UBC - Sauder to Launch an Executive MBA in Mining

21-month EMBA aimed at senior executives in the mining industry

The University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business will launch a new Executive MBA program focusing on the mining industry, according to the school.

The EMBA is offered in partnership with UBC's Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering, and is aimed exclusively at senior executives in the mining industry.

"Over the next five to 10 years, many mining executives will be retiring. The industry needs a new wave of leadership,” says Rohan Hazelton, who helped with the program's development. “Graduates of this program will be set to take on the leadership roles the mining industry needs going forward.”

To meet these needs, Sauder's EMBA in Strategic Mining Management will cover a broad range of relevant topics, with courses in "Managerial Strategy and Economics," "Mine Exploration, Development and Operation," and "Global Macroeconomic Policy Issues," among others. Participants will come away with a high-level, strategic understanding of the global mining industry.

"This program will give mining executives the time and space to think critically about their industry – its financial, operational and social implications – and what it needs to thrive," Sauder finance professor Ron Giammarino said in a news statement.

The program mixes online learning with face-to-face workshops. Four, one-week long residential sessions are set to take place in Vancouver, London, and Santiago. The entire program will take place over a 21-month period.

Although MBA and EMBA programs that focus on mining are relatively rare, Canada has several. The Toronto-based York University Schulich School of Business offers an MBA specialization in Global Mining Operations, while Simon Fraser University's Beedie School of Business has an EMBA program in Sustainable Mining Practices.

Sauder's new EMBA is set to start in July; admissions will open on March 15. To apply for the program, interested candidates should have approximately eight years of work experience, with preferably three years at the management level. Applicants may be asked to take the GMAT, depending on undergraduate qualifications. 

For more information, please see Sauder's EMBA in Strategic Mining Management program webpage. 

Image: "the new sauder school of business building at UBC" by Paul Joseph / Creative Commons (cropped, rotated)

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