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9 reasons to upgrade your executive education

Friday, August 30, 2013

Ivor Tossell

Reason No. 1

Because it's an excuse to travel the world

If you're going to leave the house to go to school, you might as well go all the way. That's easy these days, with so many of Canada's executive education programs making travel a core part of the curriculum.

At the University of Calgary's Haskayne School of Business, for instance, students in the Global Energy Executive MBA program hopscotch around the globe to see the energy industry from end to end. The 20-month program - which features intensive, 2.5-week residencies at three-month intervals - begins, of course, in Calgary, gateway to the oil sands, and then moves to Houston. Other stops include London, where the commodities get traded on the global market; Saudi Arabia, where students learn about the enormous issues that face one of the world's most prolific producers; and India, where demand for energy is skyrocketing. The program winds up in Banff, with a focus on leadership. "You're delivering very classic business education, but you're contextualizing the real world," says Hugh Evans, Haskayne's director of executive education. "It makes it a more powerful learning experience."

Reason No. 2

Because you can do it online

Michael Murphy, a theatre director by training, had always been interested in the dynamics of leadership. But in order to qualify for professional development assistance offered by his employer, a Toronto hospital foundation, he had to sign up with an accredited institution - without disappearing for weeks at a time. So Murphy enrolled in an executive program at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana (whose EMBA offerings were recently ranked No. 15 in the world by The Economist). The hook: The program, which involved three courses stretched over a year, was delivered entirely online.

Notre Dame is far from the only school offering online executive education. Ivy League schools like Harvard and Columbia have jumped onto the virtual bandwagon, catering to students who want accreditation from a top-flight school but can't afford to miss a week of work. As Murphy discovered, however, there are drawbacks: The Notre Dame course's laid-back design didn't stretch him the way he'd hoped. "It was a series of video lectures with no real reading required," he says. As for networking, Murphy could chat with his classmates through web forums, but it wasn't a mandatory, or even necessary, part of the coursework, and it meant Murphy didn't connect with his classmates. (He ended up writing his GMAT and applying for the MBA program at Ryerson University's Ted Rogers School of Management.)

Not all online courses are delivered the same way, so it's worth investigating whether students must sign in at set times for live, online lectures (which promise a more dynamic experience) or view pre-recorded ones (which offer greater flexibility). Some schools host mandatory discussions, which can bring out voices that might stay silent in the classroom, while others let the students decide how much they want to interact. Some require coursework and presentations to be prepared in advance of a live, virtual class; others leave the assessments to tests and assignments. There's a wide range of options to suit learners of all styles.

Reason No. 3

Because you can study just about anything you're interested in

Businesses aren't generic and, increasingly, neither is business education. Instead of one-size-fits-all packages, a growing number of advanced business programs are blending management smarts with industry-specific skills.

A few examples: The University of Western Ontario's Richard Ivey School of Business runs a program for agribusiness execs. UBC's Sauder School of Business offers an EMBA focused entirely on health care management, sending students to places like the U.K. to study their systems up close. Meanwhile, the Schulich School of Business at York University offers a Master of Finance geared specifically to regulatory affairs.

Schulich also offers a newly launched Master of Science in Business Analytics that looks to teach technicians how to better communicate with managers and executives. Tapping into the current interest in so-called Big Data, the program offers a split of 60% quantitative skills - statistics, optimization, right down to SQL programming - and 40% management training. "We created it to meet the needs of the industry," says Murat Kristal, the program's director. Graduates of the program, launched in 2012, have gone on to take jobs at Scotiabank and Deloitte.

Reason No. 4

Because chances are you can get a program tailored to you and your co-workers

Most schools offer executive education courses in two flavours: public courses and custom content developed in partnership with corporate clients. In a custom course, the university works with an organization to create not only a specific program of learning, but also to help it choose from the school's faculty roster to best suit its needs.

At Ivey, custom programs make up about 60% of the executive education offerings. It partnered with the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan to provide OTPP employees an intensive leadership regimen in three-day chunks, once every three months. "By the time they're finished that third day, they're almost a little shell-shocked," says David Loree, Ivey's faculty director of executive education, who works closely with client CEOs to develop and review each program.

