Please note: Flying Start Winter Classes have now ended. Prep course offerings for the Fall 2018 term have not yet been finalized. Please check back in July 2018 for details.

  • Begin your degree with confidence.

    Get a flying start on business fundamentals!

    Twice a year before the Fall and Winter terms, the Schulich School of Business offers select prep courses to newly admitted graduate students.

    Flying Start prep courses provide you with the opportunity to:

    • Prepare for the demanding first year curriculum
    • Meet and learn from Schulich Teaching Excellence Award-winning faculty
    • Equip yourself to succeed in your program – particularly if you have limited working exposure to core business topics
    • Get back in the classroom after several years in the workforce
    • Meet your new Schulich colleagues

    Cancellation policy: Cancellation and refund requests can be made by sending an e-mail to Andrea Banerjee, Student Experience & Communications Coordinator at no later than December 15, 2017. Refunds will not be issued in full or in part due to absence.

Flying Start Course Offerings: Winter 2018

Finance Fundamentals

Sunday January 7 | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Open to MBA students on a first come, first served basis.
Cost: $40 (includes tax)

The finance workshop will provide students with an understanding of four essential areas of financial analysis:

  1. VALUATION: Determining what a fair value should be for a financial asset, such as a stock or bond.
  2. CAPITAL BUDGETING: How to decide whether a project (such as a new product line) should be undertaken or passed over.
  3. PORTFOLIO CONSTRUCTION: How to construct a portfolio such that the highest possible return is achieved for a given level of risk.
  4. RISK MANAGEMENT: The use of strategies and financial instruments that will enable a manager to adjust the level of risk exposure to a particular factor.

Learning Outcomes:
Students’ understanding of valuation, capital budgeting, portfolio construction and risk management will serve as a foundation for Finance 5200 and as well as upper year Finance electives.

Required Materials:
Please bring a fully charged laptop and a Financial Calculator: Students should bring a Texas Instruments BAII Plus calculator (or some other calculator that has time value of money functions). Professor Greg Chiykowski will be using this calculator during the workshop.


Instructor Profile:

Greg Chiykowski is one of the most highly regarded Finance instructors at the Schulich School of Business. He brings into the classroom over thirty years of real world business experience in a variety of roles and industries, including airlines, management consulting, software development, book publishing, and import/wholesale. Greg currently teaches Finance, Management Accounting, and Financial Accounting courses at the Schulich School of Business, as well as Finance in the CPA PREP Course. Additionally, he has previously taught the Schulich Finance workshops for the MBA/IMBA preparatory course and the Schulich Executive Education Centre (SEEC), and was a past instructor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT).

Greg is the recipient of multiple Teaching Excellence Awards in recognition of his exemplary teaching at the Schulich School of Business. He has his M.Sc.(Bus.Admin.) from the University of British Columbia and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA).

Foundations of Data Management and Excel

Saturday January 13 | 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Open to MBA students on a first come, first served basis.
Cost: $40 (includes tax)

This workshop will provide students with an introduction to data management and Excel tools in business. Students will gain a fundamental understanding through hands-on instruction in:

  • descriptive statistics
  • Microsoft Excel functions
  • tools for advanced data management and working with large data files

Learning Outcomes:
This course will help students acquire the proper knowledge, analytical tools and software skills to support their learning experience in core courses spanning Management, Marketing, Finance and more.

Required Materials:
Please bring a fully charged laptop with Microsoft Excel installed (2013 or higher)

Hila Koren Cohen
Instructor Profile:

Since 2005, Hila Koren-Cohen (B.Sc., MBA), has taught Statistics for Management Decisions, Operations Management, Information Systems and other courses at the Schulich School of Business, York University, and was a top ten Seymour Schulich Teaching Excellence Award nominee in 2014 and 2015, and the recipient of a Seymour Schulich Teaching Excellence Award in 2016.  Prior to her academic experience, Hila Koren-Cohen was involved in many IT projects in the health care industry, and worked as a consultant and business analyst for more than 10 years.

photo of Daniel SouraniWhat Schulich Students Say About Flying Start:

“Schulich’s Flying Start prep courses gave me the confidence I needed to get back into the classroom after five years in the workplace. Moreover, it was a fantastic networking opportunity with many of Schulich’s international and other accelerated students. For anyone who is new to business concepts, or if you could benefit from a refresher, Schulich’s Flying Start courses will give you that boost you need to be successful in the program.”

-Daniel Sourani, BBA, MBA


photo of Sherly Wardojo

“Flying Start was one of the best investments that I have ever made in my education. Coming from a non-business educational background, and having been absent from the academic world for more than 13 years, I wanted to be sure that I was fully prepared for my program. The Flying Start program has proven to be an effective way to improve my knowledge of business fundamentals, to increase my confidence, and to ensure my smooth transition back to school.”

-Sherly Wardojo, MBA, Vice President, Unicom Business Solutions – Toronto