EMBA Guide 2020: Programs in British Columbia

Options to study in blocks and online—and to travel abroad—are on offer in business schools across the country

Beedie School of Business
Simon Fraser University, Vancouver

Full time: 25 months
Work experience required: 10 years’ work and 4 years’ management experience
Tuition: $56,100

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
Tuition: $48,400

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.