What is the difference between an MBA and an EMBA?:

by on March 29th, 2019

Here at ARINGO MBA Admissions Consulting, we get many candidates who are not sure if they should apply for a masters, MBA or EMBA.

EMBA stands for executive master of business administration. There is often a misconception that an EMBA degree is more prestigious than an MBA. However, this is not the case.

The fundamental difference between the two is that mostly, EMBA programs are designed for those in a later stage of their career. Those who opt for EMBA programs tend to have worked in the industry for a number of years, according to research 14 years on average, before perusing their EMBA. This could offer a possible explanation for the common misconception.

Since these individuals have an extensive background in the industry prior to formal studies, the curriculum and admission requirements differ. In terms of the curriculum, students can take electives in fields where they would like to strengthen their skills. Rather than an MBA program where students broaden their skill set and knowledge over a range of fields. Classes and lectures are smaller in size and discussions are greatly encouraged. In addition, the syllabi emphasize management rather than specializations. Regarding admission requirements to EMBA programs, they generally consist of recommendations, essays, undergraduate transcripts and an interview. Sometimes applications also require a sponsorship letter or statement of support from your organization or current place of work. Not every program requires GMAT scores during the admission process, but this is dependent on the university.

Due to the demographic of the students, EMBA programs are almost always part time. With classes at night or on the weekends, this ensures that students are able to continue working full-time.

For more information, feel free to check out our website on EMBA vs. MBA or contact our dedicated EMBA Admissions team.


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