Introducing DeGroote’s 1st EMBA in Digital Transformation Class Grads

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The first cohort of Executive MBA students at the McMaster University DeGroote School of Business just wrapped up their graduation, ready to take on the business world with their unique education in Digital Transformation.

Just over a year ago, the DeGroote School of Business launched a new Executive MBA in Digital Transformation, enrolling twenty new students that came to the program already as top players in their fields. The new class had an average of 12 years of professional experience and were an average age of 42. Almost a quarter of the students are international, and have traveled to places like Finland, Hong Kong, and India.

The EMBA in Digital Transformation at DeGroote is a 13-month long program centered around four residential modules in both Silicon Valley, California, and Southern Ontario. The world’s first EMBA focused on the management of digital systems, the program boasts corporate partnerships with CIBC, IBM, SAS, and other top brands.

“DeGroote’s EMBA has equipped me with the right skills and competencies to be able to build a business proposal for a new innovation, and bring forth an idea to executive decision-makers, including board members,” commented EMBA graduate Mỹ Dang, a specialist with more than a decade’s experience in regulatory affairs who currently works with the pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim.

When asked about why she decided to join the program, Dang told the school:

“I heard about the program when I was looking for a healthcare-focused institution that offered design-thinking and innovation as part of their curriculum. The EMBA also carried the McMaster brand, which is renowned for its leadership in the healthcare space. I am a patient advocate and very passionate about the healthcare sector, which is in dire need of innovation. The EMBA program focused on the exact needs of the healthcare industry, which include leveraging digital platforms and data analytics, as well as integrating design-thinking methodologies, while emphasizing bringing innovation to the forefront. There is much work to be done in healthcare so patients can have better experiences. Current practices were never built from the perspective of patients, and this is becoming increasingly unacceptable. In addition, the pharmaceutical industry has been undergoing significant transformation in the last few years. We are behind, when compared to other business sectors in this digital revolution era. This industry needs individuals equipped to meet the changing times.”

You can read the rest of Dang’s interview and find more information about the DeGroote EMBA program here.


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Alanna Shaffer

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