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Commonwealth Executive MBA/MPA Programmes  

Welcome message from the Commonwealth of Learning

The Commonwealth Executive Master of Business Administration and Public Administration (CEMBA/CEMPA) Programme is the outcome of collaboration between the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) and four open universities in South Asia: Allama Iqbal Open University (Pakistan), Bangladesh Open University, Indira Gandhi National Open University (India) and the Open University of Sri Lanka.  Established in 2002, the CEMBA/CEMPA Programme is now expanding through partnership with universities in Asia, Africa, the South Pacific and South America.

The Commonwealth of Learning aims to empower people with the learning that enables them to be agents of economic and social development. Our goal is to deliver high quality learning and professional development opportunities - with our Commonwealth Partner Universities - that complement existing MBA/MPA programmes in the participating countries.   

Flexible and Modular Programmes

The CEMBA/CEMPA Programme is designed for part-time study by busy working professionals, in response to the growing demands for post-graduate level education in business and public administration.

The flexible and modular programme allows students to choose either Business Administration (MBA) or Public Administration (MPA) as their major field of study. In addition, students have the option of several exit points after earning a diploma, graduate diploma or a Masters degree. The minimum completion time for the Commonwealth Executive MBA or MPA is two years.

Top Quality Curriculum

Instructional materials for each course were developed by subject experts drawn from various institutions in the Commonwealth. Curriculum developers from universities in Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, India and Canada, wrote original course materials. Other courses were adapted and updated or acquired from existing courses at Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), the Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK), Charles Stuart University (Australia), and Massey University (New Zealand). Courses are updated regularly, most recently following a comprehensive evaluation by a team led by the University of South Africa.


The CEMBA/CEMPA Programme has significant representation from our Partner Universities. It is governed by an Executive Governing Board and an Academic Board.

On behalf of the Commonwealth of Learning and the governing boards of our Partner Universities, we invite you to explore opportunities for advanced education in business or public administration through the Commonwealth Executive Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Administration (CEMBA/CEMPA) Programme.

Professor Asha KanwarProfessor Asha Kanwar
President and CEO, Commonwealth of Learning
Chair, Executive Governing Board, Commonwealth CEMBA/CEMPA Programme





Welcome Message from Vice Chancellors of Partner Universities

As partners in the Commonwealth Executive MBA and Executive MPA Programme (CEMBA/CEMPA) and members of the Executive Governing Board, we are pleased to extend our congratulations and good wishes to all students embarking on this exciting learning journey.

We share a common goal of delivering a high quality open and distance learning (ODL) Programme which meets the highest standards of executive education in the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth Executive MBA/MPA Programme is designed to help busy practicing professionals, managers, and public and private sector officers gain a higher level of competency in their respective functions, and learn skills to support their career advancement.

The challenge in building leaders for tomorrow is to provide valuable, relevant and forward-thinking professional development and educational opportunities today. Whether you complete the diploma, the graduate diploma, or a Masters degree in Business or Public Administration, the Commonwealth Executive Programme provides these opportunities.

Both streams provide comprehensive and in-depth coverage of current leadership and management practices through core courses, electives and specialty courses, with distance learning expertise and resource materials developed in the fields of Management and Public Administration in the Commonwealth.

This flexible, modular and learner-centred Programme is designed to enable you to achieve your professional goals and balance ongoing career and family demands. Inter-institutional credit transfer and the international partnership among our universities also provide opportunities for mobility and broader learning perspectives. In this increasingly globalised world, this has become more important than ever.

We invite you to join us in building leaders for tomorrow. Begin the journey today, with the Commonwealth Executive MBA/MPA.