EMBA Guide 2020: Programs in Quebec

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

Desautels-HEC Montréal
McGill University/HEC Montréal

Full time: 15 months
Work experience required: 10 years of work experience and 5 years of management experience
Tuition: $89,000

This joint bilingual program, a partnership between McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management and HEC Montréal, brings together top faculty and facilities from both schools. Classes are a fluid mix of French and English, and assignments may be submitted in either language. The final paper is a report on a topic of the student’s choice—many choose a field they want to gain expertise in or a problem that needs solving at their organization. 2019 saw the introduction of a new module, the Future-Ready Organization, which equips participants to anticipate future economic, technological or environmental challenges.

John Molson School of Business
Concordia University, Montreal

Full time: 20 months
Work experience required: 5 years of work experience required (management preferred)
Tuition: $75,000

Concordia’s EMBA program is comprised of four terms over two years (with ample breaks of up to five months). Classes are held once a week, on alternating Fridays and Saturdays, making this program ideal for anyone with limited time to spend away from work or home. Thanks to the Leadership Effectiveness and Development (LEAD) team, Concordia students can also expect significant amount of one-on-one time with leaders and CEOs in order to build lasting relationships (a new addition is “Lunch with a CEO,” which is exactly as it sounds). Classes start in September, with an international study trip in May, at the end of the second term.

Université Laval
Quebec City

Full time: 22 months
Work experience required: 5 years of work/management experience required
Tuition: $20,000 (Quebec residents), $29,000 (out of province)

Two cohorts of 30—all working professionals—complete Laval’s hybrid program (online and in-person) every other Saturday and over two five-day intensive weeks: one for teamwork management and another near Boston at Babson College, the top American school in entrepreneurship. Laval’s online program permits instant communication with professors, virtual presentations, quizzes and simulations. New course topics this year include negotiation and human resources management. Class projects often stem from the student’s day job.

Université du Québec à Montréal

Full time: 24 months
Work experience required: 4 years of management experience required
Tuition: $8,400 (Quebec residents); $18,700 (out of province)

To cater to busy professionals, this executive MBA program offers a once-per-month, Friday-to-Sunday class schedule. Elective summer options include an intensive summer course in Montreal, where students conduct real-world business with executives (the 2019 session saw execs from Air Canada in attendance). Programming now runs in Laval as well as in Montreal, and the school has partnerships with universities in Algeria, Poland, China, Mexico, Peru and elsewhere. In September 2019, the school introduced a new two-day preparatory seminar to help students meet and make friends before school starts.

Université de Sherbrooke

Full time: 18 months
Work experience required: 10 years of work experience (including 5 years in management)
Tuition: $49,200

Sherbrooke’s EMBA program is offered at the school’s Longueuil campus in Montreal and hosts a small cohort of students on alternating Fridays and Saturdays, plus four off-site residencies. The curriculum starts with a personalized assessment of strengths and capabilities which helps inform individual development plans. Students benefit from individual coaching sessions with a focus on health and wellness, and even receive catered meals and enjoy an on-site gym.