The 2017 guide to Canada’s executive MBA programs Subscriber content
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Alberta Haskayne EMBA
Haskayne School of Business (University of Calgary) and University of Alberta | Calgary and Edmonton
Tuition$67,000-$69,000 | Students accepted113 (two intakes)
Male/female ratio70/30 | Average experience14 years
Go here if…you want to broaden your horizons and enhance your leadership capacity while building a strong personal network—particularly across Western Canada.
Entrepreneur alertThe Entrepreneurial Thinking course encourages students to apply entrepreneurial aspects to all areas of their careers and includes a Dragons’ Den-style pitch presentation.
Forward-looking courseStrategies for Sustainable Development focuses on making better decisions against the backdrop of the environment and economy.
Overseas opportunitiesThe program ends with a 10-day study tour to a pair of countries voted on by the cohort.
Noteworthy alumnusGary Kovacs (1999), former CEO of Mozilla Corp.
Tuition$48,000 | Students accepted295
Male/female ratio58/42 | Average experience5.5 years
Go here if…you’re looking for work-life balance—the 24-hour online program means you control your study hours, with one mandatory in-residence course that can be completed at sites across Canada and internationally.
BonusThere are three intakes per year, so you can start whenever works best for you.
Overseas opportunitiesCandidates can take electives in Germany, Brazil, Singapore, Ireland and the U.S.
Beedie School of Business
Simon Fraser University | Vancouver
Tuition$55,000 | Students accepted45
Male/female ratio61/39 | Average experience17.5 years
Go here if…you want to become a better team player. Beedie offers small classes with simulated leadership teams that work together to solve business problems.
SpecializationsIn second year, candidates can choose the Americas EMBA stream, where they travel to business schools in São Paulo, Mexico City and Nashville, Tennessee, to study with fellow EMBA candidates and study local business issues.
Noteworthy professor Andrew Harries, founder of wireless Internet of Things provider Sierra Wireless
Longevity credBeedie launched the first EMBA back in 1968.
Cornell-Queen’s EMBA Americas
Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management (Cornell Uni-versity) and Smith School of Business (Queen’s University) | Kingston, Ont., and Ithaca, NY
Tuition$135,128 | Students accepted162 students (64 Queen’s, 98 Cornell)
Male/Female ratio81/19 | Average experience13
Go here if…you want to establish relationships with classmates from across Canada, the United States and Latin America, while becoming a full-fledged alumnus of two top-tier universities. Residential sessions are held at both Cornell and the Queen’s campus (transportation is included in your tuition).
FlexibilityThe program is available in major cities across Canada, the U.S. and Latin America.
Noteworthy alumnusDino Trevisani (2009), president of IBM Canada
DeGroote School of Business
McMaster University | Burlington, Ont., and Palo Alto, Calif.
Tuition$85,000 | Students accepted20
Male/female ratio75/25 | Average experience 17 years
Go here if…you’re a disruptor. DeGroote’s EMBA in Digital Transformation gives candidates insight into data analytics, digital leadership and managing digital innovation through design thinking. The program does away with the typical evenings-and-weekends format in favour of four residencies, lasting seven to 12 days each, including a module in Silicon Valley, where students meet with experts in the tech hub of North America.
Professional outreach DeGroote partners with the Score, CIBC, IBM and SAS, among others, to offer networking opportunities as well as access to case studies, capstone projects, guest speakers and more.
École des sciences de la gestion
Université du Québec à Montréal | Montreal and 12 countries
Tuition$6,707 (Quebec residents), $8,100 (rest of Canada) | Students accepted293 (Montreal), 533 (overseas)
Male/female ratio64/36 (Montreal), 69/31 (overseas) | Average experience9 years
Go here if…you want to double your degree: Candidates can earn a diploma from Université Paris-Dauphine.
Overseas opportunitiesUQAM’s program is also offered in China, Vietnam, Poland, France, Tunisia, Algeria, Cameroon, Mali, Mexico, Peru, Dominican Republic and Romania.
Haskayne Global Energy EMBA
University of Calgary | Worldwide
Tuition$110,000 |Students accepted25
Male/female ratio75/25 | Average experience12 years
Go here if…you want to advance your career in the evolving global energy sector and build a worldwide network.
Overseas opportuntiesStudents meet for six two-week modules in leading energy centres worldwide.
Noteworthy professorDr. Harrie Vredenburg, a leading scholar in energy innovation, sustainable development and governance.
