May 25, 2018
The Frank G. Zarb School of Business offers a 48 s.h. Executive M.B.A. program
(E.M.B.A.) for those individuals who hold middle- to senior-level management positions
in private industry, government and the not-for-profit sector. It is organized
to allow working managers the opportunity to continue their professional commitments
while simultaneously participating fully in a lockstep M.B.A. program that is
twenty months in length. The program is designed so that students will attend
classes between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on alternating Fridays and Saturdays—four
full days each month (two Fridays and two Saturdays). Students participate in
the E.M.B.A. degree program with the consent of their company or organization
because of the required released time necessary to attend Friday classes and participate
in the program’s two-day initial residency and its international management practicum.
Transfer between the regular M.B.A. program and the E.M.B.A. program is not permitted
because they are separate and distinct programs.
Possession of a notebook or desktop computer and appropriate hardware and software
is a required part of the E.M.B.A. program, and students are provided with specific
information about these requirements upon admission to the program.
Objectives of the Executive M.B.A. Program
- Provide a graduate management education leading to the M.B.A. degree for those
qualified students who possess at least seven years of managerial (or equivalent)
experience and for whom a more appropriate venue for pursuit of the M.B.A. would
be the structure and environment of the executive mode of delivery.
- Provide an appropriate professional perspective, broad exposure to the functional
areas of business, specialized instruction in the leadership aspects of business,
integrative capstone courses and an international residency component to foster
- Serve the particular needs of E.M.B.A. students through a lockstep program that
encourages interaction among students.
Applicants for admission to the Executive M.B.A. program (E.M.B.A.) must hold
a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. No particular course of
undergraduate study is required for admission to the E.M.B.A. program nor are
other prerequisites required prior to admission. Applicants should provide documentation
of a minimum of seven years of full-time professional work experience, at least
half of which should be in a managerial capacity. Criteria that are evaluated
in the context of the E.M.B.A. admission process include undergraduate
and/or previous graduate course work, essays, two letters of recommendation, a
professional resume and/or summary of accomplishments, and a required personal
The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) will not normally be
required for the E.M.B.A. program unless the Admissions Committee
desires additional input.
Statute of Limitation
The E.M.B.A. program is structured as a lockstep program wherein students begin
in the late summer and graduate 20 months from the date of their enrollment.
Under extenuating circumstances, students may be granted a leave of absence from
the program and be permitted to resume study at a later date. This may be done
only upon documentation of the extenuating circumstances leading to the request
for a leave and then only with the written approval of the Graduate Programs Office.
In no case will an E.M.B.A. student be permitted to complete the degree in excess
of five years.
Program Requirements - Semester Hours: 48
The course of study in the E.M.B.A. program includes representation from all
of the functional areas of business, as well as specific residencies geared toward
working executives and professionals. This structure is as follows:
- Component I Initial Executive M.B.A. Residency, 1 s.h.
- Component II The E.M.B.A. Core, 31 s.h.
- Component III International Management Practicum, 6 s.h.
- Component IV The Executive Cluster, 10 s.h.
NOTE: All 400-level courses are open only to matriculated Zarb School of Business
Component I: The E.M.B.A. Residency - Semester Hours: 1
Component II: The E.M.B.A. Core - Semester Hours: 31
The core of the E.M.B.A. program provides managers with a strong foundation in
the major functional areas of business and an overview of the importance of the
integration of these functions across organizational structures.
Component III: The E.M.B.A. Practicum - Semester Hours: 6
Component IV: The Executive Cluster - Semester Hours: 10
This cluster represents an applied executive focus stressing the importance of
communications, ethics, leadership and decision-making skills in managing contemporary
global organizations. The knowledge base developed in the E.M.B.A. Core and real-world
experiences of resident managers and executives are fully integrated into the
discussions within the Executive Cluster. The case study method and use of the
computer as a management tool are employed extensively.