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Core Courses

All students complete these 10 core courses:

BUSI 5103: Accounting

This class introduces you to the fundamental accounting principles and the practices that organizations use to measure their performance. Part of this class examines the challenges of financial reporting, while other aspects explore how best to use accounting information to make effective managerial decisions.

BUSI 5503: Quantitative Decision Making

This introduction to quantitative methods emphasizes business applications. Throughout this class, we focus also on helping you recognize situations where quantitative analysis will add value.

BUSI 5511: Managing Information Systems

This class offers a grounding in the current range of information systems and the role they play within businesses.

BUSI 5703: Business Economics

Changes in domestic and international markets, government policy and central bank approaches all present opportunities, challenges and threats to business owners, managers and investments. This class offers a framework for the economic analysis of these issues.

BUSI 5801: International Business

Offering a robust survey of international business, this class provides tools and techniques you’ll need to manage interdependence between domestic and international markets.

BUSI 6207: Advanced Corporate Finance

This class tackles a wide range of corporate finance topics. With an emphasis on theoretical tools and techniques, the class features a strong applied and case study-based approach.  

BUSI 6326: Management Skills Development

This class will help you develop the skills, knowledge and approaches you’ll need to succeed as a senior manager working within the financial services sector. With a focus on building your skills, the class will help you understand how to manage talent in way that that ensures people are performing at maximum capacity. During this class, we devote a lot of time to role playing, group discussions, case studies and behavioral modeling.

BUSI 6410: Advanced Marketing

This class will help you understand how a marketer looks at the financial services industry. It’ll help you analyze marketing problems and to develop marketing strategies to deal with them – as well as marketing strategies in general. 

BUSI 6900: Corporate Social Responsibility

This class offers an introduction to the importance of ethics and social responsibility in business. It will help you identify, critique and resolve the ethical issues you encounter during your working life at an individual, company and societal level.

BUSI 6990: Strategic Leadership and Change

Concluding our program, this 'capstone' (independent research) class will help you integrate your learning from the other classes. The class emphasizes strategic planning and implementation – as well as dealing effectively with organizational change. This course is to be taken as the final course in the program, all core and specialization courses must be completed prior to enrolment in the capstone course.

Financial Services Courses

Students specializing in financial services complete these 4 courses:

BUSI 6230: Investments and Money Management

Offering an overview of modern investment and portfolio theory and its application to wealth management, this class offers the technical and operational skills you’ll need to work effectively in this area. Specifically, much of the class work compares and contrasts theoretical approaches to investing with the activities of money managers on the street.

BUSI 6255: Global Markets and Institutions

This introduction to global finance offers a theoretical grounding in a range of related topics including financial institutions and markets and their impact on the global economy. Theory is applied to reality throughout this class.

BUSI 6300: Risk Management for Financial Institutions

comprehensive survey of both enterprise and financial risk management, this class will take you through the essential approaches to identifying, assessing and managing risk exposures. Specifically, we look at operational, strategic and reputational risk, as well as the COSO framework for risk integration. In addition, we look at derivative-related hedging concepts.

BUSI 6601: Legal Aspects of Governance and Risk Management

This class focuses on legal compliance from the perspective of managing risk, providing you with a legal foundation including torts, contracts and interventions by equity, insurance and business associations. Meanwhile, the class takes a ‘real world’ look at the ethics and practice of corporate governance.

Leadership Courses

Students specializing in leadership complete these 4 courses:

Leading for Success

This course will provide a platform for the future practice of those skills in an organization by facilitating the student’s ability to develop interpersonal skills from a leadership perspective and by enhancing the student’s ability to build additional leadership capacity and capability. Topics such as leadership theory, essential leadership practices, conflict management, communication and values and ethics, will be covered. Course learning components include a research project requiring the study and analysis of current leadership practices in an organization.


  • Gain a basic familiarity with evidence-based knowledge about leading and managing people within an organization
  • Develop an appreciation of the range of individual differences and perspectives and how this impacts leadership relationships in organizations
  • Develop an understanding of what constitutes legal and ethical behaviour within the workplace relating to people management issues
  • Improve the student’s interpersonal, communication, and leadership skills in larger groups and smaller task-based teams


  • Identify and diagnose common leadership problems in organizations and develop appropriate interventions that facilitate effective adaptation.
  • Assess human capacity in organizations and apply behavior theory to identify methods of capacity enhancement.
  • Identify the affect of hierarchy, structure, and culture on organizational activity and use this knowledge to inform leadership practices.

Leading in Complexity

This course is designed to build upon the skills developed in the core course, BUSI 6990, Strategic Leadership and Change.  It explores the theory and practice of change and a leader’s role in innovatively facilitating adaptation in complex organizational systems. Course learning components include the analysis of organizational environments and activities and the development of appropriate change initiatives derived from that analysis.


  • Identify how to apply strategies to create change at the individual, team and organizational levels.
  • Understand organizations as complex entities that require carefully considered methods of stakeholder engagement.
  • Understand contemporary theories and models of organizational complexity and the role of leadership in fostering appropriate organizational adaptation
  • Describe and apply organizational change theory to analyze and assess the consequences of organizational change and to determine effective adaptation.


  • Diagnose the need for organizational change and persuade stakeholders to support and implement appropriate change initiatives.
  • Assess the effectiveness of organizational practices and adapt in ways that enhance organizational success.
  • Identify how to implement and lead forward both small and large-scale change initiatives that have a good probability of success.

Leading in Context

This course will introduce students to leading through a variety of leadership contexts, such as multinational organizations, distributed teams, cross—cultural, cross-sectoral, unionized and multi-generational workforces, etc.  Action learning components include research that leads to the development of a strategic practice-focused leadership case study.


  • Be able to conceptualize, design and lead strategic initiatives in varying global and intellectual contexts.
  • Understand leadership as a fluid set of skills that may change depending on the context.
  • Understand the importance of context as a predictor of leadership effectiveness.
  • Explore essential cross-disciplinary management theories related to collaboration, stakeholder engagement, leadership, multicultural issues, etc.


  • Build leadership capacity for both personal and organizational flexibility in complex adaptive situations.
  • Identify and apply effective practices for leading in global, multicultural and distributed contexts.
  • Practice useful models of stakeholder engagement that align with complex conditions and situations.

Leading Professionally

This course builds students’ personal and professional capacity to act appropriately as a leader in today’s global organization.  Anchored in concepts such as self-management, engagement, complexity and innovation, this course enables students to explore and hone qualitative skills and behaviours related to leadership development and career management. Course learning components include the development of an Individual Effectiveness Plan that includes self-evaluation against specific metrics; incorporating feedback from subordinates, peers, and superiors; identifying strategies for honing specific skills; and crafting milestones that all the student to gauge progress.


  • Build leadership capacity for both personal and organizational flexibility in complex adaptive situations.
  • Hone practical skills in self-reflection (the ability to reflect on experiences and capture lessons learned) and deliberate practice
  • Develop strong presentational, negotiation and conflict management skills.
  • Enhance individual decision-making capability.


  • Leverage awareness and knowledge related to self-management in order to succeed in teams and organizations.
  • Synthesize and reflect upon the theory and practice of topics related to values based management and responsible leadership.
  • Gain confidence in acting as a professional leader and manager in today’s complex organizations.