EMBA Admissions

Application Timetable
Application Deadline Notification Date Apply Now
June 15, 2015 July 15, 2015
August 15, 2015 September 15, 2015
October 1, 2015 November 13, 2015

The BU EMBA Program enrolls one cohort each year in January. The next cohort will begin with an orientation weekend in December 2015, followed by Residence Week 1 in January 2016.

Early admission is advisable, since class size is limited and qualified applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Benefits include:

  • Discuss financial aid options with the MBA Financial Aid Coordinator
  • Receive pre-program materials early and utilize extra lead time to prepare for the program
  • Interact with EMBA faculty and alumni
  • Attend admitted student events and get to know your EMBA classmates

Applications will be accepted on a space available basis after October 15. Please contact the EMBA office if you have questions regarding admissions policies.

Application Process

  1. Submit your resume so we can help you assess if you would be a strong candidate for admission to the EMBA program.
  2. View the online application and application checklist.
  3. Attend an admissions event and class, if possible, and use this as an opportunity to experience EMBA firsthand, as well as ask any questions you have.
  4. To help you approach your organization about supporting your Executive MBA experience we have prepared information that demonstrates the major benefits to your employer.


The admissions committee selects Executive MBA class members with diverse skills and backgrounds, all of whom:

  • Have 10+ years of work experience
  • Are experienced managers or senior professionals
  • Continue to work full-time
  • Represent diverse industries and professional backgrounds

Not sure if you qualify for the EMBA program? Submit your resume, and we’ll be happy to review it and get back in touch.

Required Application Materials

  • Executive MBA application
  • Essay (included in online application)
  • Résumé
  • Letter of organizational sponsorship
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Organizational chart
  • Official copies of all university-level transcripts (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Letter of introduction
  • $125.00 Application fee
  • International applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the US, Great Britain, Canada or Australia, or who have not studied in these countries, are required to take either the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE exam

View EMBA application checklist.

Once all application materials have been received, the Admissions Committee will contact candidates about scheduling a personal interview.

Information Sessions and Class Visits

We encourage prospective candidates to visit the School of Management to experience the Executive MBA Program firsthand. The EMBA Admissions team provides ample opportunities for you to visit:

Attend an Information Session

Attending an Information Session is the the best way to get a feel for the program and determine if it is right for you. All candidates are strongly encouraged to attend an Information Session during the admissions process.

On-campus Information Sessions coincide with a current class in session, and include:

  • An informal breakfast with prospective EMBA classmates and current EMBA students
  • An overview of the program features, curriculum and benefits
  • The opportunity to hear from accomplished EMBA alumni
  • The chance to visit an EMBA class in session and meet the faculty
  • The opportunity to ask any program or admissions questions you might have.


On Campus Information Sessions
Dates resume in early 2015  

Online Information Sessions

Online Information Sessions offer the opportunity to get an overview of the program and the admissions process. Sessions are typically 30-45 minutes.  EMBA Staff will answer any questions about the programs.

Online Information Sessions and Recordings
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 12:00 – 1:00 pm Register


Listen to a recent webinar recording. This webinar is designed to give provide an overview of the program benefits and the admissions process. Hear from Associate Dean of Executive Education Jonathan Lehrich and EMBA Marketing and Admissions Manager Lara Zelman.

Program Overview and Admissions Insights


Visit a Class Session

We invite you to learn about the EMBA experience firsthand by attending a class with current EMBA students. Please contact the EMBA Program Office by phone at 617-353-8470 or e-mail to receive a class schedule.

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Total cost for the 28th Executive MBA class, beginning January 2015, is:

Semester Cost
Fall 2014 $5,000
Spring 2015 $22,100
Summer 2015 $22,600
Fall 2015 $23,100
Spring 2016 $23,600
Total $96,400

This total cost includes:

  • Tuition and fees
  • Books, software, and class materials
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and select dinners
  • Lodging and parking
  • Optional pre-program review course
  • Special events
  • International seminar (exclusive of airfare)

Tuition and fees breakdown is subject to change. The tuition listed is for the class beginning in January 2015.

Additional information concerning program tuition can be found in Financing Your Education.

Please note: Federal regulations do not permit a student to borrow more than total cost of education. If you have extenuating circumstances that warrant consideration, please consult the Graduate Programs Office at 617-353-3584.

Boston University School of Management reserves the right to change without notice any policies concerning, but not limited to, its rules, tuition, fees, curricula, and courses.

Massachusetts law requires all students who are carrying 75 percent of the full-time curriculum to have medical insurance. Students who cannot demonstrate coverage under a qualifying medical insurance plan must purchase the University’s student health insurance plan. The cost of medical insurance for the 2014-2015 academic year is $1,941.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Graduate education is a significant investment in your future. Although the returns are immeasurable, business school is a venture that should be planned carefully and strategically. The long-term financial obligation of graduate education requires sound budget planning. We encourage you to begin preparation far in advance of applying. Our goal is to help you reach your educational goals by assisting and guiding you through your financial aid process.

EMBA Scholarships

The Boston University Executive MBA Program awards a limited number of  scholarships for incoming EMBA students.  Selection for these scholarships is highly competitive and will be based on merit and/or need.  Academic and career achievements will also be considered with preference given to those who are self-financing all or some of their EMBA education. To be eligible for these scholarships, you must include an additional essay with your application. Contact the EMBA office for scholarship application requirements.

Financial Aid

For EMBA students who are paying in part or whole for their own tuition, there are two alternatives for financing:

  • Federal Direct Stafford Loans
  • Alternative Financing Options

For more information see Financing Your Education.

Federal Direct Stafford Loans

The Federal Direct Stafford Loan Program provides low-interest loans to US citizens and US permanent residents pursuing graduate education. The maximum loan eligibility is $20,500 per academic year.

Alternative Financing Options

US citizens, permanent residents, and international students can finance business school with private education loans.  US citizens and permanent residents who qualify as credit-worthy do not require cosigners. International students, however, must apply with a creditworthy US citizen or permanent resident with a US-based address.

Additional Information on Financing Your Education

Still Have Questions on Financing?

Contact the Graduate Programs Office at (617) 353-3584.

Additional Resources

Please feel free to contact the Executive MBA Program Office at (617) 353-8470 with any questions about the application process.

Other resources: