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mistablair wrote:
Hmm. Those are some interesting ideas.
I do see that McGill and Rotman compare similarly to some of the lower down schools such as Mendoza and Marshall at 85-90k. Perhaps, Canada isn't that far behind. I'm not sure how comparable McGill's report is to Rotman's. McGill's seems to have a low survey response rate and also seems to be taken after more time has passed. I would like to see the standard deviation/breakdown of the salaries at each of the schools to see how clustered they are (are a few outliers inflating the numbers?).

I too would like to see those breakdowns, I'm a little hesitant to believe information that could so easily be manipulated, especially since every publication has different average starting salaries for McGill...
mistablair wrote:
The ROI in terms of salary increase doesn't really mean much to me. The majority of those people must be earning about \$40K a year before hand or come from countries that have much lower costs of living when converted to CAD is much less. Salary increase is a very individual thing and does not really have much to do with the school and is too easy to manipulate. To an earlier post, it does appear that signing bonuses are much rarer in Canada and for much smaller amounts. The salaries may be similar but lump sum payments are nothing to scoff at with big student loans to pay off.
Absolutely!
mistablair wrote:
Looking at Rotman, for example, it seems to have most of the same big recruiters that top US MBA schools get. That would appear to imply that they pay less and/or hire less people.
I concluded the same thing with McGill. I guess the goal is to be in the top 25% of your class. I will be networking the hell out of every avenue beginning day 1 (in fact, I've already started with linkedin).
mistablair wrote:
Salary isn't my biggest concern. I want to go to school so that I can learn the tools and meet the people that can foster opportunities to make a difference and make meaningful decisions. I'm sure that any of the top few schools in Canada can do that for me. Plus it eliminates the hassle of moving to the USA and worrying about getting a job down there and somehow getting a work visa for my wife.
Completely agree! I for one am proud to be Canadian and choose to support a Canadian institution. Not to mention that our MBAs cost a fraction of what the American ones do.
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Bump* I`m hoping someone from Sauder will chime in at some point.
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mistablair wrote:
Hmm. Those are some interesting ideas.
I do see that McGill and Rotman compare similarly to some of the lower down schools such as Mendoza and Marshall at 85-90k. Perhaps, Canada isn't that far behind. I'm not sure how comparable McGill's report is to Rotman's. McGill's seems to have a low survey response rate and also seems to be taken after more time has passed. I would like to see the standard deviation/breakdown of the salaries at each of the schools to see how clustered they are (are a few outliers inflating the numbers?).

I too would like to see those breakdowns, I'm a little hesitant to believe information that could so easily be manipulated, especially since every publication has different average starting salaries for McGill...
mistablair wrote:
The ROI in terms of salary increase doesn't really mean much to me. The majority of those people must be earning about \$40K a year before hand or come from countries that have much lower costs of living when converted to CAD is much less. Salary increase is a very individual thing and does not really have much to do with the school and is too easy to manipulate. To an earlier post, it does appear that signing bonuses are much rarer in Canada and for much smaller amounts. The salaries may be similar but lump sum payments are nothing to scoff at with big student loans to pay off.
Absolutely!
mistablair wrote:
Looking at Rotman, for example, it seems to have most of the same big recruiters that top US MBA schools get. That would appear to imply that they pay less and/or hire less people.
I concluded the same thing with McGill. I guess the goal is to be in the top 25% of your class. I will be networking the hell out of every avenue beginning day 1 (in fact, I've already started with linkedin).
mistablair wrote:
Salary isn't my biggest concern. I want to go to school so that I can learn the tools and meet the people that can foster opportunities to make a difference and make meaningful decisions. I'm sure that any of the top few schools in Canada can do that for me. Plus it eliminates the hassle of moving to the USA and worrying about getting a job down there and somehow getting a work visa for my wife.
Completely agree! I for one am proud to be Canadian and choose to support a Canadian institution. Not to mention that our MBAs cost a fraction of what the American ones do.

I believe Mcgill includes guaranteed compensation into salary, which skews the numbers a bit....
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CarlMtl wrote:
Hi there ladies and gents,

I want your opinion on what the top 5 business schools in Canada are. I know every publication ranks them differently, but what are your thoughts?

Based on my research and obvious bias, I would say the following:
1. Desautels
2. Rotman
3. Schulich
4. Ivey
5. Sauder

Let the battle begin!

