MBA Essentials

Learn - Unlearn - Relearn the disciplines of MBA

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Program Starts:
September 8, 2022

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Course Dates

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September 8, 2022

Course Duration

DURATION

6 weeks, online
4-6 hours/week

Course Fee

PROGRAM FEE

C$2,600 C$2,392 or get C$260 off with a referral

Course Information Flexible payment available
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Learn - Unlearn - Relearn the disciplines of MBA

The Rotman School of Management has introduced MBA Essentials, a virtual e-learning program, an interactive and fastgrowing approach to enhanced business education, to equip you with the knowledge and insight to make strategic and operational decisions in any industry.

The Rotman School of Management has introduced an online MBA Essentials program, an interactive and fastgrowing approach to enhanced business education, to equip you with the knowledge and insight to make strategic and operational decisions in any industry.

University of Toronto is #1 in Canada according to QS World University Rankings by Subject | 2022

SOURCE: THE QS WORLD UNIVERSITY

What you'll get

The virtual e-learning program will enable you to:

  • Understand the modern day principles behind an MBA and how they address contemporary business challenges
  • Understand the prominence of marketing for business growth
  • Identify opportunities for business transformation based on macroeconomic trends and implement them
  • Deep dive into finance, technical, and marketing skills to optimize business operations
  • Formulate an action plan to create or support diversity and inclusion programs within your organization
  • Improve your managerial proficiency to move strategically and tactically

Program Curriculum

Module 1:

Macroeconomic Trends

Compare and contrast the economic recessions in 2008 and 2020, and learn about recovery patterns. Identify opportunities for change in your organization based on macroeconomic trends.

Module 2:

Accounting

Understand the basics of capital markets, the role of accounting, and the purpose of financial reporting. Learn to evaluate financial statements, and apply knowledge of financial reporting to real-world cases.

Module 3:

Finance

Examine the importance of financial markets and learn how they enable and discipline corporations. Understand how companies make investment decisions, and appraise a finance project based on the four investment decision rules.

Module 4:

Strategy

Define strategy and learn about strategic decisions that determine how companies are positioned in the market. Explore the levers of competitive advantage and change management, and examine ways to implement change in your organization.

Module 5:

Marketing

Assimilate the core concepts of marketing and the strategies that lead to growth. Recognize the importance of marketing, especially in developed economies and commoditized marketplaces. Examine marketing strategies that would lead to growth in your own organization.

Module 6:

Diversity and Inclusion

Identify the distinction between diversity and inclusion, and learn about equality, equity and justice. Recognize the gaps between intentions and actions, and develop an action plan for behavioural change to remedy diversity and inclusion problems in your organization.

Module 1:

Macroeconomic Trends

Compare and contrast the economic recessions in 2008 and 2020, and learn about recovery patterns. Identify opportunities for change in your organization based on macroeconomic trends.

Module 4:

Strategy

Define strategy and learn about strategic decisions that determine how companies are positioned in the market. Explore the levers of competitive advantage and change management, and examine ways to implement change in your organization.

Module 2:

Accounting

Understand the basics of capital markets, the role of accounting, and the purpose of financial reporting. Learn to evaluate financial statements, and apply knowledge of financial reporting to real-world cases.

Module 5:

Marketing

Assimilate the core concepts of marketing and the strategies that lead to growth. Recognize the importance of marketing, especially in developed economies and commoditized marketplaces. Examine marketing strategies that would lead to growth in your own organization.

Module 3:

Finance

Examine the importance of financial markets and learn how they enable and discipline corporations. Understand how companies make investment decisions, and appraise a finance project based on the four investment decision rules.

Module 6:

Diversity and Inclusion

Identify the distinction between diversity and inclusion, and learn about equality, equity and justice. Recognize the gaps between intentions and actions, and develop an action plan for behavioural change to remedy diversity and inclusion problems in your organization.

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Program Experience

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Recorded Video Lessons

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Interactive Learning

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Try-It Activities

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Assignments

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Peer Discussion Groups

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Knowledge Checks

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Open Q&A

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Live Webinar

Who Should Attend

This virtual e-learning program is designed for professionals and entrepreneurs seeking structured management training.

  • Entrepreneurs seeking to gain a broad understanding of management principles and learn to evaluate financial statements, appraise investment projects, and recognize the importance of marketing for organizational growth.
  • Aspiring Managers who want to learn fundamental management principles to advance their career or upskill with a business certificate from Rotman.
  • Mid-to Senior-level Managers seeking to keep up with current trends in management, ramp up on the latest advancements in the field, and move into a senior management or Csuite role.

