Upcoming Start Dates: April 24, June 19, September 5

Application deadlines are one month prior to the start date. Start dates are subject to change.

Welcome to Canada’s first Executive MBA specialty stream in Health & Safety Leadership! This visionary new program has been jointly developed and is supported by the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE).

*CSSE CHSC-certified members will be granted a 1-course advanced standing.

Why This Program Is Needed The role of the health and safety unit in an organization has been steadily and significantly rising in prominence over the last several decades, in many organizations being transferred into the Operations function. This is well-deserved, as the evidence clearly indicates that well-designed and well-managed health and safety programs contribute to a much healthier, more satisfied and more productive workforce, coincidentally with a significant financial upside for the organization. However, many, if not most, managers of health and safety units have risen to their management positions without any prior post-secondary education in management, and face the dual challenges of a potential performance deficit, and reduced probability of promotion into executive ranks. Thus, this program has been developed to address these challenges, by improving the post-secondary educational landscape for upwardly-mobile health and safety managers and executives.

For Whom This Program Is Designed Our online Executive MBA with a focus in Health and Safety Leadership is designed for advanced-career professionals and managers of health and safety units who aspire to lead their businesses towards much higher performance. It begins with coverage of foundational management essentials such as financial, analytical and decision-making skills, and knowledge of an organization’s core functions and interactions. The program goes much further than that. Its core focus is on leadership techniques, especially collaborative leadership in the complex context of multiple stakeholders and multiple objectives; then it augments this core focus with a series of specialty stream courses focused exclusively on the needs of health and safety leaders.

Our goal is to prepare advanced-career professionals and managers for senior managerial positions, and to prepare them for success in those positions, all without interrupting their career momentum. To accomplish our educational goal we employ a variety of educational tools and techniques, including some of the most advanced online teaching and learning applications available, and a carefully designed suite of courses delivered in a focused and flexible schedule.

Timeline There are fourteen courses: ten foundation courses, three specialization courses, and one capstone integration project (see Curriculum below). Courses are completed in a seven-week fixed-agenda format. If courses are taken in a typical seven-week fixed-agenda format, the duration of the EMBA program is two years, five months.

The Online Experience To maximize the learning experience throughout the program our students will participate in “live” seminars and/or conferences with experienced leaders from global organizations. Our students and faculty are not limited by geographical boundaries, providing a new educational experience that allows learners to think with an international perspective while working on case studies and projects with other colleagues from around the world.

Awards and Recognition The Health and Safety specialty stream at the Sandermoen School of Business was voted Readers Choice OHS Degree Program in Canadian Occupational Safety (COS) magazine. To read the full Readers Choice Awards edition of Canadian Occupational Safety, click here.

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Admission Requirements Individuals who wish to apply to the Executive MBA program for Health & Safety Leaders will have an undergraduate degree and at least five years of full-time work experience with at least two years in a middle to senior level management position. For further information, please visit the Requirements section of our website.

Tuition for the EMBA Program is $24,500 CAD. Tuition is payable up-front or course-at-a-time.Students may pay tuition course-at-a-time or by installment. More information can be found on the Tuition section of our website.

Those students possessing a Post-Degree Diploma from a Canadian Community College, specific to their future area of study, may be eligible for an EMBA credit transfer reducing the program tuition and duration! For more information, please email info@ufred.ca.

Health & Safety Leadership Curriculum (45 credits)

Level A – Foundation Courses (30 credits):

EMBA 7000 - Orientation

EMBA 7005 - Leadership Theory and Practice (3 cr.)

EMBA 7010 - Financial and Managerial Accounting (3 cr.)

EMBA 7015 - Managerial Finance (3 cr.)

EMBA 7020 - The Global Economic Environment (3 cr.)

EMBA 7025 - Governance, Strategy and Structure (3 cr.)

EMBA 7030 - Leadership Values and Ethics (3 cr.)

EMBA 7035 - Strategic Marketing Planning (3 cr.)

EMBA 7040 - Strategic Operations Planning (3 cr.)

EMBA 7045 - Strategic Human Resources Planning (3 cr.)

EMBA 7050 - Strategic Information Systems Planning (3 cr.)

Level B – Specialty Stream (15 credits):


EMBA 8040 - The Business Case for OHS Change (3 cr.)

EMBA 8041 - Enterprise Risk Management (3 cr.)

EMBA 8042 - Essential Communication and Interpersonal Skills for H & S Leaders (3 cr.)


EMBA 8999 - Integration Project (6 cr.)


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