The choice of electives to complete a Schulich degree program is entirely up to the student (respecting co-requisite 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 may take up to 12 credits of electives, all of which must be completed in Schulich.
- 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.
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.