Interesting perspective. I only ever applied to Ivey in Canada... and was told to only apply to Ivey by someone in the industry. I would've preferred that it were a two-year program but hey. On the street there's only Ivey and Rotman. Nothing else comes close for recruiting for finance and consulting. Rotman has definitely done some amazing things in the past few years and have done really well for themselves. Ivey is the most historic brand for MBA's but their one-year program has drawbacks for career-switchers. As such, the students that attend are mostly looking to return to the same industry. The amount of people I know who have attended Schulich and regretted it are immense. The school is an ESL-fest. Rotman is in danger of going down this path as well. In their recent attempt to match Ivey's incoming student stats, which used to be the highest by a considerable margin, they've started admitting a LOT of internationals who have killer GMAT's and GPA's but aren't quite nuanced in their communication ability yet.

I think it's sort of sad that you have to lie about other schools in order to build up your own.
I'm a Schulich MBA, and haven't regretted it at all. You self defeat your own argument when you say Schulich is an ESL fest, then go on about international students who can't communicate but have killer GMATS. Um, isn't the purpose of the GMAT verbal to test english and communication skills? I mean really! You can't get out of a high school without speaking english in Ontario, let alone a top MBA program. Another common hoax that people like you like to spread is that you will get robbed, raped, murdered, or disemboweled if you come within half a mile of York. That's all over forums like this so let me answer that one. 80,000 people come to York every day, and come home in one piece. I'm not going to put down
Ivey. I got in there and it's a good program, but Schulich was a better choice for me. At least I don't go around slandering other school now I'm out.
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maroliv12 wrote:
Interesting perspective. I only ever applied to Ivey in Canada... and was told to only apply to Ivey by someone in the industry. I would've preferred that it were a two-year program but hey. On the street there's only Ivey and Rotman. Nothing else comes close for recruiting for finance and consulting. Rotman has definitely done some amazing things in the past few years and have done really well for themselves. Ivey is the most historic brand for MBA's but their one-year program has drawbacks for career-switchers. As such, the students that attend are mostly looking to return to the same industry. The amount of people I know who have attended Schulich and regretted it are immense. The school is an ESL-fest. Rotman is in danger of going down this path as well. In their recent attempt to match Ivey's incoming student stats, which used to be the highest by a considerable margin, they've started admitting a LOT of internationals who have killer GMAT's and GPA's but aren't quite nuanced in their communication ability yet.

I think it's sort of sad that you have to lie about other schools in order to build up your own.
I'm a Schulich MBA, and haven't regretted it at all. You self defeat your own argument when you say Schulich is an ESL fest, then go on about international students who can't communicate but have killer GMATS. Um, isn't the purpose of the GMAT verbal to test english and communication skills? I mean really! You can't get out of a high school without speaking english in Ontario, let alone a top MBA program. Another common hoax that people like you like to spread is that you will get robbed, raped, murdered, or disemboweled if you come within half a mile of York. That's all over forums like this so let me answer that one. 80,000 people come to York every day, and come home in one piece. I'm not going to put down
Ivey. I got in there and it's a good program, but Schulich was a better choice for me. At least I don't go around slandering other school now I'm out.

Boys! Boys! Calm the hell down. The point here is to bring different perspectives to the table, and that's exactly what we're accomplishing, let's just be a little more diplomatic about how we go about it. d55, could you tell us what you like most about Schulich's program? I know they rank very well in the Economist's rankings.

Maroliv12, what's the % of domestic vs international students at Ivey? How do you think that affects job placements? You also mentioned:

"I believe Mcgill includes guaranteed compensation into salary, which skews the numbers a bit...."

What do you mean by that? What does guaranteed compensation mean?
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Since the topic of Schulich came up, I’ll chime in with my experiences and observation as a Schulich student taking both part time and full time courses. Student quality here is good, very diverse and international. Schulich GMAT and GPA for admission stack up favourably against any Canadian school. Unfortunately, there are segments of the public that perpetuate myths about Schulich students being unable to speak English then point to our large international student population as the culprit. This is very ignorant. If we can't speak English, how would we then fare on the GMAT and various other English tests? In an increasingly global world, it is actually a benefit to have classmates that bring experiences from all corners of the earth, than a homogenous native student population. A bit of logic will easily disprove these libelous claims.

With that being said, there is a huge spread in terms of student quality. While you’ll find the truly elites here, Schlich also have their fair share of weak students. This is echoed in teaching quality as well. Some instructors are amazing, while others are just down right garbage. Overall though, I would consider both to be decent and in line with expectation.

