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Executive MBA Pros & Cons

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Be prepared for a busy year of commuting!

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Thinking about applying to a top executive MBA program? Below you'll find EMBA pros and cons to help you decide if, when, and why an EMBA program is for you.


1. It's easier to get in. You may need to have more work experience to be considered for an executive MBA program, but it's actually easier to get into an EMBA program than an MBA program (for the most part). For example, in 2014, UCLA Anderson’s full time MBA program had an acceptance rate of 17.8%; its EMBA program accepted 56.4%.

2. There's less focus on the GMAT. Many top EMBA programs don't require applicants to take the GMAT. And those that do, frequently will still consider candidates even if their GMAT scores are not on par with those at top MBA programs.

3. You can keep working. Almost all executive MBA programs are part-time, which means you can keep your job and still squeeze in those weekend or evening classes.

4. You won't need to relocate. Obviously this depends on the program, but many EMBA programs have classes only on the weekends, which means (if you can afford it), you can live at home during the week and commute to class for the weekends and not uproot and relocate your family.

5. Your peers are more experienced. EMBA students are older and wiser, with more work experience under their belts. If you are in your thirties (or older) and have 10+ years of work experience, then you would probably benefit more from being surrounded by peers with similar timelines than by being in a class of 25-year-olds who are newer to the workforce.


1. Commuting ain't fun. Being able to stay put, keep your job, and not uproot your family are certainly perks of pursuing an EMBA, but commuting for two years, whether during the evenings or on the weekends, can be exhausting, as well as expensive.

2. You will be BUSY. Working full-time and studying part-time won't leave much time for anything else. Throw a commute in the mix and you'll really be swamped. And that's before we even get to family obligations. Say goodbye to the next season of Game of Thrones.

3. There aren't as many executive programs. MBA programs are a dime a dozen. EMBA programs are not as abundant. And you need to find one that will support your goals, location, and schedule.

4. Recruiters aren't always fans. It may not sound fair because you DO have more work experience, but often recruiters view the EMBA degree as an "MBA-lite." They prefer younger job prospects who have completed the more-rigorous, more-full-time, and more-all-consuming business degree.

Still not sure if an EMBA is the right move for you? Download our free admissions guide, Ace the EMBA: Expert Advice for Rising Executives, for not-to-be-missed advice on deciding which type of business program is best for YOU.


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Twelve Terrific Tips for MBA Applicants [Free Guide]
Tips for EMBA Reapplicants
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New post 07 Mar 2019, 05:44
I have 11 years of experience with Master of Technology
I am trying to get admission in fall ,I have already attempted GMAT ,
please suggest if MBA 1 year will be better for me or EMBA
do we have any campus offering full time EMBA

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"Let me share five key benefits of studying an EMBA or Executive MBA. You can always pursue executive from ITM institute.
Close Gaps on Fundamental Business Skills.
Develop a Range of Effective Leadership Styles.
Build a Powerful Network.
4. Make an Immediate Impact.
Take Charge of Your Career."
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Benefits of an Executive MBA;

1) Career Coaching
Coaches are business leaders fully dedicated to EMBA, and offer years of experience with executive professional development and mentoring. As an Executive MBA student, you will have unlimited access to expert, one-on-one career coaching. The career coaches take a personalized approach, helping you to recognize your core competencies and maximize your potential. Your career coach is available to consult on a full range of topics, including career strategies, writing résumés and cover letters, networking, interviewing and evaluating employment offers.

2) Career Management Workshops
As part of the Executive MBA program, a select number of career management workshops are scheduled throughout the academic year.

3) Self-Assessment Tools
A variety of self-assessment tools are offered at no cost to all Executive MBA students, and career coaches are available to discuss and interpret the results.

4) Job Postings
The Executive MBAs maintains an active network of employers who routinely post jobs to their internal website. Executive MBA students have free, immediate access to these postings. Students are also encouraged to post their firms’ professional opportunities on the site.

5) Alumni Directory
All Executive MBA students have immediate access to the School Alumni Directory, an invaluable resource for networking and connecting with individuals from different companies and industries.

6) Video Library
Receive career advice from on-demand videos, which cover industry-specific topics, career coaching, management tips, tutorials and more.

7) Subscription to Business Databases
Executive MBA students receive free subscription access to top business databases such as Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Vault, WetFeet, S&P NetAdvantage, Hoovers Premium, Orbis and Thomson Investext. You will also have full access to the school job boards and LexisNexis and others.
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