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One-Year Executive MBA

Looking to accelerate your management career? The Rotman One-Year Executive MBA is the perfect option for building your strategic decision-making and leadership skills. Innovative courses. Globally recognized faculty. And the stimulating environment of Canada’s leading business school, in the heart of downtown Toronto.

In just 13 months, the Rotman One-Year Executive MBA will dramatically accelerate your leadership potential and allow you to build skills that will make an immediate impact. This degree is known for its market relevance, academic rigour and a schedule that fits the needs of busy professionals. 

The Rotman EMBA 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. Enhance your skills as a senior decision maker, and unlock your full career potential with Rotman EMBA.

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 leading business schools, Rotman offers wide-ranging opportunities to network with thought leaders, develop your career strategy, and broaden your impact as a leader and innovator. Rotman’s reputation is built on its outstanding faculty from all over the globe – 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.


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The One-Year Executive MBA program offers you an innovative curriculum that combines group work with deep self-development insights and strategic know-how. The program's applied learning methods ensure you are putting the insights you gain in class into practice. Our aim is to dramatically accelerate the leadership potential and decision-making skills of each of our students.

The program is structured around four terms, each of which includes a one-week residential module in downtown Toronto. The condensed schedule is designed for both personal and professional flexibility. Regular class sessions take place over two days, twice a month, on a Friday and Saturday.


Pre-program sessions and events scheduled in August and September assist new students with the back to school experience. You will engage with future classmates and socialize with current EMBA students.

Core Program

The core program begins with foundational management courses. Over the course of the program you will focus on specific topics and application to real business situations and problems, making your learning immediately applicable. 


The final Capstone week serves as the culminating experiential activity during which students put together all the concepts they have learned throughout the program.
The Rotman One-Year Executive MBA curriculum integrates the strengths and research coming out of the school with exposure to the Creative Destruction Lab, Behavioural Economics in Action at Rotman (BEAR) centre, and the Leadership Development Lab. International electives are also available, letting students explore global opportunities for learning at one of our distinguished partner institutions. 

You'll master the fundamentals of business, benefitting from the real-world insights of Rotman's renowned faculty.

The curriculum is designed to address current business issues as they unfold, ensuring our program meets the needs of today’s executives. And because the program is designed around your busy schedule, you’ll be able to apply your new-found knowledge and skills to make an immediate impact at work.


  • Financial Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Business Ethics and Law
  • The Business Environment
  • Operations Management
  • Business Problem Solving
  • Capstone
  • Corporate Governance
  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Financial Management
  • Corporate Finance
  • International Business
  • Leadership Development Lab
  • Managing Customer Value 1
  • Managing Customer Value 2
  • Leading People in Organizations
  • Thoughtful Leadership
  • Leading Teams
  • Managerial Negotiations
  • Statistics and Quantitative Reasoning
  • Fundamentals of Strategy
  • Innovation Strategy
Note: This schedule is subject to change

The Rotman One-Year Executive MBA (EMBA) minimizes the time you spend away from work while maximizing your learning experience.

The program is designed around the schedules of our busy students. Four one-week residential modules in downtown Toronto will take place during the program. Regular classes take place on Fridays and Saturdays every other week for 13 months, Fridays 8:30 am to 7:30 pm and Saturdays 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.

2019-2020 Schedule*

Rotman One-Year Executive MBA (EMBA) 2019-2020 schedule as a graphic. PDF brochure available.

*Schedule subject to change


Real-world results

By joining the Rotman EMBA program, you gain immediate access to the knowledge and experience of a network of seasoned international business managers – your fellow classmates, who come from around the world.

"They say you learn as much from the people in class as you do from the textbooks and professors. That’s even more true in the EMBA program, where you can learn more from your peers.”

-Oksana Chikina, EMBA student, writing in the Globe and Mail

How the Executive MBA can pay for itself

Your Rotman One-Year Executive MBA includes real-life projects that address challenging business problems. Students have been able to deliver major cost savings to their companies and uncover lucrative opportunities as a result of projects completed during the program.

This interplay of work and learning is one of the major strengths of the program, which allows you to maintain your career while you study. 

Meet some of our Executive MBA Graduates

EMBA Graduate Pat from the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management

I chose the one year Executive MBA program primarily because I believe that Roman has probably got one of the best reputations, certainly in the Toronto area, for an Executive MBA program. I was also drawn to the length of the program. Given my career and having an active family, it was important to me to be able to wrap up my studies as quickly as I could and get busy using the skills that I’ve learned in the program.

Pat Squires, MBA
Director, Transformation

 Adrian Fung Executive MBA graduate

My Rotman Executive MBA class was a diverse group of forward-thinking, hard-working individuals from surprising backgrounds: in a team of doctors, lawyers, general managers, senior executives, financial whizzes and real estate directors, we also had musicians, artists and educators. Our relationships will continue to be sources of ideas and advice for years to come.

