The Economist: The McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA among Top 30 in the world

July 22, 2013

The Economist issued its first-ever global EMBA rankings, placing the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA program 29th in the world.

Launched in 2008 as one of the world’s first truly bilingual executive programs, the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA is a partnership between McGill’s Desautels Faculty of Management and HEC Montréal.

The program is designed to meet the development needs of experienced managers who occupy or are destined to senior management positions. On average participants are over 40 years old with over 15 years work experience; they also come from a wide variety of industries and backgrounds, making it one of the most diverse and senior-level EMBA programs in the world.

“The McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA program is an excellent example of the power of collaboration between two world-class institutions, resulting in a truly rigorous, relevant and innovative curriculum with a uniquely bilingual approach–something quite exceptional to Montréal that is now highlighted on the world stage,” explained Alain Pinsonneault, Desautels Faculty of Management Professor and EMBA co-director.

Unlike conventional MBA programs, it uses an integrated, multidisciplinary approach that focuses on the actual practice of management. It is structured around managerial mindsets, inspired by the research and acclaimed pedagogical approach pioneered by Henry Mintzberg, McGill University’s best-selling author and renowned management thinker. Participants draw on their wealth of experience and knowledge. As such, the program is highly participatory and encourages friendly consulting and collaboration among participants, allowing individuals to begin improving their practice of management and actually impact their organizations while in the program.

“We are privileged to have welcomed an outstanding and diverse group of participants from all over Quebec and around the world. It is the participants, just as much as the professors and our unique practice-based approach, that makes this program as great as it is. Having existed only for a few short years, we are happy this is being recognized by The Economist,” said Louis Hébert, HEC Montréal Professor and EMBA co-director.

The McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA is delivered in a bilingual format. Class presentations and group discussions take place in both French and English, so candidates must be able to understand and read both languages. Participants remain in their jobs throughout the 15 months of the program, with two residential modules. Successful graduates receive a joint MBA degree bearing the seals of both HEC Montréal and McGill University.

The Economist surveyed graduates as well as the current class. The Economist ranking emphasizes the participant’s personal development and educational experience, student diversity, faculty quality, program quality and career development.

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