Is The Executive MBA (EMBA) Right For You?


Are you an experienced, mid-career professional who is looking to bolster your business and managerial skillset so that you can continue to advance in your career?


If so, the Executive MBA (EMBA) may be right for you. Below are three things to keep in mind as it pertains to the EMBA.

The EMBA is best for those candidates seeking to get to the next level within their organizations

According to the Executive MBA Council (EMBAC), EMBA students have an average of ~14 years of work experience. Given where they are in their professional lives, the EMBA is not really meant for those looking to transition to different careers. Instead, the EMBA degree is best suited for candidates who are at the mid-career level within their organizations seeking to move into more senior/executive roles within their companies. With respect to the EMBA curriculum, students will master core business functions/concepts as well as have the opportunity to take elective courses. There are typically opportunities to go abroad as well.


EMBA candidates have a strong track record of demonstrated leadership and can show the ability to handle the rigor of the curriculum

EMBA programs are seeking candidates who can clearly show leadership and impact in their professional endeavors; this will provide evidence that the candidate is on an accelerated career path. Professional leadership should come through in the candidate’s resume, essays, and recommendation letters. Additionally, being able to demonstrate the ability to handle a quantitative and analytical curriculum is imperative; this can be shown through undergraduate or other graduate program GPA(s), standardized test score (GMAT/GRE/Executive Assessment), and professional examples. On a relative basis, while extracurricular participation is not weighted as heavily as it would be for candidates applying to full-time MBA programs, showing some involvement in the community is beneficial.

The EMBA typically requires company sponsorship

EMBA candidates pursue the EMBA degree while working full-time. As result, given the amount of time that candidates will need to dedicate to an EMBA program (for example, the format may require a few immersive days biweekly or monthly and/or classes on the weeknights/weekends), EMBA programs typically require that candidates secure sponsorship from their place of work. While this sponsorship may come in the form of monetary assistance, EMBA programs are primarily looking for company sponsorship in the form of acknowledgment that time off will be given for the candidate as appropriate in order to pursue the EMBA program.


If you are looking to enhance your holistic business toolkit as a mid-career professional, the EMBA may be a great option to look into.

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