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Submitted by yayoi.moriguchi on Wed, 02/24/2016 - 3:59pm

Program

Submitted by yayoi.moriguchi on Wed, 02/24/2016 - 3:52pm

1. What is the difference between the Global Energy Executive MBA and a regular Executive MBA?

The Global Energy Executive MBA is specifically targeted to senior professionals who have extensive experience in and are committed to developing their career within the energy sector. The majority of academic case studies and industry examples are drawn from the energy sector. In contrast, the Executive MBA uses examples from a broad range of industries and encourages students to apply them to their own professional situation.

The Global Energy Executive MBA also uses a blended learning model with six immersive experiences at key energy centres. The EMBA is delivered in a block week and alternate Friday / Saturday format at our main campus in Calgary.

2. What is the difference between the Global Energy Executive MBA and the GEMS specialization in the Daytime / Evening MBA?

The Global Energy Executive MBA is targeted at senior leaders who have already achieved significant professional success within the energy sector. The GEMS specialization is designed for early to mid-career professionals who are seeking to explore a potential career transition to the energy sector or to consolidate and broaden their knowledge within the sector.

3. What is the difference between the Global Energy Executive MBA and the M.Sc. in Sustainable Energy Development?

The Global Energy Executive MBA is a general management degree focused on the specific business challenges of the energy sector, including the environmental and socio-economic impact of the industry. The M.Sc. in Sustainable Energy Development is a multi-disciplinary (business, engineering, law and environmental design) degree providing a balanced education relating to energy and environmental management.

4. What is the reputation of the program?

Since its launch in 2012, the program has attracted senior professionals from leading energy companies and government organizations worldwide. Many of these professionals have been fully financially supported by their organizations to complete the program. Our alumni are ambassadors for the program and alumni referrals is one of our main channels to attract students to the program going forward.

5. How will the Global Energy Executive MBA impact my career?

This program is designed to prepare you for an executive leadership position within your organization by broadening your perspective across fuel types, energy value chains and geographically. We help you to understand the broader impact of the energy sector and how you can play a role in shaping it.

Anecdotally, the majority of our students are promoted within their organization during the course of the program or shortly thereafter.

6. Can I specialize?

No. The program has been designed to cover a broad curriculum focused on the specific challenges in the energy sector and every student takes the same courses throughout.

7. What is the typical makeup of the class?

The typical composition of the class is as follows:

  • 13 years’ average work experience
  • 15% female and 85% male
  • Average age of participants is 39 years
  • 40-50% of participants are from outside of Canada, typically with representation from Asia-Pacific, sub-Saharan Africa and South/Central America
  • 90% of the class have undergraduate degrees, with engineering and business majors being most common
  • 40% of the class work for multi-national enterprise, 35% for large enterprise, 15% for government-owned enterprise and 10% for small / medium business
  • 30% of class work in general management, 30% in accounting / finance / planning, 20% in an operational function, 10% in HR and 10% in marketing / sales

8. Will I stay with the same group of people throughout the program?

In this program there is significant emphasis on the cohort experience. You will be with the same group of people for all of your classes.

9. What sort of networking opportunities are there?

Over the two years, you will have the opportunity to get to know every individual in your cohort through class sessions and activities and by working in different study teams. Field visits, panels and guest speakers provide the opportunity for high quality interactions with senior leaders in the business community. The networking opportunities extend beyond the duration of the program as there is a very active alumni community.

10. Can I work while completing the program?

Yes. The program is designed to allow you to continue working. At a minimum, you will need the support of your employer to be able to attend the two-week face-to-face sessions.

11. How much time will I need to study?

In addition to class sessions we recommend that you plan to study for at least 20 hours each week; some of this will be individual study and some will be with your study team.

12. If I need to travel for work, can I still complete the program?

Yes. Outside of the face-to-face sessions there is a lot of flexibility in terms of where and when you complete your studies.

13. What is the mix of classroom versus online learning?

This program is delivered in a blended learning format. Approximately 40% of the program is completed through online learning before and after face-to-face sessions.

14. Is there more than one start date?

There is only one start date offered – the next cohort commence in Fall 2016.

15. How long does the program take?

The program is completed over six semesters in less than two years.

16. How does the online learning work?

Before each face-to-face session you will be introduced to each course in turn with a range of online resources including e-texts, case studies, academic papers, journal articles and faculty and speaker videos. Typically there will be an individual assignment due in advance of the face-to-face session.

After each face-to-face session there will typically be an individual or groups assignment due for each course topic. The faculty member leading the course will be available to provide guidance and answer questions throughout via phone, email or discussion forum on the online student interface.

17. What is a typical schedule for a face-to-face session?

A typical schedule for a face-to-face session is as follows:

Day 1 (Sunday) Welcome event with networking (evening)
Day 2 Course 1
Day 3 Course 1 with speaker panel
Day 4 Course 1
Day 5 Field visit
Day 6 Course 2
Day 7 Course 2
Day 8 Course 2
Day 9 Field visit
Day 10 Travel day between locations
Day 11 Field visit
Day 12 Course 3
Day 13 Course 3 with speaker panel
Day 14 (Saturday) Course 3; Closing event

18. What qualification do I receive when I complete the program?

Upon successful completion of the program, students are awarded a Masters’ Degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Global Energy.

19. Are computers provided by the program?

No, computers are not provided by the program. Students will need to provide their own laptop computer for use in-class and for homework and studying. There is some IT support available for students who need help setting up the university printers, wireless internet and email accounts on their computer.  

