College of Business and Economics Applications Way Up, Dean Tells Maclean’s


Julia Christensen Hughes, dean of U of G’s College of Business and Economics, spoke with Maclean’s magazine for a Jan. 7 feature story contrasting growing business school enrolment in Canada with declining enrolment in American universities.

The Maclean’s report cites a Graduate Management Admissions Council survey that found Canadian business schools saw a 7.7-per-cent increase in applications in 2017-2018, compared to a 6.6-per-cent drop in applications to U.S. schools over the same period.

U of G numbers were considerably higher than the Canadian average. Christensen Hughes told the magazine that the University’s business school experienced a 27-per-cent jump in applications in the past year. The master’s in leadership program draws many applicants from non-business fields, including government and health care, she added.

An accomplished management scholar, Christensen Hughes is vice-chair of the Canadian Federation of Business School Deans.