Asper School Facts


  • Founded in 1937 as the University of Manitoba Department of Commerce
  • Renamed the I. H. Asper School of Business in 2000
  • The Drake Centre has been home to the I. H. Asper School since 1987
  • The Asper MBA was established in 1968
  • The Asper School of Business was accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in 1999 and was reaccredited in 2009 and 2015. Less than 5% of business schools worldwide earn this international recognition.

Student & Faculty

  • 1800 BComm (Hons) students
  • 140 MBA students at any given time
  • 34 MSc students
  • 26  PhD students
  • 65 full-time faculty members
  • Approximate tuition cost per year for a domestic undergrad student taking a 30 credit hour course load is $4,980
  • Approximate cost of books and supplies per year for an undergrad student taking a 30 credit hour course load is $1,800

Programs, Majors & Specializations

Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree majors:

  • Aboriginal Business Studies
  • Accounting
  • Actuarial Mathematics
  • Entrepreneurship / Small Business
  • Finance
  • Generalist
  • Human Resource Management / Industrial Relations
  • International Business
  • Leadership & Organizations
  • Logistics & Supply Chain Management
  • Management Information Systems (MIS)
  • Marketing
  • Operational Research / Operations Management

MBA concentrations:

  • Finance
  • Leadership and Organizations
  • Marketing
  • Supply Chain Management
  • International and Emerging Markets
  • Sustainability
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Aboriginal Business and Economy
  • Financial Analyst
  • Health Administration
  • Management of Public Enterprises
  • Individual Interdisciplinary Program

Master of Finance

MSc specializations:

  • Actuarial Mathematics
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Organizational Behaviour, Organizational Theory, Human Resource Management, Strategy, Entrepreneurship
  • Supply Chain Management

PhD specializations:

  • Business Administration
  • Finance
  • Marketing

Research Centres and Institutes

  • Stu Clark Centre for Entrepreneurship
  • Centre for Accounting Research and Education
  • Warren Centre for Actuarial Studies and Research
  • Transport Institute

Executive Education Program was established in 2009. It is located at 177 Lombard, the historic executive offices of The Great-West Life Assurance Company. This has expanded the reach of the Asper School of Business into the community and has increased the School’s profile.

The Asper School’s International Exchange Program is the largest faculty based exchange program at the University of Manitoba with over 40 partner schools in Asia, Europe, North and South America.

Alumni & Community

  • Over 18,000 alumni worldwide
  • Close ties to the business community through the Associates and Young Associates

Career Development Centre & Employment

  • 90% of graduates that are employed full time are working in Manitoba
  • Largest Co-operative Education Program at the University of Manitoba
  • The Asper School Career Development Centre is the only faculty-dedicated full service employment resource centre at the University of Manitoba
  • The Career Development Centre receives over 1000 job postings from 300 national employers annually

Student Groups

The Commerce Students’ Association (CSA) council is comprised of 17 executive members and 48 internal members who host over 60 academic, professional and social events throughout the year. In addition, the Asper School is home to 17 active student groups:

  • AIESEC - Association Internationale des Étudiants en Sciences Économiques et Commerciales
  • AIMS - Association of International Management Students
  • aMBAsa - Asper MBA Students' Association
  • ASBAA - Asper School of Business Accounting Association
  • ASCA - Asper Students Co-operative Association
  • BGS - Beta Gamma Sigma 
  • CEO: Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization
  • JDC West - Jeux De Commerce West
  • MISA - Management Information Systems Association
  • UMAC - University of Manitoba Actuarial Club
  • UMEC - University of Manitoba Entrepreneurs Club
  • UMFO - University of Manitoba Finance Organization
  • UMHRA - University of Manitoba Human Resource Association
  • UMICS - University of Manitoba Indigenous Commerce Students
  • UMIG - University of Manitoba Investment Group
  • UMLO - University of Manitoba Leadership Organization
  • UMMA - University of Manitoba Marketing Association
  • UMSCO - University of Manitoba Supply Chain Organization