Twenty years ago, Canada’s first private, specialized master of business administration program was introduced at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont. Today, a general MBA without a specialty is the exception.

7: Canadian universities offering a combined MBA and accredited CPA Professional Education Program, including Saint Mary’s University in Halifax and HEC Montréal.

8: Women who attended Harvard Business School’s MBA program in 1963 – the first year it accepted females. Most facilities at the school, including the cafeteria, dormitories and washrooms, remained for men only.

90: Percent of Canadian MBA students in 2011 enrolled in specialized MBAs, ranging from public relations to biotechnology. Only one in 10 picked general management as their concentration.

500: Proposed percent increase in tuition, to $18,000 from $3,000, by the University of Western Ontario’s Ivey School of Business in 1997. Money-losing business schools begin to privatize courses and offer specializations to move toward “full-cost recovery.”

1990: Years the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto launched Canada’s first international MBA. Today, Schulich operates satellite centres in India, China, South Korea and Russia.

1996: Year the School of Business at Queen’s University introduced Canada’s first private, specialized MBA program, which focused on science and technology, after considering, but rejecting, a women-only course.

80,000: Tuition in dollars in 2015 for the inaugural executive MBA program in the business of hockey offered at Athabasca University in Alberta. Brian Burke, president of hockey operations for the Calgary Flames, helped initiate the program.

About the Author

Steve Brearton

Steve Brearton is a freelance writer in Toronto.

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