Most bespoke programs combine functional experience in the company's core business with leadership skills. And taking an executive cohort through a program that's customized to a company's needs can offer a bonding experience once reserved for the corporate retreat. "The kickoff of the program was not only done by the CEO, but all the employees got together and had a fireside chat," says Loree of the OTPP group. "And to be honest, it wasn't a glowing 360. There was some incredible transparency there."

Reason No. 5

Because you'll make more money

The California-based Executive MBA Council, which represents more than 200 global business schools, tracks the annual salaries and bonuses of EMBA students before and after graduation. In 2012, the average compensation of graduates increased by 17%. The EMBA bump has been shrinking, however: In 2003, it was 30%, and in 2010, during the throes of the financial crisis, grads saw just an 11% increase.

Reason No. 6

Because it's not just for Big Business

Sandra Hamilton knows a thing or two about entrepreneurship. The former magazine publisher and Vancouver Islander created a niche for herself managing Canadian Olympians like rowers Silken Laumann and Greg Stevenson who were looking to get in to business after retiring.

Thanks to that experience, Hamilton became something of an evangelist for the notion that social good and business success belong together. With more than 86,000 charities in Canada competing for a limited pool of donations, fundraising is getting increasingly cutthroat. "It costs more now to raise a dollar than it ever has," says Hamilton. Charities that want to survive are having to come up with innovative ways to fuel their work, she adds, pointing to organizations like the YWCA in Vancouver, which runs a hotel to help subsidize its costs.

When Hamilton decided it was time to pursue her own next act, she went looking for a business program to help formalize her training in the real world of charities. "I knew I wanted an MBA or an EMBA, but to use market forces to do social good," she says.

Although there are several similar programs in the U.K. and U.S., including schools like Oxford and Stanford, none existed here in Canada. So Hamilton helped forge one herself. After interviewing potential schools, she found an eager partner in the University of Fredericton, a six-year-old private university that is accredited to deliver MBA and EMBA degrees entirely online. "She broached the idea that we create a specialty track," says David Large, the university's vice-president of university advancement and dean of its business school. "We did some homework and said, 'You're going down a promising path.'"

The result was the Online Executive MBA in Social Enterprise Leadership, a program that builds on the school's general MBA, with courses taught by an international slate of professors on how to balance customer benefit, shareholder returns and social good, and on the new legal frameworks that governments are creating to promote social enterprises.

It's not just agile start-ups that are getting into non-profit education: No less than the Harvard Business School offers week-long courses in non-profit management and governance at its Boston campus. Hamilton prefers Fredericton's online approach, since students aren't forced to leave their communities to participate, and the school can attract teaching experts from around the globe. Currently enrolled in Fredericton's EMBA program, Hamilton has helped shape the curriculum for her own education. Social change, as ever, starts small.

Reason No. 7

Because you might end up sitting beside - or learning from - a legend

Networking has always been a hallmark of executive education, and you never know who you'll meet. Porter Airlines CEO Bob Deluce and astronaut Roberta Bondar (now a director at Com Dev International) took executive programs at Rotman. Craig MacTavish, GM of the Edmonton Oilers, has a Queen's EMBA. Stephen Jarislowsky and Paul Desmarais Jr. are executives-in-residence at McGill's Desautels Faculty of Management. You get the idea.

Reason No. 8

Because it doesn't have to cost $150,000 and take two years

Or even two weeks, for that matter. The recession has put the crunch on exorbitantly priced executive programs (as you'll see on page 42, they can cost as much as $110,000) that take students away for weeks at a time.

"Five years ago, you'd see programs that would be residency-intensive, and seek to take the leader away for a period of reflection," says Michele Milan, CEO of executive programs at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management. No more. The buzzword now is "blended learning": Business schools are offering courses that blend short intensives with online follow-ups and on-the-job coaching. Rotman's course in executive leadership, for instance, is a trim eight-month program that kicks off with a five-day intensive residency, followed up with webinars, consultations with an advisory committee, and coaching sessions with a personal adviser that take place in the workplace, not the classroom. At $10,900, it's not exactly cheap, but it's a far cry from the kind of advanced management programs that take a much bigger bite out of budgets - and calendars.

