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What is MARS?

MARS Apprentice is a revolutionary approach to business education centered around six case challenges in the fields of Marketing, Advertising, Retail and Sales. This once-in-a-lifetime experiential learning program, unique to the DeGroote School of Business and the only one of its kind in Canada, has been connecting industry resources with student ingenuity for thirteen years. MARS Apprentice takes place between January and March every year.

New Season. New Mars.

Founded in 2005, MARS has produced 150+ market-ready alumni and enabled over 80 job placements. 14 years ago, experiential learning opportunities were few and far between, and the gap between the skills that students were graduating with and what employers wanted was growing. The MARS Apprentice program was created in order to bridge the skills gap by introducing real life business situations and challenges into a learning environment. This year, MARS enters its 14th season where the stakes have never been higher as the program evolves to keep pace with the fourth industrial revolution.

New Direction.

New Sponsors.

New Look.

What Season 14 looks like

This is what you can expect this upcoming season. You don’t want to miss this.

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Master Classes begin

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The Real Deal

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Apprentices chosen

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MARS Apprentice begins

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Upcoming events

Microsoft MasterClass

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Real Deal Case Competition

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An Alumni would like to have a word with you

The program has produced 150+ Alumni, here’s what they have to say about MARS.

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Michael Forsyth

Associate Marketing Manager, PepsiCo

If you’re like me, and might be fearful of rejection, all I can say is no one will be disappointed in you trying. No one can criticize you for trying. As a nervous third-year student, who hadn’t quite made my ‘mark’ yet in University, I am so grateful that I took the risk and applied. All I did was try my absolute best, and somehow discovered this whole new world of marketing that I am now so passionate about. I honestly don’t know where I’d be now as a new grad if I hadn’t taken that plunge myself.

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Michael Thibodeau

Enterprise Mobility and Security Lead, Microsoft

If you’re like me, and might be fearful of rejection, all I can say is no one will be disappointed in you trying. No one can criticize you for trying. As a nervous third-year student, who hadn’t quite made my ‘mark’ yet in University, I am so grateful that I took the risk and applied. All I did was try my absolute best, and somehow discovered this whole new world of marketing that I am now so passionate about. I honestly don’t know where I’d be now as a new grad if I hadn’t taken that plunge myself.

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Brad Wurthman

Athletics Director, University of Illinois

Students at McMaster are missing an opportunity if they do not participate in MARS. I formed great friendships, learned about teamwork, found mentors, earned experience, and realized that I really could compete for these opportunities. I also had the chance to befriend Professor Malik who is still a mentor to me today and a wonderful friend. He once told me that time is a choice – you either make time for something or you don’t. Make time for MARS.

Dreams don’t work unless you do

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