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EMBA Program Overview

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Be prepared for your seat at the executive table.

Take your professional and personal growth to new heights with the most practical, real-world Executive MBA program in Canada, all while continuing to work.

Why Choose the Telfer Executive MBA

Become a leader equipped for any challenge

Cultivate the strategic management skills that help you navigate the complexities of the ever-evolving business environment while learning and collaborating with a diverse, high-achieving group of peers. 

Gain relevant experience resolving complex challenges faced by local and global businesses

Combine classroom insights and six real-world consulting projects into practical skills and experience you can immediately apply to your current role, delivering value to your organization from day one. 

Expand your global perspective by increasing Canada’s presence in international markets

Gain the global insights and hands-on experience to create meaningful change across cultures, organizations, and markets – whether they're on the other side of the world or in your own backyard. 

Challenge yourself to excel professionally and personally

Grow in many aspects of your life through this transformational journey that expands your abilities, accelerate the trajectory of your career, and makes you a more resilient, strategic, and confident leader. 

Our transformational 20-month program begins each September. Attend classes weekly, in-person or virtually (or a blend of both).

Change the trajectory of your career

Through six consulting projects integrated into the curriculum 

Gain significant business consulting experience through six consulting projects, including two international business consulting trips. 

With an expanded network based in a G7 capital

Although you can attend classes virtually from anywhere in the world, the Telfer School of Management’s Executive MBA program is part of the University of Ottawa. As the capital of a G7 country, Ottawa is a globally recognized city where Canada’s private and public sectors converge. It is also home to Canada’s largest technology park. 

These features attract diverse candidates and faculty with a wide range of perspectives and backgrounds including the public sector, military service, large corporations, start-ups, and entrepreneurial ventures — perfect for broadening your network beyond your field or industry. 

By becoming a member in a global alumni community of business leaders  

Connect with a diverse community of more than 1,300 Executive MBA alumni in senior public, not for profit, and private sector leadership positions around the world, and learn from their experiences to foster your own personal and professional growth. 

The full degree experience, and much more

Designed for mid-to-senior level business leaders, our uncompromising approach to business education combines a traditional MBA degree with extensive practical experience and ongoing support that extends far beyond the classroom.

Your world-class professors will combine lectures, case studies, and projects to give you the cross-functional competencies and global business perspective you expect from a triple-crown accredited business school. The team-based learning environment expands your growth and leadership ability, and your six real-world consulting projects will give you a broad foundation of international business experience that starts your first term.

In addition, our continuous learning and career support offerings give you access to exclusive professional development training and resources long after graduation. Our active alumni network opens doors to fellow business leaders from across sectors and around the world.

Explore the classroom experience

When you choose the Telfer Executive MBA, you’re choosing more than just letters after your name. You’re choosing an intensive journey of robust business knowledge and mastery that transforms you into a confident, well-rounded, effective, and resilient leader of the future, ready to build a better Canada and global business environment.

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Mayan Sharma

The Telfer Executive MBA provided me the confidence and ability to look differently at the strategic transformation model of an organization. I was able to incorporate much of my learning from the Executive MBA toward my role and it led to more effective outcomes in my work. I am proud to say that because of this different perspective, I have experienced a steady progression in my career since graduation. As a result of these successes, I have moved into a director position, overseeing a portfolio of strategic and transformative projects within the bank, and getting set to lead another strategic initiative called 'Next Evolution of Work’!

— Mayank Sharma, EMBA 2012
Portfolio Director, Delivery and Transformation, TD

Learn and collaborate with individuals holding a wide variety of experiences and perspectives

The diversity of the Executive MBA class profile allows you to learn not only from experienced faculty members but also from your peers. As a candidate, you bring a unique perspective to the classroom as you draw upon your professional and personal background.

Class Profile

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Receive personalized service from the Telfer Executive MBA team

Receive personalized advice, support, and direction from our dedicated team – starting from the application process through to joining our alumni community, and at every step in between.
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