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Program Structure and Curriculum

Ivey’s EMBA Curriculum is Designed for Success

At Ivey, our EMBA curriculum is designed to help you achieve greater levels of success for yourself and your organization. It's structured to provide you with the tools to think broadly about your business, and the environment in which it operates. Most importantly, it will help you develop the type of knowledge, skills, and abilities shared by the world's most effective leaders.

The Class Experience


The EMBA curriculum consists of 16 courses across three terms. Term themes are designed around relevant business topics and may change to reflect issues facing business at that time.

The faculty members coordinate their materials and approaches around each of these term themes, which allows for team teaching opportunities and ensures the delivery of an integrated curriculum.

The careful sequencing of the individual classes, courses, and term themes are designed to build on one another throughout the program's three terms to provide you with a powerful and unique learning experience.

Curriculum Structure

Term 1 - Leading and Thoughtful Analysis

The first term is devoted to themes establishing the foundations of leadership and management. Participants begin their development of greater competencies in areas such as accounting and marketing. They hone their analytic and communication skills and explore various dimensions of leadership. The first term sets the stage for a greater appreciation of the importance of Cross-Enterprise Leadership.



Term 2 - Leading and Creating Value

The second term focuses on more foundations such as finance, operations, and leading action and change. However, participants are challenged by increasingly complex themes involving the formulation and execution of corporate strategies, sustainability, and entrepreneurship.


*Sustainability and Entrepreneurship are offered in either Term 2 or 3.

Term 3 - Leading Globally

The third term extends the first two terms with a more themes in a global context. The complexity of leading organizations across national boundaries is apparent in all our discussions. Our courses become increasingly Cross-Enterprise in focus and even more integrated with one another. The third term culminates with a dynamic module focusing on topical issues.


*The Discovery Expedition, and Silicon Valley/Mexico City may be offered in either Term 2 or 3, depending on when you start the program.

Entrepreneurship/Sustainability Trip

Silicon Valley

You can talk about entrepreneurship and innovation in the classroom, or read about it in a case. But when you go to Silicon Valley – one of the most important centres of innovation anywhere on the planet – that’s when you find out what it really means to be on the cutting edge of business. Ivey EMBA participants have the option to travel to Silicon Valley to meet entrepreneurs and executives and learn about idea generation, start-ups, rapid growth, multi-round financing, initial public offers, and ways to manage talent during explosive growth, all part of the day-to-day business environment in Silicon Valley.

Mexico City

Ivey EMBA participants have the option to participate in the IPADE Executive MBA International Week consisting of a group of executives and business leaders from Executive MBA programs from North and South America and Europe gathering to share experiences and knowledge, enrich management practices, and discover new business models to help people lift themselves out of poverty and create wealth in a sustainable way. This is a great opportunity to develop a network of global contacts and to continue to learn about a topic that impacts all areas of businesses. The week includes cultural and social events as well as site visits to Mexican companies.

*Preference for both trips will be taken into consideration but cannot be guaranteed