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Get a flying start on business fundamentals!

Note: Registration is now closed for January 2017 Flying Start courses. Flying Start will be offered in advance of the Fall 2017 Term. Please check back in July 2017 for course offerings.

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

Flying Start is your 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

View below for information on these workshops.

Flying Start Course Offerings: January 2017

Note: Registration is now closed for January 2017 Flying Start courses.

Master-Level Math Basics

Saturday January 7, 2017 | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Open to MBA students.

This workshop will provide students with an introduction to quantitative methods, analysis, and modeling. Students will gain a fundamental understanding of algebra concepts, descriptive statistics, probability concepts, and Microsoft Excel functions and tools for advanced data management. These skills will help students prepare for the core finance and management courses, in addition the OMIS 5120 core course.

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 the recipient of a 2013-2014 & 2014-2015 Seymour Schulich Teaching Excellence Award.  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.


Accounting 101

Saturday January 14, 2017 | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Open to MBA students.

The accounting workshop provides students with a brief overview of corporate financial statements. Students will learn, at a basic level, how to read and interpret the balance sheet, income statement, and cash flow statement. Students will also get a glimpse of the accounting processes behind the financial statements. The workshop will include examples from well-known corporations, discussions of concepts, as well as individual and group exercises. Students who have taken this workshop in the past highly recommend it as a great introduction to ACTG 5100 Financial Accounting for Managers.

photo of Cameron Graham
Instructor Profile
Dr. Cameron Graham is the head of the Accounting Area at the Schulich School of Business, and the former director of the Schulich MBA Program. He has taught the introductory financial accounting course for MBA students for more than ten years. Dr. Graham is a renowned scholar whose research examines the relationship between accounting and poverty.

Mastering the Case Method

Sunday January 15, 2017 | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Open to all graduate level students.

Case analysis is a popular and effective teaching method used in nearly all business school courses. Students will learn the proper methodology for reading cases, analyzing the important details, and presenting those findings using a compelling approach. This workshop will prepare students for all business courses, in addition to case interviews and competitions.

Joe Fayt

Instructor Profile
Joe is one of Canada’s most accomplished service marketing professionals, with over 20 years of experience in marketing, sales and client servicing. He has served as a Group Manager with the Air Miles Reward Program, managing relationships with major clients including Shell Canada, Telus, BCTel, Stentor and Boston Pizza. Joe has also served as a Group Account Director at Carlson Marketing Group, and VP of Business Development for Mosaic Direct and Interactive.
Joe is currently a Marketing Instructor at the Schulich School of Business in the MBA program, and also conducts corporate training programs. As a long-serving and favourite MBA case competition coach, he has helped train Schulich MBAs for the annual MBA Games for seven years.

Finance Fundamentals

Saturday January 21, 2017 | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Open to MBA students.

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.

The finance module serves as a foundation for Finance 5200 and as well as upper year Finance electives.

Greg Chiyowski
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).


Registration deadline: January 4, 2017

Classes cost $75 per course plus tax.

Cancellation policy: Cancellations can be made by sending an e-mail to Andrea Banerjee, Student Experience & Communications Coordinator at no later than Wednesday January 4, 2017. Cancellations result in a full refund of your payment minus a $50 administrative fee. Refunds will not be issued in full or in part due to absence.

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 Candidate 2017, Vice President, Unicom Business Solutions – Toronto