Reason No. 9

Because it could help you save the planet

A 2012 survey by Corporate Knights magazine found that more than two-thirds of Canadian business schools make at least some mention of environmental sustainability in their curriculum. York University's Schulich School of Business has taken top place in the CK survey for the past decade, thanks to endowed positions in ethics, and business and sustainability. Second place went to the University of Waterloo's School of Environment, Enterprise and Development, which offers an online Master's in Environment and Business. Teaching future leaders to embrace sustainability seems to be good for the planet and the bottom line: A 2013 study by the MIT Sloan Management Review found that 37% of companies reported a hike in profits thanks to sustainability initiatives, and 48% have changed their business models to take advantage of sustainability opportunities.

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Typical response of international MBA students when asked by the Association of MBAs in 2013 to map their expected five-year career path

2 jobs

2 sectors

4 countries

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RISING COSTS

Until the mid-1990s, a graduate business degree cost about the same as any other graduate program. Then, in a bid to improve the quality of education and, of course, earn revenue for schools, universities began to "privatize" business education. Tuition fees exploded. Last year, according to Statistics Canada, average annual tuition for an MBA amounted to $23,757, a 23% increase over the 2008/09 school year.

Tuition at Western's Ivey School of Business

1963 - $750

1991 - $2,000

2003 - $28,000

2013 - $78,280

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No. 1

That's the rank of York University's Kellogg-Schulich executive MBA in The Economist's latest ranking of global EMBA programs. Canada boasted five programs in the top 50, including those at McGill/HEC Montréal, Concordia and the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management

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5 / Number of Canadian MBA programs in which 2013 enrolment of women is greater than 50%

Share of MBAs earned by women in Canada

'02/03 - 34%

'07/08 - 35%

'11/12 - 39%

$4,600 / That's how much less a female MBA was paid in her first job after graduating than her male counterparts, according to a survey by Catalyst, a not-for-profit group dedicated to women in business

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EMBA SCHOOL: Athabasca University

Location: Online program

Tuition: $45,000

No. of students accepted: 100

Male/female ratio: 65/35

Work experience (years): 18

Duration (Months): 30+

Details: Established in 1994 as the world's first online MBA

EMBA SCHOOL: Beedie School of Business (Simon Fraser University)

Location: Vancouver

Tuition: $49,500

No. of students accepted: 30

Male/female ratio: 80/20

Work experience (years): 18

Duration (Months): 20

Details: Also offers the Americas MBA for Executives and the Executive MBA in Aboriginal Business and Leadership

EMBA SCHOOL: Haskayne School of Business (University of Calgary)

Location: Calgary

Tuition: $62,000

No. of students accepted: 49

Male/female ratio: 84/16

Work experience (years): 13

Duration (Months): 21

Details: Program ends with an international study tour that includes visits to Shanghai, Seoul, Tokyo, São Paulo and Munich

EMBA SCHOOL: John Molson School of Business (Concordia University)

Location: Montreal

Tuition: $68,000

No. of students accepted: 11

Male/female ratio: 62/38

Work experience (years): 11

Duration (Months): 20

Details: The second EMBA program launched in Canada, more than 27 years ago

EMBA SCHOOL: Kenneth Levene Graduate School of Business (University of Regina)

Location: Regina

Tuition: $42,600

No. of students accepted: 23

Male/female ratio: 66/34

Work experience (years): 18

Duration (Months): 18

Details: Approachable instructors with industry experience, and small class sizes

EMBA SCHOOL: McGill University and HEC

Location: Montreal

Tuition: $78,000

No. of students accepted: 35

Male/female ratio: 65/35

Work experience (years): 17

Duration (Months): 15

Details: Bilingual program structured with 50% classroom learning and 50% learning from colleagues, plus travel to Latin America

EMBA SCHOOL: Queen's University

Location: Across Canada

Tuition: $95,000

No. of students accepted: 70

Male/female ratio: 60/40

Work experience (years): 15

Duration (Months): 16

Details: Optional international study trip and professional designations

EMBA SCHOOL: Queen's University and Cornell University

Location: In 20 cities

Tuition: $108,000

No. of students accepted: 161

Male/female ratio: 79/21

Work experience (years): 12

Duration (Months): 17

Details: Participants earn one degree from Queen's and one degree from Cornell University

