Desautels/HEC Montréal EMBA

McGill University/Université de Montréal, Montreal

If you’re bilingual and really want to up your business game, consider the joint executive MBA program offered by McGill University and HEC Montréal. To be eligible, candidates must understand and read both English and French, and have strong written and oral skills in either official language. An undergraduate degree is a prerequisite (although substantial managerial experience will be considered), and you must have a minimum of 10 years’ work experience, with five years in management positions.

The Desautels-HEC EMBA program sells itself as a combined professional and personal development experience that broadens executives’ perspectives of themselves by examining the five pillars of the “managerial mindset.” The brainchild of Henry Mintzberg, an author and professor of management studies at McGill, the program begins with a seven-day retreat to Quebec’s Laurentian Mountains or Eastern Townships, where students study the “reflective mindset.” They learn about managing themselves, and reflect on their past experiences, attitudes, reactions and outcomes. Subsequent modules, most of them in-class, include the analytic mindset (with a focus on managing organizations and business strategy); the collaborative mindset (managing relationships); and the action mindset (managing innovation and change). The worldly mindset module, which examines management in a different context, involves 10 days of travel abroad, in Asia or Latin America. In recent years, the school has taken the class to Argentina to learn first-hand about managing in times of uncertainty.

The in-class portion of the program takes about 11 months to complete and is comprised of individual and group projects, team exercises, presentations, papers and in-class contributions. Students also take part in peer coaching and spend three to five days shadowing, then hosting, a classmate at their job as part of a managerial exchange.

Part-Time: 15 months

Work Experience: 10 years, including 5 in management

Cost: $89,000

Cost (International): $89,000

Total Part-Time Enrolment: 89

Female Students: 49%

International Students: 9%

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