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EMBA Vs Part-time MBA for an Engineer?

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EMBA Vs Part-time MBA for an Engineer? [#permalink] New post 06 Apr 2013, 07:19
Hi,

I am 37 years of age, already has an MS in Electrical Engineering and have been working in the IT industry in US for the past 12 years. I am currently in a Technical Sales role and my title is Senior Systems Engineer. I am very much interested in doing an MBA at this point of my career but need some guidance on whether I should go for an Executive MBA or a Part-Time MBA program. I believe my age & experience is more suited for an Executive MBA but what I am not sure is whether my current role / title is also suited for such a program since I don't have much of a management level experience. I am looking at schools like UNC and Georgetown.

Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

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Re: EMBA Vs Part-time MBA for an Engineer? [#permalink] New post 06 Apr 2013, 09:40
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I think emba would be better for you (emba is specifically designed for older applicants). I would ask the admissions directly and see what they recommend. This a very valid question.


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Re: EMBA Vs Part-time MBA for an Engineer? [#permalink] New post 06 Apr 2013, 09:41
You seem well suited for an executive program. Simply put, your peer group will be much more like yourself in the EMBA program. Do not worry about your title and job responsibilities -- worry more about the quality of your application and how you present your background and goals.

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Re: EMBA Vs Part-time MBA for an Engineer? [#permalink] New post 06 Apr 2013, 13:12
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Another reason for EMBA is that usually these programs are faster (21 months vs 30 for PT program)
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Re: EMBA Vs Part-time MBA for an Engineer? [#permalink] New post 07 Apr 2013, 17:03
Thanks for all the responses. Big relief as I was also more keen towards EMBA.

As a follow up question, is it advisable to provide GMAT score if you have one for the EMBA program. I happened to give my GMAT in 2010 (without much preparation) and scored 550 only. Not sure if this is a score I should provide with my EMBA application since GMAT is always optional in such programs.

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Re: EMBA Vs Part-time MBA for an Engineer? [#permalink] New post 08 Apr 2013, 19:27
Hi techguy -

I agree - you definitely seem like EMBA material to me. Part-time MBA programs tend to be filled with younger, less experienced candidates.

In an EMBA program, you would be with peers who would be more similar to you. Additionally, when you graduate with your EMBA, you'll have a network of more experienced and prestigious individuals.

Some EMBA programs do have an interest in a higher level of managerial experience than your profile presents. Have you had any managerial experience overseeing significant projects and/or budgets? Don't forget that this can also count as managerial experience.

If the GMAT is required, by all means provide it. However, if the GMAT is not required, I would not recommend providing it. It's an OK, but not great, score.

If I can help further, please let me know. Before becoming an MBA admissions consultant, I was the Director of Full-Time, Executive and Professional MBA Admissions for a top-30 school. Happy to help!

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