Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA)

Course-based program

Program overview

Transforming Canada’s future by educating the next generation of business and public sector leaders is the goal of the Alberta Haskayne Executive MBA (EMBA Course) program. Increasing complexity, competitiveness and uncertainty is causing experienced professionals to see the need to enrich their skills and deepen their professional networks. The Executive MBA, jointly offered by the Haskayne School of Business and the University of Alberta, is aimed at mid/senior career professionals across a variety of industries. It is a two-year program, with courses on alternating Fridays and Saturdays (one week on/one week off), and one intensive week per semester. The program allows students to work full-time while completing their degree, and ends with a two-week international study tour.

Completing this program

  • Foundation Courses: 11 courses in accounting, business technology management, marketing, human resources and organizational dynamics and more.

  • Finance Specialization: Students complete four courses in finance, including three doctoral-level courses.

  • Integrative Courses: Three course in management studies, business and environment and management studies.


  • Finance


Finance, Consulting, Management, Marketing.

A course-based master’s degree in management is usually considered a final degree.

Course-based program

17 courses and three electives

Learn more about program requirements in the Academic Calendar

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

Six years maximum


No supervisor is required

Fees and funding

See the Graduate Calendar for information on fees and fee regulations, and for information on awards and financial assistance.

Admission Requirements


A minimum of 3.3 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.

Minimum education

A four year baccalaureate degree, or equivalent from a recognized institution.


  • A current résumé
  • A 250-word response to each of “How, considering your career progress to date, does an MBA fit in with your future career goals?” and “When thinking of your own personal successes, were they a result of your own personal skills or your ability to work with others? Please describe”

Additional requirements

Applicants may be interviewed by a member of the Admissions Committee as part of the application screening process.

Applicants should have at least seven years of work experience, a number of years of which must have carried management or professional responsibility.

Applicants to the EMBA specializing in Global Energy must be eligible to travel internationally.

Test scores

Completion of the GMAT with a recommended minimum score of 550 or completion of the GMAC Executive Assessment with a minimum score of 140.

Work samples


Reference letter


English language proficiency

An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:

  • TOEFL score of 97 (Internet-based). Our institution code is 0813
  • IELTS score of 7.0, or higher (Academic version)
  • Tier 3 of the International Foundations Program with minimum grades of B,B,B (Writing & Grammar, Reading Comprehension, Listening Comprehension & Oral Fluency)


For admission on September 1:

  • Canadians and permanent residents: June 1 application deadline
  • International students: March 1 application deadline

For admission on January 1:

PLEASE NOTE: There will be no intake for January 2021.

  • Canadians and permanent residents: Nov. 15 application deadline
  • International students: Nov. 15 application deadline

If you're not a Canadian or permanent resident, or if you have international credentials, make sure to learn about international requirements

Learn more about this program

Haskayne School of Business

Scurfield Hall, Room 343
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, ABT2N 1N4

Contact the Graduate Program Administrator

Visit the departmental website

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