Schulich School of Business

Coordinates: 43°46′23″N 79°29′55″W / 43.77306°N 79.49861°W / 43.77306; -79.49861
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Schulich School of Business
The Schulich School of Business
Former name
Faculty of Administrative Studies
Named forSeymour Schulich
TypeFaculty (business school)
Established1966 (1966)
Parent institution
York University
DeanDetlev Zwick
Location, ,

43°46′23″N 79°29′55″W / 43.77306°N 79.49861°W / 43.77306; -79.49861

The Schulich School of Business is the business school of York University located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The institution provides undergraduate and graduate degree and diploma programs in business administration, finance, accounting, business analytics, public administration and international business as well as a number of PhD and executive programs. Originally known as the Faculty of Administrative Studies (FAS), it was renamed in 1995 after Seymour Schulich, a major benefactor who has donated $15 million to the school.[1] The Dean of the School, Detlev Zwick, was appointed in 2021 after having served as Interim Dean for 15 months.[2][3]

Primarily located at the Seymour Schulich Building on the Keele Campus in Toronto, Ontario, the school also maintains an executive education centre in Toronto's Financial District in downtown Toronto and satellite campuses in Hyderabad, India and Beijing, China. The school also has satellite centres in Shanghai, Mumbai, Seoul, São Paulo, and Mexico City. Schulich offers undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate business degrees that lead to careers in the private, public and nonprofit sectors, and has more than 34,000 alumni working in approximately 90 countries. Schulich pioneered Canada's first International MBA (IMBA) and International BBA (iBBA) degrees, as well as North America's first cross-border executive MBA degree, the Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA. Schulich's Executive Education Centre provides executive development programs annually to more than 16,000 executives in Canada and abroad.

The Seymour Schulich Building


The Schulich School of Business was known as the Faculty of Administrative Studies which was founded in 1966.[4] Before the establishment of the Seymour Schulich Building on the Keele Campus in 2003, the school was run from a York University building, currently renamed as Health, Nursing & Environmental Studies Building. In 1995, following a major monetary donation from Canadian billionaire Seymour Schulich, the school underwent a series of changes that created the present-day Schulich School of Business.


Seymour Schulich Building[edit]

Peter F. Bronfman Business Library

The Seymour Schulich Building opened in August 2003 and cost $102 million. The building was jointly designed by Siamak Hariri and Robbie Young + Wright Architectural and was awarded the Governor General's Medal in Architecture in 2006.[5] The Seymour Schulich Building and its Executive Learning Centre houses the Peter F. Bronfman Business Library, Executive Dining Room, Robert R. McEwen Auditorium, York Entrepreneurship Development Institute, Tuchner's Pub & Eatery, Starbucks, the central courtyard, the Executive Learning Centre hotel, and a number of small lecture halls.

In December 2017, the $120 million York University Station opened directly across from the Seymour Schulich Building's main entrance.[6] Designed by Foster + Partners, the station design considers the surrounding public space and connections to the city, and uses natural light to intuitively guide passengers from the entrance down to the platforms. With the Line 1 Yonge–University subway running underneath a lecture hall on Schulich's East Wing, in 2021, Metrolinx conducted a study to analyse the latest sound and vibration technology that was used to plan and design the Yonge North Subway Extension.[7]

Rob and Cheryl McEwen Graduate Study & Research Building[edit]

The Rob and Cheryl McEwen Graduate Study & Research Building opened in 2019 – attributed to an $8 million donation from the McEwen family. The 67,000 square-foot facility – which cost $50 million to build and which was designed by the firm Baird Sampson Neuert Architects – is one of the most environmentally sustainable academic buildings in North America. The building has won a number of awards for design excellence and has received LEED Gold certification – one of the highest standards of sustainability for a building.[8] Centered around a generously proportioned atrium—which will serve as a communal space—the building also houses a Seattle's Best Coffee café, a student marketplace, and a fitness & wellness centre, as well as a landscaped outdoor courtyard.

Rob and Cheryl McEwen Graduate Study & Research Building

Miles S. Nadal Management Centre[edit]

Management programs are held in downtown Toronto at the Miles S. Nadal Management Centre which is located at 222 Bay Street in the Toronto-Dominion Centre.

