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One-Year Executive MBA

Accelerate Your Career

The Rotman One-Year Executive MBA provides working professionals with the business knowledge and leadership skills they need to take their careers to the next level. Our innovative curriculum, taught by our world-class faculty, is focused on developing senior management strategy, decision-making and leadership skills.

The Rotman Executive MBA program is known for its market relevance, academic rigour and a schedule that fits the needs of busy professionals. Our innovative 13-month format ensures you maximize your learning experience while you minimize your time away from work.

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 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 or 416.946.3022 at any time to find out how our Executive MBA program can fast-track you to success.

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.

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.

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.

2017-2018 Schedule*

Rotman EMBA Schedule

*Schedule subject to change


Real-world results

The faculty members of our Executive MBA programs 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 directly impact your career and organization:

  • You can use your own company for in class projects and develop and apply new techniques and strategies for your organization.
  • 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

The program includes real-life projects that answer 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
Vice President, Innovation
Toronto Symphony Orchestra



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 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 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 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 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

$111,000 CAD

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

November 16, 2016 - $10,000
February 22, 2017 - $ 7,500
April 12, 2017 - $5,000
June 1, 2017 – $2,500

The program fee includes

  • Tuition
  • All program materials
  • Class-day meals
  • Accommodation for Toronto residential modules

Payment terms

$8,000 CAD due upon acceptance of admission, and balance 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 within two days 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.

Once all components of your application have been received, the Admissions Committee will review your file and get back to you within a few days.

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