Business and So Much More
Just what is the Executive MBA and why is it worthy of your consideration?
Executive MBA Programs throughout the world offer business leaders a unique educational experience that goes beyond business fundamentals to broaden perspectives, build peer networks, and grow leadership abilities.
The Executive MBA is an MBA: Students receive an MBA education that is a high-quality master's degree. But Executive MBA Programs also differ from full-time and part-time MBA programs and other educational offerings in several important ways:
- Format. Executive MBA Programs allow business leaders to receive their MBA in two years or less while continuing to work full time. Format options vary from program to program and include all-day classes once a week, monthly or bimonthly weeklong blocks of classes, and many other variations.
According to Executive MBA Council research, 35 percent of member program classes meet weekly, and 34 percent meet every two weeks.
Most EMBA Programs tend to begin in August, followed by September and January as the other most popular entering times. Non-North American based programs tend to start in September and October. For start times of programs, visit our program search.
- Cohort. Generally, Executive MBA students enter the program, complete classes, and graduate with the same group of students, known as a cohort.
- Services. Executive MBA students lead busy lives. To help maximize their academic efforts, Executive MBA Programs offers services that other programs may not. Services for students also will vary by program, but many services, such as taking care of registration, providing meals during classes, and supplying books, are considered staples of the EMBA experience.
Executive MBA students are a key factor in distinguishing the Executive MBA from other degree options.
EMBA Programs attract talented business leaders from all types of organizations – profit, non-profit, or government-related – and all sizes – from large to small and in-between. They represent nearly every industry, including banking, health care, manufacturing, and technology, to name a few.
According to the results of the 2010 Executive MBA Council survey of member programs, the average age of Executive MBA students is 37 years. They come to the program with an average 13 years of work experience and eight years of management experience.
The statistics translate not just into a lively classroom, but also into a lifelong network that EMBA students tap long after they receive from their degree.
The Impact of Executive Education offers additional information about Executive MBA Programs.
Impact of Executive Education (PDF)