Part-Time MBA Programs

Part-Time MBA programs allow working professionals to advance their careers while pursuing an MBA at one of the top business schools in the world. Such programs are intended for working professionals seeking the advanced business knowledge and network needed to progress within their current field or industry. Students in part-time programs are usually a bit older with more work experience than those in full-time programs.

Part-time MBA programs usually allow the student to earn the degree in 2-6 years and offer a flexible schedule, as classes are held in evenings and weekends. The admission requirements are often similar to those in full-time programs.

Many top business schools offer a part-time option, in addition to the full-time option. While full-time MBA degree is the preferred method of study for most people considering a business education, a part-time MBA can often be much more convenient.

After all, the commitment of leaving a job that you might like, and even leaving the region or the country that you are in may not suit everyone, particularly those with family, friends and roots in a region.

A 2011 AACSB survey found that while 44% of MBA students were attending full-time, 56% were enrolled in part-time MBA programs. The best business schools offer part-time MBA courses that are every bit as academically rigorous as their full-time cousins. The MBA degree is the same, you will still have the letters and the prestige of the school name associated with you, you will still learn an enormous amount of information and learn to juggle the hardship of an MBA as well as full-time work and personal life.

There are a large number of people whom, for one reason or another, are unwilling or unable to pay out the fees in advance of a full-time MBA course. For those, remaining in the workplace is the only viable option. A part-time MBA is a good way to lessen the cost of a quality MBA degree—by going part-time while keeping your day job. And if your employer is willing to pay for some or all of the cost of your tuition, you may end up with the best possible outcome—no student debt at all.

Nowadays the best business schools are offering very well-organized part-time MBA courses which provide alumni with the same qualification as a full-time MBA degree and taught by the same faculty. For the part-timer the networking opportunities are trickier, although students do still get to meet, chat, talk business and form lasting friendships. However, it’s obvious that these opportunities are going to prove more problematic in establishing networks than they would be on a full-time program.

Here are the top part-time MBA programs in the US according to US News (2019):

  1. University of Chicago (Booth)
  2. University of California–Berkeley (Haas)
  3. Northwestern University (Kellogg)
  4. New York University (Stern)
  5. University of California–Los Angeles (Anderson)
  6. University of Michigan–Ann Arbor (Ross)
  7. University of Minnesota–Twin Cities (Carlson)
  8. University of Texas–Austin (McCombs)
  9. Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper)
  10. Emory University (Goizueta)
  11. Indiana University (Kelley)
  12. Georgetown University (McDonough)
  13. University of Washington (Foster)
  14. Ohio State University (Fisher)
  15. University of Southern California (Marshall)
  16. Virginia Tech (Pamplin)
  17. Georgia Institute of Technology (Scheller)
  18. Rice University (Jones)
  19. University of Massachusetts–Amherst (Isenberg)
  20. University of Texas–Dallas
  21. Washington University in St. Louis (Olin)

Best EMBA Programs in the US:

Classes are held every other Friday and Saturday over 2 years.
The Wharton executive MBA program is offered on the Wharton campuses in San Francisco and Philadelphia.
All students must meet the basic requirements of sponsorship, which is to have the written endorsement of their organizations, enabling them to commit the time necessary to attend class over the two-year program.

Application Checklist

1. Complete Online Application Form

2. Submit Two Recommendation Letters

3. Answer Three Essay Questions

4. Submit Test Information

5. Send Official Transcripts

6. Mail Sponsorship Letter

7. Schedule an Interview

8. Pay the Application Fee

Executive MBA Class Profile:

Students 119

Women 27%

Underrepresented Minority Students 8%

International Students 38%

Average Age 34

Under 30 23%

Over 39 8%

Average Years Work Experience 10

Median GMAT Score 700

Middle 80% GMAT Range 620-750

Students Holding Advanced Degrees 51%

Average Salary and Bonus $155,600

Sponsored by Employer (>50% financial support) 34%

The Booth MBA is a 21 months program which starts in June and taught in Chicago, London and Hong Kong.

Application process:

The process has two main components:
– Application – You must complete an application and provide supporting details by the relevant deadlines.
– Admissions Interview – Interviews will be granted on an invitation-only basis after evaluation of a submitted application. Interviews are conducted by admissions staff, students, or alumni on campus. All interviews, regardless of who conducts them, receive equal weight in the evaluation process.


Please update your professional, academic, and community activities since your previous application and highlight what you have done to strengthen your application since you last applied (maximum single-spaced 1 page, 12 pt. Times New Roman).


A letter of company support certifying that your employer will allow you to attend all class meetings is requested after admission. This letter is not required to provide details of financial support, if any.


Applicants are required to submit a GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) score as part of their application unless they have been granted a waiver.
GMAT Waiver – Very senior level managers, usually with twelve or more years of management experience may be granted an exemption from the GMAT requirement. Examples might include CEOs, Managing Directors, CFOs, and Division Heads, etc. A waiver may also be considered for a candidate whose work experience and training indicate a high level of quantitative and analytical skill and an ability to apply those skills to a rigorous and analytical MBA Program. Examples might include: Treasurer or Chief Accounting Officer, or a CFA, or a candidate possessing another advanced degree or diploma in a quantitative field. The criteria above are not meant to be exhaustive and candidates who believe they are able to provide evidence of similar quality not listed are encouraged to speak to an admissions representative.

Letters of Recommendation

All applicants must submit three letters of recommendation. These letters provide the Admissions Committee with additional information about your accomplishments, personal character, and potential for success in a graduate business program.
The Admissions Committee requires that one of your three letters comes from a current supervisor or manager. The remaining two letters may come from (but are not limited to) a professional colleague, a faculty member, or a business partner.

