Schulich MBA, Canada

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Schulich MBA Review

If Toronto has your heart but Rotman doesn’t, York University, also located in Toronto, offers 16 or 20 month flexible length programs at its business school—Schulich—with intakes in January or September. The average age of MBA students at Schulich is 29, so you can expect to find older peers with abundant professional experience, and the average GMAT score is 660. It offers solid prospects, with 89% of students employed within three months of graduation, and an average salary of 90,000CAD.

Options define the Schulich MBA experience. Students can switch between the part-time and full-time programs and customize their experience with 20 areas of specialization, three campuses (two in Toronto and one in India), and multiple start dates and scheduling. This flexibility allows students to complete their MBA in either 16 or 20 months. Students with a business background may also qualify for the eight-month Accelerated MBA track.

Students are encouraged to select electives that best suit their backgrounds and careers interests. Students may elect to cluster their electives around one or two areas of specialization (there are 20 options) to build functional or industry-specific expertise.


For those who are interested in Canadian Schools, Schulich is a really good B-school which constantly ranked 3rd or 4th in Canada after IVEY and Rotman (the 2 best schools in Canada). 


Good Things

  • Schulich have very well diversified placements across sectors as well as functions. With most number of students going into financial services, Marketing and Operations this is a decent change from the typical MBA placement pattern where consulting almost always leads the charts.
  • So if you are not super clear about your Short term goal and want to change industry, than Schulich can be a really good school for you to target.
  • Avg. GMAT is 660 with 5 years of Avg. prof. Exp. and a tuition with $100K only. It a perfect B-schools with for aspirants with low acads and low investment potential.
  • With a Tuition Fee of $100K average placement package post MBA is $105. Which is a decent placement especially if you consider the Tuition and average salries of US B-schools.

Thing to Consider

  • The average salary across all the sectors is consistently lower than what Rotman or Ivey
  • Schulich have been trying to bloster there Hyderabad campus intake for a few years now and usually tries to push everyone to accept Hyderabad campus first.


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Schulich MBA Winning Sample Essay - 2

How will the Schulich MBA degree help you achieve your short and long-term career goals? (please limit your answer to 350 words)

Post-MBA, I aspire to be a full-fledged strategy consultant in the technology sector.

For the past 3 years, I have been working at Deloitte as a technical analyst to implement technology solutions. Deloitte has given me opportunities to hone my analytical and problem-solving skills while working on challenging projects in Health Insurance and Pharmaceutical verticals.

I have worked with seasoned strategy consultants and international clients. Now, I would like to join the ranks of strategy consultants and be on the decision-making side of the consulting. In the long run, I intend to move up the consulting ladder to a partner/director role in the consulting domain.

But to achieve my envisaged career progression, I need to enhance my understanding of business/management fundamentals. Hence to fulfil the knowledge gap, I would like to pursue MBA and I think, Schulich MBA would be a perfect fit for me due to 3 prime reasons:

  •    York Consulting Group – York consulting group can provide me the opportunity and hands-on experience of working under the guidance of experienced consultant to help the local community along with my academics.
  •    Internationalize my degree – I want to have hands on experience of learning in a different cultural environment. That’s why I want to come across the world to Canada and on top of that Schulich MBA can provide further opportunities to internationalize my degree via its 84 partners through study tours to Chile, Peru and many other great opportunities.
  •    Flexibility – After discussion with Shreya Bhashyakarla ‘MBA 2016, I was amazed at the flexibility Schulich can provide me to tailor my MBA via 20 different specializations. I am really excited to attend courses such as Strategy Management of Technology which would help me towards my short-term goal. Further, I have heard great things about Negotiation course by Professor Kevin Tasa and I am sure the flexibility would allow me to have all these great learnings.

After thorough research and consultations with current students, I firmly believe an MBA degree from Schulich coupled with experiences I have gathered at Deloitte, can help me achieve my career goals.

Schulich MBA Winning Sample Essay - 1

How will the Schulich MBA degree help you achieve your short and long-term career goals? (please limit your answer to 350 words)

My long-run objective is to acquire a leadership/decision-making position at a technology strategy consulting major, such as Deloitte or Boston, driving IT Strategy and Transformations solutions across various technical capabilities such as digital, cloud and analytics for C-Suite Executives. I intend to achieve that position after acquiring the necessary experience and skill-set required to manage a global consulting firm by starting my career as Technology Strategy Consultant post MBA and working my way up.

At Deloitte, the experience that I have gained through multiple levels of involvement in interdisciplinary technological projects while serving clients encompassing diverse industries(Transportation, Health Insurance Providers and US Human Services) has offered me strong understanding of the challenges introduced by technology. This knowledge complemented with my strong analytical skills will contribute towards my long term career fulfillment.

