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Where to find an executive MBA to suit your style

Getting ahead in business is about more than being tethered to your mobile 24/7. In our seventh annual Executive Survival Guide, we show you how to endear yourself to everyone from the CEO to security; start your day like Warren Buffett; build your personal brand (even if you're The Boring Guy); and embrace your inner jerk. We'll also help boost your education quotient with profiles of the best EMBA and MBA schools in the land.


ATHABASCA UNIVERSITY
Athabasca, Alberta

Tuition – $45,000
Average no. of students – 253
Male/female ratio – 65/35
Duration – 16+ months

Go here if you’re a hockey fan. The university has collaborated with the Business of Hockey Institute to offer courses on the business side of the sport.



BEEDIE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
Simon Fraser University, Vancouver

Tuition – $51,500
Average no. of students – 35-40
Male/female ratio – 67/33
Duration – 20 months

Go here if you want to make lasting friendships. Beedie’s three EMBA options (Americas, Aboriginal Business and Leadership, and Northwestern B.C.) use the cohort model, where students work in the same teams for the duration of their studies.



HASKAYNE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
University of Calgary

Tuition – $110,000
Average no. of students – 25-35
Male/female ratio – 88/12
Duration – 20+ months

Go here if you want to visit energy centres around the world. The program combines online learning with five residencies in Calgary and the oil sands, Beijing/Shanghai, London, Doha and Houston.



ALBERTA SCHOOL OF BUSINESS / HASKAYNE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
University of Alberta/University of Calgary

Tuition – $64,500
Average no. of students – 60
Male/female ratio – 70/30
Duration – 20 months

Go here if you’re looking to network among Western Canada’s resource-based industries. Business executives join students for private sessions to discuss leadership and strategy four or five times each term (past speakers include Enbridge’s Pat Daniel and WestJet’s Clive Beddoe).



JOHN MOLSON SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
Concordia University, Montreal

Tuition – $75,000
Average no. of students – 20
Male/female ratio – 75/25
Duration – 20 months

Go here if you’re looking to build healthy living habits. Students determine their health and wellness needs through the Healthy Executive Model.



LEVENE GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
University of Regina

Tuition – $46,860
Average no. of students – 22
Male/female ratio – 55/45
Duration – 16+

Go here if you’re looking to work solo on a project. In the last semester and under the guidance of a supervisor, you’ll work on a Capstone final research project that analyzes a significant organizational problem, and provide recommendations for a solution.



MCGILL UNIVERSITY AND HEC MONTRÉAL

Tuition – $84,000
Average no. of students – 45-55
Male/female ratio – 65/35
Duration – 15 months

Go here if you’re a fan of management thinker Henry Mintzberg. The joint program between McGill and HEC Montréal lets each student spend several days shadowing a classmate at their workplace, observing corporate culture and getting an idea of day-to-day operations. Being bilingual is a necessity.



QUEEN’S SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
Queen’s University

Tuition – $95,000
Average no. of students – n/a
Male/female ratio – 73/27
Duration – 16 months

Go here if you’re looking for a robust support team. Students have the benefit of a team leader, who they work with during their time in the program, as well as an executive coach, a career coach and a lifestyle coach.



QUEEN’S SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND SAMUEL CURTIS JOHNSON GRADUATE SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT
Queen’s University and Cornell University, Kingston and Ithaca, New York

Tuition – $108,500
Average no. of students – n/a
Male/female ratio – 75/25
Duration – 17 months

Go here if you’re looking to work south of the border. Students team up with others from across Canada, the U.S. and Latin America. Graduates have the opportunity to work in the U.S. on a one-year visa.



IVEY BUSINESS SCHOOL
Western University, Toronto and London, Ont.

Tuition – $99,000
Average no. of students – 55
Male/female ratio – 75/25
Duration – 15 months

Go here if you like taking a hands-on approach. The program uses case-method learning, where students work in small groups to come up with an action plan for a business challenge. There’s also a 10-day international field trip to India or China.



ROTMAN OMNIUM GLOBAL EXECUTIVE MBA PROGRAM
University of Toronto

Tuition – $98,000
Average no. of students – 30
Male/female ratio – 70/30
Duration – 18 months

Go here if you’re a globetrotter. Business managers from around the world participate in six two-week modules in North America, China, India, Europe, Brazil and the Middle East. Students can expect to visit local and global enterprises.