Your recommenders will be asked to measure your skills in each of the following areas:

– Works collaboratively with others

– Demonstrates strong leadership skills

– Takes time to understand and listen to others

– Demonstrates awareness of self and others

– Open to feedback and constructive criticism

– Displays initiative and self-motivation

– Shows intellectual curiosity

– Demonstrates confidence

– Makes the most out of situations, whether good or bad

Class profile:

Average class size – 90 per campus
Average work experience – 13 years
Average age – 37
Countries represented – 50
Gender – 80% Male, 20% Female

Application Process

We require applicants to have at least 8-10 years of managerial experience. A majority of our students have an average of 12-15 years of work experience. A complete application for admission consists of the application itself, two letters of recommendation, honor code pledge, official transcripts (including transcript evaluation for international transcripts), a completed interview and a letter of sponsorship from the appropriate officer in the applicant’s organization.

Applicants may apply to one of four options: September in Evanston, January in Evanston, September in Miami or January in Miami. Admissions criteria are identical for each of these schedules. Admissions are rolling, which means that you will receive notification of your admissions status within 30 days of completing your application. Suggested application deadlines are June 15th for programs beginning in September, and October 15th for programs beginning in January.

Applicants can apply online. Please remember to complete and submit your position data, resume and essay.

Letters of Recommendation

The program requires two letters of recommendation from peers and/or supervisors who know the applicant well, preferably from someone within the applicant’s current organization. Extra recommendations may be submitted at the applicant’s discretion. Recommenders may submit their letters of recommendation online.

Letter of Organizational Support

The letter of support demonstrates the organization’s understanding of its commitment to time requirements and monetary support. The levels of support vary for each organization, so the admissions committee evaluates applications on a case-by-case basis. The level and intensity of sponsorship should reflect the level of investment the organization is making in the candidate’s career development. Applicants must submit a paper copy to the EMBA office (see address below).

Official Transcripts

The EMBA Program requires official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended in the United States and abroad, whether the applicant graduated from the institution or took just one class. Each transcript should be submitted in a sealed envelope with the signature or seal of the university registrar.


Applicants must complete a personal interview with one of the program’s admissions directors after the application has been submitted. Interviews are an important part of the admissions process, as they add a personal dimension to each application and ensure that the Kellogg School’s well established reputation for excellence in teamwork continues. Interviews may be scheduled either in Evanston or Miami, depending on applicant preference and the availability of interviewers. Interviews may be scheduled by phoning the EMBA office.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Applicants who have attended a college or university in a country where the native language of the country is not English must either take the TOEFL (IBT format) and obtain a score of 100 or better; or take the equivalent of English Composition 101 and 102 at an accredited U.S. College or University. TOEFL scores are valid for 2 years, upon submission of your application. Those students who have completed graduate studies at a U.S. College or University may have the TOEFL requirement waived upon the approval of the Admissions Committee.


The Executive MBA Program does not require GMAT scores for most program applicants. Occasionally, applicants may be asked to take the GMAT if the initial review of their transcripts reveals specific areas of concern or question. The admissions committee will make this request only in special circumstances.

Columbia’s Executive MBA Program offers three scheduling options for completing this rigorous program: EMBA-New York Friday/Saturday, EMBA-New York Saturday, and EMBA-Americas. Also, through partnerships with London Business School and the University of Hong Kong, students have the opportunity to pursue Columbia Business School’s world-class MBA on three continents.

Friday/Saturday Option

The Friday/Saturday option begins in late August. Classes run from 8:30 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. approximately every other Friday and Saturday. Two residency weeks are required, as is employer sponsorship of time. Employer financial sponsorship is not required, though it is welcome.

Saturday Option

With a start date in May, the Saturday option meets from 8:30 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. weekly on Saturdays. Three residency weekends are required in the first year. Employer sponsorship of time is not required, while employer financial sponsorship is welcome, though not required.


Designed for executives living throughout the United States, Canada, and Latin America, Columbia EMBA-Americas is the newest addition to Columbia Business School’s Executive MBA Program. EMBA-Americas runs for five terms over 20 months and meets approximately once a month, in a weeklong format, primarily in New York City. During the first year, students will also have weeklong meetings in Silicon Valley, Toronto, and São Paulo.


The powerful partnership between Columbia Business School, London Business School, and the University of Hong Kong, provides high-caliber, globally-focused managers the insight, expertise, network, and multifaceted perspective to translate opportunity into action.

EMBA-Global Americas and Europe

Columbia’s pioneering program with London Business School, EMBA-Global Americas and Europe, offers monthly classes alternating between two hubs of global business, London and New York. Students earn two full MBA degrees and alumni privileges from each school.

EMBA-Global Asia

Expanding its partnership in 2009 to include the University of Hong Kong, EMBA-Global created EMBA-Global Asia, the first executive MBA program located on three continents. With most classes taking place in Hong Kong, students earn an MBA conferred jointly by the three schools, as well as full alumni privileges at each school.

Class profile:

Class size: 137 (in two clusters)

Women: 23%

International: 20%

Live in the Tri-state (NY, NJ, CT) area: 80%

Average age: 33

Average years of work experience: 9


We review candidates on a rolling basis, and therefore encourage you to submit an application as early as possible. EMBA applicants do not have to wait until after the deadline to receive a decision.

Application Checklist

  • Employer Sponsorship
  • Transcripts
  • Essays
  • Recommendations
  • GMAT or GRE Score
  • Interview
  • Application Fee
  • International Applicants

Employer Sponsorship

Applicants to EMBA-Friday/Saturday and EMBA-Americas are required — regardless of the level of financial support from their employer — to submit a signed sponsorship letter from an authorized representative of their organization, briefly stating the terms of support. Financial sponsorship is not required, but the organization must agree to keep the applicant’s travel time to a minimum and completely release him or her from all job responsibilities on class days. Learn more about the sponsorship requirement. Sponsorship letters must be uploaded into the online application system.
EMBA-Saturday applicants are not required to attain employer sponsorship of any kind, though it is welcome.


