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Alisha Dhanji

MSc International Business 2019


MSc '19, Ivey Business School

Tell us about yourself.

As an individual with a background in pure science, I was nervous about transitioning into Business. I always wanted to get the best of both worlds but wasn't sure how I could make that happen. When I started researching the Ivey MSc program, I thought that this could be the perfect program for me. I could learn about real life companies through the case-method of learning and I would be attending one of the highest ranked business schools in Canada. After completing Ivey Essentials and coming back from my 8-week internship in Vietnam, Ivey has exceeded my expectations in every way and I am confident that I can move into the business world and be successful.

What did Ivey offer you that other schools did not? What made it a good fit for you?

When researching business schools, Ivey stood out to me for several reasons. Firstly, the case method of learning was extremely interesting to me. This method of learning was effective for me because while learning about topics in finance, strategy, operations, leadership, accounting, and marketing, I was also able to learn about the history of a variety of businesses and industries. Another reason I knew this program was a good fit for me was the Ivey Global Lab. As a complete home-body, Ivey has taught me the importance of coming out of my comfort zone and immersing myself in a whole new culture and learning environment.

What is your most memorable Ivey MSc experience to date?

One of my most memorable moments at Ivey was when I was with a group of friends in a breakout room reading our cases for the next day of class. By the second or third week of school we had developed a routine of going to class, getting a Starbucks coffee at break, back to class, book a breakout room after class to read the cases for the next day and then head to the gym. One day in the breakout room the cases were pretty long so we ended up streaming the Raptors game, ordering domino’s pizza, and reading cases. It was one of the best Ivey moments I had because it made me realize what great friends I had found in the program and how all our interests were aligned. Work hard, Play hard — am I right?

Think about the relationships you've built with students, staff and faculty. 

One of my favourite things about Ivey is how approachable the faculty are. They often seem intimidating at first because they are all extremely accomplished, but I quickly came to find that they were always willing to have a conversation with me about anything. I would stay after class or attend office hours and talk to the professors about their backgrounds, how they ended up teaching and about the subjects they chose to pursue. It was great to learn about their different perspectives and it was motivating to see their passion for learning in our conversations.

What advice would you give to prospective students considering Ivey?

There are three main pieces of advice I would like to give to prospective students considering Ivey: 1. Stay on top of your work! Do the readings before class, make those career management appointments, work hard for the next 16 months! Ivey is great at providing resources but it is up to you to fully make use of them. Do your research and exercise your hard work-ethic! 2. Be yourself! A huge part of this program is having a classroom full of different perspectives and ideas. Leverage your individuality in class — this diversity will help your learning and those around you! 3. Have fun! Don't forget to hang out with friends, go to the gym, play on a sports team or whatever it is you like to do. It is important that you make time to do things that make you happy — it makes the experience even better!


  • Bachelor of Science- Applied Health Science, University of Waterloo