Business Administration

Get down to business.

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Formats (Online / In-Person)

The Business Administration Program offers courses in three different learning formats (in-person, online and online (self-study)).  It is important that you consider the learning format and its suitability for you in order to ensure that you have a successful learning experience.  

In-Person Format

  • Courses meet one time per week for three hours and run for 13 weeks.
  • Class size ranges from 12 to 50 students.
  • You should expect to allocate at least three hours per week for reading, study and assignments, in addition to class time.
  • Courses are held at McMaster’s Downtown Centre, One James North, Hamilton, unless otherwise indicated.
  • You should attend all classes as the classroom work represents a significant part of the learning experience.

Considerations for Taking an In-Person Class

  • Your schedule allows you to attend class at the same time each week.
  • You prefer interacting with your peers and feeling part of a classroom environment.
  • You prefer weekly feedback from an instructor.
  • You occasionally need reminders and reinforcements to get your studying done.
  • You prefer the instructor explain the readings and the assignments.

Online Format

  • Teaching methods include weekly readings, facilitated discussion boards, videos, narrated PowerPoint slides, group and individual projects, assignments.  You will be interacting with your classmates and your instructor each week.
  • You should expect to allocate approximately six to eight hours per week to complete your work but you don’t need to log on at a specific time.
  • Most online courses have final assignments, not exams.  Online courses with a “proctored” final exam have a set exam date and can be taken at McMaster’s Downtown Centre, Hamilton.  If you do not live within a 50K radius of McMaster, you can arrange to take the exam at a “Testing Centre” near where you live.  More information on the final exam will be available on your course outline.

  • A pre-course email with information on the course, course materials, etc. will be sent approximately 7 days before the course start date.  Courses are made “live” in A2L 3 days prior to course start date.

Considerations for Taking an Online Class

  • You are good at keeping yourself on task to complete a project.
  • You are comfortable asking for clarification when needed and expressing yourself in written form through email or a discussion board.
  • You are able to read the textbook (and the assignments) on your own and understand the concepts.
  • You are able to work independently.
  • You have a quiet place to complete your work.
  • You are comfortable using technology.

Online (Self-Study) Format

Applicable for Human Resources Management (HRM 901), Financial Management (ACC 933), and Management Information Systems (ACC 932)

  • Courses are designed for you to work through and learn the course material on your own.  
  • You have access to a tutor to support your learning as required. The tutor marks all assignments and provides feedback where needed.
  • Deadlines are provided for completion of the course and for each assignment; however you may complete the courses at a faster pace, if you wish.
  • Courses are made “live” in A2L 3 days prior to course start date.  A pre-course email with information on the course, course materials, etc. will be sent approximately 7 days before the course start date.

Considerations for Taking an Online (Self-Study) Course

  • You are able to work independently.
  • You can keep yourself on task to complete a project.
  • You are able to learn without peer discussions or weekly feedback from an instructor.
  • You are able to commit to five to ten hours per week per course for course readings, exercises, case studies, assignments, etc.
  • You are able to read the textbook (and the assignments) on your own and work through the concepts.
  • You are comfortable asking for clarification when needed and expressing yourself in written form through email.
  • You have a quiet place to complete your work.
  • You are comfortable using technology.