The last point I want to make concern Bay Street hiring. Everyone brings anecdotal evidences and I too have plenty to support Schulich but anecdotal evidences are not that useful, it is far better to deal in facts and one of the facts I would like to bring up is in regard to the Canadian banks. Of the 5 major banks, 3 of the CEOs have MBA and 2 of those are from Schulich: Bharat Masrani, incoming CEO of TD bank and Richard E. Waugh, CEO of Scotiabank. That’s 66.7% of all Banks CEOs with MBAs. Not too shabby for a school that supposedly placed poorly on Bay Street.
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d55 wrote:
I think it's sort of sad that you have to lie about other schools in order to build up your own.
I'm a Schulich MBA, and haven't regretted it at all. You self defeat your own argument when you say Schulich is an ESL fest, then go on about international students who can't communicate but have killer GMATS. Um, isn't the purpose of the GMAT verbal to test english and communication skills? I mean really! You can't get out of a high school without speaking english in Ontario, let alone a top MBA program.

I know plenty of kids who graduated high school in Canada from China/India/etc. who have shockingly poor English skills and managed to get into UBC, U of T, etc. Also, Asian students tend to have sickeningly high Q scores (usually 47+) but could get V scores in the 20s or low 30s. On top of that, just being able to pass English in high school, have conversations in English and getting a passable V score on the GMAT do not guarantee that someone can have complex, academic conversations about business. Is Schulich the only ESL fest in Canada/North America? Absolutely not, and it's far better than most European schools in this regard. But it's a huge school with a lot of international students (and it markets itself internationally more than the likes of Desautels or Queens) so it's bound to have lots of students with less-than-desirable English skills and the reputation is there, like it or not, and imo it is at least partly deserved.
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I think it's sort of sad that you have to lie about other schools in order to build up your own.
I'm a Schulich MBA, and haven't regretted it at all. You self defeat your own argument when you say Schulich is an ESL fest, then go on about international students who can't communicate but have killer GMATS. Um, isn't the purpose of the GMAT verbal to test english and communication skills? I mean really! You can't get out of a high school without speaking english in Ontario, let alone a top MBA program.

I know plenty of kids who graduated high school in Canada from China/India/etc. who have shockingly poor English skills and managed to get into UBC, U of T, etc. Also, Asian students tend to have sickeningly high Q scores (usually 47+) but could get V scores in the 20s or low 30s. On top of that, just being able to pass English in high school, have conversations in English and getting a passable V score on the GMAT do not guarantee that someone can have complex, academic conversations about business. Is Schulich the only ESL fest in Canada/North America? Absolutely not, and it's far better than most European schools in this regard. But it's a huge school with a lot of international students (and it markets itself internationally more than the likes of Desautels or Queens) so it's bound to have lots of students with less-than-desirable English skills and the reputation is there, like it or not, and imo it is at least partly deserved.
jxcho, are you Canadian or American? Why did you decide to matriculate at Indiana University?
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jxcho, are you Canadian or American? Why did you decide to matriculate at Indiana University?

Canadian, with US experience. I decided to attend Kelley because:

1. I'd like to study Marketing and Social Entrepreneurship, both of which are top ranked at IU and there really is no peer school in Canada.
2. I'd like to work in the US Midwest after graduation with a long-term goal of working in Honolulu/Guam.
3. I attended a US state school for my undergrad.

Canada is a great country (better than the US imo) but I've lived all over the world and consider myself a "citizen of the world" of sorts and I think it's time to close the Canadian chapter of my life and move on to another place, at least for now.
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maroliv12 wrote:
CarlMtl wrote:
Hi there ladies and gents,

I want your opinion on what the top 5 business schools in Canada are. I know every publication ranks them differently, but what are your thoughts?

Based on my research and obvious bias, I would say the following:
1. Desautels
2. Rotman
3. Schulich
4. Ivey
5. Sauder

Let the battle begin!

Interesting perspective. I only ever applied to Ivey in Canada... and was told to only apply to Ivey by someone in the industry. I would've preferred that it were a two-year program but hey. On the street there's only Ivey and Rotman. Nothing else comes close for recruiting for finance and consulting. Rotman has definitely done some amazing things in the past few years and have done really well for themselves. Ivey is the most historic brand for MBA's but their one-year program has drawbacks for career-switchers. As such, the students that attend are mostly looking to return to the same industry. The amount of people I know who have attended Schulich and regretted it are immense. The school is an ESL-fest. Rotman is in danger of going down this path as well. In their recent attempt to match Ivey's incoming student stats, which used to be the highest by a considerable margin, they've started admitting a LOT of internationals who have killer GMAT's and GPA's but aren't quite nuanced in their communication ability yet.

