Want to earn an Ivy-League executive MBA but can’t afford to move to the States? If you have between eight and 10 years of professional experience, including three or more in management, you might be interested in the executive MBA Americas program, a joint degree offered by the business schools at Queen’s and Cornell University. You don’t have to live in Ontario or New York: the 17-month program is offered in conference rooms throughout Canada, the United States and Latin America.
Be prepared to participate in three residential sessions: the first two weeks of the course are divided between the Smith School of Business in Kingston, Ont., and the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management in Ithaca, N.Y. (transport and accommodation are covered by your tuition). You’ll spend another week split between campuses as part of your global business project later in the program. A business venture project will require another week-long residency at a location that varies each year.
The rest of the time, classes are offered all day Saturday and Sunday mornings, every other week. You’ll engage in group work with your local cohort and participate in real-time discussions with fellow students in other countries through the latest interactive video-conferencing technology. Lectures are led by faculty members of both institutions. After graduating from the EMBA Americas program, non-U.S. residents are eligible to work in the United States under certain conditions.
Smith also offers the 16-month EMBA national program, which can be done from anywhere in Canada. Classes are held all day Friday and Saturday, every other week, in a local boardroom or from your home or office. Students choose one of three strategic electives in financial strategy, marketing strategy or project leadership, and have the option of taking part in a study trip to Shanghai to visit local businesses and attend classes at the China Europe International Business School.
Full-Time: 16-17 months
Work Experience: 8-10 years
Cost (International): $102,000-$141,150
Total Full-Time Enrolment: 241
Female Students: 31%
Specializations: Financial Strategy, Marketing Strategy, Project Leadership, Joint Degree from Cornell University