The Top Finance MBAs in Toronto

Top Finance MBAs

The finance industry has always gone hand-in-hand in the MBA. Even as MBAs are becoming increasingly popular in other industries, finance is still the biggest MBA job sector and accounts for 22 percent of all MBA jobs, according to the 2014/15 QS ‘Jobs and Salary Trends Report.’

The Toronto Metro—brimming with top-notch MBA programs with finance concentrations—is a great destination for any prospective MBA looking to breaking into the finance sector. Here are a few of the top finance MBAs in Toronto:

DeGroote School of Business – McMaster University

Founded in 1887 in Toronto before relocating to Hamilton in 1930, today McMaster University is one of four Canadian schools ranked among the best in the world. An MBA program was first established by the school in 1962. DeGroote currently offers a 16-month full-time MBA degree, as well as an executive-management program, a co-op MBA, an Executive MBA in Digital Transformation and an eight-month accelerated degree for students with an undergraduate degree in business.

Following a year of core classes, second year MBA DeGroote students get to pick a specialization, one of which is Finance. According to DeGroote, students on this track are setting themselves up for success in the following positions: Financial Analyst, Treasury, Equity Research Analyst, Mid Market Investment Manager, Investment Banking Associate and Investigative Analyst.

Ivey Business School – Western University Canada

While the School of Business Administration was established at Western University in 1950, the university took the name Ivey School of Business in 1995. Today, the school offers full-time graduate MBA and Executive MBA programs. Ivey School of Business is AACSB accredited and was ranked as the best (non-U.S.) full-time MBA by Bloomberg in 2015.

The first four months of the Ivey MBA Program consist of Business Essentials coursework, which includes Strategy, Leadership, Accounting, Information Systems, Operations, Marketing, Analytics, Communications, Economics and Finance. An example of a Finance courses includes Managing Financial Resources, which addresses the key decisions and issues faced by senior officers in a corporation and the analytical frameworks and approaches that are helpful in resolving these issues.

Rotman School of Management – University of Toronto

Consistently ranked as one of the premiere business schools in Canada, the Rotman School of Management offers a variety of MBA formats, including a full-time MBA degree, part-time morning and evening MBA programs, a one-year executive MBA program and an 18-month Global Executive MBA.

The University of Toronto’s Rotman Finance Area focuses on research and education, publishing in top-tier journals and educating students and executives in the latest financial thinking. The Finance department features more than 30 faculty members, making it the largest department in the school.

Rotman is also home to the BMO Financial Group Finance Research and Trading Lab, which provides a focal point for research and training in a range of financial disciplines, such as investment strategy and portfolio management; financial engineering and risk management; trading and analysis of the microstructure of markets.

Schulich School of Business – York University

Known as “Canada’s Global Business School” and ranked among the world’s leading business schools by a number of global surveys, the Schulich School of Business currently offers 19 specializations at the Master’s level and offer part-time and accelerated degree options, and is fully accredited with AICTE (India), AMBA (UK), EQUIS (Europe) and OCGS (Ontario). Schulich business students can earn a number of graduate degrees including MBA, Executive MBA, International MBA, MPA, MAcc, MF, MBA/JD, MS, MBA/MS and Ph.D.

A vast and robust program, the Schulich MBA boasts 21 different areas of specialization, two Toronto campuses, multiple start dates and scheduling choices, including the ability to switch between full-time and part-time study. Finance is among the available specializations.

Schulich Finance coursework covers the full spectrum of financial activities, including Financial Management, Financial Engineering and Private Wealth Management. Schulich graduates can also specialize in Financial Services or Financial Engineering.

Wilfrid Laurier University – Toronto Campus

The Lazaridis School of Business & Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University offers a part-time alternate weekend MBA with or without two additional degree options: CPA and Master of Finance. They also offer a part-time alternate weekend Master of Finance and an Accelerated MBA.

According to the school, the MBA with Master of Finance Dual Degree “provides candidates with the strategic leadership skills of the MBA, and the full breadth and depth of the Master of Finance degree, which provides technical “must haves” for a career in asset management and investment banking.” Classes are offered in a part-time alternating weekend schedule,and is designed for working professionals. The program requires four years of part-time study to complete.


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