I think it's sort of sad that you have to lie about other schools in order to build up your own.
I'm a Schulich MBA, and haven't regretted it at all. You self defeat your own argument when you say Schulich is an ESL fest, then go on about international students who can't communicate but have killer GMATS. Um, isn't the purpose of the GMAT verbal to test english and communication skills? I mean really! You can't get out of a high school without speaking english in Ontario, let alone a top MBA program. Another common hoax that people like you like to spread is that you will get robbed, raped, murdered, or disemboweled if you come within half a mile of York. That's all over forums like this so let me answer that one. 80,000 people come to York every day, and come home in one piece. I'm not going to put down
Ivey. I got in there and it's a good program, but Schulich was a better choice for me. At least I don't go around slandering other school now I'm out.

Perhaps you should take the fight up with your own graduates.

All I really have to say is that Schulich offered acceptances WITHOUT interviews in many cases. Do you really think a b-school should be doing that?
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Hey Carl,
Ivey program management said this year that they have to increase the number of international students they take because it sits around 30%. Don't get me wrong, having too few is a problem too. I should actually reword what I said about guaranteed compensation. From what I understand based on the report here, they lump signing bonus in with year-end bonuses.

https://www.mcgill.ca/desautels/programs ... ment-stats

Whereas other schools only used guaranteed compensation to report salaries. Given that discretionary bonuses are pretty significant, that's what I meant by the numbers being skewed. Not that it would appear to make much difference. Every decent MBA school is within 10k of each other.

Also regarding the fact that Schulich has a high amount of banking CEO's. I think that's good for the schools reputation and contributes to visibility. Let's leave Ivey aside for a minute and compare placings between the school that places best into finance, which lately is Rotman, versus Schulich.

https://www.schulich.yorku.ca/client/sch ... Survey.pdf

vs

https://mbaschoolprofile.topmba.com/uplo ... Report.pdf

In every capital markets function, Rotman pretty much doubles the percentage placement that Schulich has. Now you may very well say that's because not as many students in Schulich are as interested in banking and I would actually agree with you. The same applies to Ivey, we had maybe 20% of the entire class who wanted capital markets vs probably 50% or more at Rotman. All the same, at the end of the day, Rotman places better into finance and is a finance school.

I personally went to Ivey instead of Rotman for finance as I felt I had enough of a finance background (consumer credit risk modelling for JPMChase) to make the capital markets jump and luckily it worked out. Ivey's finance placements have significantly declined though as it's switched to a 1 year program because half the finance jobs go to interns and you can't intern at Ivey. That said, if you're already in capital markets and want to move up, it's a great place to be. We had kids from hedge funds, s&t etc etc, and they all got placed very well.

Also would like to add that for someone like Carl, who wants to work in Montreal, Mcgill is a better choice as they place significantly better there.
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maroliv12 wrote:
Interesting perspective. I only ever applied to Ivey in Canada... and was told to only apply to Ivey by someone in the industry. I would've preferred that it were a two-year program but hey. On the street there's only Ivey and Rotman. Nothing else comes close for recruiting for finance and consulting. Rotman has definitely done some amazing things in the past few years and have done really well for themselves. Ivey is the most historic brand for MBA's but their one-year program has drawbacks for career-switchers. As such, the students that attend are mostly looking to return to the same industry. The amount of people I know who have attended Schulich and regretted it are immense. The school is an ESL-fest. Rotman is in danger of going down this path as well. In their recent attempt to match Ivey's incoming student stats, which used to be the highest by a considerable margin, they've started admitting a LOT of internationals who have killer GMAT's and GPA's but aren't quite nuanced in their communication ability yet.

I think it's sort of sad that you have to lie about other schools in order to build up your own.
I'm a Schulich MBA, and haven't regretted it at all. You self defeat your own argument when you say Schulich is an ESL fest, then go on about international students who can't communicate but have killer GMATS. Um, isn't the purpose of the GMAT verbal to test english and communication skills? I mean really! You can't get out of a high school without speaking english in Ontario, let alone a top MBA program. Another common hoax that people like you like to spread is that you will get robbed, raped, murdered, or disemboweled if you come within half a mile of York. That's all over forums like this so let me answer that one. 80,000 people come to York every day, and come home in one piece. I'm not going to put down
Ivey. I got in there and it's a good program, but Schulich was a better choice for me. At least I don't go around slandering other school now I'm out.

Boys! Boys! Calm the hell down. The point here is to bring different perspectives to the table, and that's exactly what we're accomplishing, let's just be a little more diplomatic about how we go about it. d55, could you tell us what you like most about Schulich's program? I know they rank very well in the Economist's rankings.

