Business Consulting

  • While not a formal specialization, Schulich offers a select number of students the opportunity to consider a career in business consulting and gain valuable real-world experience through the York Consulting Group.

    Gain genuine consulting experience and make valuable contacts in a format that analyses a client’s unique situation and proposes actionable solutions to complex real-world business problems.

  • Professor James Mackay, Academic Director, York Consulting Group
    Professor James Mackay, Academic Director, York Consulting Group

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Career Opportunities

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  • Students will develop skills for a wide range of management consulting services for organizations ranging from small entrepreneurial to multinational corporations. Additionally each student commits to work at least 20 hours per week for the YCG for a minimum of 2 consecutive terms. Previous consulting projects have spanned a wide  range of industries and have included: marketing plans, feasibility studies, promotional strategies, industry analyses, financial forecasts, business plans, competitor research and organizational audits.

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    - Take advantage of a series of proven career-building modules, including up-to-date Job Search Techniques, Self-Assessment, Resume and Cover Letter Writing, and Interview Skills to help you stand out from the competition.

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Specialization Requirements

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Requirements

Minimum 2 years of full time work experience.

Students need to spend a minimum of two terms in YCG and complete a minimum of 100 hours in consulting activities.

As part of their participation in the York Consulting Group, students enrol in a unique experiential course, MGMT 6960 3.00, Management Consulting. The course runs over 26 weeks and consists of workshops, case studies, and actual consulting assignments. Under the supervision of faculty, students learn to engage clients, develop consulting proposals, undertake consulting work, complete appropriate business research and compose consulting reports. Students are assessed on their performance in these assignments, as well as initiatives they undertake to promote and improve the work of YCG. Students can only register for the course with the approval of the YCG directors.

NOTE: YCG requires a minimum of two full terms commitment and recruitment drives happen twice a year around October and February. Accelerated full-time students wishing to participate in YCG will have to spend an additional term in order to complete the requirements for the program.

Recommended Electives

  • CASE ANALYSIS AND PRESENTATION SKILLS
  • PROJECT MANAGEMENT
  • MANAGEMENT CONSULTING

Faculty

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Faculty members have extensive experience in consulting and have also been responsible for directing Schulich’s famous ‘601’ Strategy Field Study course which is the capstone experience of the Schulich MBA.

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Founded in 1972, the York Consulting Group (YCG) has grown to become Canada’s largest year-round business school consulting service. It offers a range of management consulting services to a spectrum of business that range from small entrepreneurial organizations to multinational corporations. Its consultants are MBA students currently enrolled in Schulich. Each student has at least 2 years of full-time work experience and commits to work at least 20 hours per week for the YCG for a minimum of 2 consecutive terms. In addition to work experience, preferred candidates for YCG positions have strong academic backgrounds. As part of the screening process for appointment, students must complete a special YCG case study assignment and be interviewed by a YCG representative.