- Higher Acceptance Rates. EMBA acceptance rates are higher than MBA acceptance rates (with some exceptions). For example, Kellogg’s 2008 acceptance rate for its MBA program was 24%; its EMBA program’s rate was 33%.
- Less Emphasis on GMAT. Can’t be bothered to take the GMAT? You’re in luck – many top EMBA programs don’t require applicants to take the GMAT. (And if they do require it, their expected scores are lower than those expectations for top MBA programs.)
- Keep Your Job. You can continue working while pursuing an Executive MBA. Almost all EMBA programs are part-time programs that allow you to commute to their evening or weekend classes so you can keep working and living at home.
- If you are over 30 and certainly over 35, you may find that the more experienced and older students in EMBA programs allow you to learn more from your peers than if you were in a classroom with full-time MBA students, who are usually in their mid- to late-twenties.
- The Commute. Not having to pick up and move your life to a new city for two years is certainly an advantage for many established working people, but having to commute between your hometown and the campus can be quite exhausting, not to mention expensive.
- Work + School = No Time to Play (or Breathe). Working full-time, studying part-time, and commuting in between, doesn’t leave much time for anything else. Throw a family and volunteer activities into the equation and you’d be hard pressed to find time to breathe. Well, no one said pursuing an EMBA was easy….
- Few Programs. There aren’t as many EMBA programs as there are MBA programs, so you may struggle to the program that’s best for you academically, socially, geographically, and schedule-wise.
- Not all MBAs are Created Equal. Many top recruiters view the EMBA degree as an “MBA-lite” and prefer younger job applicants who’ve completed a more rigorous, full-time business degree. While it may be the best option for you as a mid-career professional, you can’t ignore this drawback.
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