EMBA SCHOOL: Richard Ivey School of Business (University of Western Ontario)

Location: London, Ont., and Toronto

Tuition: $95,000

No. of students accepted: 109

Male/female ratio: 72/28

Work experience (years): 15

Duration (Months): 19

Details: Also has an EMBA option through Ivey Asia in Hong Kong

EMBA SCHOOL: Rotman Omnium Global Executive MBA Program (University of Toronto)

Location: Toronto and St. Gallen, Switzerland

Tuition: $96,000

No. of students accepted: 39

Male/female ratio: 87/13

Work experience (years): 13

Duration (Months): 18

Details: Graduates receive an MBA from U of T and a Global Executive MBA from the University of St. Gallen. Students can live and work anywhere in the world and travel to teaching modules in countries such as Brazil and Switzerland

EMBA SCHOOL: Rotman School of Management (University of Toronto)

Location: Toronto

Tuition: $106,000

No. of students accepted: 65

Male/female ratio: 64/36

Work experience (years): 14

Duration (Months): 13

Details: Leadership Excellence Acceleration Program is designed to emphasize leadership development. Also an exchange elective with international partners

EMBA SCHOOL: Rowe School of Business (Dalhousie University)

Location: Halifax

Tuition: $35,700

No. of students accepted: 200

Male/female ratio: n/a

Work experience (years): n/a

Duration (Months): 36+

Details: Online MBA in financial services includes three- to five-day on-site training for mid-career finance and insurance professionals

EMBA SCHOOL: Sandermoen School of Business (University of Fredericton)

Location: Online program

Tuition: $24,500

No. of students accepted: 10

Male/female ratio: 61/39

Work experience (years): 17

Duration (Months): 27+

Details: Choice of six start dates per year. Courses 100% online. Specialties in social enterprise and innovation leadership

EMBA SCHOOL: Sauder School of Business (University of British Columbia)

Location: Vancouver

Tuition: $66,300

No. of students accepted: 16

Male/female ratio: 69/31

Work experience (years): 14

Duration (Months): 18

Details: Designed specifically for health-care executives

EMBA SCHOOL: Schulich School of Business (York University)

Location: Toronto

Tuition: $110,000

No. of students accepted: 44

Male/female ratio: 70/30

Work experience (years): 13

Duration (Months): 18

Details: Joint program with Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University

EMBA SCHOOL: Sobey School of Business (Saint Mary's University)

Location: Halifax

Tuition: $45,000

No. of students accepted: 24

Male/female ratio: 50/50

Work experience (years): 10

Duration (Months): 20

Details: Offers an international study trip - most recently to Guangzhou and Hong Kong

EMBA SCHOOL: Telfer School of Management (University of Ottawa)

Location: Ottawa

Tuition: $67,000

No. of students accepted: 41

Male/female ratio: 59/41

Work experience (years): 14

Duration (Months): 21

Details: Curriculum is connected by six consulting projects, two involving international trips

EMBA SCHOOL: Université de Sherbrooke

Location: Longueuil, Que.

Tuition: $34,750

No. of students accepted: 30

Male/female ratio: 60/40

Work experience (years): 14

Duration (Months): 22

Details: Delivered in collaboration with the University of Calgary. Every student is matched with a professional coach for the duration of program

EMBA SCHOOL: Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

Location: Montreal

Tuition: $5,700

No. of students accepted: n/a

Male/female ratio: 60/40

Work experience (years): 9

Duration (Months): 24

Details: Students can get a double diploma with an affiliated university, such as Université Paris-Dauphine in France

EMBA SCHOOL: Université Laval

Location: Quebec City

Tuition: $16,219+

No. of students accepted: 24

Male/female ratio: 70/30

Work experience (years): 18

Duration (Months): 24

Details: More than 80 partnerships with schools across the world; business courses in English and Spanish

