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DeGroote School of Business – McMaster University - Executive MBA in Digital Transformation

McMaster DeGroote Executive MBA in Digital Transformation Program Structure

The unique Executive MBA in Digital Transformation at the DeGroote School of Business is one of the world’s first EMBA programs that specializes specifically in digital spaces, while providing students many of the traditional elements associated with EMBA programs, such as courses in finance, data science, and business analytics. In total, the McMaster Executive MBA program typically takes around 14 months to complete.

The program is split into four separate modules, held both at the DeGroote campus in Burlington, Ontario, and at the Stanford University campus. The curriculum is helped by an extensive partner networking, helmed by IBM, Rogers, and theScore, helping provide content for case studies, networking, guest lectures, and more.


Each of the four residency modules last between 8-12 days. Between the modules, split between the DeGroote campus and Stanford, classwork is completed online, making this a hybrid EMBA.

Module One: Foundation Courses

Module Two: Entrepreneurship & Marketing Analytics

Module Three: Thinking & Leading Beyond the Bytes

Module Four: Value Disruption in the Digital Age

Core courses involve traditional EMBA subjects, such as finance, marketing, and strategy, while integrating studies in data science and business analytics. During the entirety of the program, students complete one-on-one personal career coaching called Personal Leadership Effectiveness, as well as work on the Digital Capstone Project.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

Tuition for the McMaster Executive MBA in Digital Transformation is currently $89,000 CAD. This cost also covers course materials, residency expenses, transportation during residencies (although not transportation to and from residency locations), and some meals. A $5,000 deposit is required to hold a spot in the program.

Employers interested in sponsoring applicants to the McMaster Executive MBA in Digital Transformation can receive tax credits in exchange for partnership. Those self-funding may be able to make their education tax-deductible as well. Federal and private loans may also be available to assist in funding one’s education.


In order to apply to the program, applicants must submit a resume, in addition to a four-year Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) with a minimum “B” grade average for the most recent two years of study, seven-plus years of work experience, and English-speaking proficiency (may require TOEFL/IELTS scores if enrolling from a non-native English-speaking country or academic institution). Those without a BA must have at least 12 years of work experience.

In addition, the following must be provided:

• Official transcripts
• GMAT/GRE scores (may be waived)
• Two letters of recommendation
• One letter of support from an employer
• An application fee

2020-2021 McMaster Executive MBA Deadlines

July  1, 2021: Cohort Application Deadline

FAQ for the McMaster Executive MBA

How has the university coped with the pandemic?

The university has gone almost exclusively virtual due to Covid-19. In fact there is a virtual ‘Ingenuity Incubator’ for female students looking to create opportunity during the pandemic.

What is the focus of the Degroote EMBA?

The Degroote EMBA focuses on ‘digital decisions and data-driven decisions’.

Are there international opportunities for students?

While many international opportunities are postponed due to the current pandemic, Degroote typically has four residencies in different locations to provide students with real-world experiences.

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