ROTMAN SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT
University of Toronto

Tuition – $106,000
Average no. of students – 65
Male/female ratio – 70/30
Duration – 13 months

Go here if you can accept constructive criticism and dish it out. The curriculum emphasizes group work and 360-degree self- and peer evaluations. The EMBA’s Leadership Excellence and Acceleration Program (LEAP) helps students better understand individual competencies and skill requirements.



SANDERMOEN SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
University of Fredericton

Tuition – $24,500
Average no. of students – 173
Male/female ratio – 64/36
Duration – 20+ months

Go here if you hate commuting. At Sandermoen, all classes and lectures are conducted over the Internet. You communicate and collaborate with peers and professors during live virtual classes. Group work and study sessions use online communication tools.



SCHULICH SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND KELLOGG SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT
York University and Northwestern University, Toronto and Evanston, Ill.

Tuition – $115,000
Average no. of students – 40
Male/female ratio – 65/36
Duration – 18 months

Go here if you’re looking for customization. The EMBA offers the highest number of elective courses, which students can take at Kellogg’s Evanston campus or a partner school.



SOBEY SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
Saint Mary’s University, Halifax

Tuition – $45,000
Average no. of students – 50
Male/female ratio – 70/30
Duration – 18 months

Go here if you’re looking for a summer holiday break. School’s out between May and August to accommodate family schedules. During the school year, students can expect to work in small groups, and complete a 10- to 12-day international trade mission in second year (in the past, students have gone to Ecuador and Colombia).



TELFER SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT
University of Ottawa

Tuition – $75,000
Average no. of students – 40
Male/female ratio – 68/32
Duration – 21 months

Go here if you’re looking to build, or work for, the next Google or Facebook. Through the EMBA’s Signature Series, first-year students travel to Silicon Valley for a high-tech consulting project. Second-year students travel internationally to identify and develop strategies for a client organization’s potential entrance to new markets.



UNIVERSITÉ DE SHERBROOKE
Longueuil, Que.

Tuition – $49,000
Average no. of students – 25
Male/female ratio – 70/30
Duration – 18 months

Go here if you speak French fluently. The program emphasizes work/school/life balance, and students can expect a tailored EMBA designed on a competency-based learning approach.



UNIVERSITÉ DU QUÉBEC À MONTRÉAL (UQAM)
Montreal and Paris

Tuition – $8,100
Average no. of students – 400
Male/female ratio – 60/40
Duration – 24 months

Go here if you want a rendezvous in the City of Lights. UQAM’s partnership with France’s Université Paris Dauphine lets you earn a degree from both schools. The program also offers specializations in corporate finance, fashion management, municipal management and technology management. One of the most attractive aspects of UQAM’s program? Tuition is subsidized by the Quebec government.



UNIVERSITÉ LAVAL
Quebec City

Tuition – $22,000
Average no. of students – 35
Male/female ratio – 59/41
Duration – 22 months

Go here if you’re looking for a hybrid program. Laval’s EMBA is a combination of distance-learning activities and classroom courses. The second year kicks off with a week-long trip that includes company visits and discussions with students from a university in the Boston area. You can also opt to take the 360-degree feedback-management test in second year, where you’re given personal feedback with a follow-up after the completion of your EMBA.



UNIVERSITY OF PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
Charlottetown

Tuition – $36,052
Average no. of students – 20-25
Male/female ratio – 60/40
Duration – 20 months

Go here if you like to do research. The program takes an evidence-based management approach, where students are taught how to leverage research findings. UPEI offers two EMBA specializations, including biotech and entrepreneurship, and innovation management.



DEGROOTE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
McMaster University, Burlington, Ont.

Tuition – $85,000
Average no. of students – 30
Male/female ratio – n/a
Duration – 15 months

Go here if you’re keen on big data. DeGroote’s new EMBA in Digital Transformation will launch in spring 2016, and students can expect to learn a combination of core topics like those covered in a traditional EMBA program, along with more technical content found in graduate-level courses in fields like data science and business analytics. You’ll complete four residency modules—three in the Greater Toronto Area, and one in Silicon Valley.



SAUDER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
University of British Columbia, Vancouver

The inaugural EMBA program starts in fall 2015.



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