The choice of electives to complete a Schulich degree program is entirely up to the student (respecting corequisite and prerequisite requirements). Students are not required to choose a major. Instead, they are encouraged to select those electives that best suit their backgrounds and career interests.
Students may elect to cluster their electives around one or two areas of 18 areas of specialization offered at Schulich to build functional or industry specific expertise. A number of areas also feature a Graduate Diploma program, which must be completed concurrently with a degree program. For a further discussion regarding using electives to develop one or more areas of expertise through a Specialization or Graduate Diploma, see Specializations & Graduate Diplomas
- Students cannot take electives until the MBA 1 5100-series Required Foundations of Management Core Courses have been completed.
- Most electives have either corequisite or prerequisite requirements.
- Certain functional areas and programs require that students use the one MBA 1 elective slot to enrol in the introductory course of their respective specializations (concentration or Diploma Programs). Check Specializations & Graduate Diplomas.
- Students also have the opportunity to apply to take Schulich Individual Study 6900-series courses, and non-Schulich Elective Courses outside the School (see below).
- Normally, a maximum of one 3.0 credit hour cross-listed elective can count towards two concentrations.
IMBA students must take a minimum of 18.00 credit-hours of elective courses. For students going on academic exchange, 12.00 credit-hours of courses must be taken and passed while on exchange to satisfy this requirement.
Students who do not partake in the optional exchange must complete 6.00 credit-hours from the list of electives below.
International Business Electives for the IMBA
Elective Courses at other York Faculties:
In addition to electives offered within Schulich, students can seek permission from the Director of Student Services and International Relations to take the equivalent of 6.0 credit-hours of courses in other graduate faculties at York, including those offered by the Faculty of Environmental Studies, the Faculty of Fine Arts, the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (e.g. Economics, Mathematics) and Osgoode Hall Law School.
Elective Courses at other Graduate Schools:
- In addition to electives offered within Schulich, students can seek permission from the Director of Student Services and International Relations to take the equivalent of 6.0 credit-hours of courses at other graduate schools (outside York University).
- Please note that procedures regarding enrolment and tuition for taking courses at universities in Ontario and taking courses at universities outside of Ontario vary. Please refer to Enrolment and Registration (How to Enrol) for more details.
- The maximum number of elective courses taken outside Schulich for which credit is given is the equivalent of 6.0 credit-hours. Application for taking courses outside Schulich should be submitted well in advance of course start date, as authorization from Schulich and the external Faculty/School is required. Undergraduate courses are not credited towards Schulich graduate degrees.
- Post-MBA Diploma Students may not take courses outside of the Schulich School of Business.
- Students in the MBA/JD and MBA/MA/MFA programs must complete 45 credit hours of courses at the Schulich School. Courses taken out of faculty cannot be counted towards their 45 credit hours of Schulich courses.
In addition to registering in regular Schulich elective courses, a student may also work with an individual faculty member on a topic of mutual interest. They are normally supervised by a tenured or tenure track faculty member and if the supervisor is a part-time or contract instructor, a full time faculty member must co-sign the forms. These studies are co-designed by the student and the faculty member based on:
a. learning objectives
b. means of achieving these objectives
c. method of evaluation
The purpose of an Individual Study is not to replace existing courses and should be designed to have minimal overlap with existing or previously taken courses. The workload is equivalent to a course of the same credits. Students are advised to give careful thought to the title that they use to describe the course since it will appear on their transcript.
A student may take a maximum of 6.0 credit hours of Individual Study courses for degree credit.
Individual Study courses are coded as XXXX 6900 X.XX. The initial XXXX portion of the course code uses the functional area or program a faculty member is associated with, while the final X.XX indicated whether the course is worth 3.00 or 1.50 credit hours (e.g. FINE 6900 3.00 or BSUS 6900 1.50).
For information on the special steps necessary to enrol in such electives, see 'How to Enrol' on the Enrolment and Registration page.
Note: Post-MBA Diploma Students may not take Individual Studies.