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

Domestic International
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)

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 School of Management. 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 SDA Bocconi, or exchange partner schools (with courses at the latter pre-approved by the program Academic Directors). The available Rotman electives will be communicated approximately 4 to 6 months before the summer elective period (July and August).

  • 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

Andrew H. Proppe
Andrew H. Proppe
Alumnus, PhD (Chemistry), 2019, GG Gold Medal Recipient
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