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Business
as
Usual
Unusual

You are not a typical business student. We are not your typical business school.

What sets Ivey apart? A powerful combination of five interlinked elements. The integration of these elements makes he Ivey Honours Business Administration (HBA) Program experience unique and beyond the scope of anything offered at traditional undergraduate business schools.

Leadership Essentials

As an Ivey HBA, your technical knowledge of business will be as strong as, or stronger than, that of graduates from traditional business schools. What will set you apart throughout your career is your strength in what we call Leadership Essentials. The development of these leadership traits is at the heart of everything that we do at Ivey.

Be
See
The
Difference







Communicate Persuasively

Strong communication skills are crucial in business. You need to be able to give clear, consistent direction, inspire colleagues, and ensure everyone is aligned. In an Ivey classroom, you don't sit back and listen. You're an active part of every discussion. You are coached in communicating effectively, and empowered to achieve your best.

Express Ideas Confidently

Take Action

The essence of being a leader is the ability to make and defend decisions mind uncertainty and pressure, often with incomplete, conflicting or ambiguous information. Learning from case studies at Ivey challenges you to make tough decisions, and then reflect and learn from them, so you're better prepared to make a difference in the real world.

Learn By Doing

Leadership Essentials

Maximize Team Potential

It's essential to be able to work effectively with others- whether in the next office, another division or another continent. Understanding how groups work, being a productive team member and being able to lead a team will help you excel. Working in teams from Day One, you quickly gain an appreciation for the power of an effective team- where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Build a High-Performing Team

Set Priorities

Business demands a lot. You have to be able to prioritize, handle workloads and thrive under pressure. The pace of the HBA Program is demanding and exhilarating. You tackle challenges that will push you to achieve more than you ever thought possible. Ask any Ivey HBA grad about 48-hour reports and you'll hear how these experiences changed them for the better.

Find Your Balance

Manage Complexity

In your career, you'll be asked to contribute to projects with varying degrees of complexity. You need the confidence to assess, decide, communicate and deliver. The Ivey HBA Program challenges you with a series of business simulations of increasing complexity. Built into the program at critical points, they ensure you get the opportunity and coaching you need to integrate and apply your learning in a real-world context.

Understand Business Challenges

You are not a typical business student. We are not your typical business school.

What sets Ivey apart? A powerful combination of five interlinked elements. The integration of these elements makes he Ivey Honours Business Administration (HBA) Program experience unique and beyond the scope of anything offered at traditional undergraduate business schools.

Leadership Essentials

As an Ivey HBA, your technical knowledge of business will be as strong as, or stronger than, that of graduates from traditional business schools. What will set you apart throughout your career is your strength in what we call Leadership Essentials. The development of these leadership traits is at the heart of everything that we do at Ivey.

Leadership Essentials

Communicate Persuasively

Strong communication skills are crucial in business. You need to be able to give clear, consistent direction, inspire colleagues, and ensure everyone is aligned. In an Ivey classroom, you don't sit back and listen. You're an active part of every discussion. You are coached in communicating effectively, and empowered to achieve your best.

Express Ideas Confidently

Take Action

The essence of being a leader is the ability to make and defend decisions mind uncertainty and pressure, often with incomplete, conflicting or ambiguous information. Learning from case studies at Ivey challenges you to make tough decisions, and then reflect and learn from them, so you're better prepared to make a difference in the real world.

Learn By Doing

Maximize Team Potential

It's essential to be able to work effectively with others- whether in the next office, another division or another continent. Understanding how groups work, being a productive team member and being able to lead a team will help you excel. Working in teams from Day One, you quickly gain an appreciation for the power of an effective team- where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Build a High-Performing Team

Set Priorities

Business demands a lot. You have to be able to prioritize, handle workloads and thrive under pressure. The pace of the HBA Program is demanding and exhilarating. You tackle challenges that will push you to achieve more than you ever thought possible. Ask any Ivey HBA grad about 48-hour reports and you'll hear how these experiences changed them for the better.

Find Your Balance

Manage Complexity

In your career, you'll be asked to contribute to projects with varying degrees of complexity. You need the confidence to assess, decide, communicate and deliver. The Ivey HBA Program challenges you with a series of business simulations of increasing complexity. Built into the program at critical points, they ensure you get the opportunity and coaching you need to integrate and apply your learning in a real-world context.

Understand Business Challenges

Your
Classmates
Network

When you sit in any Ivey classroom, you'll be surrounded by some of the most accomplished, engaged and talented people you'll ever know.

Smart

Your peers have "top of the class" academic records from more than 45 different programs. Learn with, and from, a class of students who knows how to balance studies and extracurricular pursuits exceptionally well.

