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The Telfer Executive MBA Program focuses on experiential learning. This requires hands-on discussion and interaction throughout the rigorous professional development program.  Situated in a central location within the downtown core of the city, the Centre for Executive Leadership creates the optimal destination for classes and meetings throughout the Program.

The Program’s emphasis on teamwork and team collaboration will require you to meet with your team at least once per week. Our experience has shown that candidates prefer to meet at the Centre for Executive Leadership due to the ease of access, space and central location. The Program will coordinate the booking of a weekday evening meeting space for each group at the facility.

The schedule of class sessions, trips and additional mandatory classes are planned in advance to allow you to balance your personal and professional commitments alongside the Telfer Executive MBA commitments.

  • A new cohort begins each September.
  • The in-class sessions follow the traditional academic calendar and run from September to April. Classes take place on alternate Fridays and Saturdays.
  • The first year will close in May with a seven-day trip to Silicon Valley, California.
  • Candidates spend the summer months working on the Individual Business Consulting Project with the guidance of a supervisor.
  • The second year of classes resume in September following the same format of alternate Friday and Saturday sessions.
  • The Program culminates with the second trip to an international destination selected by the class as a part of the International Market Evaluation and Strategy course. This nine-day trip is scheduled well in advance in order for you to plan for your work commitments.
  • Convocation is scheduled for June.

The Telfer Executive MBA schedules classes and trips well in advance in order to accommodate your work, school and personal commitments. Tutorials and networking events are scheduled for evenings and weekends allowing you to work during the day.

Dates for the Class of 2018-2020 Cohort

A Typical Telfer Executive MBA Class Day

07:00 – 08:00: Candidates ease into the class day with the option of a nutritious continental breakfast served at the the Centre for Executive Leadership.

08:00 – 10:15: With textbooks, laptop and coffee mug in hand, candidates make their way into the classroom for their class session. In term one, this session might be spent exploring a consulting framework with Professor Dana Hyde in Management Consulting.

10:15 – 10:30: Between morning classes, participants enjoy a fifteen minute break – time to grab a snack provided by the Program and recap on the week’s events with fellow classmates and professors.

10:30 – 12:45: Candidates return to the classroom for their second class session. For a second year candidate in the first term, this class might take the form of Corporate Governance and Ethics with Professor Daina Mazutis.

12:45 – 13:45: A buffet-style lunch is available at the Rideau Club. The Program actively encourages candidates to take the hour to relax and socialize with other candidates. On occasion, candidates may decide to use the hour to finish any last minute changes to projects or meet as a group.

13:45 – 16:00: Following lunch, candidates move into the classroom for the afternoon block of classes. In term two, first year candidates may spend the afternoon discussing marketing strategy and the Business Consulting Project with Professor Michael Mulvey as a part of the Strategic Marketing course.

16:00 – 16:15: Candidates enjoy another fifteen minute break between afternoon classes to re-energize before their final class of the day.

16:15 – 18:30: n the final class session, second year candidates might engage in a fascinating debate focused around the area of change management or spend the afternoon listening to the diverse perspectives of leading business leaders during the Leadership Lecture Series.

18:30: The class day is complete. For many Telfer Executive MBA candidates this is an opportunity to unwind over dinner with fellow classmates at one of the great restaurants located in the heart of downtown.

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The Telfer Executive MBA faculty provides outstanding academic instruction and they were available any time to provide additional assistance to participants.
Kevin O'Keefe, EMBA 1998, Partner, CFN Consultants