Queen’s University Business School, CanadaBy Asian Correspondent May 11, 2012 4:52PM UTC
The Queen’s University Business School represents the top tier of Canadian education. It has earned a distinctive reputation among the Canadian business community, and is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). BusinessWeek has named the Queen’s Business School as the best in Canada, and as being among the best in the world for its full-time and Executive MBA degrees.
Queen’s business courses available to students include a bachelor’s degree in commerce and four separate MBA programs, in addition to other graduate study programs.
Queen’s bills its Commerce program as the most prestigious undergraduate degree program in Canada. Commerce students emerge from the school well-prepared to launch lucrative and rewarding business careers. The degree prepares them to enter a number of business fields, including accounting, advertising, human resources, marketing, finance and consulting, among many others.
In order to broaden their perspectives and better equip themselves for an international career, undergraduate Commerce students have the option to participate in an international exchange program during their third year of the program.
In the full-time MBA degree, students learn through a team-based approach, and are assigned to a core team for the duration of the program. This prepares students for group-centric work in their careers and to lead high-level teams in the future. Queens graduates leave the school with a strong frame of reference for working in diverse teams with people of different backgrounds and strengths.
Each student in the program works closely with a personal coach, whom he or she chooses from a roster, to ensure that their interests and experiences match up. The Queens student body is comprised of individuals representing up to 40 countries, and 40–50 percent of the MBA class are international students.
Full-time MBA students and Commerce bachelor students gain hands-on experience by becoming involved in the Tri-Color Venture Fund, the first student-run enterprise of this kind in Canada.
The Executive MBA program allows students to earn their advanced within 16 months even as they continue in their current positions. The team-based approach and personal coaching partnerships also apply to this program. Executive MBA candidates learn leadership skills that allow them to understand and utilize their personal strengths and how to manage and work across different sectors of a business. Queens offers the Executive MBA at locations across Canada and online.
Alumni have given the EMBA degree overwhelmingly positive feedback, with 94 percent calling it a highly worthwhile investment.
For those seeking an even more advanced and international degree, Queens offers a joint program with the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University in the United States, through which graduates earn MBA degrees from both prestigious universities in 17 months. This Cornell-Queen’s Executive MBA affords students the opportunity to spend one year studying in the United States, as well as the potential to secure employment with a U.S. company post-graduation.
The Accelerated MBA for Business Graduates is open to those who have completed an undergraduate business degree and gained two years of professional experience. The point of the program is to advance business graduates’ knowledge base, rather than rehash concepts and strategies they have already learned in their undergraduate program. The 12-month course is structured so that candidates can earn their degree within a year while not needing to take any time off from their current jobs.
Additional graduate programs include MS and Doctoral degrees in Management, a Master of International Business, a Graduate Diploma in Accounting and a Master of Finance.
When it comes to Executive Education, Queen’s is a leader as well. In fact, corporations and organizations have worked closely with the Queen’s Business School as their employees have studied at one of these professional development programs.
The extensive list of courses offered includes a public executive program, and an international executive in mining leadership program, among others. To see a comprehensive list of scheduled executive development events, visit the school’s website.
Queen’s Business School has received worldwide acclaim from preeminent business resources and publications. In addition to naming it number one in Canada, Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranked the school as number 29 in the world for its Executive MBA program in 2011, and number two in the world for the Full-time MBA in 2010. In 2011, the Financial Times ranked Queen’s number 26 in the world for Executive Education. The 2010 Environics Report named Queen’s as number one in Canada for its Executive MBA and Executive Education listings.
Thanks to the school’s international reputation and vast global connections and partnerships, Queen’s students can connect with potential mentors and develop strong networking ties that will help them as they build their careers. Students who choose to enroll in a program at the school’s main campus in Kingston will also benefit from being within a reasonable traveling distance to hubs such as Toronto and Montreal.
Visit the school’s Facebook page for insight into life and events on campus.