There's business, then there's leadership

Considering EMBA

Just what is the Executive MBA and why is it worthy of your consideration?

First the why: 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 your leadership abilities.

Wondering exactly how: Top Reasons and Benefiting from EMBA demonstrate the many different ways that the degree experience delivers on value.

Now to the what: EMBA Programs are designed as a way for experienced business leaders to earn their MBA while minimizing the disruption to their work.

Characteristics of EMBA Programs include:

  • Flexible formats that allow program completion in two years or less while working full time Fellow Students from all types and sizes of industry
  • Same peer group throughout the whole program
  • Stimulating classroom discussions and team-based projects
  • Curriculum that covers and integrates all business functions
  • Global in scope, often with an international experiential component
  • Emphasis on leadership, personal skill development, and applied learning
  • Senior faculty as instructors
  • Professional services


Right to Play
Alumni Voice - Charlie Robbins

President and CEO of Right to Play in Toronto, Canada, Johann Koss experienced firsthand the power of the EMBA experience.

Former Norwegian speed skater and four-time gold medalist, Koss launched his organization before he began his EMBA Program. The non-profit organization, Right to Play supports sports and play programs for children throughout the world, advocates for every child’s right to play, and is involved in research and development.

“When I started the program, we were still in the entrepreneurial mode and needed to grow systematically,” he says. “As a result of the program, I learned how to strategize, create systems, and build processes.”

Because of that improved strategic thinking, Right to Play grew from $5 million in 2004 to $35 million, Koss says. Other important gains include stronger financial systems, improved marketing, and the ability to deliver on the mission”

EMBA student profile

Work experience
Management experience
Female students

Data from 2023 EMBAC Membership Program Survey


Born during a time of war, the very first Executive MBA Program debuted in 1943 at the University of Chicago with an entering class of 52 students, including four women.