Executive MBA - Toronto

Ivey Business School

Program Description

Executive MBA - Toronto

Ivey Business School

Executive MBA in Toronto

The Ivey Executive MBA program is an integrated management development experience that you will share in its entirety with your classmates.

The program is structured to give you both the critical elements of business leadership and an ability to deal with the complex cross-enterprise challenges facing organizations at home and abroad.

Our approach is practical, provides you immediate value, and is suited to experienced managers or professionals. Throughout the program, we challenge you to solve real problems faced by real managers.

Our curriculum is more than a list of courses, each taken independently. Instead we integrate our modules so you experience a program in its true sense.

This becomes particularly evident as we explore the complex cross-enterprise issues that organizations face today: launching new initiatives, entering new markets, integrating merged organizations, and so on. We call this “Real World Leadership”.

The Ivey Approach to Cases

Why are Cases Used to Teach and Learn at Ivey?

Business cases are the most effective way to bring business reality into the classroom. Cases allow for a focus on broad-based business issues rather than simply studying theory or examining narrow functional issues. Since 1922, cases have been the foundation of teaching and learning at Ivey. Ivey professors regularly develop new cases ensuring that the EMBA curriculum in Toronto and Hong Kong remains relevant and our faculty retains strong ties with the corporate world.

Ivey is the largest producer of cases after Harvard Business School, and the world’s foremost producer of Asian case studies. Top-tier Canadian and International business schools use Ivey case studies to support discussions on theory – at Ivey, the case is central to the learning method.

The Case Study Class – A Dynamic Environment

Business cases are carefully selected by faculty to facilitate discussions and teach specific business concepts. A typical case-class begins with the professor asking; "What are the challenges here?", "What are you going to do about them?" and "Why?"

The case class unfolds as a facilitated debate exploring the merits of various points of view. Ivey professors will then generalize beyond the specifics of a particular Ivey case situation to other contexts, concluding with a discussion of the implications for your own organization.

The Power of the Case Study Method

Through the experience of analyzing hundreds of business cases, the speed and agility with which you'll tackle business challenges will accelerate.

You will take away the technical skills and knowledge all business leaders need, as well as a deep-seated understanding of the sequence of steps required to assess a business challenge, make strategic decisions, and develop implementation plans with the perspective of how they impact all areas of an organization and beyond. And you will remember the lessons. Case method learning sticks in memory better and longer than other learning methods.

In addition to cases, Ivey employs a variety of techniques and resources, including special guest presentations, simulations, and demonstrations to provide you with a full spectrum of learning opportunities.

A Four Day Format, Once a Month

Classes are held Thursday through Sunday, once a month. In total, there are three five month terms. Each term begins with a one-week residential module in London at Ivey's Spencer Leadership Centre. There are no classes during the summer months to accommodate family and vacation time.

There are two intakes a year; one in February and one in September.

Our program schedule has proven to work well for those traveling to attend the Ivey Executive MBA.

Location and Facilities

Toronto Campus (11 modules)

Regular Executive MBA classes are held in Ivey's ING DIRECT Leadership Centre in Toronto located on the ground floor of The Exchange Tower (corner of King and York) in the heart of Toronto's financial district.

This state-of-the-art facility was specifically designed and built to meet the needs of our Executive MBA participants and includes two tiered amphitheatre classrooms, group breakout rooms, an on-site business centre, and wireless technology throughout. Find out more about Ivey's ING DIRECT Leadership Centre in Toronto.

Residential Modules (3 modules)

Each one week residential module (which takes place at the start of each term) is held at Ivey's Spencer Leadership Centre, located in London, Ontario next to the University of Western Ontario campus. For these modules, you will stay and study at Spencer, our world-class executive conference centre.

Your accommodations, classroom facilities, meals and amenities are of the highest quality and provide an effective and efficient learning environment. The cost of the residential stays is included in your tuition fees.

Applying is as Easy as 1-2-3

At Ivey, it is our belief that while the programs should be challenging, the application process should be simple, straightforward and supportive. That’s why we have streamlined it to ensure the best possible fit between the program and applicant.

Step #1 -- Send Us Your Résumé

Simply email, or fax us your résumé for a complimentary, no obligation assessment as to whether the Ivey Executive MBA program is the right fit for you. We will review it and let you know within two to three business days if you are likely to be a successful candidate and what your admission requirements will be. At the same time we will also tell you if you may qualify for a GMAT exemption.

Step #2 -- Start An Application

An Ivey Admissions Counsellor will be assigned to guide you through the application process, assisting with such details as:

  • understanding application details
  • making your case for support to your organization
  • finding the right people to fill out the evaluation forms

Your Ivey Admissions Counsellor is dedicated to helping you put together a thorough and accurate submission in order to maximize your chances of success

Step #3 -- Assemble Your Supporting Documents

Your completed application will consist of:

  • The Application Form
  • Self-evaluation questions – you are asked to respond to three open ended questions that have been designed to provide the Admissions Committee with a better understanding of your learning objectives and expectations.
  • Two completed reference evaluation forms (one from your direct manager and one from a peer or colleague) – these individuals will supply supporting evidence of your professional experience, abilities and character.
  • If required, a Letter of Employer Endorsement.
  • Two official transcripts from each post-secondary institution(s) attended - the Ivey Executive MBA does admit a small number of individuals that do not have an undergraduate degree, but have extensive managerial experience.
  • If required, the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) scores. Many individuals are exempt from writing the GMAT based on their academic backgrounds and work experience. Upon submitting your résumé we will notify you if you may qualify for a GMAT exemption.
  • If required, proof of proficiency in English (TOEFL) – for individuals whose first language is other than English, consideration for admission will include a post secondary education or significant work experience in an English language environment.

We Will Contact You

As soon as your application file is complete you will be notified and your file will be sent to the Admissions Committee. You will be notified of their decision within two to three weeks. Your application will be evaluated against a broad range of factors from work experience to references. Candidates should have the support of their employer regarding release time from work obligations to attend and participate in all class sessions and other scheduled program activities.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated April 22, 2016
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Sept. 2017
15 months
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Start date Sept. 2017
Canada Toronto, Ontario
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