Executive MBA programs aren’t fundamentally different to regular MBAs, they’re just pointed towards students with more work experience.

While both MBA and EMBA programs provide outstanding instruction high-level business management, EMBA students tend to be older, more established in their careers and looking to network with other successful individuals.

Compared to standard MBA programs, most EMBAs require at least 7-10 years of work experience, with many entrants averaging 10-15 years in their fields.

EMBA candidates tend to be people, who despite having mastered their chosen area of expertise, are looking for instruction in wider aspects of business that can help them push their careers to the next level.

“People who are considering an Executive MBA are already often in senior leadership position, but want to round out their skillset and gain a better understanding of how their skills can grow further,” said Arthur Redillas, associate director of admissions and recruitment at UBC’s Sauder School of Business.


Duly noted

  • Most require at least five years of work experience, many require more. Be aware that most people in your program will average 15 or more years of experience.
  • EMBAs can be significantly more expensive than traditional MBA programs — check with each school to see what the costs will be.
  • The vast majority of EMBA programs are run part-time, owing to the fact that most EMBA students hold full-time positions or are married. Formats vary — some schools do weekend schooling schedules while others do morning or afternoon schedules a couple of days each week. Check with each program to find one that fits your needs.

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