Applicants have two options for providing the Admissions Committee with records of academic work:

1. Submit official transcripts from each college and university attended as a registered student.

2. Scan and submit PDF versions of unofficial transcripts from each college and university attended as a registered student.


Applicants must complete one short answer question and three essays.


The Admissions Committee requires two letters of professional appraisal. For Friday/Saturday applicants, one recommendation letter must be from a current supervisor. If you’re applying to the Saturday Program, that’s encouraged but not required.

GMAT or GRE Score

All applicants must submit a self-reported GMAT (preferred) or GRE score. Scores must be valid within 5 years on the date of application submission.


Interviews are not required for admission to Columbia Business School. Once your online application is complete and under review, you may be contacted by a member of the Admissions Office to schedule an on-campus interview. Please keep in mind interviews are by invitation only.

International Applicants

International students who do not have a degree from an institution in which all instruction is conducted in English must take either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the PTE (Pearson Test of English). You may be exempted from the TOEFL or the PTE only if you have earned a degree from an institution in which English is the language of instruction. We will not accept requests for exceptions to this policy.
The TOEFL and PTE scores are valid for two years. Your TOEFL or PTE score must be valid on the date of application submission.

Program Snapshot

* 22-Month Executive MBA program in New York

* Classes every other Friday and Saturday

* General management curriculum with two Global Study Tours and broad choice of electives

* Rigorous courses taught by world-renowned faculty

* Highly experienced classmates

* Work-life balance with only two courses at a time

* Strong global alumni network of 100,000 Stern graduates

Typical Class Profile

* Maximum size of entering class: 60

* Average age: 38

* Average years of work experience: 14

* Average years of management experience: 9

* Women: 30%

* International: 40-50%

* Graduate degree: 40%

Deadlines & Process

Class Start – August

Early Deadline – March 1

Final Deadline – May 1

Class Start – January

Early Deadline – October 1

Final Deadline – November 1

Application Process

In order to be considered for admission, applicants must have an undergraduate degree and at least six years full-time work experience upon submission of the Pre-Application.

Step 1
Fill out the Pre-Application, a brief snapshot of your professional experience that should take no more than 10-15 minutes to complete. You will also need to submit an up-to-date résumé (please upload before submitting your pre-application). There is no fee for the pre-application (Part I of the online application).

Step 2
Once the Admissions Committee has received your pre-application, a representative will contact you to schedule an interview. The interview is evaluative and required for all applicants. It is also designed to provide you with more information about Stern’s Executive MBA program and to determine whether our program is a good fit for you.

Step 3
Submit the Formal Application. Please note that you are not required to attend an interview prior to submitting the formal application, although it is recommended that you do so.

Due to the selective and competitive nature of the admissions process, candidates are encouraged to come in for an interview and submit their formal applications as soon as possible. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis once they are complete. Candidates should ensure that the Admissions Committee has received all parts of their application by the earliest possible deadline.

Application Instructions

1. Online Pre-Application

* Specify Intended Program Start

* Personal Information

* Academic Background – Please note that the NYU Stern Executive MBA program does not require GMAT or GRE scores to complete the Formal Application. However, if elsewhere in the application you have not demonstrated sufficient academic or quantitative ability through prior coursework, professional experience, and/or certifications, you may wish to consider submitting GMAT or GRE scores when you complete the Formal Application.

* Employment Information – Please note that submission of a current résumé / CV is a required part of the Pre-Application

2. Online Formal Application

* Employment Information – Includes current résumé / CV, which should be uploaded in the Employment section of the online Formal Application, and a history of your previous employers, titles and salaries.

* Essays 1 and 2

* Two recommendations – Two recommendations are required. One should be completed by your current or most recent immediate supervisor and one should come from another current or previous supervisor. Recommendations should only be submitted online. A maximum of two recommendations will be accepted.

* Application Fee

* Optional Official GMAT or GRE Score Reports – The NYU Stern Executive MBA program does not require GMAT or GRE scores to complete the Formal Application. However, if elsewhere you have not demonstrated sufficient academic or quantitative ability, you may wish to consider submitting GMAT or GRE scores. If you choose to submit GMAT or GRE scores, they must be dated within five years of the final application deadline of the desired program entry date. GMAT or GRE scores that are older than five years are not considered valid and will not be accepted.

Required Supporting Documents:

* Official University Transcripts

* Organization Sponsorship Form

Program Overview

Start Date: February

Program duration: 15 months

Residencies: In 7 locations around the globe

Curriculum: General management curriculum with 5 concentrations & 1 certificate available


Tuition, fees, supplies: 166,000 USD

Scholarships & loans available

Typical Class Profile

Class Size: 40 – 60

Average Age: 39

Average Work Experience: 15 years

Women: 23%

Non-U.S. Citizenship: 38%

Students with Advanced Degrees: 32%

Admission Requirements

Minimum 10 years work experience

Online Application

225 USD Application Fee (waivers available)




Recommendation Letters

Sponsorship Letter

Admissions Interview

Travel visa(s) & passport


A business resume is required.
Include employment information and relevant volunteer work. State locations, titles, dates, and responsibilities starting with your most recent position.
The education section should include dates of attendance and degrees received.

Letters of Recommendation

Two recommendations are required.
One recommendation must be from your current supervisor.
Proprietors or principals of a company may provide a recommendation from a client, board member or other professional colleague.
Your recommenders must complete the online recommendation forms associated with the application. Submissions by email or mail are NOT accepted.
Use your recommenders’ work email addresses versus personal accounts, like Gmail or Yahoo, which will be more closely monitored in our credentials verification process.
Recommendations from relatives and friends are strongly discouraged.

Letter of Support

A letter from your current employer outlining your company’s support of time is required.
This letter may also include information about your employer’s financial commitment, but financial sponsorship is not required.
Proprietors or principals of a company can provide a letter of self-sponsorship.

