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One-Year Executive MBA

Program Synopsis

Ranked the #1 Business School in Canada, Rotman’s One-Year Executive MBA Program is designed for a select group of working senior management professionals looking to earn a Master of Business Administration degree and advance their leadership competency. The Rotman EMBA program is renowned for its academic rigor, and teaches students deep leadership fundamentals, sound decision-making frameworks, and practical management skills.

The Rotman One-Year Executive MBA program is more than a degree — it’s an intense, hands-on leadership experience that will change the way you think. We’ll give you analytical tools and invaluable insights to help you get the career you want. Our innovative 13-month format ensures you maximize your learning experience while you minimize your time away from work.

The program has been designed to enhance your skills as a senior decision maker, and to help you discover new career possibilities. What you learn in class on Friday and Saturday, you can apply at work on Monday morning. People will notice your ability to understand and contribute to all of your organization’s business functions.

One of the world’s top business schools, Rotman’s reputation is built on its outstanding faculty from all over the globe. They’re distinguished by their ground-breaking research, authority in the business world, and accessibility to students.

For over 30 years, we’ve been helping managers and executives reach their goals. Contact us at any time to find out how our Executive MBA program can fast-track you to success.

Admission Criteria

Admission to the One-Year Executive MBA Program is based on rigorous application criteria. Rotman selects only qualified students who demonstrate a well-rounded combination of abilities – academic standing, interpersonal skills, professional achievement, and their ability to add value to a peer cohort.

  • Significant Professional Work or Management Experience
  • Current Full-Time Employment
  • Official Transcripts and Successful Admissions Testing
  • English Proficiency (TOEFL or IELTS testing may be required)
  • Demonstrated Teamwork and Leadership Skills
  • 2 References
  • Employer Consent, if applicable*

*The One-Year Executive MBA is an internationally-accredited degree program from the prestigious University of Toronto. To qualify for the program, students must arrange their work schedules and personal and professional responsibilities such that they can complete the necessary class-work and self-study required for success. Students must attain approval from their employer outlining that consent/ support has been granted. In addition to time requirements, students often seek financial support from their organizations in exchange for increased corporate performance, employer loyalty or to assist with succession planning.

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Application Process

Rotman’s personalized approach assures each applicant a streamlined application process, and ensures that the Rotman Executive MBA of your choice is the right fit for your career and personal goals. Applicants are admitted on a rolling basis. Apply early as space is limited.

  1. Complete the online pre-application form and attach a current and complete resume
  2. Phone discussion with a Program Recruitment Officer within 2-3 business days about candidacy and qualifications
  3. In-person or skype interview with Program Director
  4. Formal application submission by the student, including:
    • current resume (complete with education, professional development courses, work experience, professional association memberships, volunteer and community activities)
    • two professional reference forms
    • official transcript (under seal) from each post-secondary institution attended
    • employer form confirming type of support granted
    • application fee
  5. Successful completion of the TOEFL or IELTS, if candidate has completed their undergraduate degree(s) in a language other than in English. The minimum overall TOEFL score required is 93 (writing, 22; speaking, 22): the minimum overall IELTS score required is 7.0. 

    Contact us to find out if this is a requirement for you.

  6. Successful completion of the Rotman Executive Diagnostic Test (EDT), or GMAT/GRE equivalent if required
  7. Admission Committee decision, within 5 business days after submission, based on strength of work experience, academic ability to successfully complete a graduate program, management/leadership skills, learning objectives and expectations
  8. Program enrollment

Please note that as of Thursday February 5th 2015, Rotman Executive MBA Programs has launched a new online application system. If you have any questions, please contact us at

If you have started your application before Thursday February 5th 2015, please contact us at to access your profile in the new system.


The One-Year Executive MBA Program offers students an innovative curriculum that incorporates self- and team development planning with strategic know-how, and uses acceleration and applied learning methods to ensure students are putting learning to practice. Learning is further enhanced using a unique residential and cohort learning setting; U of T faculty expertise, engagement and access; and a manageable, condensed schedule for both personal and professional flexibility.

Our program is structured around four terms, each of which includes a one-week residential module in downtown Toronto. Regular class sessions take place over two days, twice a month, on a Friday and Saturday. The innovative curriculum is based on leadership development, Integrative Thinking™, and better decision making.

