Every other region of the US has top-tier EMBA programs – but until now New England, even with its abundant corporate resources and Boston’s central role in education and finance, didn’t. MIT Sloan has just closed that gap with the launch of its Executive MBA program (http://mitsloan.mit.edu/executivemba/ ) – applications for the 2012 class are being considered through August 15!
M. Jonathan Lehrich, Program Director and Lecturer, MBA for Executives Program, introduced the program to MBA admissions consultants at the annual AIGAC (Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants) conference, which was generously hosted by MIT Sloan and HBS. MIT Sloan strives to offer a “portfolio of programs” for graduate business education – the regular full-time MBA targeting conventional MBA applicants, the Sloan Fellows program targeting “mid-career executives who are recognized by their companies as being high potential leaders” and want a full-time program (one year), and now the EMBA, which also targets “mid-career executives who are recognized by their companies as being high potential leaders” but who want a part-time program while they continue working.
I don’t want to repeat the basic information, which is readily available on the web site, but rather I’ll highlight some key points that were discussed at the conference beyond the basic facts.
- The program is designed for people who are employed, who will utilize their learning right away on the job and bring this experiential application back to class.
- The program seeks people who have 10+ years of experience; exceptions may be possible for comparable level experience but they would likely be quite rare.
- The structure will make it accessible to people within a short flight distance from Boston; it would be difficult for someone to attend from, say, the West Coast or London.
- The program will meet the needs of people who are advancing within their current career trajectory, expanding focus to include other areas, or perhaps shifting direction slightly while still maintaining forward momentum on a given path. It is not for people who want to completely change direction. Hence, it offers career services resources to help students manage their careers, but it does not offer recruiting.
By the way, on the program’s web site, the FAQ has a great section targeted specifically to sponsors, http://mitsloan.mit.edu/executivemba/faq.php#sponsors .
Keep an eye out – on Thursday I will post tips for answering the MIT Sloan EMBA essay questions!
By Cindy Tokumitsu, co-author of The Finance Professional’s Guide to MBA Success, The Consultants’ Guide to MBA Admission, The EMBA Edge, and author of several articles and the free, email mini-course, “Ace the EMBA.” Also author of the NEW online mini-course, Best MBA Programs: A Guide to Choosing the One for You.