by Sayada Nabi, 2018 MMgt candidate

It was only 18 months ago that Schulich announced the addition of one of its newest programs, the first of its kind at the school – the Master of Management (MMgt).

This year another group of students are getting down to business, without a business background.

Opening the doors to its second cohort, the Schulich MMgt program is welcoming its largest and most diverse group of students yet.

The full time 1-year MMgt program is for students who have completed a non-business undergraduate degree, and want to combine and/or enhance their skills with a business degree.This year’s diverse majors include biology, kinesiology, psychology and political science.

Coming off the heels of completing his undergraduate degree, 2018 MMgt candidate Andrew Lennie (pictured at left) jumped right into the intensive curriculum.

“I noticed that coming from undergrad there is a change in the way courses are taught. It’s not about memorization anymore. It’s a very application-based learning environment, one that’s much more mature and engaging.” -Andrew Lennie, MMgt candidate

Not only is Lennie excited about the program, he’s also getting involved in clubs and checking out networking events.

“I love the networking events the Career Development Centre (CDC) puts on, and I’m learning a lot simply by attending the info sessions,” Lennie says.

2018 MMgt candidate Saheeb Sayedi agrees that such events are already proving valuable, especially those that have anything to do with consulting. Having graduated from York University with a Biomedical degree, Sayedi is on a mission to combine his medical knowledge with business and get into healthcare consulting.

“I am really excited about the program and the year to come.” -Saheeb Sayedi, MMgt candidate

“There are many transferable skills I can take from my undergrad and use here – such as researching, quantitative skills, qualitative analysis and financial modeling,” Sayedi says.

It’s only been a month since the first day of school, but Sayedi has already met with the CDC, been to several networking sessions and begun to prepare for the job application process.

“Being at Schulich you really get to see how connected the school is with the industry and I really like that,” Sayedi says.

Founder of YUCan, a social outreach and humanitarian organization, business sustainability had been a part of his story even during his undergrad. The organization works to help homeless youth battle the Toronto cold by giving out care kits. Even though he is at Schulich now and can’t continue being president, Sayedi still makes time to go check in on the organization.

There is no one “type” of student in the MMgt program, but individuals with different experiences are using their past to shape their future.

“I am just really excited about the program, and the year to come,” Sayedi says –a sentiment wholeheartedly shared by many of his colleagues.