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Smith School of Business at Queen’s University

Heather Soderquist
August 17, 2016


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The Stephen J.R. Smith School of Business Goodes Hall
Room 338,
Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7L 3N6

Admissions Office:



Annual Tuition: CAD $79,000; $89,000 International

Total Tuition & Fees International: CAD $79,000; $89,000 International

Full-Time Enrollment: 81

International: 43%

Average Age: 28

Female: 36%

Male: 64%

Median GMAT: 650

Application Deadlines
Queen’s has a rolling admissions policy. Applications are considered as they are received.

At Queen’s University’s Smith School of Business in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, the MBA program is all about teamwork.

Smith’s one-year, January-to-December MBA uses an approach to teamwork that has earned the school a world No. 1 ranking in the category from Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Students are assigned to teams of six or seven for the core of the program — “ carefully assembled to maximize diversity of gender, work and academic experience, and cultural background, reflecting the reality of today’s working environment” — and each team is given a dedicated coach. A big part of students’ grade is derived from students’ ability to collaborate on projects, presentations, and assignments.

“Our team-based methodology is very unique to all of our Smith MBA programs,” says Teresa Pires, assistant director for recruitment and admissions.

In addition to a Team Coach, each Smith MBA has the support of an Executive Coach, a Career Coach, and a Lifestyle Coach. As the school learns about its students, the students learn about themselves.

“We’re utilizing academic professional background as well as integrating a personal assessment — a personality test that essentially tells us whether students are left-brain or right-brain or whole-brain thinkers,” Pires says. “And then we put this into what we call high-performance teams. Essentially, students are working in a business environment for the first six months in these learning teams, which is really unique to the Smith MBA program.”

Case studies are used “extensively but not exclusively,” according to Smith’s website, in that first six months. The second six months of the program are dedicated to experiential learning, in which students participate in opportunities to “learn by doing” that include a student-run hedge fund and other innovative options that are not available anywhere else, Pires says.

“As opposed to the first six months, there’s a lot of flexibility in the last six months,” she says. “Students are essentially designing their MBA in the last six months. We offer electives in consulting, entrepreneurship and innovation, finance, marketing and sales, health care management, management.”

Smith’s approach has proved so successful, 95% of MBAs find employment six months after graduation, Pires says. Compare that to Rotman, Canada’s largest business school, which places 85% within six months.

Perhaps this — and small class sizes: the Class of 2017 is 81 students, compared to Rotman’s 351 in the Class of 2018 — is what so many international students find appealing about Smith. International students comprised 43% of the latest class, representing 14 countries, a diversity that serves as a real source of pride. Smith also maintains international exchange partnerships with more than 100 respected B-schools in more than 40 countries.

“Considering different learning styles around the globe, we offer learning teams for students to adjust while they’re in the program,” Pires says. “We’ve done a really good job of managing our diversity across the board — generally speaking, we are trying to keep it diverse across the board. We’re very proud of the diversity that we’re offering.”

Smith is ranked 93rd in the world by the Financial Times, down from 86th in 2015. Smith students are on average 28 years old, with five years’ work experience and a 650 GMAT score. Specializations include consulting, finance, entrepreneurship, and healthcare management. Among grads, 37% go into financial services; 24% go into consulting; 16% “other”; 7% consumer goods; 6% technology/telecommunications; 6 % energy and resources; and 4% manufacturing.

Watch Poets&Quants’ John A. Byrne Interviews Elspeth Murray, Associate Dean of MBA & Masters Programs, of the Stephen J. R. Smith School of Business at Queen’s University.  Watch the full interview.