How the Program Works

Smith's Executive MBA – The National Program is offered anywhere in Canada, creating a unique national perspective that is not available in other Executive MBA programs.

Real-Time Connectivity from your Home City

Smith's Executive MBA can be taken in one of two formats, depending on your geographic location. In many major Canadian markets, participants attend classes in a boardroom learning facility. In all other locations, or if required due to work-related travel, participants are placed on a virtual team, attending class from their home or office.

Boardroom Learning Centres

Availability: Montreal, Ottawa, Kingston, Toronto, Mississauga, Markham, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.

If you live in one of the nine cities listed above, the majority of your class time is spent in your Boardroom Learning Centre, conveniently located in your home city.

Alumni Perspective

Learn what it feels like to participate in our national classroom, via real-time video conferencing. View video »

Your Home or Office

Availability: Anywhere in Canada outside of the markets where Smith School of Business operates Boardroom Learning Centres.

Boardroom Learning Team

The majority of your class time will be spent in your home or office. You will be part of a virtual boardroom team that draws its members from across Canada.

Alumni Perspective

Learn about the Program from the perspective of a member of a virtual learning team.

On-Campus Sessions to Strengthen Your Learning and Your Network

Three on-campus sessions during the program allow you to solidify relationships with your fellow participants and professors:

  • Opening Session in August
  • Creativity & Innovation Session in February
  • Strategic Electives Session in November

These sessions are held at the Donald Gordon Conference Centre, a conference facility on the Queen's University campus. In addition to being a world-class learning facility, the Centre is known for its comfortable, private guest rooms, outstanding food and exceptional customer service.

You Work as a Team. You Should Learn as One too

Smith's Executive MBA uses a team-based learning approach to create a highly supportive and collaborative learning experience - both inside and outside the classroom.

Learning Teams are formed at the beginning of the program and remain together for the duration. Each team is comprised of 6 to 8 members, with an emphasis on diversity of background.

Additionally, participants have access to ExecMBA Online; a customized portal and electronic network used to communicate with professors and your classmates outside of class. The network allows you to use your time more effectively, enabling you to download course notes, e-mail, chat or upload assignments from anywhere at any time.