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Executive MBA Curriculum


Executive MBA (EMBA) students take 23 courses over four terms, including the Leadership Development Lab that spans the entire 13 months.

Note: This is the tentative schedule for the Executive MBA Program and is subject to change.

EMBA Course Calendar 2020–21

Term 1Term 2Term 3Term 4
RSM5001 – Strategy IRSM2619-0501 – Power & InfluenceRSM5006 – Corporate GovernanceRSM5002 – Strategy II
RSM5101 – Economics IRSM5201 – Accounting IRSM5202 – Accounting IIRSM5007 – International Business
RSM5291 – Business Problem Solving: A Model-Based ApproachRSM5301 – Finance IRSM5302 – Finance IIRSM5102 – Economics II
RSM5600 – Personal LeadershipRSM5401 – Business OperationsRSM5502 – Marketing IIRSM5602 – Negotiations
RSM5603 – EthicsRSM5501 – Marketing IRSM5601 – Organizational LeadershipRSM5604 – Leadership Development Practicum
RSM5604 – Leadership Development PracticumRSM5604 – Leadership Development PracticumRSM5015 – Capstone Project
RSM5801 – Quantitative Reasoning for ManagementRSM5605 – The Thoughtful LeaderMastery Sessions

Term Dates and Academic Schedule

The Rotman One-Year Executive MBA (EMBA) minimizes the time you spend away from work while maximizing your learning experience. In addition to four one-week residential modules, you will be in class on Fridays and Saturdays every other week for 13 months.

Note: This schedule is subject to change.

Course Selection

Students are automatically enrolled in courses prior to the start of the program. Due to the integrated nature of the EMBA curriculum, courses must be taken in the sequence outlined in the program curriculum. All EMBA courses are mandatory. Students who experience difficulty with the course load or a particular subject should consult the Associate Director for advice.

Leave Policy

Students registered in the Executive MBA program may apply to the Director, Academic Services for a one-term to three-term (one academic year) leave during their program of study for:

  • Serious health or personal problems which temporarily make it impossible to continue in the program
  • Parental leave by either parent at the time of pregnancy, birth or adoption, and/or to provide full-time care during the child’s first year. Parental leave must be completed within twelve months of the date of birth or custody. Where both parents are graduate students taking leave, the combined total number of sessions may not exceed four.

Students may make an application for a leave by completing the School of Graduate Studies Leave Request form and submitting it to the Director, Academic Services for approval. Note that the lock-step nature of the EMBA program makes one or two term leaves difficult. Three term leaves (one academic year) are possible.

The termination date of the degree program (i.e. expected graduation date) will be extended by the duration of the leave taken (i.e. one, two, or three sessions as appropriate). Except for parental leave or in exceptional circumstances, it is not expected that a student will be granted more than one leave under the terms of this policy. Normally the start and finish of the leave would coincide with the start and end of a term.

School of Graduate Studies policies dictate that students on leave do not have access to University resources. As such, EMBA students who are on leave will not be able to attend or audit courses; will not have card access to the Rotman building(s); and will not have access to Career Services. However, students will continue to have access to their Rotman email accounts to enable communication with the School for the duration of the leave.

Students on a leave are responsible for the monthly interest payments on their Professional Student Loan Plan for the duration of their leave. Students are advised to contact the Registrar’s Office to discuss eligibility for Rotman or University of Toronto scholarships or award reinstatement upon return. In the case of external awards, the regulations of the particular granting agency apply and students are advised to contact the granting agency directly.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete 23 courses, including the set of 14 core courses, in order to meet the graduation requirements of the Executive MBA program. When all requirements for the MBA degree have been fulfilled, the School is required to submit a degree recommendation to the School of Graduate Studies indicating that the program has been satisfactorily completed by the student.

Last Updated: 2022-12-14 @ 2:32 pm