Telfer School of Management EMBA

University of Ottawa, Ottawa

Being a high-performance executive isn’t all about business savvy. It’s about managing people and personalities and using individual strengths to benefit a team. At the Telfer School of Management, the executive MBA program is focused on creating a spirit of teamwork from the moment a new cohort comes together in September.

The 21-month program is offered entirely in-person, two days per month (alternate Fridays and Saturdays) at the Centre for Executive Leadership in downtown Ottawa. Working in small teams and with real clients, students complete a series of collaborative consulting projects as they work through the curriculum. In the first year, they work on a strategic marketing consultancy project with a non-profit organization; they also visit Silicon Valley with a client to complete a project focused on innovation and entrepreneurship. Classroom and travel days are planned well in advance so that students, who are all full-time working professionals, can coordinate their busy schedules.

When classes break for the summer months, students select an organization to work with independently on a major project, which they complete under the guidance of a faculty member. Three more team-based consulting projects round out the second year, culminating in the international consulting project, which includes a nine-day trip to a destination chosen by the graduating class. The EMBA class of 2018 travelled to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to explore opportunities in the Southeast Asian market.

Graduates of Telfer’s EMBA program join a tight network of more than 1,000 alumni who network through social gatherings, a speakers series and activities in partnership with the school. Past graduates include Jack Kitts, CEO of the Ottawa Hospital; Ravi Parmasad, vice-president at Nokia; and Elizabeth Rhodenizer, chief information officer for the Public Service Commission of Canada.

Part-time: 21 months

Work Experience: 5 years

Cost: $75,000

Cost (International): $75,000 + fees

Total Part-Time Enrolment: 68