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Admission requirements

The program is designed for professionals from the healthcare and life sciences sector around the world who seek to lead change and advance their career.

What we look for

  • Leadership experience and potential
  • History of impact in the Healthcare and Life Sciences sector
  • High aspirations and goals aligned with program objectives
  • Communication skills and presence

We look for mid- to senior-level experienced professionals from industry, providers and service delivery organizations, consulting firms, public agencies, the sciences, and payers in the healthcare and life sciences sector around the world who seek to advance their leadership careers.


Admission Criteria

Typical entry requirements are:

  • 8+ years of full-time work experience
  • 3+ years in a mid-to-senior leadership, management, or administrative role (or equivalent) Base of knowledge of healthcare or life sciences organizations
  • Evidence of academic achievement
  • Demonstrated teamwork and leadership skills
  • English language proficiency: TOEFL or IELTS score required for non-English language degrees
  • Successful completion of the GMAT/GRE or the Rotman Executive Diagnostic Test (EDT) is required as part of the application process.
  • Current employment in the healthcare or life sciences sectors preferred.


Applications for the January 2025 intake are open. CLICK HERE TO APPLY


Exemptions from the GMAT and GRE requirement are granted to applicants who have:   

    • Passed at least the Level II examination of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, or equivalent designations in other jurisdictions at the discretion of the Academic Director.  
    • Passed the Common Final Exam (CFE) (or former UFE) for a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation, or equivalent designations in other jurisdictions at the discretion of the Academic Director.  
    • Attained the professional designation in Engineering (PEng) or in Actuarial Sciences (ACIA or FCIA), or equivalent designations in other jurisdictions at the discretion of the Academic Director.


Please send confirmation of your professional designation via email to


Application Process

Our personalized approach aims to streamline your application process, and ensure that the program is the right fit for your career and personal goals.

If you're unsure whether this program is the right fit for you, or if you have any questions before applying, we welcome you to book an informal pre-assessment to discuss your admissions process.

We recommend applying early: we admit candidates on a rolling basis, space is limited, and the earlier you apply the greater your chances of a merit-based entrance award.

1. Submit your application

  • Current resume
  • Two professional references
  • Employer consent
  • Official transcript* from each post-secondary institution attended
  • Successful result** from the Rotman Executive Diagnostic Test (EDT)***, or GMAT/GRE
  • Application fee

*   This can be an unofficial transcript if you don’t yet have your official one. A conditional offer of admission may be issued by the Admissions Committee based on a pending official transcript.
**  Once you’ve started your application, you’ll need to pass the required test. While you can take the test at any time, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible so your application can move to the next step.
*** For the EDT, we offer instructions and tutorials, and most people pass it on their first or second attempt.

2. If your application has potential to move forward we’ll schedule an Admissions Interview (in-person or virtual) to discuss your experience and career goals.

3. Complete applications (including test scores) are presented to the Admissions Committee for review, and our admissions team will get back to you as soon as a decision is made. This is usually within two weeks after your application has been reviewed.


Important note: This global program enables students to work and study simultaneously from their home country and does not require relocation to Canada. Students are not eligible for a post-graduate work permit (PGWP) upon completion of the program.

We appreciate your considering Rotman’s GEMBA-HLS for your graduate business education and we look forward to getting to know you! If you have any questions about the admission process, please contact us.


Submit your application now to qualify for entrance awards, scholarships and travel bursaries.


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Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Over $500,000 CAD available in scholarships for the 2025 intake.

Tip: Apply early to increase your chances of an entrance award.


Travel bursaries – The Rotman School offers $5,000 CAD travel bursaries to qualified applicants of the Global Executive MBA for Healthcare and the Life Sciences. Inquire with a member of the admission team for more information.