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If you have additional questions that are not covered below, contact the Lazaridis Executive Master's in Technology Management (Lazaridis EMTM) office and we will be pleased to assist you.

Common Questions

The Lazaridis EMTM Difference

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Lazaridis EMTM Executive MBA Entrepreneurial Master's
Notable for Up-and-coming executives in tech-focused or tech-adept companies Senior-level managers looking to advance their careers Typically intended for early-career entrepreneurs
The overview Tailored management program designed to build leadership talent in all things tech. Graduates aim to advance to positions such as CIO, CTO, COO or CEO. A management degree for individuals with significant work experience. EMBAs may not be customized to one particular industry. Work experience may not be required. These programs focus on new business startups.
Duration and format 11 months, part-time 12 – 24 months, part-time 12 – 24 months, full- or part-time
Degree granted Master of Science in Management (MSc) Master of Business Administration (MBA) Varies

Do I require a technology background to apply to the Lazaridis EMTM?

No, technical expertise is not a requirement. The Lazaridis EMTM is designed for senior decision-makers who want to lead innovative enterprises. While many candidates have a technology-based education, others come from a multitude of different backgrounds.

What kind of time commitment is required for this program?

The Lazaridis EMTM program consists of 23 weekends over the course of 11 months. Each weekend includes a total of 12 in-class hours. Similar to other executive programs, learners can expect to spend approximately 10-20 hours per week for work outside of class. The work may include additional readings and assignments and preparation of the year-end project. Dedicated time will differ from learner to learner.

Is the Lazaridis EMTM offered on a weekday basis?

No, the Lazaridis EMTM is only offered on an alternating weekend basis. The schedule is designed to allow candidates to maintain their professional careers while becoming equipped to be global leaders in a tech-driven economy.

Is distance learning available?

Distance learning is not available for the Lazaridis EMTM. Participants meet at the brand-new Lazaridis Hall in Waterloo, Ontario every other weekend for 11 months.

When do classes begin?

Classes begin every September and end the following July.

What degree will I earn?

Graduates of the Lazaridis EMTM will receive a Master of Science (MSc) Degree in Management of Innovation and Technology from Wilfrid Laurier University.

When is the application deadline?

The early application deadline is Jan. 15, at which time the admissions committee will review completed applications. Following the early deadline, the admissions committee considers applications on a rolling basis. Offers of admission are awarded to successful candidates until the program is full.

Is it a requirement that I provide an academic reference?

We request an academic letter of reference to ensure the candidate is able to do research in an academic setting. While we recommend applicants contact a previous faculty member for a reference, we understand that many applicants have been out of school for a significant time. Business references can be accepted but referees should be able to comment on the applicant’s academic ability.

Is a sample of my scholarly writing required?

Yes, this is a requirement of our Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. For the Lazaridis EMTM program, applicants can submit a project proposal or other sample of writing related to their employment.

Is GRE/GMAT an application requirement?

No, the GRE/GMAT is not required for all applicants. However, in special situations, the Lazaridis EMTM office may request applicants to write the GRE/GMAT.

How involved are the faculty members in the Lazaridis EMTM program?

Our faculty members are involved every step of the way, from course design and in-class discussions, to sharing research in their particular fields. In addition, our faculty will invite visitors and colleagues from top-tier universities around the world to be part of the Lazaridis EMTM teaching team.

I will be coming from out-of-town for the program. Can you suggest where I can stay?

Out-of-town learners travelling from outside a 100km radius from Laurier’s Waterloo campus may be eligible for accommodation coverage during the weekend sessions.

What is the class size of the program?

It is our goal to provide an intimate learning environment for our learners. To this end, the size of each cohort is limited.

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