The Ross Executive MBA Program is taught at two sites — in Los Angeles, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, as well as on campus in Ann Arbor.

Class profile:

Size – 103

Average Years Work Experience – 16

Average Age – 40

Women – 21%

International – 10%

Advanced Degrees – 35%


We look for candidates with deep professional backgrounds, substantial responsibility, and demonstrated academic ability. We seek students whose notion of leadership includes a willingness to be part of something larger than themselves, who are receptive to new ways of thinking, and who bring varied experiences to bear on how they tackle a challenge.
While Michigan Ross does not have a minimum work experience requirement, EMBA students typically have 10 or more years of progressive, full-time work experience, including five or more years in a supervisory/managerial role.
Courses in management are not required for admission, although you are expected to have a satisfactory background in communication skills, computer applications (including word processing and spreadsheets), and mathematics.
Admissions criteria are identical for the Ann Arbor and Los Angeles locations. We encourage you to submit a resume to an admissions officer for pre-assessment prior to completing an application.


* Online application form

* Resume – Your resume should provide a comprehensive list of all your professional and educational experiences to date. Work experience should include employer names, titles, and dates, starting with your most recent position. Education should include institutions, dates, and degrees earned.

* One recommendation – Your chosen recommender should have firsthand knowledge of your professional skills, abilities, and performance. We strongly suggest that your recommendation come from a direct supervisor, if possible.

* Two required essays (and a third optional essay).

* Four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree or equivalent – You will need to provide transcripts from each college and/or university from which you have earned a degree, including transfer credits applied toward a degree. You should also submit transcripts that show other relevant coursework even if not applied toward a degree.

* Statement of Corporate Support – The Statement of Corporate Support signifies that your employer recognizes the time commitment of the program and will release you to attend the monthly residencies as well as any extended residencies. The form must be signed by your supervisor or human resources representative and received by the EMBA Admissions Office prior to the first day of class. Self-employed applicants may request a waiver of this requirement.

* Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or Pearson Test of English (PTE) – Candidates are required to have a high level of proficiency in the English language. Language skills are assessed throughout the application process and are considered in an applicant’s overall evaluation. Based on the evaluation, certain candidates may be asked to demonstrate fluency by taking the TOEFL or PTE exam.

* GMAT – The GMAT is not a requirement for admission. Candidates whose backgrounds do not demonstrate proficiency in basic quantitative and analytic skills may be required to take a quantitative skills assessment test prior to admission. Please contact us for more information.

Program Overview

Start Date: May

Program duration: 19 months

Residencies: In 7 locations around the globe

Curriculum: General management curriculum with 5 concentrations & 1 certificate available

EMBA Program Features & Benefits

1) Campus-based Learning Experience
EMBA students can participate in Haas and UC Berkeley activities, and leverage resources such as the Berkeley-Haas Entrepreneurship Program.

2) Tight-knit Community Facilitated by Residency Structure
Students stay at one hotel during class blocks, which facilitates formation of strong bonds among classmates.

3) Collaborative Culture
Embodies the Haas School’s core values: Question the Status Quo, Confidence Without Attitude, Students Always, and Beyond Yourself

4) Immersive Learning Experiences Woven Throughout Curriculum
Intensive programming that leverages our global ties and premier location to connect you with groundbreaking entrepreneurs, global leaders, and renowned innovators—as well as with the authentic leader in you.

5) Renowned Faculty
Recognized worldwide for forward-thinking research and thought leadership. Berkeley-Haas holds the distinction of having two of its faculty members receive the Nobel Prize in Economics over the past two decades.

6) Personalized, Comprehensive Career Services
One-on-one advising and targeted workshops help you advance within your current organization, change your path, or explore entrepreneurial options.

7) Rigorous Curriculum Anchored in General Management
The Berkeley MBA curriculum emphasizes business fundamentals and an executive perspective.

8) Business-friendly, Convenient Schedule
Classes typically meet about every three weeks, Thursday through Saturday.

9) Accomplished, Open Classmates
Berkeley EMBA students represent a remarkable diversity of backgrounds and interests with key characteristics in common: talent, humility, and drive to excel.

10) Worldwide, Accessible Alumni Network
Almost 37,000 Haas School graduates—and nearly half a million UC Berkeley graduates—are connected through online communities and local alumni chapters in major cities around the globe.

Admission requirements:

To be considered for admission, an applicant must have successfully completed the following:

  • Application Fee
  • University Transcripts
  • GMAT or GRE Exam
  • English Language Proficiency Requirement
  • Online Application
  • Essays
  • Sponsorship Letter
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Interviews

UCLA Anderson’s 22 month Executive MBA Program is designed for working professionals who have demanding jobs with high levels of responsibility. Managers and executives who have worked hard to achieve their current positions need not leave their posts for full-time course work. To accommodate busy schedules, UCLA Anderson arranges Executive MBA classes on Fridays and Saturdays on alternate weekends. All members of the Executive MBA cohort follow the same lock-step, class schedule.

Class profile:

72 students

28% women

Average age 37 (range 29-53)

15% international students

Average GPA: 3.3

Average GMAT: 670

Average career length: 13 years

Admission Criteria

The Executive MBA Admissions staff is interested in getting to know you before we process your application. Hence, we encourage you to contact us before you submit your application. The Executive MBA Admissions Committee considers a number of factors in selecting a candidate.

» Each applicant must demonstrate:

· Experience and expertise that will contribute to the overall educational experience.