EMBA SCHOOL: University of Alberta/ Haskayne School of Business

Location: Edmonton

Tuition: $58,000

No. of students accepted: 28

Male/female ratio: 69/31

Work experience (years): 14

Duration (Months): 20

Details: Delivered jointly with the University of Calgary

EMBA SCHOOL: University of Prince Edward Island

Location: Charlottetown

Tuition: $31,700

No. of students accepted: 22

Male/female ratio: 40/60

Work experience (years): 12

Duration (Months): 18

Details: Also features a biotechnology management and entrepreneurship stream

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MBA SCHOOL: Asper School of Business (University of Manitoba)

Location: Winnipeg

Tuition: $35,000

No. of students accepted: 45

Male/female ratio: 61/39

Work experience (years): 8

Duration (Months): 11

Details: External organization of local business leaders called The Associates offers mentoring, professional development and networking opportunities

MBA SCHOOL: Beedie School of Business (Simon Fraser University)

Location: Vancouver

Tuition: $34,500

No. of students accepted: 69

Male/female ratio: 57/43

Work experience (years): 6

Duration (Months): 16

Details: Emphasis on applied learning, including case analysis, business simulations, an international trip and company projects

MBA SCHOOL: DeGroote School of Business (McMaster University)

Location: Burlington, Ont.

Tuition: $39,600

No. of students accepted: 130

Male/female ratio: 65/35

Work experience (years): 1

Duration (Months): 28

Details: DeGroote offers a co-op, traditional full-time, eight-month accelerated MBA and a part-time MBA

MBA SCHOOL: Desautels Faculty of Management (McGill University)

Location: Montreal

Tuition: $72,500

No. of students accepted: 64

Male/female ratio: 78/22

Work experience (years): 6

Duration (Months): 20

Details: Students go on an international study trip to some of the world's leading cities; in 2013, students will travel to Japan and Argentina

MBA SCHOOL: Edwards School of Business (University of Saskatchewan)

Location: Saskatoon

Tuition: $23,950

No. of students accepted: 51

Male/female ratio: 63/37

Work experience (years): 6

Duration (Months): 12+

Details: Students tour a selected country and attend meetings with local executives and Canadian trade commissioners, and tour factories

MBA SCHOOL: Goodman School of Business (Brock University)

Location: St. Catharines, Ont.

Tuition: $25,862

No. of students accepted: 55

Male/female ratio: 60/40

Work experience (years): 4

Duration (Months): 20

Details: Designed to help MBA candidates with non-business academic or professional backgrounds make the transition into careers in management

MBA SCHOOL: Haskayne School of Business (University of Calgary)

Location: Calgary

Tuition: $32,140

No. of students accepted: 131

Male/female ratio: 62/38

Work experience (years): 7

Duration (Months): 16+

Details: The International Resources Industries and Sustainability Centre (IRIS) and Enbridge Centre for Corporate Sustainability are dedicated to CSR and sustainability

MBA SCHOOL: John Molson School of Business (Concordia University)

Location: Montreal

Tuition: $6,298

No. of students accepted: 95

Male/female ratio: 63/37

Work experience (years): 6

Duration (Months): 16

Details: Social responsibility concepts are embedded throughout the MBA program

MBA SCHOOL: Kenneth Levene Graduate School of Business (University of Regina)

Location: Regina

Tuition: $

No. of students accepted: 25

Male/female ratio: 60/40

Work experience (years): 8

Duration (Months): 18+

Details: An international MBA with a one-week intensive study trip to Europe, Asia or South America

MBA SCHOOL: Lakehead University

Location: Thunder Bay, Ont.

Tuition: $17,768

No. of students accepted: 20

Male/female ratio: 60/40

Work experience (years): 3

Duration (Months): 3 terms

Details: Students won the mini-cup for most points awarded at the 2012 MBA Games in Edmonton

MBA SCHOOL: Memorial University of Newfoundland

Location: St. John's

Tuition: $4,400+

No. of students accepted: 59

Male/female ratio: 52/48

Work experience (years): 5

Duration (Months): 10-20 courses

Details: The first MBA program in Canada to have a required corporate social responsibility/ethics course

MBA SCHOOL: Odette School of Business (University of Windsor)

Location: Windsor, Ont.

