Global Executive Master of Business Administration (GEMBA)

Program Overview

Offered by two leading business schools, the Rotman-SDA Bocconi Global Executive MBA is a transformative program with a highly personalized focus on leadership development.

Quick Facts

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Application payment deadline MBA (GEMBA):

please refer to the program website for application deadlines


please refer to the program website for application deadlines

Minimum admission average MBA (GEMBA):

3.0 or Mid-B


3.0 or Mid-B

Program length (full-time only) MBA (GEMBA):

18 months


18 months

Dual Degree Program: Global Executive Master of Business Administration (University of Toronto / Bocconi University)

Admissions to the Global Executive MBA program have been suspended for Fall 2020. Admissions are now open for Fall 2021.

Program Description

The Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) field may only be taken as part of a dual degree offered by the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management and Bocconi University’s SDA Bocconi. This offering is commonly referred to as the "Rotman-SDA Bocconi Global Executive MBA."

Spanning 18 months and seven business centres across four continents, the program accepts applications from full-time professionals in for-profit businesses, not-for-profit enterprises, research institutes, and entrepreneurial ventures from around the globe. The Rotman-SDA Bocconi GEMBA will change the way students think, network, and do business in some of the world’s largest markets: North America, East Asia, South Asia, Europe, and Latin America.

Upon successful completion of the degree requirements of both programs, students will receive an MBA from the Rotman School and a Global Executive MBA from SDA Bocconi.


Rotman-SDA Bocconi Global Executive MBA Program
Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

Rotman-SDA Bocconi Global Executive MBA Program
SDA Bocconi School of Management, Bocconi University

Application Process

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Rotman School's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Five years of work experience with a minimum of two years at the management level (people, project, and/or budget management experience).

  • Recognized undergraduate degree or equivalent.

  • Applicants must obtain a satisfactory score for one of the following tests: the Rotman Executive Diagnostic Test (EDT), the SDA Bocconi diagnostic test, the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE; General Test). Test results are valid for five years. For further details, contact the admissions office.

  • If required, completion of the following English proficiency tests:

    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Internet-based format: overall score of 100 with a minimum of 22 on the writing and speaking sections.

    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic: score of 7.0 with minimum 6.5 required for each component.

  • Current full-time employment.

  • Ability to work in international teams and demonstrated leadership skills.

Program Requirements

Students complete 10 modules of between 5.5 and 8.5 days each, held in various cities. Within this 18-month dual degree program:

  • Students must complete 26 courses worth 12.25 full-course equivalents (FCEs) consisting of 24 required courses and 2 electives. The 2 electives may be taken through the Rotman School or Bocconi School. The available Rotman electives will be communicated to students upon program start.

  • See the list of required Rotman courses below.

Program Length

5 sessions (18 months) full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W)

Time Limit

3 years

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