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Global Executive MBA

A World of Possibility

In a global marketplace, there's a need for leaders who can shift easily between geographies and cultures, and identify opportunities wherever they emerge. The University of Toronto Global Executive MBA is an 18-month international learning experience that immerses mid-to-senior executives in core business disciplines from a global perspective. Students live and work in their home countries, and meet together six times over eighteen months.

Grow your leadership on the global stage. Offered by Canada’s #1 business school, the Rotman Omnium Executive MBA will change the way you think, network and do business. The world's most global MBA, it’s an intensive 18-month degree program that exposes you to some of the world’s most exciting markets, while allowing you the flexibility to maintain your career in your home country. You’ll build a network of international contacts, learn invaluable tools to advance your career, and gain the ability to tackle the global business challenges of the future.

"It's one of the most exciting, powerful and transformational educational experiences available in the global MBA market."

Eli Viloria, Omnium graduate, writing in the Financial Post

Each year, a select group of 30 - 40 international senior managers participate in two-week residence modules in key business centres, with a strong focus on the emergent economies. For individuals and organizations, the global exposure and international expertise offered by the program is invaluable.

Discover a world of opportunity with Omnium.

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The Omnium program uses a rigorous set of admission criteria, 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.

Admission Criteria

  • Significant professional work or management experience
  • Current full-time employment
  • Official transcripts and successful admissions testing
  • Official proof of English Proficiency (TOEFL or IELTS) if applicable
  • Demonstrated teamwork and leadership skills
  • 2 references
  • Employer consent, if applicable

Note: To qualify for the program, you’re advised to arrange your work schedules and personal and professional responsibilities to allow you to complete the necessary class-work and self-study. You may also consider asking your employer’s consent for the time you will spend away from work. Some students also request financial support from their employers in exchange for increased corporate performance. Please contact for further guidance.

Application Process

Please upload your resume through our online pre-application form. We will review your qualifications and credentials and contact you within two business days to advice you on your suitability for the program and to discuss next steps.


Experience 9 countries, 3 continents and 1 career transformation. Delivered over 18 months, the Omnium EMBA program gives you a first-hand experience of doing business in some of the world’s most exciting markets. At the same time you’re exploring the world, you’ll be delving deeper into your own leadership abilities, through an innovative curriculum that combines group work with deep self-development insights and strategic know-how.

It’s an immersive and transformational program designed to accelerate your leadership potential on the global stage.

The program is structured around six week residential modules, starting with a one-week residential module in downtown Toronto. You’ll study the fundamentals of global management, benefitting from the real-world insights of Rotman's renowned faculty, ranked #4 in the world for their scholarship and research. The first module is also when you’ll start work on the Applied Innovation Capstone Project, which teaches you to spot, define and capitalize on sources of competitive advantage. It’s an experience that will have a profound and lasting impact on your career, wherever your career takes you.

The University of Toronto Global Executive MBA is built around residential modules that take place in different locations around the globe. Lectures and seminars are supplemented with fieldwork, including site visits to local and global enterprises, and in-depth exchanges with their top executives. Between modules, students work on assigned readings, online courses, team-based projects, and individual assignments.


Program Fee

$102,000 CAD


  • Tuition
  • All program materials and Apple iPad
  • Class-day meals
  • Transportation within each module

Excludes (student is responsible for):

  • Travel visas *
  • Flights
  • Accommodations (preferred hotels are available at special group rates)
  • Incidentals

* Note: 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 before each module. Failure to obtain a visa to one of the destination countries may compromise your ability to complete the program.

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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 Awards Committee for each award they are applying, outlining their candidacy. Please send your letter(s) of request, signifying the award(s) 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 is July 13, 2016. 

The Omnium Global Executive MBA Fellowship Award for Non-Profit Managers - $10,000
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.

The Omnium Global Executive MBA Fellowship Award for Excellence in an Emerging Market - $10,000
Awarded to a student from an emerging economy who demonstrates leadership and exceptional job performance.

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

The Omnium Global Executive MBA Award for Academic Excellence - $10,000
Awarded to a student who has a history of high academic achievement, which may include research excellence in an academic setting. Students must be able to link their academic and professional accomplishments.

The Omnium Global Executive MBA Award for Leadership - $10,000
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 Omnium Global Executive MBA Fellowship Award for Entrepreneurs - $10,000
Awarded to a student who has a strong record of managerial achievement and demonstrated success in building 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).

Real-world results

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 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 Omnium 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.
  • We visit local companies and organizations, along with multinationals during each module giving you a unique understanding of the opportunities and challenges of “Doing Business In” each region.
  • Residencies in China, South America, Europe, India, the Middle East and North America offer you the chance to explore business development opportunities for your employer.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many candidates do you accept each year?

We accept up to 40 candidates each year to ensure the most exceptional learning experience.

Is the program delivered by distance learning?

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.

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. Students will be placed on a waitlist and/or considered for the following academic year should we fill our class before the deadline. If you wish to apply after the June 30 deadline, please contact us to enquire about program space.

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 (550+ is preferred) 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. A successful EDT result is one part of your completed application to Rotman Executive MBA Programs, and can be completed at any time after you have been invited to apply to the program. All candidates for the Omnium GEMBA 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 accepted overall score is 7.0. Please contact us for further information and to find out if this requirement is applicable to you.

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. However, we 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 and submitted 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?

No, we are unable to offer deferrals to the following year. Please contact us for details.

What should I budget for additional costs associated with travel and accommodations?

We would suggest budgeting an additional $15,000–$25,000 CAD for flights, hotel and dinner expenses.

What is included in the program fee?

The program fees include your textbooks, all course materials, 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.

Do I need travel visas?

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.

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 entrance awards. To be considered for one of these awards, you must be admitted to the program. See Awards and Funding for deadlines and details. Contact your admissions advisor for more information.


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Joanne Goveas

Admissions Advisor
Rotman School of Management
University of Toronto

Tel: +1.416.946.3022