· Ability to do ‘Graduate-level’ coursework

· Management achievement and potential

· Willingness and ability to meet program commitments

» Each applicant is carefully considered on the basis of:

· Professional accomplishments

· Leadership potential

· Academic history based on transcripts

· Recommendations from those who have managed you

· GMAT or GRE scores and/or TOEFL Scores (if required)

· Motivation and commitment

Application requirements:

* 4-year Bachelor’s Degree or Equivalent – A candidate for admission must hold a 4-year bachelor’s degree from a university of fully recognized standing. Applicants who have attended institutions outside the United States should have completed 16 years of study; 12 years must be completed at the elementary and secondary school levels and 4 years at the college level. Evidence of strong quantitative skills is required, regardless of the undergraduate major.

* Official Transcripts – All applicants are required to submit sealed official records from each academic institution attended after secondary/high school. Transcripts from exchange programs and/or other courses are not required, as long as the grades appear on the transcript from the school that awarded your degree.

* Work Experience – We look for students with professional experience from a wide range of industries, including government, law, media & entertainment, aerospace, technology, medicine, and communications. Our candidates have earned degrees in many different fields of study and many have advanced degrees.


* GMAT or GRE – The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are the universal measure by which we compare candidates. If you have an advanced degree in a quantitative area and/or extensive experience in a quantitative field, you may petition that the test be waived.

* Recommendations – You should choose two recommenders who will support your candidacy with concrete examples of performance and impact on the organization. Only two recommendations are accepted per application. Recommendations should be from a current and former direct supervisor who is best equipped to answer questions about your leadership, communication, teamwork, initiative and other skills.

* Interviews – Interviews are conducted on an invitation-only basis before admission can be offered. Interviews are rarely the deciding factor in an admissions decision; instead they typically mirror or round out information already provided in the application.· Instructions on how to set up an interview are provided at the time of invitation. Interviews are held on-campus, or via Skype, and they last approximately 30 minutes. Business attire is appropriate for this professional interview.

UNC offers 3 formats for EMBA programs:

  • Evening
  • Weekend
  • Global OneMBA®

Applicant Qualifications

Professional work experience

Our students are more seasoned than typical MBA students. They add depth to class discussions by sharing work challenges and solutions.

  • Weekend MBA and Evening MBA Programs: Five years of professional work experience is required, with eight preferred.
  • Global OneMBA Program: Seven years of work experience is required, with ten preferred. We look for current or expected global management responsibilities.

Education background

You must have a bachelor´s degree or equivalent. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and any graduate studies completed or taken must be submitted. We do accept university issued official electronic transcripts.

GMAT/GRE scores and waiver information

Global OneMBA® Program: The GMAT or GRE is optional for the Global OneMBA®. It may be recommended for individuals with limited quantitative experience.

Weekend and Evening Programs: An official GMAT or GRE score is required of applicants. However, waivers are available. Please read below for additional information.

You may qualify for a GMAT/GRE waiver if you have:

  • CPA or CFA designation
  • Master’s or PhD in a technical field
  • Terminal degree (e.g. JD, MD)
  • Significant years of work experience (evaluated on a case-by-case basis)

Please note that no GMAT/GRE waiver is automatic and an approved waiver request does not guarantee admission to the program.

Basic business knowledge preferred

You will need a general understanding of accounting, statistics, finance, and economics. You also need to be proficient in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel, including financial and statistical functions.

Leadership skills

Proven leadership ability is a must. While experience managing people is preferred, team leadership and management of projects, budgets or products also count. Exposure to international business is a plus.

Communication skills

We´re looking for strong written and verbal communication skills. We use the essay section of the application and the in-person interview to evaluate this.

Admission process:

Required application information

We’ve designed the application to enable us to make an informed decision about your candidacy and ensure you can share your experience. This information is included in the application:

  1. Resume (tips here)
  2. Essay questions (tips here)
  3. Recommendation forms (tips here)
  4. GMAT / GRE score (Evening & Weekend program. Waiver info here. Optional for Global OneMBA®)
  5. Official transcripts

Apply early!

Because we accept applications on a rolling admission, we highly encourage you to apply early. Here are additional reasons:

  1. Potential funding – the greatest amount of scholarship/fellowship funds are available in the early rounds
  2. Gain acceptance – the most available seats in the class
  3. Get social – gain access to current student/alumni groups
  4. Prepare for class — get early access to preparation materials, including MBA Math

Executive MBA admissions interview

Upon submission of the application, you may receive an invitation to interview with an Executive MBA Program Director. The invitation is determined based on all of the submitted application materials. If you are selected to interview you will be contacted by the Program Director. An interview is required to secure admission to the program. In addition, we’ve developed this guide to help you prepare.


We will notify you of your admissions decision by email. Upon admission, a $1,500 deposit will hold your place in the class. This deposit will be applied to your first tuition payment.

The Program for Leadership Development (PLD) speeds this time-consuming process by equipping up-and-coming managers with a broader understanding of the global marketplace and a more integrated view of the organization.
An alternative to the executive MBA, PLD is an accelerated learning experience that puts you on the fast track to leadership. But unlike an executive MBA program, PLD is tailored to your unique leadership goals and challenges.
PLD is designed for emerging business leaders who will assume the integrated responsibilities of company leadership. Its comprehensive and holistic approach broadens your understanding of core business functions and deepens your confidence to take on greater cross-functional responsibility.
This leadership development program is ideal for managers and functional specialists from organizations with annual revenues in excess of $75 million, who have at least 10 to 15 years of professional work experience and are considered to be outstanding prospects for leadership. Your PLD peers will represent diverse business functions, companies, industries, and countries.
Participants return to their organizations with a better understanding of their leadership strengths, improved general management skills, and a broader outlook on business issues. Organizations benefit by deepening their talent pool and investing in long-term growth.


Please submit your application at least four weeks before the program start date. Since qualified candidates are admitted on a rolling, space-available basis, early application is encouraged. Admission is selective and based on professional achievement and organizational responsibility. Although there are no formal educational requirements, proficiency in written and spoken English is essential. Because Executive Education programs enhance the leadership capacity of the participants as well as their organizations, HBS expects the full commitment of both. While participants are attending a program, sponsoring organizations agree to relieve them of their work responsibilities so that they can fully focus on the learning experience.


