Program Details

Developing Leaders in a Digital World

DeGroote’s EMBA in Digital Transformation will provide you with the tools necessary to be an adaptive leader in a continuously disrupted world by new technology and advancements.

Over 14 months, as you complete this program you will develop the following skills:

  • Understanding of core EMBA topics such as finance, marketing and strategy along with data literacy, data science and business analytics.
  • Using data for insight development in making strategic decisions, mitigating risk and driving business innovation.

Our continuously evolving curriculum and custom, integrated cases are developed around current and emerging business and technology trends.

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More than Just a High Performer

DeGroote provides every EMBA student with one-on-one coaching as part of our Personal Leadership Effectiveness program.

You will enter this program as a high performer in your current role, adept at leading teams through projects. Still, you will emerge as a leader prepared to handle the challenges and opportunities of a digital future. As a strategic thinker, you will become a leader increasingly relied upon to navigate organizations through current and future challenges and opportunities.

The Curriculum

The Executive MBA in Digital Transformation has a continuously changing curriculum and custom, integrated cases developed around current and emerging business and technology trends.


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 help them draw on this knowledge. Students will ask the right questions better, generate and communicate insights from analyses, and translate them into actions.

Location: Burlington and Toronto, Ontario

Instructor: Kevin Veenstra and Arshad Ahmad

Instructor: Mahmut Parlar

Instructor: Khaled Hassanein

Instructor: Teal McAteer

Entrepreneurship & Marketing Analytics

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 module will introduce students to the established firms and the start-ups who are transforming the digital landscape.

Location: Burlington and Toronto, Ontario

Instructor: Manish Kacker

Instructor: Michael Hartmann and Stuart Sharman

Thinking & Leading Beyond the Bytes

This module will help students explore the organizational leadership challenges of building direction, alignment, and commitment within a fast-moving ecosystem of technology partners. Students will develop a critical “Big Data” mindset to understand how and when to leverage data analytics to support talent management decisions. They will 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 practical communication skills and strategies.

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

Location: Palo Alto, California

Instructor: Michael Hartmann and Karel Vredenburg

Instructor: Rick Hackett

Instructor: Paul Tedesco

Value Disruption in the Digital Age

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

This 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 team projects will culminate in a Capstone report and presentation. 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.

Location: Burlington and Toronto, Ontario

The Fine Print

Here is what you need to know as you begin comparing DeGroote’s EMBA to other programs:

  • 14 months in length
  • It begins virtually every July and is built around four in-person residencies (one per module)
  • Residencies take place in October, February, May, and September (dates are confirmed at the start of the program)
  • Each residency in Burlington is 12 days long and is held at the Ron Joyce Centre in Burlington, Ontario
  • The Silicon Valley residency, which is eight days long, takes place in February and is held in and around Palo Alto, California (note: due to COVID-19, the Silicon Valley trip will take place in May 2022)
  • EMBA candidates participate in online work in between residencies (approximately 20 hours per week)

Next Steps

Are you interested in the EMBA program? We encourage you to contact us. Subscribe to our mailing list to receive the latest updates to our program, or if you are ready to start the process, let us begin the conversation by reviewing your experience.

Review My Experience

The EMBA in Digital Transformation is 14-months in length, beginning online every July, and is built around four residencies, one per module. Concentrating classroom requirements into these residencies makes travel and scheduling more practical for candidates who are working full-time. Each residency is 8-12 days long and they take place in October, February, May, and September. The February residency takes place in Silicon Valley, California, with the rest held at our campus in Burlington, Ontario. Candidates participate in online work between residencies. 

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.

The Executive MBA in Digital Transformation has a continuously changing curriculum and custom, integrated cases developed around current and emerging business and technology trends. Students will also participate in a Personal Leadership Effectiveness program, which will provide one-on-one coaching throughout their studies.