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Executive MBA relaunch signals strong focus on evidence-based management

Date Published: February 19, 2019

Today, the Sobey School of Business relaunched its Executive MBA program and revealed that the school is developing a new designation, an Executive Doctor of Business Administration (EDBA). Both programs will focus on evidence-based management, a tool to help executives make better decisions in today’s data-saturated work environment.

“The Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary’s University is widely known in Atlantic Canada as an innovator and leader in business education. We carry on our tradition of providing groundbreaking executive opportunities with this new iteration of our executive MBA, and with the planned EDBA,” said Dr. Harjeet Bhabra, Dean.

Sobey School is the first Canadian institution to formally explore having its programs certified by the international Center for Evidence Based Management (CEBMa). It is seeking the certification for both the Executive MBA and EDBA.

Evidence-based management means making decisions using the best available evidence from multiple sources, but it is about more than critical thinking,” noted EMBA Academic Director Wendy Carroll. “It’s developed into a rigorous practice that corporate executives around the globe rely on to identify the highest quality evidence in a sometimes treacherous sea of over-information.””

The Executive MBA program has also been transformed in other ways: market feedback has led to the summer break being eliminated, meaning the program can be completed in just 16 months now. It has moved to a hybrid format, with in-person classroom residency being complemented with online learning. And the curriculum has been updated to include a data analysis module, and learning on global finance and international marketing to prepare students for the program’s international trade mission.

The EMBA is expecting a January 2020 relaunch date, and will begin actively seeking a new cohort of students in 2019 with the EDBA to follow after further development and planning.

For more information on the EMBA or the EDBA, contact Kelly Smith, 902-420-5175.

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