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About the school
|24 graduate students|
|60 full-time faculty|
|440 graduates in 2016-17|
The Dhillon difference
Founded in 1975, the Dhillon School of Business is the future of finance and business innovation. This difference is attained by focusing on leading-edge technologies and emerging industries, advancing innovative business research by renowned thought leaders, and delivering an outstanding student experience that integrates theory and practice with industry experiences. The result is students who are empowered to become the next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs.
We believe students learn best when they practice theory in the real world. Our instructors will connect their cutting-edge, original research to your learning in the classroom. You’ll have the chance to make that theory come alive through applied studies courses, case competitions, industry experiences, hands-on technology in the classroom and more.
An internationalized campus is important to us. We value diversity of thought from our faculty and students and believe that global perspectives are critically important as we interact and do business in a cross-cultural world.
With a focus on leading-edge finance, the Dhillon School of Business will offer a series of courses starting in the fall of 2018 that focus on innovation in business. Some of the topics we hope you'll explore with us include emerging financial technologies (FinTech) like blockchain and cryptocurrencies, and new growth industries such as artificial intelligence.
We believe business leaders must take the lead in promoting philanthropy in governments, non-profit organizations and for-profit businesses. You will learn about theories of social responsibility in many of your classes and how you can give back.
We strive to serve the needs of traditional university students, working professionals and executives by offering classes in both Lethbridge and Calgary, with a focus on evening and weekend classes in Calgary.
In May 2018, the Dhillon School of Business joined the ranks of the world’s top business schools by achieving accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACCSB) International. Of the 21 publically-funded institutions in Alberta, the Dhillon School of Business is one of three accredited. Only six per cent of business or management schools have AACSB accreditation worldwide.
What AACSB accreditation means for our school
Being accredited by AACSB means we are committed to continually improving the quality of business education we offer. Our programs will challenge our students in a way that will prepare them for the ever-changing global business landscape through relevant, rigorous coursework.
Research shows that AACSB accredited schools have:
- more demanding hiring standards for their faculty, meaning our students are taught by leading experts in their field:
- undergraduate and masters students with higher overall GPAs; and
- the majority of their alumni in senior-level or higher positions five years after graduation.
And this is just the start, with AACSB accreditation, we’ll be held accountable to 15 high quality standards which are reviewed every five years. That means we’ll be innovating the way business education looks for decades to come.
What AACSB accreditation means for our students
The accreditation process ensures that our students are learning the most current material for their fields of study and that through it all we’re connecting them to the global business landscape at large.
Research shows that students who graduate from an AACSB accredited school benefit in many ways;
- they are contenders for jobs from top, global corporations who only hire from AACSB accredited schools;
- they are often offered more competitive salaries;
- they have a better chance of getting into graduate programs; and
- they have more employers interested in them after graduation.
Ultimately, as AACSB alumni, our students will be prepared to lead effectively, taking their place among the world’s most influential entrepreneurs and business leaders.
Our accounting major is accredited by CPA Alberta so students will already be prepared for the CPA Professional Education Program (PEP), the graduate-level program for CPA candidates, after graduation.
Our major in Human Resources Management and Labour Relations is accredited by Chartered Professional In Human Resources (CPHR). That means students of this major can waive the CPHR National Knowledge Exam (NKE), a requirement for individual CPHR designation. They also only require three years of professional human resources experience to receive the full CPHR designation, whereas those who do not graduate with a degree from an accredited institution require eight years of experience.
CFA® University Affiliation Program
Students who want to pursue a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) designation—recognized as the premier certification for investment professionals, will be happy to know that the Bachelor of Management major in Finance is Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) recognized. That means our curriculum aligns with the CFA ® Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) and emphasizes the CFA ® Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. It also means students have 15 scholarships they can apply for to help cover the cost of CFA exams.