Ivey Business School
Western University | Toronto
Tuition$107,000 | Students accepted58 (two intakes)
Male/female ratio62/38 | Average experience14 years
Go here if…you like a hands-on, practical learning approach, and want a general management and leadership program. Ivey uses case-method learning—students dive into real issues, make and defend real decisions, take action and, in the process, learn how to become more effective leaders.
Overseas opportunitiesParticipants spend a week abroad meeting classmates and professionals from other top global EMBA programs.
AccoladesIvey’s EMBA was ranked No. 1 in Canada by The Economist.
John Molson School of Business
Concordia University |Montreal
Tuition$75,000 | Students accepted20
Male/female ratio60/40 | Average experience17 years
Go here if…you’re looking for a family-friendly schedule (just one day a week, on alternating Fridays and Saturdays), with a disruptive learning format and applied courses with cases, simulations and games.
MentorshipEach cohort is assigned a “champion”—a leader who stays in contact with the group throughout the entire two-year program.
Overseas opportunitiesCandidates take a seven- to 10-day international study trip at the end of the second semester to meet with captains of industry and Canadian expatriates in relevant sectors.
Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University) and Schulich School of Business (York University) | Chicago and Toronto
Tuition$120,000 | Students accepted37
Male/female ratio70/30 | Average experience14 years
Go here if…you’re looking to expand your global network. Candidates study alongside nearly 400 business leaders from around the world, and spend a two-week residency at Kellogg’s campus in Chicago.
Noteworthy professor Tim Calkins (Strategic Marketing Decisions) is an expert on Super Bowl advertising
Forward-looking coursesHuman-Machine Learning and Visualization for Persuasion, focusing on Big Data.
International partnersCandidates can opt to study at Kellogg’s new Miami campus, or at Kellogg partner schools in Germany, Tel Aviv, Beijing and Hong Kong.
AccoladesRanked No. 5 in the world by The Economist and No. 1 in Canada by Financial Times.
Kenneth Levene Graduate School of Business
University of Regina| Regina
Tuition$49,200 | Students accepted28
Male/female ratio60/40 | Average experience14 years
Go here if…you’re looking to establish a life-long network in Saskatchewan. Candidates gain access to local leaders (including cabinet minister Ralph Goodale and investor Brett Wilson) via the school’s Leader’s Council.
Overseas opportunitiesThe International Study Course allows students to complete consulting projects in real time. Past destinations include Germany, France, Finland and Estonia.
Noteworthy lecturers Rachel Mielke, founder and CEO of Hillberg & Berk; and Murad Al-Katib, founder and CEO of AGT Food and Ingredients
Campus credLevene sits on the largest urban park in North America.
McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA
Desautels Faculty of Management (McGill University) and HEC Montréal| Montreal
Tuition$89,000| Students accepted46
Male/female ratio50/50 | Average experience18 years
Go here if…you can speak French (the program is bilingual) and you’re a fan of management thinker Henry Mintzberg, whose ideas form the basis of the program.
MentorshipCandidates can request a “buddy”—an alum who will support them throughout the year and beyond.
Noteworthy alumnusManon Jeannotte (2016), chief of the Micmac Nation of Gespeg
Rotman Omnium Global EMBA
Rotman School of Management (University of Toronto) | Toronto
Tuition$107,000 | Students accepted27
Male/female ratio60/40 | Average experience12 years
Go here if…you’re looking to develop expertise and contacts in global markets. To complete the program, candidates must travel to cities on five continents, including Shanghai, Hong Kong, New Delhi, Mumbai, Budapest, Milan, San Francisco, Santiago, Johannesburg and Dubai.
Specializationsentrepreneurship, innovation, personal leadership
Female forwardProf. Beatrix Dart leads Rotman’s Initiative for Women in Business, which aims to support career development of women professionals.
Rotman School of Management
University of Toronto| Toronto
Tuition$111,000| Students accepted67
Male/female ratio67/33 | Average experience15 years
Go here if…you want to become a better leader. Rotman’s Leadership Development program offers personal assessment, coaching and a plan to create “emotionally intelligent” and effective leaders.
International partnersCandidates can study at several partner schools, including SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan.
AccoladesSince 1999, Financial Times has ranked Rotman as the leading global MBA school in Canada.