Diverse

Ivey HBAs come from more than 30 different birth countries. 20-30% of students in your class are from outside of Ontario, and many have impressive international experiences.

Leaders

It's not just about grades. At Ivey, achievement outside of the classroom is as important to the selection process as academic achievement. Ivey HBAs have demonstrated leadership in extracurricular activities, inspiring commitment to their communities, and wide-ranging experience beyond the classroom.

Program
Structure
Freedom

Program Structure

The 2+2 program structure of the Ivey HBA offers you the opportunity to explore your academic skills and interests before considering your career options.

Traditional business programs provide narrow specializations and begin this streaming early in their programs. Ivey provides students with what every manager needs to know to pursue diverse careers, in any industry, in any part of the world, while at the same time making specialization available to those who want to pursue it after their first HBA year.

Program Structure

Optional Combined Degrees

The combination of a deep knowledge of business and another academic or professional field makes for a strong career foundation. Apply your first two years of study at Western to obtain two degrees – your HBA and:

  • Arts & Humanities
  • Health Sciences
  • Music
  • Economics
  • Kinesiology
  • Nutrition & Dietetics
  • Engineering
  • Law
  • Political Science
  • Geography
  • Media, Information & Technoculture
  • Psychology
  • Global Studies
  • Medical Sciences
  • Sciences

Accelerated Masters Programs

As an Ivey HBA you have the option to fast-track the completion of three Ivey Masters programs:

Master of Science in Management (MSc)

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Accelerated MBA for Business Graduates (MBA)

Accounting Accreditation

The Ivey HBA accounting stream, including the Graduate Diploma in Accounting, is accredited by CPA Canada.

Learn more

International Opportunities

Spend your final term on exchange at a top business school in Asia, Europe or Latin America, take part in a study tour, or get involved in a student leadership project abroad.

Learn more

Years 1 and 2: HBA Preparation Year 3: HBA1 Year 4: HBA2

Learning
Environment
Experience

Classroom Interactivity

With a high level of classroom interaction, you get to know your classmates and your faculty team well. Outside of the classroom, you will work with your classmates in learning teams and on group challenges, such as 48-hour reports.

Renowned Faculty

Your expert faculty team works together to deliver a program experience that builds from class to class. As a team, they ensure that each student's experience is both challenging and rewarding.

Dynamic Schedule

At Ivey, you have three blocks of class time each day. The different areas of content are then scheduled dynamically. This allows us to sequence learning as you need it so that content is integrated. This flexibility enables timely, relevant content and events that are not part of a specific course.

Class Cohort

When you join Ivey as an HBA student, you join a section of 75 students who are exceptional, just like you.

HBA classmates from more than 45 different academic programs

Knowledge
Transfer
Transformed

Case Studies

Experiencing more than 400 real-world business cases will give you the knowledge, skills and judgement to perform at an entirely different level when you enter the workforce. Some traditional business schools use cases as exercises to support lectures and textbooks (in fact, many use Ivey cases), but at Ivey, you are taught through cases primarily. Instead of simply listening to lectures and taking notes, you dive into real issues, make and defend decisions, feel the pressure and take action. It's a true simulation of the realities of business. Ivey is among the very select few schools around the world to teach in this innovative way.

Experiential Learning

Your Ivey learning experience continues beyond the classroom, from case competitions, and creativity challenges, to consulting with real clients and developing new ventures. Your experience in teams and work outside the classroom are just as important to your education as what you learn in class. You'll develop the skills and judgment to hit the ground running, wherever your passion takes you. 

Career
Management
= READY

Ivey offers a variety of services, activities and events to help refine your job search skills and ensure you're prepared for the job market. Ivey HBAs are recruited into challenging roles, in a broad range of industries, by leading global organizations. 

While many graduates work in consulting, finance and accounting, others use the leadership skills learned at Ivey to launch careers in arts, non-profit organizations, health care, technology, and startups. 

Ivey's world-class reputation and extensive alumni network open many career doors, even outside of Canada. 

By The Numbers

Summer Employment

96%

Summer Employment

96% of students secure summer employment compared to a co-op rate of 80% at other schools

1 in 2

Alumni Success

Nearly 1 in 2 Ivey HBA grads holds a title of Director or higher

40+

International Exchange

40+ exchange partners in Europe, Asia, and Latin America

1/3

Internship Success

1/3 of Ivey's summer internships resulted in full-time job offers with the same firm

30+

International Classmates

HBA students come from more than 30 different birth countries

26+

THOUSAND

Alumni Network

26,000+ alumni in 105 countries

96%

Career Success

96% of Ivey HBA grads received an employment offer within three months of graduation

$2.5

MILLION

Financial Support

2.5 million available in scholarships and bursaries