The Omnium Global Executive MBA is an innovative program that will change the way you think. One of the first truly global programs of its kind, it’s an intensive 18-month degree program based in key business centres on four continents. You emerge with the skills to lead in an increasingly globalized business environment, a new network of international contacts, and invaluable insights on how to advance your career.
Omnium is a collaboration between two of the world’s premier business schools: the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, Canada, and the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. You’ll receive two masters degrees: an MBA from the University of Toronto and a Global Executive MBA from St. Gallen.
Learn more about the partner universities and affiliate institutions around the world.
Omnium’s rigorous admission criteria are based on a combination of academic abilities, interpersonal skills, and employment credentials. We look for high achievers who can already demonstrate significant professional success and potential for advancement. Typically, students are experienced managers who have lived and worked in at least two countries.
2014 fee payment schedule:
- $8,000 due upon acceptance of offer of admission
- balance to be paid in four payments (August, October, January and May)
Several scholarships are available, valued at $10,000 to $30,000.
The deadline to apply for admissions scholarships is July, 2, 2014.
Early Enrollment Incentive Deadlines:
March 1, 2014 ($7,500 CAD off* full program fee of $96,000)
May 15, 2014 ($5,000 CAD off* full program fee of $96,000)
Full program fee applies to those who submit an application and accept an offer to the program after May 15, 2014.
*Reduced program fees apply when full applications are completed on or before the early enrollment date.
Minimum admission requirements:
- Five years’ work experience, with at least three years at the management level
- If you have a recognized undergraduate degree (preferred), you have the choice of writing the EMBA Diagnostic Test (EDT), the GMAT or the GRE. Preference will be given to GMAT (or GRE equivalent) scores of 550 or higher. Copies of transcripts from all post-secondary institutions you have attended will be required for admission.
- If you do not have an undergraduate degree that is recognized by the University of Toronto, you must write the GMAT or GRE. Preference will be given to GMAT (or GRE equivalent) scores of 550 or higher.
- Ability to work in teams and demonstrate leadership skills
- Two professional reference letters and a letter of support from your employer
- We prefer candidates who will be working full-time for the duration of the program
All candidates must be proficient in English. Some applicants may need to complete a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Contact us to find out if this is a requirement for you.
The Omnium Global Executive MBA class travels to different countries each with its own visa requirements. You are responsible for ensuring your eligibility to obtain a visa to travel to each of those countries before beginning the program. You are also responsible for applying for and obtaining the necessary visa in a timely manner prior to each module. Failure to obtain a visa to one of the destination countries may compromise your ability to complete the program.
Ready to apply?
Click here to fill out our pre-application form. Once we’ve determined your fit, we’ll call you within two business days to schedule an interview. If all goes well, you’ll be asked to submit a formal application package, including a $300 CAD application fee. An admissions decision will be made, and we will contact you with the result, within one week.
Have more questions?
Read some of our most frequently asked questions.
Enriched Learning Environment
Students are selected for their motivation, professional and personal achievements, potential for continuing success, and strong interpersonal skills. Because of this, our classes provide stimulating learning environments in which students can cross-pollinate ideas with others who are as talented and capable as they are.
Omnium faculty members are renowned for their cutting-edge research, consulting relationships with major companies, and authority in the business world. The practical knowledge and corporate insights they teach will benefit your organization directly:
- Participants apply the knowledge and techniques learned from their courses directly to their on-the-job responsibilities.
- Individual and group consulting projects incorporated into the curriculum are based on actual situations faced by our program participants and their employers.
- In-company consulting projects allow sponsoring companies to gain new understanding of the latest advancements in management, operations and strategic practices.
- By joining the Omnium program, participants immediately gain access to the knowledge and experience of a network of seasoned international business managers – their fellow classmates, who come from around the world.
- Residencies in China, South America, Europe, India, the Middle East and North America offer students the chance to explore business development opportunities for their companies.
How the Executive MBA Can Pay for Itself
Students have been able to deliver ﬁve- to six- ﬁgure savings to their companies as a result of in-company projects completed during the Omnium Global EMBA program.
