Incoming Student Guide
Welcome to the Incoming Student Guide!
This guide is written entirely by students, for students.
We want to help you make the most of your experience as an Odette MBA student. This guide will serve as a commonly updated space where current students share advice with those potentially interested in getting their MBA from the Odette School of Business in the future.
Check out the sections below for more detailed information!
Our Top 5 Suggestions
1. "Balancing external work at a part-time or full-time job is very difficult!"
2. "Take advantage of opportunities that pique your interest, this program is fast!"
3. "Get to know everyone in your cohort! This helps create lifelong relationships and networks."
4. "Dress to impress and always put your best foot forward."
5. "As a cohort, you are stronger in numbers. A unified cohort brings better experiences. Maintain communication with your peers and OMBAS to better navigate the program."
Top 5 Suggestions provided by OMBAS 2021
Here is a rough idea of the courses you can expect to take within the MBA program. This is subject to change at any point, so please do not take this as a finalized list!
Class of 2022 Schedule:
Module 1 - Business Fundamentals
Core Concepts of Accounting
Financial Management 1
Human Resource Management
Module 2 - New Product/Market Development
Financial Management 2
Entrepreneurship: New Venture Formation
Module 3 - Managing Growth
Business Ethics and Sustainability
Quantitative Techniques in Management
Corporate Project Management 1
Module 4 - Managing in a Mature Market
Dynamics of Business Negotiations
Management Information Systems
Corporate Project Management 2
Module 5 - Specialization
This module could include an international or domestic exchange, independent study or major paper, course work, or an APEX Mandate.
Events & Guest Speakers
Make sure to get involved and try new things to make the most of your MBA experience!
Participating in the extra-curricular events is a great way to make friends within your cohort and build connections with faculty and staff at the University.
Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone! Use the events and guest speaker sessions as an opportunity to build new skills.
Dress to impress for guest speaker events! You never know who you will meet and what connections you will make.
It is always a good idea to do some background research on the guest speaker beforehand. Prepare a few potential questions to ask at the end of the session. This is a great networking opportunity and an easy way to make a good impression on the guest speakers!
When participating in an online guest speaker session, always turn on your camera when asking a question! This is another way to make a better impression on the guest speakers, which could potentially pay off in the future.
Each year's incoming full-time MBA cohort will have the opportunity to select their own Odette MBA Society Executive Team, which will represent their cohort's interests and help provide opportunities to the students. Generally, the campaign period begins in October, with the official election taking place November 1st. This process is facilitated by the previous year's executive team. Whether you plan to run or not, pay close attention to the campaigns and thoroughly consider who will get your votes! Your executive team will be the voice of the cohort for your entire MBA experience.
Executive Team Positions (as of Fall 2020 elections):
Executive Vice President
VP of Academics
VP of Marketing
VP of Alumni
VP of Finance
VP of Communications
Graduate Society Representative
Have questions for the current OMBAS Executive Team? Visit the Meet the Exec Team page for each member's contact information!
Tips & Tricks
Do not be afraid to raise your hand in class. The professors are more than willing to re-explain a concept when there is confusion.
Use the professors' office hours if you need them! This can be especially useful leading up to midterms and exams.
Try to develop a relationship with as many people in your cohort as possible! These connections can pay off later in your career.
If you have concerns, reach out to your OMBAS executive team. They are there to help you.
At some point in this program, everyone feels overwhelmed. Don't be discouraged!