Leadership, Strategy and Global Thinking
The SFU Executive MBA is about expanding knowledge and expertise, increasing confidence, and enhancing your career:
- Gain new insights and frameworks for thinking, analyzing, strategizing and leading
- Improve skills in communication, presentation and negotiation
- Experience the benefits of increased collaboration and teamwork
If you thrive on challenge and are ready to take your career to the next stage, we have the knowledge, tools and techniques to lead you there.
The SFU Executive MBA program is for experienced mid-career managers, executives and professionals who are poised to assume leadership roles at the local, national or international level. We build upon your work experience, teaching concepts that you can apply immediately on the job. Our team-based environment permits stimulating and thoughtful discussion, which results in value-oriented decision making.
- intensive, in-depth program
- builds on theoretical and operational business models that create results
- emphasis on leadership skills, strategic analysis and change management
The first part of the program enhances managerial skills, and provides an understanding of all functional areas and how they affect both the organization as a whole and the individuals within in it.
Second year students develop a more acute strategic perspective as they apply strategy to a changing environment, both globally and locally. They also prepare a major project that is a significant, client-based strategic analysis.
Classes are held all day Friday and Saturday, every other weekend. This includes overnight accommodation at a nearby hotel on Friday. This schedule allows you to balance learning with career and personal demands on your time.
A committed, international faculty of professors and industry experts share their knowledge with Executive MBA students, identifying the latest in business research, trends and insight.
- Faculty who teach in the Executive MBA program are selected for their practical business experience and academic leadership.
- Many consult to business and government and make significant contributions to international, academic and industry organizations.
- They're skilled in the art of teaching adult learners - many have earned distinguished teaching awards and other accolades.
- Long after each class graduates, faculty continue to network with alumni and are a valuable lifelong resource.
Faculty research is funded by Canada's major funding organizations, such as the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), as well as local and national organizations.
At the Segal Graduate School of Business, senior faculty head up two major centres of research, collaborating with international colleagues and industry leaders as they seek to distill the latest and best business knowledge and practices.
Good business thrives on relationships and team-building. That's why we rigorously select only the best applicants - those people we believe will enhance a collegial, supportive environment that emphasizes teamwork, diversity and dynamic learning.
- Students remain with the same 30 to 40 colleagues throughout the two years.
- Students form small, self-managed teams of four to five people who work together on projects for the duration of the program. The rich business, cultural and life experience of each student adds immeasurably to the class and team experience.
- Working within a team, students discover untapped strengths - and gain insight and support from each other. It's an opportunity to hone effectiveness both as a team member and team leader.
- In today's network economy, who you know or can reach out to is just as important as what you know. As an SFU Executive MBA alumnus, you'll become part of a broad network of people who are charting the future course of BC business.
- Earn your CMA Designation. Through a special partnership between SFU Business and CMA Canada - British Columbia, Executive MBA students can earn their CMA designation at the same time as they complete their MBA degree program studies. The CMA designation is an internationally-recognized business credential in leadership and strategic financial management.
Beyond the Classroom
- The program begins with a three-day orientation held at a local conference location. In addition to meeting the faculty and other students, this session is focused on team-building and understanding the elements of business case analysis.
- Two 3-day courses are taught in the first year. These practical, relevant workshops present a leadership perspective on the issues. Recent courses have included, Business Law, Cultural Intelligence, and Ethical Decision Making.
International Business Trip
In April, faculty members lead an international business trip for Executive MBA students and alumni. This optional study tour examines the significant cultural, political, legal and economic differences between BC firms and their international counterparts. The agenda includes lectures by SFU professors and professors at the host university, complemented by site tours of participating business organizations.
Benefits for Your Company
More than 50% of our students receive sponsorship in some form from their employers. For organizations, sponsorship makes good business sense. It is an investment in the future - improves retention, facilitates advancement and succession planning, and enhances teamwork and leadership skills. There are a number of ways an organization benefits from this investment in a manager's development:
- Maintaining currency in the knowledge economy
- Having immediate access to the latest management stategies and techniques
- Generating new ideas and creating new ways of doing business
- Obtaining a first-class business analysis of your organization
- Drawing on the experiences and knowledge base of a variety of organizations from many business sectors
- At least 6-10 years of work experience
- At least 4-5 years of management experience
- Undergraduate degree or professional designation (CMA, CGA, P.Eng., CA)
- GMAT score (minimum 550, average 600)
- Current employment in a management position