MBA Canada - McGill / Schulich (or wait for Rotman??)


HarpHenny

Hi everybody, I have offers for McGill and Schulich right now. I have also applied to Rotman but no news there yet.

I'm a bit torn. I work in finance in my home country and would like to move into the financial sector in Canada.

McGill - pros:
- currently ranked best MBA in Canada by the FT
- lower tuition rate
- lower cost of living

McGill - cons:
- not in Toronto
- not well known for finance

Schulich - pros:
- in Toronto, close to financial services
- reasonably good for finance

Schulich - cons:
- higher tuition cost
- higher cost of living (renting a flat, food)
- not ranked in the FT

I hope to hear back from Rotman soon. If I get in there the pros / cons will change a bit... Any insight so far?

Hi everybody, I have offers for McGill and Schulich right now. I have also applied to Rotman but no news there yet.

I'm a bit torn. I work in finance in my home country and would like to move into the financial sector in Canada.

McGill - pros:
- currently ranked best MBA in Canada by the FT
- lower tuition rate
- lower cost of living

McGill - cons:
- not in Toronto
- not well known for finance

Schulich - pros:
- in Toronto, close to financial services
- reasonably good for finance

Schulich - cons:
- higher tuition cost
- higher cost of living (renting a flat, food)
- not ranked in the FT

I hope to hear back from Rotman soon. If I get in there the pros / cons will change a bit... Any insight so far?
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mba hipste...

McGil has reasonable connections with financial services firms, and many grads actually do end up in Toronto. It's not a bad choice for your goals.

However, if you got into Rotman, I'd think that that school might have a slight edge over McGill, if only because of the location. I don't think Schulich is the best choice for your situation.

McGil has reasonable connections with financial services firms, and many grads actually do end up in Toronto. It's not a bad choice for your goals.

However, if you got into Rotman, I'd think that that school might have a slight edge over McGill, if only because of the location. I don't think Schulich is the best choice for your situation.
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HarpHenny

Thanks! I'll wait to hear back from Rotman..

Thanks! I'll wait to hear back from Rotman..
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HarpHenny

For anybody else wondering, I've heard that the Rotman decisions will be coming down at the end of February. Apparently they have received more international applications than they expected this year.

For anybody else wondering, I've heard that the Rotman decisions will be coming down at the end of February. Apparently they have received more international applications than they expected this year.
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If you want to work in finance in Canada, I would only recommend that you go to rotman or ivey.

If you want to work in finance in Canada, I would only recommend that you go to rotman or ivey.
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Duncan

I agree: Rotman and Ivey would be better than McGill.

I agree: Rotman and Ivey would be better than McGill.
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HarpHenny

Unfortunately I did not apply to Ivey.

Unfortunately I did not apply to Ivey.
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Hey, have you heard from Rotman yet? I've not even been contacted for an interview yet. Nothing.

Hey, have you heard from Rotman yet? I've not even been contacted for an interview yet. Nothing.
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HarpHenny

No word yet, no. When did you apply?

No word yet, no. When did you apply?
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Round 2. Got waitlisted.

Round 2. Got waitlisted.
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screedot

I've applied to Schulich but I will probably apply to one or two other schools in Canada as well. I want to work in finance (in Canada).

I am skeptical about Rotman because I have heard some negative reviews but I am open to it. Which of these schools should I focus on?

McGill
Ivey
Rotman
Queen's
UBC

Thank you for any insight.

I've applied to Schulich but I will probably apply to one or two other schools in Canada as well. I want to work in finance (in Canada).<br><br>I am skeptical about Rotman because I have heard some negative reviews but I am open to it. Which of these schools should I focus on?<br><br>McGill<br>Ivey<br>Rotman<br>Queen's<br>UBC<br><br>Thank you for any insight.
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StuartHE

There are negative reviews about everything. That's why the quantified data are so useful.

What sort of finance do you want to do? Which MBA programs have the best-placed alumni in that field in your target cities in Canada? 

[Edited by StuartHE on Oct 28, 2020]

There are negative reviews about everything. That's why the quantified data are so useful.<br><br>What sort of finance do you want to do? Which MBA programs have the best-placed alumni in that field in your target cities in Canada?&nbsp;
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laurie

Ivey or McGill, maybe? Those tend to have strong representation in the financial industry. But if you're considering this level of school I'm not really understanding why you are looking at Schulich. 

Ivey or McGill, maybe? Those tend to have strong representation in the financial industry. But if you're considering this level of school I'm not really understanding why you are looking at Schulich.&nbsp;
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RajSK

Ivey or McGill, maybe? Those tend to have strong representation in the financial industry. But if you're considering this level of school I'm not really understanding why you are looking at Schulich. 


Hi Laurie,

By that, do you mean that Schulich is not at the same level as the other schools? I had heard mixed reviews about Schulich and was also apprehensive due to it's absence from FT rankings; however I was reassured by a few that it's almost in the same league. 

Can you please clarify on this, and shed some light on the reasons? 

[quote]Ivey or McGill, maybe? Those tend to have strong representation in the financial industry. But if you're considering this level of school I'm not really understanding why you are looking at Schulich.&nbsp; [/quote]<br><br>Hi Laurie,<br><br>By that, do you mean that Schulich is not at the same level as the other schools? I had heard mixed reviews about Schulich and was also apprehensive due to it's absence from FT rankings; however I was reassured by a few that it's almost in the same league.&nbsp;<br><br>Can you please clarify on this, and shed some light on the reasons?&nbsp;
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mba hipste...

The absence from the FT is a good indication, in that this ranking tracks salary development over three years after graduation. It's a very reliable indicator of quality.  

But just compare current salary data as well, Schulich does worse than Rotman, Ivey, etc. 

The absence from the FT is a good indication, in that this ranking tracks salary development over three years after graduation. It's a very reliable indicator of quality. &nbsp;<br><br>But just compare current salary data as well, Schulich does worse than Rotman, Ivey, etc.&nbsp;
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RajSK

The absence from the FT is a good indication, in that this ranking tracks salary development over three years after graduation. It's a very reliable indicator of quality.  

But just compare current salary data as well, Schulich does worse than Rotman, Ivey, etc. 


Right. Got it.. Thank you!

Also, Ivey also does not feature in the list despite only positive reviews existing and the salaries being competitive in comparison. Do you have a probable idea as to why Ivey does not feature?

[Edited by RajSK on Nov 03, 2020]

[quote]The absence from the FT is a good indication, in that this ranking tracks salary development over three years after graduation. It's a very reliable indicator of quality. &nbsp;<br><br>But just compare current salary data as well, Schulich does worse than Rotman, Ivey, etc.&nbsp; [/quote]<br><br>Right. Got it.. Thank you!<br><br>Also, Ivey also does not feature in the list despite only positive reviews existing and the salaries being competitive in comparison. Do you have a probable idea as to why Ivey does not feature?
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Duncan

Ivey is the highest Canadian school on the FT list 

Ivey is the highest Canadian school on the FT list&nbsp;
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RajSK

Ivey is the highest Canadian school on the FT list 


I can't believe I missed Ivey's ranking; such a blunder on my part.

Thank you, Duncan!

[quote]Ivey is the highest Canadian school on the FT list&nbsp; [/quote]<br><br>I can't believe I missed Ivey's ranking; such a blunder on my part.<br><br>Thank you, Duncan!
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