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Frequently asked questions about Executive Programs at the Zicklin School of Business.

What is an Executive MBA or Executive MS?

The Executive MBA and Executive MS programs are degree programs specially designed to meet the needs of business professionals:

  • Classes are held on weekends and/or evenings so that students can attend the program while continuing to work.
  • Students complete the degree at an accelerated pace. Oftentimes these program lengths are much shorter than most traditional part-time programs.
  • The programs are offered in a cohort structure, in which all students take the same classes together and form long-lasting business relationships.
  • The program fees are inclusive, covering tuition, fees, all course materials, class-day meals, and more.

Is this the same degree as a regular MBA or MS?

Yes, it is the same degree, and students fulfill the same requirements as a traditional MBA or MS.

How is the Executive MBA different from a regular MBA?

There are several differences:

  • The Executive MBA is meant for mid-level managers and experienced professionals, and applicants should have at least 5 to 7 years of work experience. On average, our EMBA students typically have 10-15 years of experience.
  • It is a weekend program, with classes mainly on Saturdays.  Classes are also held on a few Fridays during the year because of holidays--but these are scheduled well in advance so you have adequate warning.  Classes run the whole day (8:30 am to 5:30 pm).
  • It is a cohort-based program, meaning that you take all your classes with the same group of people throughout the program.  Students usually develop strong personal and professional bonds with their classmates that are sustained throughout life.  The cohort thus becomes the core of the students' network, affording many opportunities for career advancement.
  • The program is a general MBA.  It includes a wide range of courses in functional areas (Finance, Accounting, Marketing, Human Resources, Information Systems, and Statistics) as well as specialized courses in areas such as leadership, innovation, negotiation, persuasion and ethics.
  • Program fees include all course materials (textbooks, lecture notes, cases, readings) and meals and snacks on class days (breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks).  In addition, all administrative details (registration, bursar, etc.) are taken care of by the Executive Programs staff, so students can focus exclusively on their studies.
  • The highlight of the EMBA program is an 8-10 day International Study Trip, in which the class travels to two overseas destinations to learn about business conditions, practices and cultures in those cities.  Meetings are arranged with business leaders and policy makers, along with site visits to companies and manufacturing facilities.  Students learn first-hand about the challenges and opportunities of doing business in those countries or cities.  Most of the cost of the trip (travel and hotel) is included in the program fees.

Who is a typical student?

A typical Zicklin Executive Programs student is a highly motivated, mature individual who has assessed his or her potential and set goals of leadership within an existing work environment or in another field. Executive students have typically reached mid-management levels of responsibility yet seek out the challenge of intense study as a stepping-stone to ultimate success.

Is the GMAT or GRE required?

Submission of official GMAT or GRE scores is required unless the candidate has received confirmation of a waiver from the admissions committee. A waiver of test score requirements is typically confirmed during the pre-application resume review. To submit a pre-application, please email a copy of your current resume to us and indicate which program you are interested in applying to.

Is there a deadline for submitting applications?

Applications are accepted and processed on a "rolling admissions" basis with two rounds of deadlines: typically a priority deadline in April and a final deadline in June.

Do I have to be financially sponsored by my company?

No. In fact, today fewer companies, whether large or small, offer full tuition sponsorship because of uncertain business conditions.  However, unless you are self-employed, you need to have your employer's signature on the Sponsor's Agreement.  This is to ensure that your organization is aware that you will have additional demands on your time as you complete this program, and will support you through that process.

How is tuition paid?

Tuition is paid in installments, depending on the length of the program.  A deposit is due upon acceptance of our offer of admission. The remaining payments are typically due prior to the start of each trimester.

What financial aid is available?

There are several sources of financial aid (loans) that candidates may consider, including federal graduate student aid. No departmental scholarships are offered by Zicklin Executive Programs.

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