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DeGroote School of Business – McMaster University


McMaster University was founded in 1887 in Toronto through a bequest from the estate of Canadian Senator William McMaster, who also was founding president of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. Relocated from Toronto to Hamilton in 1930, McMaster is one of only four Canadian universities ranked among the top 100 in the world.

The McMaster MBA program was created in 1962, and today has more than 16,000 alumni around the world. The DeGroote School of Business is AACSB accredited, and provides a range of business education including Honours Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Commerce, MBA and Ph.D programs, executive development, and international exchanges.


The DeGroote School of Business holds its programs at the Ron Joyce Center. The Center is located in Burlington, Ontario and is about 20 minutes away from McMaster’s main campus.

McMaster University is Located to the west of Lake Ontario, and span 300 acres. There are many natural attractions nearby, such as the Royal Botanical Gardens and the Waterfront Trail.


The DeGroote School of Business is housed in the Ron Joyce Centre in Burlington, Ontario, located between Toronto and Hamilton on the shore of Lake Ontario. The Center is 90,000 square feet and opened in 2010. It is made up of lecture halls, spaces for meeting, and classrooms. There is also a department housed within the building that provides executive education opportunities to community members. The school strives to keep the building environmentally friendly and is currently trying to obtain a gold LEED rating. The university is also home to regional campuses in Waterloo and Niagara; its main campus is in downtown Hamilton.


McMaster University has 988 instructional faculty members, with about 80 faculty members at DeGroote. There are eight subject areas that faculty at the School of Business specialize in: accounting and financial management services; finance and business economics; human resources and management; information systems; marketing; strategic management; health policy and management; and operations management.

Student Body

A total of 31,843 students are enrolled at McMaster University from 113 countries, with 27,282 undergraduates and 4,561 grad students. Among those students, a total of 29,982 are currently enrolled full-time. According to recent data, a total of 289 students were enrolled in the business master’s programs at the DeGroote School of Business. The majority of DeGroote students are female at 53 percent.

MBA Degree Offerings

DeGroote School of Business offers a 20-month full-time MBA degree, as well as a co-op MBA, an Executive MBA in Digital Transformation, and a Blended-Learning, hybrid part-time MBA.

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