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Get a flying start on business fundamentals!

NOTE: Flying Start course offerings for Winter term have not yet been determined. Please check back to view upcoming prep courses for January 2018. Incoming students will be e-mailed course and registration details.

Twice a year before the Fall and Winter terms, the Schulich School of Business may offer 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

Flying Start Course Offerings: Fall 2017

Fundamentals of Data Management and Excel

Thursday August 31, 2017 | 9:00 am – 2:30 pm


Tuesday September 5, 2017 | 8:30 am – 2:00 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.

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 August 18, 2017. 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