India Campus[edit]

In 2014, Schulich opened a $100 million satellite campus in Hyderabad, India, a collaboration with the GMR School of Business.[9] The campus gives students the opportunity to complete their India MBA consisting of a first year spent in India followed by a second year in Toronto.[10]

Graduate programs[edit]

The Schulich School of Business offers a number of graduate degree programs:

  • PhD - Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration
  • MBA - Master of Business Administration
  • IMBA - International MBA with a strong emphasis on International Business
  • EMBA - Executive MBA program with the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University
  • India MBA - MBA program at the Schulich GMR Campus in India
  • MBA/J.D. - MBA with a Juris Doctor in partnership with the Osgoode Hall Law School at York University
  • MBA/MFA/MA - Master of Business Administration, Master of Fine Arts, and Master of Arts
  • MAcc - Master of Accounting
  • MMAI - Master of Management in Artificial Intelligence
  • MBAN - Master of Business Analytics
  • MF - Master of Finance
  • MMgt - Master of Management
  • MMKG - Master of Marketing
  • MREI - Master of Real Estate and Infrastructure
  • MSCM - Master of Supply Chain Management

The Schulich School also offers two Graduate diploma programs:

The School currently offers 17 specializations within the MBA curriculum as well as part-time and accelerated degree options.

Undergraduate programs[edit]


Schulich offers two undergraduate programs:

  • BBA (Hons) - Bachelor of Business Administration with Honours
  • iBBA (Hons) - International Bachelor of Business Administration with Honours


Students applying to the BBA/iBBA program must have at least a low 90s high school average.[12] There are two parts of the application process. For the first part, applicants must submit a Supplementary Information Form that includes a summary of the organizations, sports teams, volunteer or paid work that the applicant has been involved in. Secondly, there are three video interview questions along with a five-minute written portion.[13]

The BBA and iBBA programs together enrol around 400 students (300 for BBA and 100 for iBBA) from an average of 5,500 to 6,000 applicants per year, with an average applicant to admission ratio of around 14 to 1. Delayed entry students who have studied one year at another school are also allowed to apply. However, there are only a limited number of spaces reserved for the delayed entry stream and prospective applicants must meet specific degree requirements to qualify.


Similar to the graduate program, students are not required to specialize in a discipline. However, students can choose to specialize in up to two areas such as: Accounting, Economics, Entrepreneurship and Family Business, Finance, International Business, Marketing, Organization Studies, Operations Management & Information Systems, and Strategic Management. iBBA students are also required to complete one semester of study abroad at one of Schulich's partner schools and to take a foreign language course every year.

Undergraduate students in the BBA and iBBA programs also have the option of pursuing a Certificate in Managing International Trade and Investment.

International exchange[edit]

Any student enrolled in the BBA/iBBA program may apply for one Study Abroad term. Students may apply for a full academic year only in cases where a full year option is available as per the information on individual partner schools. Exchange term could either be the second semester of Year 3, or first and second semester of Year 4. Schulich partners with 64 exchange partner universities in 30 different countries. Exchange partners include Esade Business School, HEC Paris, Bocconi University and the National University of Singapore. Exchange is mandatory for iBBA students as it is a part of their graduation requirements, but BBA students are also allowed to participate in exchange. Most countries that invite Schulich students for exchange terms have limited spots; therefore, a portion of the spots in each university is reserved for iBBA students, and the rest of the spots are for students studying in either undergraduate designation.[14] Select undergraduate students also have the option of completing a joint degree with the Guanghua School of Management at Peking University.[15] Students who graduate from the Schulich-Guanghua joint program receive both a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA or iBBA) from the Schulich School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in Management from the Guanghua School of Management.[15]


Business Rankings
Global MBA
QS (2024)[16]81

Schulich has placed in national and international business school rankings.

Canadian MBA Alliance[edit]

The school is also a founding member of the Canadian MBA Alliance which was created in 2013. All six members of the alliance rank among the world's top 100 schools, according to their participation in key rankings – Financial Times, Business Week, and The Economist.[20]

Notable faculty[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

Student clubs[edit]

There are two student government bodies responsible for the student experience at Schulich.

  • On the undergraduate level, students can participate in annual elections to become representatives in the Undergraduate Business Society (UBS).
  • Graduate students have the same opportunity to be elected as their student body representatives in the Graduate Business Council.

Additionally, students can become members and hold position in various student organizations. Each of these organizations solicits membership from newly admitted students at the Club Fair, which takes place during the first week of classes.


The Schulich School of Business releases a quarterly alumni magazine called the Exchange (stylized as exchange).[38]


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