Participant Testimonials

"I personally found the MBA essentials at Rotman comprehensive and great selection of subjects. Macro economics, Finance, Marketing, Strategy, Accounting and Diversity & Inclusion are great topics and can be applied in our current work environment."

— Rajiv Basu, Compensation Manager at Symcor

"The best part of the course is how everything is up-to-date and relevant for today's business world."

— Guillaume Ferland, National Sales Director at BRP

"My organization as much as we focus on Diversity & Inclusion and being a person of colour, I was stuck on how I can help. This module helped to simplify and aid in where I can make a difference."

— Natalie Bonadie, Director, International Banking Technology Systems at Scotiabank

Faculty

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Walid Hejazi

Academic Director Associate Professor, International Business

Walid Hejazi teaches macro and global economics in the MBA and Executive MBA programs. He has researched, advised, and published extensively on topics related to international trade and foreign investment. He has been an advisor to the Canadian government and has testified many times before parliamentary and Senate committees on global competitiveness. More info

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Scott Liao

Professor, Accounting Director, Research Resources and Communication

Scott Liao has been researching and teaching financial accounting with a focus on banking and data analytics for more than 12 years. His research interests include banking regulation, agency problems in debt markets, and the economic consequences of financial reporting and disclosure. More info

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Simon Ashbourne

Adjunct Professor, Marketing Partner, The Marketplace Capabilities Group Inc

Simon Ashbourne has over 25 years of consulting experience across the consumer packaged goods, pharmaceutical, and retail industry segments. His focus areas are strategic planning, brand and customer portfolio planning, pricing strategy, and sales-resource deployment. More info

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Sonia K. Kang

Canada Research Chair in Identity, Diversity and Inclusion Associate Professor of Organizational Behaviour and HR Management in the Department of Management at the University of Toronto, Mississauga Chief Scientist, BEAR Centre (Behavioural Economics in Action at Rotman) Faculty Research Fellow, Rotman Institute for Gender and the Economy (GATE)

Sonia K. Kang’s research explores the challenges and opportunities involved in social issues based on identity, diversity, and inclusion. She takes a novel approach to studying the issues by harnessing the power of behavioural insights and organizational design. More info

Certificate

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Certificate

Upon successful completion of the six-week virtual e-learning program, you’ll earn a digital certificate of completion from the Rotman School of Management. This virtual e-learning program counts toward a Rotman Excellence in Executive Leadership Certificate.

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Note: All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of the Rotman School of Management.

The Ontario Student Assistance Program is offering financial assistance to Ontario residents

The Ontario Student Assistance Program is now offering funding for micro-credentials, including Rotman Executive Programs. This new resource is part of Ontario’s micro-credentials strategy, helping learners access more opportunities to train or upskill for in-demand jobs through loans and grants. This funding is available for Ontario residents only with additional requirements. Download the brochure for more details

FAQs

  • How do I know if this program is right for me?

    After reviewing the information on the program landing page, we recommend you submit the short form above to gain access to the program brochure, which includes more in-depth information. If you still have questions on whether this program is a good fit for you, please email learner.success@emeritus.org, and a dedicated program advisor will follow-up with you very shortly.


    Are there any prerequisites for this program?

    Some programs do have prerequisites, particularly the more technical ones. This information will be noted on the program landing page, as well as in the program brochure. If you are uncertain about program prerequisites and your capabilities, please email us at learner.success@emeritus.org for assistance.


    Note that, unless otherwise stated on the program web page, all programs are taught in English and proficiency in English is required.


    What is the typical class profile?

    More than 50 percent of our participants are from outside the United States. Class profiles vary from one cohort to the next, but, generally, our online certificates draw a highly diverse audience in terms of professional experience, industry, and geography — leading to a very rich peer learning and networking experience.


    What other dates will this program be offered in the future?

    Check back to this program web page or email us at learner.success@emeritus.org to inquire if future program dates or the timeline for future offerings have been confirmed yet.

  • How much time is required each week?

    Each program includes an estimated learner effort per week. This is referenced at the top of the program landing page under the Duration section, as well as in the program brochure, which you can obtain by submitting the short form at the top of this web page.



    How will my time be spent?

    We have designed this program to fit into your current working life as efficiently as possible. Time will be spent among a variety of activities including:



    • Engaging with recorded video lectures from faculty
    • Attending webinars and office hours, as per the specific program schedule
    • Reading or engaging with examples of core topics
    • Completing knowledge checks/quizzes and required activities
    • Engaging in moderated discussion groups with your peers
    • Completing your final project, if required

    The program is designed to be highly interactive while also allowing time for self-reflection and to demonstrate an understanding of the core topics through various active learning exercises. Please contact us at learner.success@emeritus.org if you need further clarification on program activities.



