Executive MBA Programs

Executive MBA (EMBA) programs hone general management skills in core classes, rather than offer opportunity for specialization.

Features

  • Enrollment is often tied to a new or anticipated promotion; most students receive some level of company sponsorship 
  • EMBA students work full-time and often attend classes on Fridays and Saturdays, usually on alternate weekends, over two academic years
  • A well-constructed curriculum of several courses in each of the major business disciplines
  • Programs offer a full immersion experience, with learning outside the classroom and extensive faculty and student/team interaction
  • The shared professional experience and expertise of students become part of the curriculum

Advantages

  • Students earn their degree in two years or less, faster than their part-time counterparts 
  • Programs offer career-broadening management and leadership training for executives
  • Permanent relocation is not required
  • Students build a strong network of peers

 Limitations

  • Programs require a serious commitment from the students, their families, and their employers
  • Programs are very costly, especially if there is limited financial support from the student’s company
  • Programs are intense – most students add significant hours to their work week between their job and school
  • If classes are held on weekdays, employers must agree to give EMBA students time off from work to attend classes
  • Company-sponsored EMBA students generally do not take part in career services activities, to avoid a conflict of interest
  • Internships are not available
 
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