Maroliv12, what's the % of domestic vs international students at Ivey? How do you think that affects job placements? You also mentioned:

"I believe Mcgill includes guaranteed compensation into salary, which skews the numbers a bit...."

What do you mean by that? What does guaranteed compensation mean?
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maroliv12 wrote:
d55 wrote:
maroliv12 wrote:

Interesting perspective. I only ever applied to Ivey in Canada... and was told to only apply to Ivey by someone in the industry. I would've preferred that it were a two-year program but hey. On the street there's only Ivey and Rotman. Nothing else comes close for recruiting for finance and consulting. Rotman has definitely done some amazing things in the past few years and have done really well for themselves. Ivey is the most historic brand for MBA's but their one-year program has drawbacks for career-switchers. As such, the students that attend are mostly looking to return to the same industry. The amount of people I know who have attended Schulich and regretted it are immense. The school is an ESL-fest. Rotman is in danger of going down this path as well. In their recent attempt to match Ivey's incoming student stats, which used to be the highest by a considerable margin, they've started admitting a LOT of internationals who have killer GMAT's and GPA's but aren't quite nuanced in their communication ability yet.

I think it's sort of sad that you have to lie about other schools in order to build up your own.
I'm a Schulich MBA, and haven't regretted it at all. You self defeat your own argument when you say Schulich is an ESL fest, then go on about international students who can't communicate but have killer GMATS. Um, isn't the purpose of the GMAT verbal to test english and communication skills? I mean really! You can't get out of a high school without speaking english in Ontario, let alone a top MBA program. Another common hoax that people like you like to spread is that you will get robbed, raped, murdered, or disemboweled if you come within half a mile of York. That's all over forums like this so let me answer that one. 80,000 people come to York every day, and come home in one piece. I'm not going to put down
Ivey. I got in there and it's a good program, but Schulich was a better choice for me. At least I don't go around slandering other school now I'm out.

Perhaps you should take the fight up with your own graduates.

All I really have to say is that Schulich offered acceptances WITHOUT interviews in many cases. Do you really think a b-school should be doing that?

d55 is a bit over zealous in his defense of Schulich but dude, the link you posted is by an anonymous poster from 2006 about his supposed experience at Schulich a further few years prior. I can assured you that our lobby doesn't "smell like urine" and there's no "mold", you can visit our building and see for yourself lol. Where the f__k did this guy came up with this stuff. While I do agree on the education being "a mix bag but over all good" part, the rest of what he wrote is complete bs.

I do agree on the part about interviewing every accepted applicants though, even if only to put us inline with accepted industry practices.
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Is there a way to retroactively add a poll to this thread?

Think we are in agreement that quite a few published rankings for CDN b-schools are dicey - so I'd like to see best b-school by popular vote.
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I agree I think he's OTT and I'm sure that your facilities have considerably improved since the post. They probably weren't ever that bad anyway. The point I was trying to make earlier was that, for some reason, I've encountered lots of students who have attended Schulich and bash it. I don't know why that is, really but hopefully it gets sorted out. I don't really want to turn this into a pissing match...I'm sure that Schulich has areas that are very strong (I believe brand management is one of them?). In sum total I would say that go to whatever school suits your area of interest. I think as far as finance in Toronto goes, Ivey and Rotman (more Rotman now) have it cornered. Consulting as well. That's the only area I feel knowledgeable enough to comment on; I'm pretty sure in Montreal, they recruit more from Mcgill and they probably recruit more for marketing in Schulich.
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Is there a way to retroactively add a poll to this thread?

Think we are in agreement that quite a few published rankings for CDN b-schools are dicey - so I'd like to see best b-school by popular vote.

it pretty much turns into everyone voting for the school they're accepted into and attending

the best poll you have is the employment reports of the respective school. I worked at it backwards....I figured out what I wanted to do and went to the best school possible for it. I was waitlisted at Yale otherwise I'd *probably* have gone there.
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maroliv12 wrote:
Is there a way to retroactively add a poll to this thread?

Think we are in agreement that quite a few published rankings for CDN b-schools are dicey - so I'd like to see best b-school by popular vote.

it pretty much turns into everyone voting for the school they're accepted into and attending

the best poll you have is the employment reports of the respective school. I worked at it backwards....I figured out what I wanted to do and went to the best school possible for it. I was waitlisted at Yale otherwise I'd *probably* have gone there.

Maroliv`s right, McGill is the best.
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