Beedie School of Business
Simon Fraser University, Vancouver
Full time: 25 months
Work experience required: 10 years’ work and 4 years’ management experience
Launched in 1968, this program is the longest-running executive MBA in Canada, and has graduated over 1,500 people into leadership positions locally, nationally and internationally. It offers a small-classroom learning environment, where the cohort’s 40 students are divided into leadership teams that work together to solve business problems. For an additional $8,000 to cover travel and accommodation, an optional second-year elective on the Americas looks specifically at management issues between Canada, Brazil, Mexico and the U.S.
Sauder School of Business
University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Full time: 24 months
Work experience required: 2 years
Sauder offers a professional MBA (PMBA) very comparable to executive programs, with experience-based, in-person learning that has a focus on leadership, strategy, business development and negotiations, ethics, and sustainability. Sauder was an early adopter of EI (emotional intelligence, the strongest success predictor) and helps students strengthen and fine-tune core EI-related skills. Professional MBA students complete three eight-day residencies for immersive learning with guest speakers, exclusive events and networking opportunities. All exams can be completed online.