Although there are no formal educational requirements, admission is a selective process based on professional achievement and organizational responsibility. We look for professionals who have demonstrated business talent and leadership potential.
HBS Executive Education programs enrich both participants and their sponsoring organizations, and require full commitment from each party. While participants devote time and intellect to the learning experience, sponsoring organizations agree to relieve individuals of their work responsibilities during the program.

Language Proficiency

We deliberately design our programs to encourage individual growth and to foster productive interaction among participants. For that reason, proficiency in written and spoken English is essential. If English is your second language, or if you have less than one year’s experience working in an English-speaking environment, HBS requires a brief statement documenting proficiency in English-language skills, both conversational and written. This may include a list of the English-language certification programs that you have completed; the degrees you have earned at English-speaking colleges and universities; or the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam. The Admissions Committee also may request a telephone interview.

Sponsoring Statement

This program requires the submission of a separate sponsoring statement. Completed by the sponsoring executive within your company, this statement provides the Admissions Committee with a better understanding of your background, roles, and potential as a leader.

Application Process

Program participants must be nominated and sponsored by their current employer. The completed application, sponsoring statement, and all required documents must be received in order to prepare the application for review by the Admissions Committee.
To apply, you may use our online form or download an application form and a sponsoring statement. Please note that if you apply online, your sponsoring executive will be sent an email that includes a link to the online sponsoring statement form. You also may request a brochure by mail.
If you choose to submit a printed application, be sure to type or print legibly and sign your application. Send the application to the address or fax number listed on the form. Mailed or faxed applications are processed and acknowledged promptly upon receipt via email.

Meet the Deadlines

We request applications at least four weeks in advance of the program start date. Early application does not guarantee admission. Programs often fill to capacity, so early application is recommended.

The MIT Executive MBA is a rigorous 20-month executive-schedule MBA program designed for mid-career executives poised at pivotal junctures in their careers. Through advanced management practices and applied learning projects you will emerge with a broader perspective and the tools to increase your impact. The EMBA program is an opportunity to join an elite forum for innovation and leadership, in which you will develop an edge in your management capabilities and build a network that lasts a lifetime.

Program Details:

  • 20-month mid-career MBA
  • Classes every three weeks on Friday/Saturday
  • One-week module every six months
  • One-week international project trip

Your online application must include:

1. Statement of purpose

2. Resume

3. Three essays

4. Letters of recommendation (Two are required; the third is optional.)

5. Official transcripts

6. Organizational Chart

In-person interview

Interviews are by invitation only. An interview request signals that your application has reached an advanced stage of consideration.

Admission decisions

The admissions committee reviews applications and interviews selected candidates on a rolling basis. If you are seeking an early decision, apply early in the admissions cycle. Admission decisions are generally made within 4-6 weeks of application submission.

Cornell Executive MBA Americas


  • Class Size: Two sections of approximately 80 students drawn from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Chile and Peru.
  • Program Start Date: late June
  • Program Locations (for weekend classes): New York City, Ithaca, Washington DC, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Seattle, Salem (NH), Los Angeles, San Jose, San Bruno, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Mexico City, Monterrey (Mexico), Santiago (Chile) and Lima (Peru).
  • Residence Weeks: Three sessions ranging from 7 to 15 days at the beginning, middle, and end of the program. Sessions are split between the Cornell and Queen’s campuses.
  • Length of Program: 17 months of classes; final team project after the last class
  • Degrees Awarded: Master of Business Administration from Cornell University and Master of Business Administration from Queen’s University.
  • Comprehensive Tuition and Fees: $143,718 for the class that enters in summer 2018

Cornell Executive MBA Americas Class Profile: 2019

  • Class size: 158
  • Average years of work experience: 13
  • Average age: 37
  • Women: 30%
  • Minority: 48%
  • Under Represented Minority*: 20%
  • Advanced degrees: 28%

Cornell Executive MBA Metro NY


  • Class size: Approximately 70
  • Entry date: One class per year in July
  • Location: Class weekends at the HNA Palisades Premier Conference Center in Palisades, New York. (Round-trip shuttle service is available
  • between Manhattan and Palisades.) And, four one-week residential sessions in Ithaca, New York.
  • Number of Credits and Length of Program: 60 credits over a total of 22 months (including breaks)
  • Degree awarded: Master of Business Administration from Cornell University
  • Comprehensive Tuition: $182,708 for the class that enters in July 2018

Cornell Executive MBA Class Profile: 2019

  • Class Size: 64
  • Average Age: 35
  • Average years of work experience: 11
  • Women: 25%
  • Minority: 50%
  • Under Represented Minority*: 25%
  • Advanced Degrees: 31%

Darden offers two executive formats of the Darden MBA — our Executive MBA (EMBA) format and our Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) format — in one world-class location: our state of the art facility in the Washington, D.C., area.

Our executive formats are more integrated than ever, with EMBA and GEMBA students learning together and mixing constantly throughout the program. In fact, the formats are 70% the same. The only difference is that GEMBA students participate in all four, week-long global residencies and EMBA students participate in one of the four global residencies.

Regardless of format, all executive format students graduate with the exact same degree as our full-time students: a Darden MBA.

In the Executive MBA Program, we have capacity for approximately 135 students, and each enrolled class is divided into two sections of roughly 65–70 students.

Both sections are based in Rosslyn, and each section consists of EMBA as well as GEMBA format students. Sections are shuffled throughout the program, allowing students to learn alongside a broad array of classmates and maximize networking opportunities.

Both EMBA and GEMBA are 21-month, lock-step (i.e. all students begin and conclude the program at the same time) formats of the Darden MBA. All executive format students start in August and graduate in May.

The core program structure is the same for EMBA and GEMBA: ten, two-month long quarters, with roughly two thirds of the program delivered in person and one third through distance learning.

Darden’s executive formats are built upon a once-a-month weekend residency model. Each quarter consists of two weekend residencies (or a global residency) as well as distance learning.

In addition, all executive format students participate in two, week-long leadership residencies. One leadership residency at the start of the program and one leadership residency at the conclusion of the program. Both of these residencies take place on the Darden Grounds in Charlottesville.

The MBA for Executives program begins with a two-week in-residence session for first year students beginning mid-summer. Subsequently, classes are held every other weekend, Friday and Saturday consecutively, for the next 22 months.

Class of 2021 profile

  • Work experience – 13 years
  • Enrollment – 74
  • Women – 36%
  • Average age – 37

Application Requirements


A four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution or the international equivalent is required. International applicants with a three-year degree from an accredited institution are eligible to apply.

Transcripts from all colleges or universities are required. Unofficial paper transcripts can be uploaded during the application process. If admitted, you will need to submit official transcripts to enroll; offers of admission are conditional on the receipt and verification of official transcripts. Non-English transcripts should be translated into English. If your institution does not provide an English translation, please obtain a notarized English translation.


Applicants to the Yale School of Management MBA for Executives program are required to submit scores from one of three standardized tests: GMAT, GRE or the Executive Assessment (EA). There is no minimum score to apply. Have your official score report(s) sent directly to the Yale School of Management. Exam preparation is often the most time-consuming part of the application process. We strongly recommend taking the exam early, after taking a formal exam preparation course, and/or taking the practice exams online.


You are required to list two (2) individuals who will provide professional recommendations for you. Ideally, at least one of the recommenders should be in a position to assess your performance at your most recent job. Recommendation forms can be emailed directly to recommenders from the online application.


Designed for working professionals, the Yale MBA for Executives program aims to accelerate careers, where students can apply learning and grow personally and professionally as they progress through the program. A rich, discussion-based learning environment draws upon the real-time experience of classmates. The program therefore requires that students be employed or similarly professionally engaged for the entire duration of the program. Applicants are required to receive approval for time out of the office from a supervisor or HR representative prior to the admissions interview.


We recommend submitting a current resume that is only 1 to 2 pages in length. Please note that you must have a minimum of five years of post-undergraduate professional experience as we seek to build a diverse class with deep industry knowledge.


We require two essays (500 words each), each with a prompt that will maximize your opportunity to share more about your life, professional and personal goals, and your alignment with your chosen focus area.

EMBA Programs in Europe:

The LBS EMBA is 20 months program, starts in January and September, taught in London and Dubai.

We operate a rolling admissions process, which means the sooner you apply, the sooner you receive a decision. In most cases, you receive a final decision within six to eight weeks of submitting your completed application. You will be told whether you are shortlisted within 14 days of our receiving your complete application.

Once the class is full, we operate a waitlist. If no places become available there is an automatic transfer of admission to the next intake.

Application requirements:
When you complete your online application form, you will be asked to attach:

* your application essays

* a one-page CV/resume

* names and details of two referees.

* a transcript of grades from each university you have attended

* your GMAT/GRE score (no minimum score requirement)

* proof of your English Language ability

* your application fee of £160.

The INSEAD EMBA is a 14–17-months program, taught in France, Singapore and Abu Dhabi.
The 14 months program starts in November, the 15 months program starts in August, and the 17 months program starts in October. Graduation in December of the following year.

Application requirements:

* Minimum of 3-5 years of solid management experience, i.e. responsible for people and/or projects (total average work experience in the current class: 13 years)

* GMAT or INSEAD EMBA Admissions Test

* Completed online application form including 6 essays (of which one is optional)

* Two reference letters

* Official Transcripts of previous academic degree(s) with certified translation in English – where applicable

* Non-native English speakers who have not worked, trained or schooled in English for an extended period of time may be asked to provide an English language certification. We accept the PTE/TOEFL/TOEIC/IELTS and Cambridge Proficiency Exams.

Class profile:

Total number of participants: 160

Average work experience: 13 years with a minimum of 3-5 years of solid management experience (i.e. responsible for people and/or projects)

80% range of work experience: 8 to 19 years

Average age of participants: 37 years

80% age range: 32 to 43 years

Women: 24%

Nationalities: 47

LSE offers the TRIUM Global Executive MBA Programme jointly with NYU Stern School of Business and HEC School of Management, Paris. It is divided into six intellectually rigorous modules held in five international business locations over a 17-month period.

Programme schedule:

Module 1: September, two weeks at LSE

Module 2: January, two weeks at NYU Stern

Module 3: April, one and a half weeks in China

Module 4: July, two weeks at HEC Paris

Module 5: October, one and a half weeks in India

Module 6: February, one week at HEC Paris

This executive friendly format reduces the absence from the office to only 10 weeks over the 17 month period. TRIUM’s interactive distance learning platform fosters a continuous educational community between the modules and allows executives from around the world to communicate with their professors and classmates throughout the programme. The platform is also used for learning activities that facilitate pre-module preparatory work and post-module follow up, as well as individual and team project work and assignments.

Class Profile:

Average age: 40

Avg # students/class: 85

Avg years experience: 15

Avg # nationalities: 30

TRIUM is designed for senior executives at a global corporation or in a company/business planning to expand into global markets. The program focuses on the challenges senior managers face in the global marketplace. TRIUM offers its students the opportunity to pursue an EMBA in a cohort of fast-tracked peers from around the world. Entrepreneurs also benefit from this exceptional learning environment; several have launched their start ups after cultivating them as their TRIUM Global Incubator project.
Application Process includes Preliminary Application Form, Online Application Form (Transcripts, Organisation sponsorship form including time sponsorship and financial sponsorship (if applicable), Copy of passport, 1 color passport photo, TOEFL score report (if applicable), GMAT/GRE score report (if applicable)), and interview.

