If you are applying to a top executive MBA program, then it’ll do you good to know a thing or two about the EMBA admissions process, namely, the competitive benefits and drawbacks of applying to one of the best Executive MBA programs.
First, some benefits: In general, acceptance rates are higher for EMBA programs than they are for regular MBA programs. For example, in 2008 Kellogg’s MBA acceptance rate was 24% while its EMBA acceptance rate was 33%. Another benefit is that many top executive MBA programs don’t require the GMAT, or if they do, don’t require as high a score as their MBA program alternatives. Finally, you don’t need to leave the work force to pursue an executive MBA.
EMBA programs come with a few drawbacks too. Many require commuting between your home city and the campus. In addition to travel, the demands of a full-time job and part-time degree program are exhausting and leave precious little time for other responsibilities or pursuits. There are fewer EMBA programs than MBA programs, and finding one that’s in the right city and with the right schedule can be challenging. Finally, while you will end up with a Masters in Business Administration, the “EMBA” degree frequently suffers from an “MBA-lite” reputation. Nonetheless, for mid-career professionals, who want to advance to senior management roles, the executive MBA can be a great option.
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