Tuition: $18,000

No. of students accepted: 45

Male/female ratio: 60/40

Work experience (years): 3

Duration (Months): 14

Details: Student teams partner with different companies, including Crayola and Chrysler Canada, to complete a series of projects

MBA SCHOOL: Peter B. Gustavson School of Business (University of Victoria)

Location: Victoria

Tuition: $22,621

No. of students accepted: 41

Male/female ratio: 51/49

Work experience (years): 5

Duration (Months): 13+

Details: Features an executive mentoring program and a 12-day consulting project in India, China or Brazil

MBA SCHOOL: Queen's School of Business (Queen's University)

Location: Kingston, Ont.

Tuition: $75,000

No. of students accepted: 65

Male/female ratio: 70/30

Work experience (years): 5

Duration (Months): 12

Details: Each student works with a team coach, personal coach, a career coach and a lifestyle coach. Queen's also delivers an accelerated MBA for working students

MBA SCHOOL: Richard Ivey School of Business (University of Western Ontario)

Location: London, Ont.

Tuition: $78,280

No. of students accepted: 129

Male/female ratio: 76/24

Work experience (years): 5

Duration (Months): 12

Details: Applied work opportunities at the Ivey Consulting Project, the largest and oldest "client field project" in Canada

MBA SCHOOL: Rotman School of Management (University of Toronto)

Location: Toronto

Tuition: $82,000+

No. of students accepted: 313

Male/female ratio: 69/31

Work experience (years): 5

Duration (Months): 16

Details: Take the prosperity and competitiveness class taught by Prof. Richard Florida

MBA SCHOOL: Rowe School of Business (Dalhousie University)

Location: Halifax

Tuition: $40,000

No. of students accepted: 58

Male/female ratio: 48/52

Work experience (years): 2

Duration (Months): 22

Details: Corporate residency MBA twins academic work with an eight-month placement at a company

MBA SCHOOL: Royal Military College of Canada

Location: Kingston, Ont.

Tuition: $5,670

No. of students accepted: 15

Male/female ratio: 35/65

Work experience (years): 5

Duration (Months): 24

Details: Civilian and military students interact, and there's an emphasis on business and government experience

MBA SCHOOL: Royal Roads University

Location: Victoria

Tuition: $37,930

No. of students accepted: 82

Male/female ratio: 62/38

Work experience (years): 17

Duration (Months): 18

Details: Program is delivered with on-campus residencies and designed specifically for experienced managers

MBA SCHOOL: Sandermoen School of Business (University of Fredericton)

Location: Online program

Tuition: $19,000

No. of students accepted: 71

Male/female ratio: 66/34

Work experience (years): 11

Duration (Months): 36+

Details: Courses are 100% online, with a choice of five start dates per year. Students can specialize in social enterprise leadership and innovation leadership

MBA SCHOOL: Sauder School of Business (University of British Columbia)

Location: Vancouver

Tuition: $55,023

No. of students accepted: 110

Male/female ratio: 64/36

Work experience (years): 5

Duration (Months): 16

Details: Designed exclusively for health-care executives

MBA SCHOOL: Schulich School of Business (York University)

Location: Toronto

Tuition: $62,725

No. of students accepted: 272

Male/female ratio: 68/32

Work experience (years): 6

Duration (Months): 16

Details: Opening a campus in Hyderabad, India, in September. Specializations include global mining management and a Master of Science degree in business analytics

MBA SCHOOL: Shannon School of Business (Cape Breton University)

Location: Sydney, N.S.

Tuition: $20,120

No. of students accepted: 96

Male/female ratio: 42/58

Work experience (years): 4

Duration (Months): 12

Details: Specialization in community economic development, including courses on First Nations management and peace-building and reconstruction

MBA SCHOOL: Sobey School of Business (Saint Mary's University)

Location: Halifax

Tuition: $15,191

No. of students accepted: 30

Male/female ratio: 40/60

Work experience (years): 6

Duration (Months): 13+

Details: Offers international study programs and an option to earn Certified Management Consultant or Project Management Professional certifications

MBA SCHOOL: Sprott School of Business (Carleton University)