    What is it like to learn online with the learning collaborator, Emeritus?

    More than 250,000 professionals globally, across 80 countries, have chosen to advance their skills with Emeritus and its educational learning partners. In fact, 90 percent of the respondents of a recent survey across all our programs said that their learning outcomes were met or exceeded.

    A dedicated program support team is available 24/5 (Monday to Friday) to answer questions about the learning platform, technical issues, or anything else that may affect your learning experience.


    How do I interact with other program participants?

    Peer learning adds substantially to the overall learning experience and is an important part of the program. You can connect and communicate with other participants through our learning platform.

  • What are the requirements to earn the certificate?

    Each program includes an estimated learner effort per week, so you can gauge what will be required before you enrol. This is referenced at the top of the program landing page under the Duration section, as well as in the program brochure, which you can obtain by submitting the short form at the top of this web page. All programs are designed to fit into your working life.

    This program is scored as a pass or no-pass; participants must complete the required activities to pass and obtain the certificate of completion. Some programs include a final project submission or other assignments to obtain passing status. This information will be noted in the program brochure. Please contact us at learner.success@emeritus.org if you need further clarification on any specific program requirements.


    What type of certificate will I receive?

    Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive a smart digital certificate. The smart digital certificate can be shared with friends, family, schools, or potential employers. You can use it on your cover letter, resume, and/or display it on your LinkedIn profile.
    The digital certificate will be sent approximately two weeks after the program, once grading is complete.


    Can I get the hard copy of the certificate?

    No, only verified digital certificates will be issued upon successful completion. This allows you to share your credentials on social platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.


    Do I receive alumni status after completing this program?

    No, there is no alumni status granted for this program. In some cases, there are credits that count toward a higher level of certification. This information will be clearly noted in the program brochure.


    How long will I have access to the learning materials?

    You will have access to the online learning platform and all the videos and program materials for 12 months following the program start date. Access to the learning platform is restricted to registered participants per the terms of agreement.

  • What equipment or technical requirements are there for this program?

    Participants will need the latest version of their preferred browser to access the learning platform. In addition, Microsoft Office and a PDF viewer are required to access documents, spreadsheets, presentations, PDF files, and transcripts.


    Do I need to be online to access the program content?

    Yes, the learning platform is accessed via the internet, and video content is not available for download. However, you can download files of video transcripts, assignment templates, readings, etc. For maximum flexibility, you can access program content from a desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device.

    Video lectures must be streamed via the internet, and any livestream webinars and office hours will require an internet connection. However, these sessions are always recorded, so you may view them later.

  • Can I still register if the registration deadline has passed?

    Yes, you can register up until seven days past the published start date of the program without missing any of the core program material or learnings.


    What is the program fee, and what forms of payment do you accept?

    The program fee is noted at the top of this program web page and usually referenced in the program brochure as well.



    • Flexible payment options are available (see details below as well as at the top of this program web page next to FEE).
    • Tuition assistance is available for participants who qualify. Please email learner.success@emeritus.org.

    What if I don’t have a credit card? Is there another method of payment accepted?

    Yes, you can do the bank remittance in the program currency via wire transfer or debit card. Please contact your program advisor, or email us at learner.success@emeritus.org for details.


    I was not able to use the discount code provided. Can you help?

    Yes! Please email us at learner.success@emeritus.org with the details of the program you are interested in, and we will assist you.


    How can I obtain an invoice for payment?

    Please email learner.success@emeritus.org with your invoicing requirements and the specific program you’re interested in enroling in.


    Is there an option to make flexible payments for this program?

    Yes, the flexible payment option allows a participant to pay the program fee in installments. This option is made available on the payment page and should be selected before submitting the payment.


    How can I obtain a W9 form?

    Please email us at learner.success@emeritus.org for assistance.

  • What is the policy on refunds and withdrawals?

    You may request a full refund within seven days of your payment or 14 days after the published start date of the program, whichever comes later. If your enrolment had previously been deferred, you will not be entitled to a refund. Partial (or pro-rated) refunds are not offered. All withdrawal and refund requests should be sent to admissions@emeritus.org.



    What is the policy on deferrals?

    After the published start date of the program, you have until the midpoint of the program to request to defer to a future cohort of the same program. A deferral request must be submitted along with a specified reason and explanation. Cohort changes may be made only once per enrolment and are subject to availability of other cohorts scheduled at our discretion. This will not be applicable for deferrals within the refund period, and the limit of one deferral per enrolment remains. All deferral requests should be sent to admissions@emeritus.org.

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