble Pursuit: MBA Leadership Scholarship in Health Services ManagementCAD 1,0001
Royal LePage Commercial Inc. ScholarshipCAD 2,5001
The UPS MBA ScholarshipCAD 2,0001
The John Deere Foundation Graduate Scholarship in MINTCAD 1,2501


Entrance bursaries

ScholarshipValueNo. of scholarships released
The Alexandra and Jack Bart Memorial BursaryCAD 1,0002
The Angela Gregoris MBA BursaryCAD 2,0001
The Avery AwardCAD 5,0002
The Guerino and Anna Maria Marinucci Academic GrantCAD 15,0001
The McKinley Perrin Academic GrantCAD 5,0002
The Otis Canada Bursaries in the MBA ProgramCAD 1,5002
Lillian Russell AwardCAD 1,5001

In-course Bursaries

ScholarshipValueNo. of scholarships released
The Zoltan D. Simo Academic GrantCAD 2,0001
The Purchasing Management Association of Canada – Hamilton District BursaryCAD 1,0001
The MBA Games Board of Directors BursaryCAD 1,0001
The Harish Jain Human Rights in Employment Academic GrantCAD 9001
The Peirce Family Academic GrantCAD 1,0002
The Farzin Yousefpour Academic GrantCAD 1,5001
The Labatt Academic GrantCAD 2,0001

All scholarships are merit-based and are short-listed by the MBA scholarship committee.

Other requirements while entering Canada

 You will need to provide:

  • A passport which is valid for six months after you return home.
  • Acceptance letter from the university.
  • Evidence of adequate funds to cover the cost of tuition and living expenses for the students and any dependents coming to Canada with them.
  • Entry visa and student permit.
  • University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) is mandatory for all students

Work After Graduation

One can work post their graduation after obtaining a work permit. The post-graduation work permit is valid for the same duration as that of the last study program the students have completed. Students have to fulfill the following conditions.

  1. Must have been a full-time student in Canada and must possess Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) depending on country of citizenship.
  2. Completed with a study program with a minimum duration of 8 months
  3. Apply for the work permit within 90 days of receiving a document declaring completion of studies.
  4. Must have a valid study permit.

The top placement domains in DeGroote’s by the industry

  • Financial Services/Banking/Capital Markets (43%)
  • Consumer Packaged Goods / Retail (12%)
  • Consulting (10%)
  • Government/Non-profit (6%)
  • Technology and Telecommunications (10%)
  • Healthcare/Biotech/Pharma (18%)
  • Other (1%)

Alumni Network

DeGroote School of Business is home to more than 50 notable alumni out of which some are listed below:

  • Paul Ciapanna, B.Com -Senior Audit Manager at KPMG LLP
  • Anne Connelly- Blockchain consultant
  • Marlie Morrison- Works in Disney
  • Jodi Glover- CEO and co-founder of Real Tech Inc.
  • Aazam Bhimji- Brand Manager of Environmental Control at Dyson.
  • Kevin Lockhart- Wall Street Investment Banker
  • Roger Brown- Manager in Scotiabank
  • Norm Schleehahn - Manager of Business Development at the City of Hamilton
  • Chris Bondarenko-  Vice President of Sales in SaaS solution
  • Robert Taylor- Trisura Co-founder

Alumni Benefits

The Wayne C. Fox Distinguished Alumni Award is awarded every year for the alumni with more personal accomplishments, reputation.

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