Sandermoen School of Business
University of Fredericton| Online
Tuition$24,500 | Students accepted141 students
Male/female ratio60/40 | Average experience16.9 years
Go here if…you’re looking for flexibility. This fully online program allows candidates to access courses and materials 24/7, and learn from professors and lecturers from across North America.
Specializationsinnovation, real estate, business analytics, health and safety, human resources
Overseas opportunitiesFor their capstone project, candidates travel to an international location to explore international market entry and other core business considerations.
Smith School of Business
Queen’s University | Kingston, Ont., and locations across Canada
Tuition$98,000 | Students accepted78
Male/female ratio68/32 | Average experience14 years
Go here if…you’re looking for a holistic approach. Each candidate has a support team that includes a team coach, a career coach, an executive coach and a lifestyle coach.
Overseas opportunitiesCandidates travel in teams to a destination of their choosing to work on a real-life issue or opportunity. Students can also take a one-week course in International Business Management through one of Smith’s international partners.
Forward-looking courseCandidates can take an entire course devoted to fintech, taught by renowned professor Ryan Riordan.
BonusYou can start working on a Project Management Professional designation while in the program.
Sobey School of Business
Saint Mary’s University | Halifax
Tuition$52,000 | Students accepted16
Male/female ratio 75/25 | Average experience 12 years
Duration 18 months
Go here if…you’re feeling a bit rusty. To ease the transition into graduate-level studies, the program kicks off with a series of refresher workshops in leadership, case analysis, research methods and accounting. The Sobey program focuses on evidence-based theory and management, case work and applied learning, with an international trade mission as the capstone project.
Work-life balance There’s no overnight residency required, and classes are suspended over the summer.
Overseas opportunities Pairs of candidates travel abroad for 10 days to represent Atlantic Canadian businesses looking for potential export markets.
Accolades The Sobey program was ranked No. 5 in Canada by Ivy Exec, a professional network for executives.
Telfer School of Management
University of Ottawa | Ottawa
Tuition$75,000 | Students accepted36
Male/female ratio62/38 | Average experience12.9 years
Go here if…you want access to leaders in a variety of fields, via Telfer’s Leadership Lecture Series course. Past guests include billionaire tech magnate Sir Terence Matthews and Janet Longmore, CEO of the Digital Opportunity Trust.
Real-world experienceCandidates work as consultants as part of Telfer’s Signature Series of Six Business Consulting Projects. One project involves a startup in Silicon Valley; another is with a Canadian company pursuing an international opportunity.
Entrepreneur alertEach class participates in a startup pitch competition, with teams creating business plans and investor packages, then pitching them to actual investors.
AccoladesTelfer is one of just 76 business schools worldwide to win the triple crown of accreditations: EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA. In 2017, it got the nod from CEO Magazine as the No. 1 global EMBA.
Université de Sherbrooke
Tuition$49,200 | Students accepted15
Male/female ratio70/30 | Average experience12+ years
Go here if…you’re looking for a highly personalized program focused on core competencies like leadership skills and public speaking. Candidates also get individual coaching and can opt to work more closely with professors in a preferred subject area.
Work-life balanceA major focus of the program is learning about stress management and healthy life habits.
En francais, s’il vous plaÎtThis is a French-only program.
Tuition$18,000 | Students accepted23
Male/female ratio52/48 | Average experience18 years
Go here if…you’re looking for a flexible program (Laval offers a mix of online and in-class learning) and a salary boost: Graduates see an average increase of $10,000. One-quarter of them get a promotion, and 30% get a new job.
Forward-looking courseOperations and Logistics uses a simulation called the XBeer Game to help students replicate a supply chain, forecast demand, plan production and maintain optimum inventory level.
Entrepreneur alertCandidates spend a week at Babson College near Boston—it’s ranked as one of the top schools in the U.S. in terms of entrepreneurship.
Specializationssocial responsibility, green accounting, IT governance, international trade missions
En Francais, s’il vous plaÎtThis is a French-only program.
University of Prince Edward Island
Tuition$33,500 | Students accepted20
Male/female ratio45/55 | Average experience15 years
Go here if…you want to learn how to leverage research findings to make more informed decisions—the program is a pioneer in Evidence-Based Management (EBMgt).
Specializationsbiotechnology management and entrepreneurship, innovative management
Campus credUPEI’s campus spans 140 acres in picturesque downtown Charlottetown.
BonusTime-crunched candidates can take up to six years to complete the program.