DeGroote to Launch EMBA Focused on Big Data and Strategy

Colin Carmichael | Burlington, ON | January 28, 2015

DeGroote EMBA LogoThe DeGroote School of Business is partnering with theScore, IBM, and CIBC to conquer the divide between big data and strategy.

The new Executive MBA from McMaster University will allow graduates to fuel strategy decisions with digitally-driven innovations, technologies, and “Big Data” insights.

The Program

The DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University introduces a new graduate program aimed at executives and managers challenged with large and growing datasets and a need to integrate that data into corporate strategy.

The ubiquity of “big data” has resulted in a divide developing between the analysis of increasing amounts of data and the execution of corporate strategies. In too many corporations, these activities occur in isolation and result in strategic decisions that are not evidence-based. Employers have made it clear that they require senior management employees with the ability to translate data into strategy.

This new EMBA in Digital Transformation at the DeGroote School of Business, in partnership with CIBC, IBM and founding partner theScore, will be the first of its kind in the world to focus on giving its students the digital literacy and executive leadership skills necessary to bridge the big data – corporate strategy gap. The program is also unique in that it relies on industry partners to help guide curriculum and provide experts in the classroom, delivered in four residency modules in Canada and California’s Silicon Valley.

The Executive MBA in Digital Transformation is an interdisciplinary program designed to expose students to the core topics covered in traditional EMBA programs together with the more technical content associated with master-level courses in fields such as data science and business analytics. With this unique combination of skills and knowledge, DeGroote EMBA graduates will be well positioned to further their careers as mid- to senior-level executives in organizations that see the value-creating potential associated with digitally-driven innovations, technologies and “big data” insights.


“As founding sponsors, theScore wholeheartedly supports this EMBA – a unique and groundbreaking program that will equip today’s business leaders with the essential skills and knowledge required to successfully navigate and stay ahead of the ongoing digital evolution.”

John Levy, Founder and CEO of theScore

“Creating leaders that have the ability to translate data into strategy, ideas and actual solutions that benefit clients will be an even more important asset for companies like CIBC in the future. In supporting DeGroote’s new EMBA program as a lead partner, our goal is to contribute to the development of a new crop of digitally literate leaders.”

Brian O’Donnell, Chief Data Officer, CIBC

“IBM considers data — specifically Big Data – organizations’ newest and most valuable natural resource. Enterprises across all industries are under increased pressure to extract new insights from the explosion of available data. Critical to that effort is the development of business leaders who are skilled in analytics and we are committed to working with McMaster University to facilitate that.”

Sal Vella, Vice-President, Cloud Foundational Services, IBM

“This unique Executive MBA continues our tradition of innovative business education and signals our commitment to ensuring our graduates have the skills and abilities to manage well in the 21st century.”

Len Waverman, Dean, DeGroote School of Business

Quick Facts

  • First cohort is set to begin April 2016.
  • Program is 15 months in length.
  • 16 courses delivered in 4 residencies each 1-2 weeks long linked together by on-line activities and group projects.
  • Second module delivered “on location” in Silicon Valley.

More Information

For more information, or to sign up for email updates about the program, please visit the EMBA in Digital Transformation website.

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Contact Info

For media inquiries, please contact:

Andrew Baulcomb, Communications Officer
DeGroote School of Business
McMaster University
905-525-9140 ext. 24081

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