However, to expedite my envisaged career-progression from implementation side to management side of technology, I need to acquire following capabilities that can be best provided by a full-time Schulich MBA:-

  1. to acquire the theoretical knowledge and practical exposure to general business management concepts so that I could effectively break down the complex business problem into manageable components and gave it a proper structure.
  2. to learn the “sell-side” on consulting so that I could effectively pitch the ideas with well supported facts to senior management at my firm and then to the client.
  3. to learn cost-risk assessment frameworks to effectively analyze the viable technical business solutions to make better informed decisions.

Numerous interactions with Schulich Alumni Sumit Kapila (MBA’ 16) and Samir Madhani (MAB’ 15), who are currently working in the Technology Strategy vertical at Deloitte, highlighted how the ‘Summer internship’ and ‘601 Strategy field Study’ will provide ample opportunity to implement class-room lessons into practice and will prepare me holistically for real world consulting engagements. I am also aspired to enhance my abilities to manage and integrate diverse cross-functional verticals by working on real-world consulting engagements through York Consulting Group (YCG).

Moreover, specific courses such as ‘Managing new technology’, ’Systems analysis & design’ and ’Innovation through Technology and Design’ will give me clearer vision of how to use technology constructively to provide pioneering solutions. Further, my wholesome immersion at the BTMA (Business technology Management Association) and CAC (Case Analysis Club) will facilitate interaction with industry-leaders, imbibing unparalleled perspectives and global outlook.

Conclusively, I am confident that with my collaborative ability, innovative spirit, and leadership skills, I will add significant value to Schulich community.

Schulich MBA Application Essay Tips

Essay – 1

How will the Schulich MBA degree help you achieve your short and long-term career goals? (please limit your answer to 350 words)

A simple goal essay with enough space to talk about your past experiences, rationale for your goals and why you need an MBA from Schulich.

If you think about MBA as a bridge to connect your past and future, you will find it much easier to structure this essay. One approach could be first talking about your past and showing what you have learnt and accomplished till now and then describe where you want to go- thereby making the reader see and feel your need for an MBA. Another approach could be to show your grand vision of your future and then show where you are in the present moment, making a case for MBA to take you to your future. Whatever approach you take, make sure your goals are logical, credible and realistic.

Give enough thought and space to ‘why Schulich MBA’ part of the question. Ideally you would have done extensive online and offline research on how the school will help you achieve your goals before writing the essay. If not, do so now and the reasons for Schulich MBA will flow right  into your essay!


Is there any other information or area of concern in your academic or personal history that you believe would be helpful to the Admissions Committee when considering your application? (please limit your answer to 350 words)

Do you need to even write this essay? That is the first question you should ask yourself.

Attempt this essay only if you feel that it will improve the factual and material strength of your application. Do not submit a optional essay as an addendum to any of your essays. Do not submit your optional essay because you feel that the quality of your earlier essays is improvable – in that case simply redouble your efforts in those essays and leave the optional essay alone.

You could use this space to explain shortfalls in your application which you feel are truly detrimental to your candidature. Areas of underperformance (academic or professional or GMAT) or events which stick out such as gaps in your resumes or a previous MBA or academic disciplinary actions are possible reasons why you attempt this optional essay. Comment on your shortcomings with intelligence, perspective and credibility: giving vague excuses or blaming xyz for failures will be totally counter-productive. Explain the issue clearly and maintain greater focus on the correction for the issue. For example, if you had a disciplinary issue in college, spend most of the space demonstrating what you learned from the experience and how you have been a better person/ student/ citizen ever since.

Or, you could use this this essay to highlight exceptional aspects of your candidature that could not be accommodated in the previous essays. Since this essay does not have to be limited to a single theme or event, disparate yet impressive info points can be quoted.

Go for it!

Video Essay and Timed Writing Sample

Through the application you will record two video essays and complete a five-minute timed writing sample. You will do these in one sitting, and you get one chance to record your answer to each question.


• You will find a unique link to start your video essays at the bottom of the Essays section of the application. Once you have logged in and tested your technical set-up, a question will be posed via pre-recorded video by a member of the Schulich community. You will have 45 seconds to plan your response, and then up to 90 seconds to record it.

• There will be two questions where your answers will be recorded. You can get comfortable with the format first by practicing with mock questions. The practice will look identical to the real thing but will not be recorded.

• You can practice as many times as you like with up to five sample questions. The first of the recorded questions will be a get-to-know-you type of question, and the second will relate more to the workplace.

• The video essays are a compulsory part of the Schulich graduate business application.

LET US GET TO KNOW YOU The video essays lift your application off the page and help us get to know you better.

• The video essays do not replace a live interview with a member of our admissions team, which will come by invitation only after your application has been reviewed.

• While you might be nervous at first, don’t be! The questions are not meant to stump you and there are no right answers. The vast majority of applicants who have submitted video essays have provided positive feedback, and mentioned it was a great chance to present themselves to the Admissions Committee.

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