Many students choose to use a company-provided laptop. Please be aware that there can be issues with firewalls and other security settings applies by your organization. As well, there is limited support for Mac computers and some of the software programs used in the program do not run well on Macs. 

Admissions

Submitted by yayoi.moriguchi on Mon, 02/29/2016 - 10:21am

1. Do I need an undergraduate degree in business to apply?

No. There are a broad mix of educational disciplines represented in the program.

2. Do I need an undergraduate degree to apply?

No. The program accepts applications from individuals who have no post-secondary qualifications.

3. Do I need to complete the GMAT?

If you achieved a GPA of 3.0 or higher in a four-year accredited undergraduate degree, graduate degree or professional degree in the final two years of study you may be eligible for a GMAT waiver. Please send a copy of your transcripts to the admissions team to confirm.

4. How long is my GMAT score valid?

We accept GMAT scores within 5 years of the test date.

5. Can I submit a GRE score instead of a GMAT?

Yes. Please contact the admissions team to confirm the required score on the GRE.

6. What type of references are preferred?

Ideally, we would prefer at least one of the references to come from an individual to whom you have directly reported.
Both references should be well-placed to comment on your strengths, areas for development and leadership potential.

7. Should I submit more than two references?

There is no need to submit more than two references; we will accept a third reference if you deem it necessary.

8. If I fulfil the minimum criteria for admission, what are my chances of being accepted?

If you fulfill the minimum criteria for admission it is very likely that you will be successful in proceeding to the interview stage. At the interview stage, if you demonstrate that you have a clear and realistic rationale for completing the program and we feel that you would uniquely contribute to the cohort’s experience in some way you are likely to be accepted into the program.

9. When should I apply?

The program admits students on a rolling basis. Therefore please apply as early as possible to maximize your chances of being successful.

10. What is the application deadline?

The application deadlines are as follows:

Fall 2016 Entry

Deadline to apply: July 31 st 2016

Deadline for submission of all supporting documents: August 10th 2016

11. Will my application file be reviewed if some supporting documents are missing?

If the only outstanding items are supporting documents (e.g., missing original transcripts but have copies) the admissions committee may choose to review your application file. However, if you are successful, your admission to the program will be conditional upon receiving all of the required documentation.

Financing

Submitted by yayoi.moriguchi on Mon, 02/29/2016 - 12:46pm

1. What is included in the tuition?

Your tuition includes the following:

  • Instruction and course materials (e.g., text books, cases, course-related software)
  • Meals during face-to-face sessions (breakfast, lunch, snacks and some dinners)
  • Travel and logistics for field visits
  • Travel between destinations in face-to-face sessions
  • Dedicated technical support, MBA librarian and MBA careers advisors

2. What should I budget on top of tuition and fees?

We recommend that each student develop a detailed budget based on their home location and travel preferences. This should include:

  • Flights to and from each remote face-to-face location
  • Hotel accommodation at each face-to-face location (note that the program team will source a competitive group rate at a recommended hotel in each location)
  • Fees for travel visas and vaccinations (if relevant)
  • Evening meals and money for other incidental expenses whilst travelling
  • A laptop computer if you do not have one already
  • Text books if you wish to purchase physical copies for all or some of the courses (the program will provide e-texts)

3. How does the government view the program for loan and tax purposes?

The government views this program as full-time for student loan and tax purposes. The program can provide a letter in support of your loan application if required. You will receive a tuition tax receipt (T222A) each year from the University.

4. What is the typical ROI of the program?

Anecdotally, the majority of our students are promoted within their organization during the course of the program or shortly thereafter. Due to the novelty of the program we do not yet have reliable salary statistics.

5. Why does the Global Energy Executive MBA cost more than the EMBA?

The Global Energy Executive MBA is an immersive global experience. The additional costs required to deliver this program include:

  • Classroom rental and audio-visual costs in remote locations
  • Field visit transport, logistics and entry fees (if relevant)
  • Student, program team and faculty travel between destinations in face-to-face sessions
  • Program team and faculty travel expenses
  • Fees for guest speakers

6. Can I apply University of Calgary Tuition Support to this program?

Yes. Please refer to the University of Calgary's Tuition Support Program page for more information.

International Applicants

Submitted by yayoi.moriguchi on Mon, 02/29/2016 - 1:00pm

1. Can I apply to the program as an international student?

Yes. Please refer to the University of Calgary’s International Student Services for more information.

2. Do I need to write the TOEFL/IELTS?

If English is not your first language you may be asked to write the TOEFL/IELTS. If you have previously studied at a post-secondary level in English or have worked for significant periods in an English speaking country, please contact our admissions team to confirm this requirement.

3. How long is my TOEFL/IELTS score valid?

We accept TOEFL / IELTS scores within 5 years of the test date.

4. Do international students pay more?

No. This program has the same tuition for domestic and international students.

5. Can I work as an international student?

Please refer to the University of Calgary’s International Student Services for more information.

Other

Submitted by yayoi.moriguchi on Mon, 02/29/2016 - 1:08pm

1. Can I enter directly into the program if I have an undergraduate business degree?

No. The Global Energy Executive MBA program is designed for mid to senior-career professionals and requires a minimum of 7 years’ progressive professional experience for admission.

2. Am I eligible for any course waivers?

No. Given the emphasis on cohort-based learning we do not offer any course waivers or releases in this program.

3. Can I transfer in to the program from another school / program?

No. In exceptional circumstances, if you have been accepted to the Alberta Haskayne Executive MBA program we will consider a transfer into this program before the first modules commences.