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Executive MBA Program
EMBA or Executive MBA offers some of the advantages as part-time programs in that
you can continue your career while participating in the program. The
Executive MBA program also has a shorter completion (similar to full-time
programs), because classes are typically offered during the weekends. (Be
careful: some part-time programs use the term "executive" in the name of the
program, when they are in fact part-time programs for all intents and
purposes.) Executive MBA programs often have minimum work experience
requirements and target candidates with significant management experience.
The entire experience of an executive MBA program can be more intense than
the part-time program, given that the degree is accelerated, although the
number of classes required is the same (as it should be for all types of MBA
programs). Executive MBA programs are usually offered in a "sectioned"
structure, enabling students to get to know each other reasonably well,
which helps facilitate networking.
The networking opportunities are fewer than full-time programs since
extracurricular opportunities are limited and class sizes are typically
smaller. Executive MBA programs are also more limited in terms of their
ability to offer students specializations in particular functional areas;
they are usually general management MBA degrees only. Many executive MBA
students are sponsored by their employers, and some programs require
employer support for admission.
Applying to Executive MBA Programs: The issues here are similar to
those surrounding part-time programs, since you are still limited in terms
of your flexibility. However, due to the weekend format, more prestigious
programs do tend to draw students from a wider geographic base. (Some
students fly to the program location.) You will need to investigate not only
the programs based in your area, but also those programs that may be farther
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