HEC Montreal

School Name: HEC Montréal

Program Name: McGill - HEC Montréal EMBA

Unique Factors

Instead of teaching the conventional business silos, so common in management education, the program uses an integrated, multidisciplinary vision of management and focuses on the actual practice of management. It is structured around managerial mindsets, drawing on the research and acclaimed international leadership programs of Henry Mintzberg, McGill University's best-selling author and renowned management thinker. The McGill - HEC Montréal EMBA program is predicated on the following principles and philosophies:

  • Participants are practising managers with a wealth of experience and knowledge. Learning will be drawn from their own experience as well as that of their co-participants. As such, the program is highly participatory and encourages interaction and collaboration among participants.
  • Program content is rooted in reality and is issue driven, focusing on current business matters, concerns and events that have an impact on decision making and management practices.
  • Like all MBA programs, analytical management tools and techniques will be presented, but in the McGill - HEC Montréal EMBA they are examined from a strategic angle.
  • The program incorporates the "Five Minds of a Manager” theory.  As described in a Harvard Business Review article, by Jonathan Gosling and Henry Mintzberg, managing effectively relies on employing five managerial mindsets - The Reflective Mindset to Manage Yourself, The Analytical Mindset to Manage Your Organization, The Worldly Mindset to Manage Context, The Collaborative Mindset to Manage Relationships and The Catalytic Mindset to Manage Change.

Teaching Method:

Over 11 months, participants meet for long weekends (Thursday through Sunday) once a month, plus 2 1/2 intensive, residential weeks, to cover the 8 program modules listed below. In addition to class meetings, participants can expect to spend 6-10 hours per week on papers and assignments.

There will also be a Managerial Exchange, at a time convenient to the participants, whereby each participant spends 3-5 days in the workplace of a co-participant and 3-5 days hosting a co-participant.

Participants then complete a final integrative project on their own, which typically takes an additional 4 months.

Class Location(s):

The first half of the program will take place at McGill University, and the second half at HEC Montréal.

Class Date Options: N/A

Entrance Requirements: Admission criteria include:

  • An undergraduate degree* with a GPA of at least 3.0 out of 4.0 (or equivalent if based on a different scale - approximately a "B” average).
  • Official GMAT results sent directly to McGill - HEC Montréal EMBA Admissions.
  • A minimum of 10 years of work experience, including five years in management positions.
  • Candidates must be able to speak and write in either English or French and must understand the other language. Language test(s) may be required. Applicants will be informed directly, if this is the case.

In addition:

  • As part of the application package, candidates are required to answer questions concerning their motivation to pursue an EMBA degree, their potential contribution to the class and their strengths and weaknesses, managerial experience and leadership skills.
  • Two letters of reference are also required.
  • All qualified candidates will be invited to an interview with members of the McGill - HEC Montréal admissions team.
  • Candidates without undergraduate degrees, but with substantial managerial experience, are encouraged to apply, as exceptional candidates may be admitted to the program.

GMAT is: Required

Length of Program: 15 months

International Study Tour:

A 10-day module abroad, in Latin America or Asia

Tuition: $65,000 CDN (2008-09)


  • Fees: $125
  • Deadline: June 2, 2008
  • Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 514-340-6500