The degree of Master of Business Administration (Executive Option), or EMBA, is cohort-driven. These regulations must be read in conjunction with the general regulations of the School of Graduate Studies of Memorial University.







1. Admission is limited and competitive. To be considered for admission to the EMBA programme, an applicant shall normally hold at least a bachelor's degree, with a minimum B standing, from an institution recognized by Memorial University's Senate.

2. Applicants must achieve a satisfactory total score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), as well as an appropriate balance of verbal and quantitative GMAT score components. Specific information regarding the test can be obtained by writing to: Educational Testing Service/GMAT, P.O. Box 6103, Princeton, New Jersey, U.S.A., 08541-6103, by contacting the Web site at

3. Applicants with substantial management experience will receive preference during evaluation of applications. Normally, applicants will have a minimum of eight years of relevant management experience.

4. Applicants who did not complete a four-year bachelor's degree at a recognized university where English is the primary language of instruction must submit an acceptable score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or achieve a satisfactory score on the CanTEST. Information regarding the TOEFL is available from the Educational Testing Service (see address in A.2). Information on CanTEST is available from CanTEST Project Office, Second Language Institute, University of Ottawa, Canada K1N 6N5.

5. All applicants will be interviewed prior to acceptance to the EMBA programme by at least two members of the Faculty's Committee on Graduate Studies to assess the applicant's personal qualities, such as leadership potential and motivation, which are important to successful managers.

6. While all of the criteria above are important, the Faculty's Committee on Graduate Studies will assess the applicant's entire profile. Significant strengths in one area may help compensate for weaknesses in another area.

7. In selecting candidates for any particular cohort, the Faculty's Committee on Graduate Studies will attempt to ensure that there is a breadth of managerial experience and practical backgrounds within the cohort as this is important to the students' learning environment. Student experience is expected to contribute to and enhance the learning experience for the entire cohort.


1. Applications and all supporting documents must be received by June 15 from Canadian applicants. Deadlines for applicants in foreign cohorts should be complete at least four months before the proposed commencement date. Individuals submitting applications later than the above dates are not assured of consideration for admission to the cohort desired; their applications will be processed only if time and resources permit.

2. The Faculty of Business Administration reserves the right not to offer an EMBA programme during any period where there is deemed to be insufficient demand. Further, the faculty reserves the right to restrict the size of any cohort of students admitted to the EMBA programme.


1. Applications for admission to the EMBA programme must be made on the appropriate form to the School of Graduate Studies.

2. The following documents must be submitted in support of the official application form:

a) Letter of appraisal from two work-related referees.

b) Two copies of the faculty's Employment Experience Information form.

c) Two official transcripts from each university or other post-secondary institution previously attended, to be sent directly by its registrar (or equivalent officer) to the School of Graduate Studies. If not recorded on the transcript, official evidence of completion of Undergraduate degree must also be submitted.

d) The official GMAT score report, to be sent directly by the Educational Testing Service. The code number for Memorial University is 0885.

e) Where applicable, an official TOEFL or CanTEST score report, to be forwarded directly by the examining organization.

NOTE: Application files are evaluated only when all required items have been received.

3. Admission shall be by the dean of the School of Graduate Studies on the recommendation of the Faculty of Business Administration. Upon notification of acceptance into the EMBA programme, applicants must give written notice to the School of Graduate Studies of their intention to register. Such notice must be received by the Office of the Dean within 30 days of notification of acceptance, or three weeks prior to semester registration.


1. The EMBA programme is cohort-driven and structured so that students within any cohort complete a program of 20 courses. Normally, the programme will be delivered over four academic terms, and the contact time per course will be 26 hours, recognizing the experience of the candidates, and the extended time between classes which will allow the assignment of more course-related work to be completed outside of the classroom environment. In some instances, the programme may be offered over a shorter duration. When this happens, the contact time per course will increase as the expectation for students to complete course-related work between classes will be lower. The 20-course programme structure is outlined in Table 1.

Table 1
EMBA Programme of Study

Term 1 Term 2
EMB8103 Statistical Applications in Management

EMB8104 Organizations: Behavior and Structure

EMB8106 Marketing

EMB8107 Managing in the Canadian Environment

EMB 8109 Accounting for Management

EMB8108 Economics for Management

EMB8204 Human Resource Management

EMB8206 Managerial Finance

EMB8210 Labor Relations

EMB9103 - Research in Management
Term 3 Term 4
EMB8205 Information Systems

EMB8207 Operations Management

EMB8209 Management Skills

Two additional courses chosen by the Faculty of Business Administration

EMB8208 Strategic Management

Three additional courses chosen by the Faculty of Business Administration

EMB9301 - Research Project

2. Five courses will be chosen by the Faculty of Business Administration to meet the needs of each cohort.

3. Students in the EMBA programme may apply to complete up to two courses in the regular MBA programme. Approval will be given if:

a) the student can demonstrate a need for a course which is not offered to their cohort, but which is available in the regular MBA programme;

b) the student can demonstrate that there is a course being offered to their cohort that does not meet their specific needs;

c) the student is able to attend classes at the time and place that the course is offered in the regular MBA programme;

d) sufficient resources are available to allow the student to take the course in the regular MBA programme.

4. Any programme changes, including those described in D.1. through D.3. above, must have the prior approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies on the recommendation of the Faculty of Business Administration.


1. The Faculty Council of the Faculty of Business Administration constitutes the examining body for all examinations in Business courses. In addition, the standing of every student will be assessed by the Committee on Graduate Studies in accordance with the requirements outlined in clauses 2 through 5 below.

2. Credit towards the MBA degree will be granted only for those courses which have been approved as constituting part of the student's programme of study and in which the candidate has obtained a mark of 65% or higher.

3. A candidate is required to withdraw from the MBA programme if:

a) a final grade of 'D' or 'F' is obtained in two courses, or
b) a final grade of 'C' or less is obtained in three courses, or
c) a final grade of 'C' or less is obtained in a repeated course.

4. Clause e)3 notwithstanding, to remain in the programme, a candidate who obtains a final grade of 'C' or less in any course must normally repeat that course when next offered, and is permitted to repeat that course only once.

5. Clause E)3 notwithstanding, in some instances, at the discretion of the course instructor, and with the approval of the associate dean, graduate programme and research, Faculty of Business Administration, a student who has received a grade of 'C' or less in any course may be permitted to complete remedial work and be re-examined. A student who passes after re-examination will have "*passed on the basis of re-examination" recorded on their transcript, and the original grade will remain. A student who receives a grade of 'C' or less on re-examination will be required to withdraw from the programme.

Note: The pursuit of remedial work may not be offered more than twice to an individual student.

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