Posted by: Alison Damast on September 30, 2010
With recent reports that interest in Executive MBA (EMBA) programs is rising considerably, Columbia Business School (
The school announced in a press release that they are launching a new Saturday Executive MBA (EMBA) degree program opening in May of 2011. Students in the school’s new EMBA Saturday program will meet just once a week, as opposed to the two days - Friday and Saturday - required by the school’s other EMBA degree, the school said. Another key difference between the executive programs? Employer sponsorship of students is not required, a provision which the school hopes will encourage more students to consider the degree, said Ethan Hanabury, the school’s senior associate dean for degree programs, in a press release.
“EMBA Saturday in particular will solve the dilemma facing exceptional talent in competitive industries,” Hanabury said. “Now these top achievers can pursue an MBA without forfeiting a hard-earned spot in a top firm and without having to secure corporate sponsorship.”
The new EMBA Saturday program, which has the same core curriculum as the current program, will meet each week over the course of two years and will run for six terms, one term more than the school's current executive MBA program, according to the release. Students interested in the program will need to apply by February of 2011 and decisions will be made on a rolling basis. The online application is not yet live, but students can learn more about the program here.
Readers, what do you think of the idea of a Saturday-only EMBA program? Do you think more schools might start announcing similar programs in the coming year?