ForumWatch: The Search for an EMBA Program

Posted by: Geoff Gloeckler on September 2, 2011

Full-time MBA programs require a one or two year commitment and prevent students from working and earning a salary. They also tend to attract those who range in age from 28 to about 31. That’s why senior-level managers who can’t give up two years of work or salary to pursue an MBA prefer to consider executive MBA (EMBA) programs. Rather than sit in a classroom and take on internships, they keep working and attend classes on weekends or other more convenient times while implementing all they learn immediately on the job.

Recently, Bloomberg Businessweek Business Schools Forums participant, GMAN, asked about which EMBA programs in Houston were worth considering for someone with a finance background who wanted to enhance strategy skills. This was interesting because GMAN eluded to using the EMBA as a means for changing careers, which was once thought to be reserved only for full-time MBA programs. In addition, some of the forum participants offered informative suggestions that went beyond Houston’s city limits. They made the point that since some of these programs require attendance on a campus only once a month, applicants could broaden their options and choose programs outside their hometown.

If you’d like to chime in with your own EMBA suggestions, visit the “Pursuing EMBA” discussion thread.

-Francesca Di Meglio

Editor’s Note: This blog post is part of a series about discussions taking place on the Bloomberg Businessweek Business Schools Forums where prospective MBA program applicants, current students, and recent alumni trade admissions tips, job-hunting advice, and the occasional barbed comment. We invite you to join these discussions or start one of your own.



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