The program includes real-life projects that answer challenging business problems.That’s one of the many beneﬁts of a program that allows students to continue to work full-time while they study.
Download the case for sponsoring an employee to take part in Omnium
Frequently Asked Questions
What degree will I receive upon completing the program?
Graduates of the Omnium Global Executive MBA program will receive two MBA degrees: a Master of Business Administration from the University of Toronto and a Global Executive Master of Business Administration from theUniversity of St. Gallen.
How many candidates do you accept each year?
We accept 30 to 35 candidates each year to ensure the most exceptional learning experience.
Is the program delivered by distance learning?
No. All class sessions are delivered face to face in a classroom, including during international modules. This approach allows you to develop a personal relationship with the faculty and with your classmates. The classroom setting enables you to network with Omnium Executive MBA students outside your own study team, both in-class and in informal settings such as over lunch and during study breaks. The Omnium Executive MBA program does use on-line “pre-courses” to help students prepare for their modules.
When do classes begin?
Classes begin once each year in August. Be prepared to dedicate some time to the program in July for tasks such as writing a bio for the student directory, completing any online preparatory classes that may be required, and getting a head start on readings.
Category: Admission Process and Requirements
Is there an admission deadline?
Yes. We ask candidates to complete their applications to the Omnium program by June 30. Our admissions committee considers applications on a rolling basis, which means we review applications and admit students on a first-come-first-served basis. If the class is full before the June 30 deadline, students will be placed on a waitlist and/or considered for the following academic year. If seats in the program remain after June 30, applications will be accepted until the program is full.
Is an 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 Omnium 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 meet the minimum admissions criteria for the Omnium Global Executive MBA program what are my chances of being accepted?
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.
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 Tool (EDT) instead of the GMAT or GRE. Learn more about the EDT here. All candidates without a recognized undergraduate degree must write the GMAT and achieve a minimum score of 500 or the equivalent in the GRE.
What is an EDT and do I need to write it? Do I write it after I complete my application?
The Executive MBA Diagnostic Tool (EDT) measures the basic mathematical and analytical skills you will need to successfully work with the course material of the Executive MBA program.
All candidates for the EMBA program will be required to pass the EDT, unless they have already written a Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) within the last five 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 candidates with a GMAT (or GRE equivalent) score of 550 or higher.
Learn more about the EDT.
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. Read more about our language requirements here
Do I need to be employed to be admitted into the Omnium Global Executive MBA program?
We prefer students to be employed when applying to, and while enrolled in, the Omnium program but will consider each candidate on their own individual merits. Please contact our admissions advisor to discuss your individual situation.
Once my application is complete, how long will I have to wait for an admission decision?
Our admissions committee usually reviews completed applications within 3-5 business days. You can expect a decision within 5-10 business days of submitting your completed application.
If I’m admitted this year, can I defer my admission to next year?
Yes. You can defer your acceptance for one year.
Category: Fees and Scholarships
What should I budget for additional costs associated with travel and accommodations?
We would suggest budgeting an additional $15,000–$20,000 CDN for flights, hotel and dinner expenses.
What is included in the program fee?
The program fees include your textbooks, all course material, lunch and break snacks on class days (breakfast is often provided by the host hotel on international modules), travel between cities during modules, and one-to-one career coaching.
How can I pay tuition?
Tuition fees can be paid by personal cheques, wire transfers or bank drafts. We do not accept credit card payments for tuition fees.
Are there scholarships or fee-reductions available?
Yes! We offer a variety of scholarships. To be considered for a scholarship, you must be admitted to the program and submit your scholarship application by July 1st. We also offer early enrolment incentives of $5,000 to $10,000 off of program fees. See admissions and fees for deadlines and details.
Ready to apply?
1. Fill out our pre-application form:
2. Once we have reviewed your pre-application, we will call you within 2-3 business days to schedule an interview.
3. If you pass the interview, you will be asked to submit a formal application package, including a $300 CAD application fee.
4. Within one week of completing the full application, we will make an admissions decisions and you will be contacted regarding the outcome.