First, we’ll teach you the foundations of business problem-solving — accounting, finance, marketing, and strategy. The entire second term is devoted to the key personal skills you need to lead, whether you have a team of two or two-hundred.

Throughout the program, you’ll be working on current business dilemmas in your company with your classmates. You’ll be able to apply your newfound knowledge and skills in your workplace immediately. Our award-winning faculty, renowned for their stature in the international business world, give students first access to the latest research. We address current business issues as they unfold, ensuring our program meets the needs of today’s executives.

International electives are also available, letting you explore global opportunities for learning at one of our distinguished partner institutions.

The Rotman One-Year Executive MBA (EMBA) minimizes the time you spend away from work while maximizing your learning experience. In addition to four one-week residential modules, you will be in class on Friday and Saturday, every other week, for 13 months.

2015-2016 Schedule*

 The schedule for the 2015-2016 Executive MBA

*Schedule subject to change



$106,000 CAD


  • Tuition
  • All Program materials and Microsoft Surface Tablet
  • Class-day meals
  • Accommodations for Toronto residential modules


$8,000 CAD due upon acceptance of admission, and balance due in four installments – September, November, January and March


For information about payment options, please contact


The One-Year Executive MBA program is considered a full-time MBA program and therefore the tuition fee is partly tax deductible. It also qualifies for the Canada Revenue Agency’s Life Long Learning Plan. To learn more please visit

Entrance Awards

All accepted applicants are invited to apply for consideration for our entrance awards. Interested students must submit a letter of request to the attention of the Awards Committee for each award they are applying, outlining their candidacy. Please send your letter(s) of request, signifying the award for which you are applying, to One award per successful student is granted by our committee. All awarded candidates are contacted before program start. 

The deadline to apply for admission entrance awards is July 16, 2015.


The One-Year Executive MBA Fellowship Award for Non-Profit Managers - $10,000 CAD
Awarded to a student who demonstrates a strong record of management achievement in one of the following non-profit sectors:  Social Services, Arts and Culture, Sports and Recreation, International Development, Healthcare, or Education.

Dean’s Executive MBA Award of Merit for Professional Advancement - $10,000 CAD
Awarded to a student entering The One-Year Executive MBA Program who demonstrates leadership and exceptional job performance – resulting in promotion, award(s), and/or or recognized achievement. 

Academic Director's Award for Women Managers - $10,000 CAD
Awarded to a female student entering The One-Year Executive MBA Program who demonstrates exceptional leadership, high academic undergraduate standing, and personal and professional achievement. 

Associate Dean's Award for Academic Excellence - $10,000 CAD
Awarded to a student entering The One-Year Executive MBA Program who has achieved academic excellence at a graduate level.

The One-Year Executive MBA Award for Leadership - $10,000 CAD
Awarded to a student who currently holds a leadership position responsible for the supervision and mentoring of a team of colleagues to achieve future management positions. In addition to a letter of request to the Awards Committee outlining their candidacy, interested students are asked to provide a reference letter written by a direct report that explains why the candidate is a deserving leader

The One-Year Executive MBA Award for Small to Medium Enterprise Managers - $10,000 CAD
Awarded to a student who has a strong record of managerial achievement in a small-to-medium Enterprise (defined by Statistics Canada as any business establishment with up to 499 employees, and less than $50 million in gross revenue).

What degree will I receive upon completing the program?

Graduates of the One-Year Executive MBA Program will receive a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Toronto.

How many candidates do you accept each year?

We accept up to 70 students each year.

Is the program delivered by distance learning?

No. All class sessions are delivered face-to-face in a classroom. This approach allows you to develop a personal relationship with the faculty and with your classmates.

When do classes begin?

The Rotman One-Year Executive MBA has one intake per year. Classes begin in September.

How is the Executive MBA organized?

The One-Year Executive MBA program runs consecutively for 13 months. You will be in class all day on Friday and Saturday, every other week, and for four one-week residential modules throughout the year.

What is the difference in learning between an Executive MBA and a Full-time or Part-time MBA program?

Please see Degree Selector on the Masters Programs page.

