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which universities (in business/finance) is better?

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Aug 1, 2012
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RICHMOND HILL

which universities (in business/finance) is better?

Hi there,

I am a grade 12 students and i applied business for below universities:

UTsc
UTM
Waterloo
Laurier
Mcmaster
Brock

My average should be around 84-86. I know :
a. UTSC management co-op program very good. i hope i can get a offer from them. But it seems the retention rate to year high is very low. I heard that it was 150 out of 600 can go in the year 2. is that real? anyone heard about it?

b. Waterloo AFM program - i know is good too. but it seems very hard to IN. anyone have the actual experience?

c. beisde of above 2 universities, i didnt get any information of UTM, Laurier, Mcmaster and Brock. Especially Mcmaster - nothing heard in this forum, I thought it should be a very good universities, it is TOP 5 in canada, right? anyone can comments it.

d. Since my average not really high (actually i am a science student), do you think i will get any offer from above universities?

e. If i only got offers from Mcmaster, Laurier and UTM, which one will be better. Location is not a problem. Anyone please comments, I really need some actual experience and advice. tks very much.
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May 3, 2012
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Does Waterloo have a real finance program? I thought it was more of an accounting thing. I would be hesitant in going to Brock unless your going the CA / accounting route. I was talking to some people who were in McMaster business, finance I think. Not sure if they liked it too much lol, a lot of complaining about professors and low averages. I mean maybe McMaster is somewhere near the top overall, but not for business/finance. Still a good for business though, just not as good as Laurier, UT, etc. Also, look at Brock, that school has no reputation, but it still has a very well developed accounting program.
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May 29, 2012
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"Better" is a very subjective term.

If you mean reputation-wise, then the U of Ts and Waterloo would be on top of the list.

top for Business in Canada and popular are typically known as:

UBC (Sauder), Queens Commerce, Western (Ivey), UofT, Waterloo, York (schulich). Mcgill is a very well reputated name as well, but not too sure about their business program.
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McMaster's Commerce program is decent but nothing spectacular. The 1st year of the program lacks business content as there's only 1 business course, and 2 economics courses; the rest comprise of math, computer science, and electives. During the 2nd year, the program does a poor job transitioning the difficulty level because 9/10 courses are mandatory and students are bombarded with constant midterms every 1 - 2 weeks in batches of 2-3 in the same week; in comparison to 1st year where there are only 2-3 midterms per month and spread out fairly evenly. The only reason anyone should ever choose McMaster is the opportunity to receive a paid internship after the 3rd year of studying. The internship lasts for 12 - 16 months with an average salary of 3000/month, which requires a minimum GPA of 7.0 (B-), but students who usually receive an internship obtain a higher GPA (i.e. B or higher). After completing the internship, the student returns to McMaster to complete the program as a 5th year student. Without the internship, the program is inferior to other programs that only focuses on studies, such as York-Schulich, Queen's Commerce, Western - Ivey, UofT - Rotman.

Based on the information you've provided, UTSC - Management w/ co-op is the best option, followed by Laurier BBA, McMaster Commerce respectively. Waterloo AFM/APA and Brock - Accounting w/ co-op are excellent options if you want to pursue a career in accounting. However, it's also possible to specialize in accounting at UofT, Laurier, and McMaster.
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For finance:
Laurier
Waterloo
UTSC

Laurier grads place very well on Bay Street. Waterloo grads too. UTSC isnt as much a finance school as an accounting one, but i do know some people that are on co-op at some big companies (OTPP, ONCAP, etc.) I wouldnt even consider the rest.
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ChucKoH wrote:
Jan 26th, 2013 12:09 am
McMaster's Commerce program is decent but nothing spectacular. The 1st year of the program lacks business content as there's only 1 business course, and 2 economics courses; the rest comprise of math, computer science, and electives. During the 2nd year, the program does a poor job transitioning the difficulty level because 9/10 courses are mandatory and students are bombarded with constant midterms every 1 - 2 weeks in batches of 2-3 in the same week; in comparison to 1st year where there are only 2-3 midterms per month and spread out fairly evenly. The only reason anyone should ever choose McMaster is the opportunity to receive a paid internship after the 3rd year of studying. The internship lasts for 12 - 16 months with an average salary of 3000/month, which requires a minimum GPA of 7.0 (B-), but students who usually receive an internship obtain a higher GPA (i.e. B or higher). After completing the internship, the student returns to McMaster to complete the program as a 5th year student. Without the internship, the program is inferior to other programs that only focuses on studies, such as York-Schulich, Queen's Commerce, Western - Ivey, UofT - Rotman.

Based on the information you've provided, UTSC - Management w/ co-op is the best option, followed by Laurier BBA, McMaster Commerce respectively. Waterloo AFM/APA and Brock - Accounting w/ co-op are excellent options if you want to pursue a career in accounting. However, it's also possible to specialize in accounting at UofT, Laurier, and McMaster.

he knows what he is talking about
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Aug 1, 2012
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RICHMOND HILL
Hi Kunman,

You said "dont go to mac" - may i know why?
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Waterloo math/business > UTSC. Just do a quick search on linkedin and you will see the superiority in their co-op placements.
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