Adrian Fung, MBA
Present Executive Artistic Director
Music in the Morning


Associate Dean & Associate Professor
University of Oklahoma, Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts



I would highly recommend this Executive MBA program. You walk away from this knowing more, and feeling more confident. You get a better sense of self and a better view of the world.

Sherry Robinson, MBA
Branch Manager
TD Bank

Chris Morley Executive MBA

The Rotman One Year Executive MBA’s curriculum was the perfect mix of the analytical skills needed for any senior position and the leadership skills needed for effective problem-solving. Rotman instills in you the ability to look at problems through more than one lens to develop the very best solution. In addition, the downtown campus made it easy to immerse myself in the EMBA program during program hours – and seamlessly shift back to work as soon as the school was done.

Chris Morley, MBA
Vice President, Government Relations

How many candidates do you accept each year?

We accept up to 70 students each year.

Is the program delivered by distance learning?

The Rotman EMBA program is predominately delivered in a face-to-face format, although some blended learning approaches are used through the integration of pre-course or supplemental videos by faculty to help support student learning. In addition, live lectures are recorded.

When do classes begin?

The program has one intake per year. Classes begin in September. Pre-program preparatory classes are offered in August. 

How is the Executive MBA organized?

The 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.

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 program 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 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 a minimum of 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.

All candidates without a recognized undergraduate degree must write the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and achieve a competitive score. Preference may be given to those with a higher score.

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 program will be required to pass the EDT, unless they have already written a GMAT or GRE within the last 5 years and achieved a competitive score. Preference may be given to those with a higher score.

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 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 Executive MBA is considered a full-time 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.

What are my financing options?

The Rotman School does not offer direct financing for the program. However, we can provide you with contacts at major financial institutions who do offer packages for our students.

As the One-Year Executive MBA program is considered a full-time program, Canadian citizens or permanent residents who have Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs) can use the Life Long Learning Plan (LLP) to finance their own education or that of their spouse/partner. Amounts withdrawn under the LLP do not count towards income and the RRSP issuer does not withhold taxes on these amounts. Withdrawals must be repaid over a period of not more than 10 years. For more information, consult the Canada Revenue Agency at

Additionally, the tuition portion of the program fees is tax deductible. You will receive T2202 forms for each tax year. Please contact your tax advisor to see how this will impact your personal finances.

Please note, the Executive MBA is considered a private program and, as such, does not qualify for OSAP (Ontario Student Assistance Program) loans.

Program fee

$113,775 CAD (for 2018 entry year)

Please note that all fees are set annually and are subject to change.

The program fee includes

  • Tuition
  • All program materials
  • Class-day meals
  • Accommodation for Toronto residential modules and use of University of Toronto facilities

Enrolment Incentive Discounts

The early enrolment incentive covers up to $10,000 CAD in program fees. Contact us for more details. 

Payment terms

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

Payment options

For information about payment options, please contact

Tax information - employment-related professional development

Because the One-Year Executive MBA program is considered a full-time MBA program, the tuition fee is partly tax deductible. It also qualifies for the Canada Revenue Agency’s Life Long Learning Plan. Learn more about the plan.

Admission Criteria

The Rotman One-Year Executive MBA program attracts high achievers from a range of industries, including traditional for-profit businesses, not-for-profit enterprises, research institutes and entrepreneurial ventures. Rotman selects qualified students who demonstrate a well-rounded combination of abilities – professional achievement, interpersonal skills, leadership potential, and their ability to add value to the class.

Minimum admission requirements:

  • 8+ years of full-time work experience
  • 3+ years in a mid-to-senior management role

  • Demonstrated teamwork and leadership skills

  • People and/or project management experience

  • Current full-time employment

Application Process

Our personalized approach aims to streamline your application process, and ensure that the Rotman Executive MBA is the right fit for your career and personal goals. Applicants are admitted on a rolling basis. Apply early as space is limited.

1. Submit your resume to

2. We will contact you to discuss your experience, career goals and next steps

3. In-person or Skype meeting with a member of the admission team

4. Online application

  • current resume
  • two professional reference forms

  • official transcript from each post-secondary institution attended

  • employer consent form

  • application fee

5. Successful completion of the Rotman Executive Diagnostic Test (EDT), or GMAT/GRE equivalent if required

GMAT test code: BTD-KS-44 

6. Successful completion of the TOEFL or IELTS, if you have completed your undergraduate degree(s) in a language other than English. Contact us to find out if this is a requirement for you.

All complete applications are presented to the Admissions Committee on a weekly basis. A member of our admissions team will get back to you as soon as a decision on your application is made.

Application Deadlines

For the class which will start in September 2019, the application deadlines are:

  • March 13, 2019
  • June 12, 2019

We encourage you to submit your application early: offers of admission are made on a rolling basis, and the class may fill before the deadlines. 

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The next application deadline is March 13, 2019

Tip: Submit your application by this date for a CAD$7,500 early enrollment incentive. Contact us for more details.

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