Do you offer international exchange opportunities?

Yes. You can customize your Rotman Executive MBA experience by pursuing an international elective with one of our partner institutions. All international courses are taught in English. Cost of travel and accommodations for international electives is not included in the Rotman Executive MBA program fee. 

Is there an application deadline?

Our admissions committee considers applications on a rolling basis, which means we review applications and admit students on a first-come-first-served basis. 

Is an application interview required?

Yes. Interviewing with one of our program directors is an important part of the application process. We want to help you decide if the Rotman Executive MBA is the right fit for your career goals before you begin the formal application process. The interview may be conducted either in person, via webcam/Skype or by telephone.

If I fulfill the minimum criteria of admission to the Rotman Executive MBA program, what are my chances of entry?

Fulfilling the minimum criteria only guarantees you consideration for admission to the program. An offer of admission often depends upon both the individual strength of your application and the strength of your application relative to others seeking admission to the program. Due to the competitive nature of the application process, successful applicants tend to significantly exceed the minimum admissions criteria.

What are the most heavily weighted factors?

We take a ‘whole package’ approach when reviewing applications. We look at the quantitative features of the application such as the GPA and EDT/GMAT/GRE score, but also at the quality of the essays, references, interview, academic background, international work and extra-curricular experiences.

If I’m admitted this year, can I defer my admission to next year?

Please contact us for details at

How long before I know if I’ve been accepted once my application is submitted?

You can expect a decision within five business days of submitting your completed application.

Do I need to write the GMAT or GRE?

Candidates with an undergraduate degree equivalent to the University of Toronto’s four year degree have the option of writing the Executive Diagnostic Test (EDT) instead of the GMAT or GRE. Learn more about the EDT.

All candidates without a recognized undergraduate degree must write the GMAT and achieve a minimum score of 500 or the equivalent in the GRE. Preference will be given to those with a score of 550 or higher.

What is an EDT and do I need to write it?

The Executive MBA Diagnostic Test (EDT) measures the basic mathematical and analytical skills you'll need to successfully work with the course material of the Executive MBA program. All candidates for the One- Year Executive MBA program will be required to pass the EDT, unless they have already written a Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) within the last 5 years and achieved a minimum score of 500 or the equivalent in the GRE. All candidates without an undergraduate degree must write the GMAT and achieve a minimum score of 500 or the equivalent in the GRE. Preference will be given to those with a score of 550 or higher.

Do I need to write a TOEFL or IELTS?

Candidates who have completed their undergraduate degrees in a language other than in English must write their TOEFL or IELTS. The minimum overall score required is 93 (writing, 22; speaking, 22) on the TOEFL, and for the IELTS the minimum overall score is 7.0. Contact us to find out if this requirement is applicable to you.

Do I need to be employed to be admitted into the Executive MBA program?

We prefer students to be employed when applying to, and while enrolled in, the Rotman One-Year Executive MBA program but will consider each candidate on their own individual merits.  Please contact your admissions advisor to discuss your individual situation at

What is included in the program fees?

The program fees include your textbooks, all course material, most meals on class days, hotel accommodations for the residential modules, and customized career coaching.

How can I pay tuition?

Program fees can be paid by personal cheques, wire transfers or bank drafts. We do not accept credit card payments for program fees.

Is the EMBA program tuition fee tax deductible?

The Rotman One-Year Executive MBA program is considered a full-time MBA program and therefore the tuition fee is partly tax deductible. It also qualifies for the Canada Revenue Agency’s Life Long Learning Plan. To learn more please visit

Are there scholarships or discounts available?

Yes, we offer a variety of entrance awards. To be considered for one of these awards, you must be admitted to the program and submit your award application(s) by the designated deadline. We also offer early enrollment incentives. Contact your admissions advisor for more information at


Excellence in Education

Global Impact

The Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto is the #1 ranked business school in Canada and consistently ranks in the global top 10 for faculty and research excellence.

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A Network for Life

Get Connected

Thanks to our cohort structure, you will be challenged and motivated by your classmates, who will provide you with a network of friends and business contacts. 

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Getting In

The Right Fit

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Jane Taylor
Admissions Advisor
Rotman School of Management
University of Toronto
Tel: 416.978.3386