Location: Ottawa

Tuition: $14,500

No. of students accepted: 46

Male/female ratio: 44/56

Work experience (years): 27

Duration (Months): 16

Details: Five concentrations including international development management and management change

MBA SCHOOL: Ted Rogers School of Management (Ryerson University)

Location: Toronto

Tuition: $16,668

No. of students accepted: 68

Male/female ratio: 62/38

Work experience (years): 6

Duration (Months): 12+

Details: The Rogers School offers 18 graduate entrance scholarships and awards worth up to $20,000 each

MBA SCHOOL: Telfer School of Management (University of Ottawa)

Location: Ottawa

Tuition: $23,295

No. of students accepted: 42

Male/female ratio: 67/33

Work experience (years): 6

Duration (Months): 12

Details: Program includes a consulting project with local organizations and a trip overseas to explore international management

MBA SCHOOL: Thompson Rivers University

Location: Kamloops, B.C.

Tuition: $19,804

No. of students accepted: 50

Male/female ratio: 65/35

Work experience (years): 4

Duration (Months): 10

Details: Students can pursue their degree on-campus, online or through a combination of both, as well as on a full- or part-time basis

MBA SCHOOL: Trinity Western University

Location: Langley, B.C.

Tuition: $34,425

No. of students accepted: 42

Male/female ratio: 63/37

Work experience (years): n/a

Duration (Months): 12+

Details: Trinity Western offers a rolling entry system, so students can start the international business specialization in any month

MBA SCHOOL: Université du Québec à Montreal

Location: Montreal

Tuition: $5,700

No. of students accepted: n/a

Male/female ratio: 50/50

Work experience (years): 8

Duration (Months): 24+

Details: Specializations in science and engineering, as well as management consulting

MBA SCHOOL: Université Laval

Location: Quebec City

Tuition: $4,219+

No. of students accepted: 416

Male/female ratio: 58/42

Work experience (years): 4

Duration (Months): 12+

Details: This program offers 18 different concentrations, including a new MBA in financial services and real estate management. Programs offered in English and French

MBA SCHOOL: University of Alberta

Location: Edmonton

Tuition: $26,000

No. of students accepted: 80

Male/female ratio: 69/31

Work experience (years): 5

Duration (Months): 16+

Details: Specializations include natural resources, energy and environment, sustainability and arts management

MBA SCHOOL: University of Guelph

Location: Guelph, Ont.

Tuition: $41,190

No. of students accepted: 24

Male/female ratio: 52/48

Work experience (years): 13

Duration (Months): 24

Details: MBAs in food and agribusiness management and hospitality and tourism management offered online and on campus

MBA SCHOOL: University of New Brunswick

Location: Fredericton

Tuition: $19,968

No. of students accepted: 27

Male/female ratio: 75/25

Work experience (years): n/a

Duration (Months): 16

Details: Students manage a Student Investment Fund worth $5.6 million and partner with businesses to prepare an export marketing plan

MBA SCHOOL: University of New Brunswick

Location: Saint John

Tuition: $18,000

No. of students accepted: 104

Male/female ratio: 63/37

Work experience (years): 3

Duration (Months): 12

Details: Business development internships are an integral part of the program. Concentrations include entrepreneurship and technology management

MBA SCHOOL: University of Northern British Columbia

Location: Prince George, B.C.

Tuition: $36,000

No. of students accepted: 45

Male/female ratio: 60/40

Work experience (years): 12

Duration (Months): 21

Details: Classes held only once per month in three- or four-day sessions

MBA SCHOOL: Vancouver Island University

Location: Nanaimo, B.C.

Tuition: $19,247

No. of students accepted: 179

Male/female ratio: 51/49

Work experience (years): 3

Duration (Months): 14+

Details: Graduates receive an MBA from VIU and an MSc in international business from the University of Hertfordshire (U.K.). Includes a four-month internship

MBA SCHOOL: Wilfrid Laurier University

Location: Waterloo, Ont., and Toronto

Tuition: $25,194

No. of students accepted: 49

Male/female ratio: 77/23

Work experience (years): 6

Duration (Months): 12

Details: WLU has just introduced a new program: management in the golf and resort industry. Offers a co-op program for candidates with less than two years' experience

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