McGill Executive Institute Mini-MBA Series

Mini-MBA Series


Many successful managers look back on their careers with pride, yet regret not having pursued an MBA degree. EMBAs (Executive MBAs) and PMBAs (Professional or Part-time MBAs) are a logical next step for those with available time and budgets. But what about the rest of us?

McGill’s popular Mini-MBA programs are designed to equip you with many of the key insights, comprehensive management practices, benchmarks and business strategy tools taught in leading MBA programs. Although “mini” learning experiences do not replace the depth of degree courses, they can offer a concise and dynamic approach which rapidly prepares you to handle new scenarios as a manager while strengthening professional performance, confidence and decision-making abilities.

Three Mini-MBA Programs to Consider

McGill’s Mini-MBA Series is comprised of three separate programs or cycles; Executive Development Course (EDC), Advanced Management Course (AMC) and Integrated Management Thinking (IMT). Each program delivers a Certificate of Completion at the end and are a complete experience on their own. Participants are under no obligation to complete the Mini-MBA Series.

Managers of all levels often use the Executive Development Course (EDC) as a springboard since it focuses on the key four pillars of today's business; strategy, marketing, finance and human resources. One of the first comprehensive general management training programs in Canada, EDC is now entering its 65th anniversary year. Graduating participants may either stop after the first cycle or continue the momentum with the Advanced Management Course (AMC), which focuses on the same business pillars but in greater depth and with a strategic perspective. The third and final cycle, the Integrated Management Thinking Course (IMT), helps seasoned managers consolidate the key learnings through building a simulated business model that focuses on advanced entrepreneurial and strategic thinking. Qualified candidates may be able to fast-track directly into AMC or IMT based on their profile and experience – our registration team can help you determine the best fit for you.

Cycles & Locations

Key Benefits & Takeaways

  • Capture many key learning points of an MBA with a fraction of the time and cost
  • Broaden your horizon and gain a well-rounded business acumen
  • Gain exposure to best practices and benchmarks beyond your industry
  • Discard outdated approaches and learn up-to-the-minute strategies
  • Sharpen your ability to make decisions in a complex business environment
  • Go from ideas to action with practical exercises and group project
  • Take away effective tools and processes for immediate impact on the job
  • Gain access to advice from an outstanding faculty team even after the seminar
  • Connect with an exceptional peer group from diverse industries
  • Boost the equity of your CV and LinkedIn (or other social media) profile


Do I have the right profile?

    Participants typically have at least four or more years of work experience and tend to be mid to upper level managers (with or without direct reports), coming from every discipline, size and type of organization, including private companies, not-for-profits and government services. Note that participants will be joined in groups with peers with different expertise to maximize learning exchanges.

Do I need qualifications to enroll?

    The Executive Development Course (EDC) is open to all levels of experience and the class will include participants with a diverse range of professional backgrounds including engineering, project management, human resources, operations, sales and more. For the Advanced Management Course (AMC), we suggest you either complete the Cycle I or have at least 7 years of management experience and be reasonably comfortable reading a financial report. For the Integrated Management Thinking Course (IMT), we suggest you either complete the Cycle II or have at least 15 years of management experience. A BCOM or MBA degree is not a prerequisite for enrollment, and some find our Mini-MBA programs excellent refresher courses for a degree past 7 years.

What is the homework load?

    Expect 2-4 hours per week outside class for group and individual preparation (expect 1-2 hours per day in the condensed version of 2 modules of 4 days.)

How challenging are the programs?

    The emphasis is on helping you reach your peak of excellence and accelerating your career goals, which is why even MBA grads take the program to refresh their knowledge base and specialized managers take it to broaden their expertise. Executives use the programs to develop strategic management skills and network with exceptional peers from a variety of industries.

How soon should I enroll?

    Programs often fill up one or more months in advance so we strongly advise you to register early. Payment must also be completed before you receive the necessary readings sent about 2 weeks in advance to get you started. Only then your position is secured on the program.

Is there an exam at the end or is it graded?

    There are no exams and the program is completed with a group presentation to the faculty panel upon which you receive a Certificate of Completion from the McGill Executive Institute. Note that our programs are management development courses and not a government accredited course. It is an important distinction since we do not issue personal tax forms.

For more information or to select the right cycle, please contact;

Eric Saine
Director of Business Development
T 514-398-5817