Smith School of Business

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Smith School of Business
Former name
Queen's School of Business
TypeBusiness school
Established1919 (1919)
AffiliationQueen's University
DeanWanda Costen
Academic staff
Location, ,
ColoursBlue and gold[1]

Smith School of Business (formerly Queen's School of Business) is the business school of Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Wanda Costen is the current dean. Her five-year appointment began July 1, 2021.

The School awards Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Master of Business Administration (MBA), Executive MBA (EMBA), Accelerated MBA (AMBA), Master of Science in Management, (MSc) Master of Finance (MFin), Master of International Business (MIB), Master of Management Innovation and Entrepreneurship (MMIE), Master of Management in Artificial Intelligence (MMAI), Master of Management Analytics (MMA), and PhD in Management degrees, as well as graduate diplomas in business (GDB)and accounting (GDA). The School also offers the Smith-Peking Double Degree in partnership with the Guanghua School of Management at Peking University and the Executive MBA Americas in partnership with the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.

Smith School of Business is fully accredited by the AACSB (United States) and the EFMD (EQUIS) (Europe).


On October 1, 2015, the Queen's School of Business was renamed the Stephen J.R. Smith School of Business in recognition of a $50-million donation from Stephen J. R. Smith, a graduate of the Queen's University's Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. The donation is the largest gift ever made to a Canadian business school, growing the school's endowment from $54 million to $104 million.[2] As of 2015, this will result in Smith being a close second in total endowment among Canadian business schools, next to only the Rotman School of Management.


Queen's University launched its undergraduate business program in 1919, making it the oldest Bachelor of Commerce in Canada. The first woman to earn an undergraduate business degree, Beatrice Eakins, graduated from the program in 1922 alongside six other students.[3] The MBA program was launched in 1960. Queen's School of Business became its own faculty in 1963, with Lawrence MacPherson as the first dean.



Business school rankings
Worldwide overall
Times Higher Education[5]176-200
Worldwide MBA
Financial Times[7]100

The Bachelor of Commerce program receives over 7,000 applications per year for 475 positions. Queen's University allows students to pursue an Arts and Science degree concurrently with the BComm, graduating with a dual degree.[8]


Full-time MBA[edit]

The Queen's Full-Time MBA program (previously Queen's MBA for Science and Technology) was ranked 1st among full-time MBA programs outside of the U.S. by bi-annual ranking of Business Week in 2004, 2006, and 2008.[9] Environics ranked the Queen's Full-time MBA program number one in Canada in 2006 in their Report on Executive Education in Canada.[10] In the 2012 QS Global 200 Business Schools Report[11] the school was indexed as the 3rd best business school in Canada and the 16th best business school in North America.[12] In the 2017 Financial Times ranking, Queen's MBA was ranked 50th in the world.[13]

Accelerated MBA for Business Graduates[edit]

The AMBA is a 12-month program that offers boardroom learning centres in several different cities, including Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver.

Executive MBA[edit]

Launched in 1993, the Queen's Executive MBA is a 16-month program. The EMBA was ranked in 2006 as the best program in Canada for an Executive MBA by BusinessWeek[14] and Environics.[10] The average Queen's EMBA student possesses a minimum of 13 years work experience.[15]

Master of International Business[edit]

In the 2019 and 2020 Financial Times Master in Management rankings, Smith's MIB program ranked 1st in North America.[16][17] The MIB is available in either a Single Degree Option or Double Degree Option.

Master of Management in Artificial Intelligence[edit]

Launched in 2018, the MMAI is the first graduate business degree in North America revolving around artificial intelligence.[18] In addition to Smith professors, instructors include adjunct faculty from Element AI and Deloitte Omnia AI.

Master of Management Innovation & Entrepreneurship[edit]

Launched in 2015, the MMIE program is offered in partnership with the Queen's Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.[19] Prototyping and design facilities with 3-D printers are available to students.

Queen's also offers two research intensive degrees, namely the Masters of Science in Management (MSc) and a Doctoral program in Management (PhD) in the areas of:

  • Accounting
  • Analytics
  • Business Economics
  • Finance
  • International Business
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Organizational Behaviour
  • Strategy


The majority of business classes are held in Goodes Hall. Opened in 2002, the building is named in honour of the family of Melvin Goodes, a Commerce ‘57 alumnus and former Chairman and CEO of Warner–Lambert. In September 2012, a significant expansion of Goodes Hall was completed, increasing the size of the building by 75,000 ft² to a total of 188,000 ft². The expansion included new classrooms, breakout rooms, and 51 additional faculty offices.

The Smith School of Business opened its first foreign campus in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, at the DIFC on May 25, 2007. Classes started in October 2007. The campus mainly hosts Queen's executive development programs.[20]


Scotiabank Centre for Customer Analytics[edit]

The SCCA was founded in 2016 through a donation of $2.2 million from partner Scotiabank.[21] The SCCA brings interdisciplinary teams of professors, graduate students and analytics practitioners to collaborate in the field of data analytics. In July 2019, Scotiabank provided an additional $2 million in funding, supporting the centre to 2025.

IBM Canada | Smith Cognitive Computing Centre[edit]

Opened in 2017 at SmithToronto, the Smith Cognitive Computing Centre enables integration of artificial intelligence and cognitive computing into the curriculum. It features 7 interactive wall screens for users to work directly with IBM Watson technology.

International exchange[edit]

The Smith School of Business is partnered with over 115 business schools in 38 countries.[18] Exchange partners include Copenhagen Business School, HEC Paris, and National University of Singapore. Students may also choose to study for a semester at the Bader International Study Centre in Herstmonceux Castle. Over 87% of Smith Commerce students participated in exchange during the 2017–2018 academic year.[18]

Reputation and rankings[edit]

The Smith School of Business ranked 1st nationally and 38th globally in highest number of graduates employed as Chief Executive Officers or equivalent in a Fortune Global 500 corporation.[22] The MBA Class of 2019 had the highest total starting pay of any Canadian MBA program.[23]

Bloomberg Businessweek:

2019-20 Best Business Schools Rankings 2nd in Canada[24]

Financial Times:

2017 Executive Education - Customized Ranking 1st in North America, 2nd worldwide[25]

2017 Masters in Management Ranking 1st in North America

2016 Global MBA Ranking 1st in Canada for Alumni Recommendation[26]

2016 Global MBA Ranking 1st in Canada for Salary Increase[26]

2016 Global MBA Ranking 1st in Canada for Value for Money[26]

2016 Global EMBA Ranking Cornell University: Johnson/Queen's Smith School of Business 47th worldwide[27]


During the 2018–2019 academic year, Smith faculty published 44 articles in academic journals, 14 of which were ranked in the Financial Times’ 50 top-tier journals.[28]

Student life[edit]

With 55 conferences and committees, the Smith Commerce Society is Canada's largest undergraduate business society.[29] In the 2012–2013 academic year, students raised over $400,000 through sponsorships and corporate partnerships. In the 2013–2014 academic year, two businesses operated by the Commerce Society generated a total of $143,500 in independent revenue.

Notable alumni[edit]


Bachelor of Commerce[edit]



Executive MBA[edit]



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External links[edit]

Coordinates: 44°13′41″N 76°29′51″W / 44.22792°N 76.49746°W / 44.22792; -76.49746