In terms of structure, EMBA programs simultaneously resemble part-time and modular programs. Classes are usually held on Fridays and Saturdays. Executive MBAs require long periods of residential work, known as "modules", and foreign field trips.

Programme Curriculum

The content and scheduling are quite often different from the traditional full-time MBAs, as the EMBA is designed for the professional needs of senior, working managers. The level of coursework differs from full-time MBAs due to:

  • A broad range of courses
  • Courses which are more condensed


Team learning is an integral part of EMBA programs. Students might work in teams so that a strong sense of camaraderie is established. EMBA programmes generally have a strong focus on team-based learning and participants learning from each other. Case studies are employed in such a way that they become a platform for discussion. Much care is taken when EMBA teams are put together. The aim is to create as diverse a culture and work experience as possible.


The EMBA is increasingly used to strengthen alliances among business schools. This gives you an excellent opportunity to have residential modules at various universities in different countries. Generally, these programs are called Global Executive MBAs. For instance, ESCP-EAP European School of Management is a highly international school with campuses in Paris, London, Berlin, Madrid, and Turin.


  • Increased earning power
  • Contact with leading business academics
  • Immediate application of acquired knowledge
  • Sharing experience with senior, highly experienced executives
  • No need to give up your current employment
  • Increase in long-term potential through the development of skills and abilities


  • EMBAs may differ significantly from mainstream MBA programs. Some argue the EMBA is an intensive executive education.
  • EMBA is the most challenging MBA program because it encompasses important aspects of your life such as a full-time job, travelling, and a great deal of independent study.


From 12 to 29 months


25,000 to 100,000 euros

Admissions requirements

The same requirements as for the full-time MBA except that you need at least 7 years of work experience in a managerial position. GMAT scores are not necessarily required.

Employer sponsorship

69 percent of students are sponsored by their employers worldwide; 73 percent in Europe, 66 percent in North America, 67 percent in Asia and Australia.

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