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The Executive MBA in Digital Transformation is comprised of continuously-changing curriculum and custom, integrated cases developed around current and emerging trends in business and technology. Our module-based, blended-learning format is unique amongst EMBAs and provides our students and their employers with the flexibility necessary to fit their busy schedules, and our international module in Palo Alto emphasizes the digital-focus of the program and expands our candidates’ network internationally. Students will also take part in a Personal Leadership Effectiveness program, which will provide one-on-one coaching throughout their studies.

The program is built around four residency modules. Concentrating classroom requirements into these modules makes travel more practical for candidates. Each module is 8-12 days long. They are held either at our campus in Burlington, Ontario, or in Palo Alto, California. Candidates participate in online work between modules.

As an EMBA in Digital Transformation student, you will:

  • Study core EMBA topics such as finance, marketing, and strategy, while also learning technical content more often associated with master-level courses in data science and business analytics.
  • Learn how to use data to make strategic decisions, mitigate risk, and drive business innovation.
  • Broaden your technical and managerial knowledge while deepening your strategic thinking skills and leadership capabilities.

EMBA course progression (PDF)

Module 1
September 2018


  • Statistics for Analytics
  • Strategic Informational Systems
  • Accounting/Finance for Decision Making

Personal Leadership Effectiveness

Digital Capstone Project

Module 2
February 2019

Entrepreneurship & Marketing Analytics

  • Strategic Marketing
  • Digitally-driven Entrepreneurship

* 8 Day Residency in Palo Alto, California

Personal Leadership Effectiveness

Digital Capstone Project

Module 3
May 2019

Thinking & Leading Beyond the Bytes

  • Organizational Behaviour for Decision Making
  • Innovation Leadership and Design Thinking
  • Strategic HR Analytics
  • Strategic Marketing Analytics

Personal Leadership Effectiveness

Digital Capstone Project

Module 4
September 2019

Value Disruption in the Digital Age

  • Strategic Management for Decision Making
  • Strategic Valuation for Digital Organizations
  • Emerging Topics in Digital Transformation

Personal Leadership Effectiveness

Digital Capstone Project

Foundations September 16-28, 2018

Burlington and Toronto, Ontario

The rapidly growing volume, variety and velocity of data, along with the emergence of new digitally-driven innovations and technologies presents significant and novel opportunities and challenges to businesses. The primary goal of Module 1 is to provide students with both a foundation in core management concepts and knowledge and help them draw on this knowledge in order to better ask the right questions, to generate and communicate insights from analyses and to translate these insights into actions. Students will also begin a Personal Effectiveness course with a focus on leadership development and coaching.

Entrepreneurship & Marketing Analytics February 3-11, 2019

Palo Alto, California

Whether launching a new organization or extending an existing one in new directions, firms are increasingly drawing on the value-creating potential of digitally-driven innovations, technologies and Big Data/Data Analytics insights.

This module will examine how these factors are reshaping the world of marketing and offering new opportunities for entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs to create new business ventures. This international module (set in Silicon Valley) will introduce students to the established firms and the start-ups who are transforming the digital landscape.

Please note: Due to US holidays, these dates are subject to rescheduling.

Thinking & Leading Beyond the Bytes April 28-May 10, 2019 (TBC)

Burlington and Toronto, Ontario

This module is designed to help students explore the organizational leadership challenges of building direction, alignment and commitment within a fast-moving ecosystem of technology partners. It will help students develop a critical “Big Data” mindset with an understanding of how and when to leverage data analytics to support decision making in areas such as talent management, and when to draw on other modes of inquiry such as Design Thinking to support creative problem solving and new business innovation. Students will also complete their Personal Effectiveness course with a focus on effective communication skills and strategies.

Value Disruption in the Digital Age September 8-20, 2019

Burlington and Toronto, Ontario

This integrative module weaves together concepts and content from the preceding modules and the program’s themes of digital transformation. Students will be equipped with the strategic knowledge and tools needed to leverage the dynamic capabilities that exist within a firm and its ecosystem of partners in order to create value. Faculty will draw on industry cases to illustrate examples of how business have both succeeded and failed in their attempts to leverage digitally-driven innovations, technologies and insights.

Drawing from the content covered in previous courses, an emerging issues course will highlight timely and relevant topics emanating from digital transformation. Students will critically analyze innovation trends to help adapt their organization’s strategy and decision-making activities to a continuously changing digital environment.Additionally, the program-long team projects will culminate in a Capstone report and presentation, where students have an opportunity to apply, in a team context, what they have learned to a real digital transformation issue. This unique learning experience will provide tangible value to their organizations.

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