The Oxford Executive MBA is delivered in 17 one-week modules over a total study period of 21 months starting in January each year and concluding in September of the following year. Modules start on a Monday morning and end on a Friday evening. The programme is made up of:

– Nine core modules that offer you a comprehensive understanding of modern business.

– Six to eight electives modules designed to develop your individual skills and specialisations.

– A group entrepreneurship project that will challenge you to develop and present a complete and viable business plan.

– Two core international courses and one elective delivered overseas in key global markets
Individual coaching sessions and a leadership development focus throughout.

Throughout the programme, you will have full access to Saïd Business School’s intranet which enables remote users to retrieve valuable material for core modules and project work, and access the library’s electronic resources including programme reading lists and a collection of business intelligence databases.

You will be required to attend 17 modules, two of which take place overseas.

We recommend that you apply early in the year as:

– We cannot guarantee that there will be places left by the end of the admissions process.

– If you are interested in a particular college, you are more likely to be successful if you submit your application in the earlier stages.

The application process involves a number of steps:

1. Candidates should apply online via Apply Yourself. Please note that we no longer accept paper applications.

2. Saïd Business School accepts applications on a rolling admissions basis for this programme. Please note that all applicants are required to pay a non-refundable processing fee of £150.

3. Selected applicants will then be invited to interview.

4. Interviews can be conducted either in Oxford, or we can conduct telephone interviews (our strong preference is for face-to-face interviews). All interviews are conducted by faculty who will be teaching the course, or senior administrative personnel.

5. Applicants will be notified of their results as soon as possible.

Application requirements:

1. Significant professional experience

2. A good undergraduate degree or equivalent professional qualification

3. Your university academic transcripts outlining the subjects studied and grades obtained

4. GMAT score

5. A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Test Scheme (IELTS)

6. Two references, professional or academic (only online references can be accepted)

7. Three essays on the topics outlined in the online application form

Core courses
The Cambridge Executive MBA provides a thorough overview of the principal functional areas of an organisation. We ensure participants understand the role of different business departments, are familiar with their key tools and methodologies, appreciate the way in which they operate in the wider organisational context and are fully conversant with the language and terminology they use.

Our electives provide you with the ideal opportunity to broaden your experience, focus on subjects of particular interest and tailor the programme to your needs. We consult with the class to offer electives best suited to your requirements.

International Business study trip
The trip centres around the core course of International Business and all lectures for this course are delivered during the trip.

Team Consulting Project
Our live projects reflect our belief in ‘learning by doing’. We work closely with global blue-chip companies and international organisations to ensure you tackle projects which have real impact. Many companies go on to implement the recommendations and strategies developed during these projects.

Personal & professional development
The Cambridge Executive MBA emphasises the development of ‘soft’ personal skills, such as cultural intelligence, diplomatic skills and reflexivity, which we believe are critical for effective management and leadership.

We operate a staged (rounds-based) admissions process that allows candidates to plan when to submit their application, but we are happy to consider completed applications received outside of these deadlines.

All applications must be submitted via our online application system. Please ensure that all questions including essays are completed before you submit the application. Candidates should submit their application by 23:59 UK time on the day of their chosen deadline.

Submitting your references
We require two references. One reference should come from a line manager or supervisor and the other from a team member or peer. Automated reference requests will be sent to your referees once you have input their contact details into our online application system. We will not consider your application complete until your references have been received; it is your responsibility to ensure they are received by the deadline you select

Application requirements:

The Cambridge Executive MBA is a rigorous academic programme. We therefore need to ensure that everyone who attends the programme is of a sufficient standard to manage the intensive and demanding workload. Please read the requirements carefully as they contain important information.
If you are unsure of your suitability for the programme please feel free to submit your CV for review.

Professional experience 7 years’ full-time before commencing the programme in September

Academic achievement 1st or 2.1 or GPA of at least 3.3 or Top 25% of class

GMAT If you feel that the skills covered by the GMAT can be demonstrated elsewhere in your application then you may request a waiver (granted at the discretion of the EMBA Director) – see below

Two references A professional reference; A peer reference

English proficiency English as your native language or IELTS – 7.5 no band below 6.0 or TOEFL – 110, with no element below 25 or CAE minimum score of Grade A or CPE minimum score of Grade A, B or C.

Over 15 months, IE Business School’s Executive MBA unites diverse international business leaders with a focus on impacting lasting change. By gaining invaluable insights, business acumen and developing essential soft skills, high-performing professionals can level-up their career potential while immersed in a dynamic, international network.

  • DURATION – 15 months
  • LANGUAGE – English or Spanish
  • LOCATION – Online + Madrid
  • INTAKE – September & March
  • PROGRAM – Executive MBA
  • FORMAT – Blended Methodology

The program kicks off with a week-long session in Madrid. It continues on our Online Campus where students participate in live interactive video lectures and smart forums.

You will have three mandatory one-week periods at our Madrid campus, one at the beginning of the program, one Leading Change in a Digital World Week approaching the halfway point of the program, and one final week for the final project presentation and graduation.

At the end of the 15 months, the final residential week will be held, where students will complete the course and present the final version of their business plans. There are two additional international weeks that are optional for students in the program: The Global Immersion Week and Global Network for Advanced Management.

Candidates should complete the sections that appear in the online application form and must also upload the following documents:

  • Bachelor degree from an accredited university (*)
  • Official university transcripts (certified translation into English or Spanish)
  • 1 page CV/Resume
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Work verification letter
  • Organizational chart
  • Should the Admissions Committee find it necessary, non-native English speakers may be asked to provide an English Certificate; we accept the Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, Pearson Test of English, TOEFL, Duolingo English Test (minimum score 120) and IELTS exams.
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  • Application fee: 125€ or 175€ in case of applying to 2 programs (fee is not refundable)