DeGroote School of Business EMBA

McMaster University, Hamilton

The DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University has created an executive MBA for the digital age. The program focuses on digital transformation and how technology is changing both society and business.

Much like tech itself, the program’s curriculum is continuously changing. The school incorporates feedback from alumni and students to adjust course content and make it align with trends in the business and technology worlds. The program is also guided by an advisory board of executives and entrepreneurs from across North America.

The focused program is residency-based and includes four modules, each lasting 10 to 12 days. This structure gives students with careers—and their employers—some flexibility in scheduling.

Three of these modules are held in Burlington, Ont. The second module, in February, is held in Palo Alto, Calif., the heart of Silicon Valley. This section aims to give students hands-on experience with leaders in innovative businesses, along with an opportunity to network with professionals.

Courses are taught by faculty and corporate executives, integrating case studies and group projects. The program blends digital lessons with traditional classroom learning. Students experience a combination of in-class learning and on-site visits to corporations. They also participate in a personal leadership effectiveness program, which connects students with one-on-one coaching throughout the program.

Ultimately, the program aims to instill graduates with the specific knowledge and skills needed to hold high-level positions that require digital expertise. Students are taught to understand and use data to create and guide business strategies. The program wants its graduates to act as a bridge between technical teams and the rest of a company.

Full-Time: 14 months

Work Experience: 7 years

Cost: $89,000

Cost (International): $89,000

Total Full-Time Enrolment: 30

Female Students: 30%

International Students: 16%

Specializations: Digital Transformation, Data and Management Strategy, Digital Expertise

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