FAQs

Admissions

What is the admissions process, and how difficult is it to be accepted?

Applications will be accepted on a space available basis. Early application is advisable, since class size is limited and qualified applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Application deadlines are June 15, August 15, and October 15. Once your application is complete, including an interview, you will receive a decision within usually one month. Admission to the program is competitive. 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, and represent diverse industries and professional backgrounds. Another key factor in the admissions process is the ability to obtain corporate sponsorship. This endorsement by your organization speaks to the contribution you have already made and the future potential they see in you. Company support, regardless of financial support, is required.

What if I apply after the admission deadline?

The admissions committee reviews all applications that are received. For any applications that are received after our final October 15 deadline, admissions are made on a space-available basis.

When will I receive an admission decision?

The Admissions Committee will inform you of the admissions decision within 2-3 weeks of your interview (candidates are invited for an interview upon receipt of your complete application).

Is the GMAT required for admission?”

No, we do not require the GMAT unless the student does not have an undergraduate degree. However, in some cases where we don’t have enough information on a student’s quantitative skills, the admissions committee may ask a candidate to take the GMAT (for example, when the student’s undergraduate GPA is lower than a B average).

Are there any prerequisites for admission to the program?

We require an undergraduate degree and 10 or more years of work experience.

Does my undergraduate degree need to be in business?

No, we accept applications from students with every sort of undergraduate degree.

Does my work experience need to be in business?

No, not necessarily. A number of our students have backgrounds in medicine and law, for example. We typically look for managerial experience of some sort, whether it is managing people, budgets, or projects.

Do foreign students need to meet special requirements

Yes. Applicants who completed their undergraduate degree at a foreign university where classes were not taught in English must submit their TOEFL scores. Also, all transcripts must be submitted in English. The admissions department will determine if the applicant’s degree is a BA/BS equivalent (in some cases we will ask the applicant to have their degree evaluated by a third-party entity to assess equivalency).

Are there any exceptions made if I don’t have an undergraduate degree, or if I have fewer than 10 years of experience?

Applicants who do not have an undergraduate degree must take the GMAT and submit their score. These applicants must have at least 10 years of experience. If you have fewer than 10 years of experience and an undergraduate degree, we may consider your application depending on the breadth and depth of your experience and undergraduate record.

Will there be people like me in the BU Executive MBA program?

The EMBA program attracts a wide range of managers from many different industries, a fact we consider one of the greatest benefits of our program. The diversity of our classes truly enriches the learning experience, as each student brings his or her perspective to the learning environment. Moreover, one of the cornerstones of our program is our emphasis on Team Learning™ and the importance of learning from one another as well as the faculty. Executive MBA participants are an important source of support to one another, forming close friendships and professional networks. For related info, see Profile & Statistics or Team Learning.

I’ve been out of school for a long time. How hard is it to adjust to an intensive academic program?

Returning to an academic environment after many years in the workforce will take some adjustment, but it’s also an invigorating and reaffirming experience. Participants in our program generally enjoy the opportunity to study and learn in a dynamic and supportive environment. We’ve also structured our program to support you in these ways: • To ease your transition, during the first Residential Week we introduce you to the scope and standards of the curriculum. If you want to brush up on some subjects, we also offer pre-program workshops (math review, financial accounting, business writing, etc.) at no additional cost. • To minimize distractions from your coursework, the Executive MBA staff provides all support services, including: – Course registration – Distribution of all curriculum materials – Arrangements for accommodations, parking services and meals – Academic advising

Can I speak with alumni of the Boston University Executive MBA Program?

Of course! Simply contact the office and we will provide you with a relevant list of alumni whom you may speak with.

Program Details and Curriculum

What is the structure of the Executive MBA program?

The Executive MBA program is delivered as a lock-step, cohort program, which means your schedule of courses is predetermined and you go through the program with the same group of students (your cohort).

Why does the EMBA program meet on Fridays and Saturdays every other week?

The bi-weekly schedule accommodates participants’ job responsibilities, including business travel. It also maximizes faculty and student interaction, allowing for concentrated time on campus, and minimizes the time lost in travel to and from the campus. In addition, the two-week interval between classes provides flexibility for participants to meet their professional and personal commitments.

Is the degree from the Executive MBA program different from one that is received in the Full-Time or Part-Time MBA programs?

No, it is the same degree. All graduates of the MBA Programs from the Boston University School of Management receive a Masters in Business Administration. While the degrees are the same, it is the experience that will vary from program-to-program. The Executive MBA program is tailored for students with more substantial professional work experience who want a collegial program that is convenient for their personal and professional lives.

Is the program accredited?

Yes, the program is fully accredited by the AACSB.

How much time outside of class will I spend on homework/group work?

Typically 15-20 hours outside of class will be spent per week on homework/group work. This will vary depending on the module as well as the experience and study habits of the student.

What if I travel a lot for work or may need to miss a class?

Many of our current students travel frequently. We provide the entire 18 month schedule in advance (see Calendar) so students can plan around the classes and travel during weeks when class is not in session. Of course, sometimes students must miss a class. In such cases, the student needs to work with the faculty (and his/her team members) to determine how the missed class will be made up.

How are class teams formed?

Teams are formed to create a diverse group that complements each other, where geography will also play a role (where we attempt to team you with individuals who live relatively close together to facilitate group meetings and interactions).

Tuition and Financing

How much does the EMBA program cost compared to other MBA programs?

Calculating costs is not an apples-to-apples proposition. While the EMBA program may appear to be more expensive than a traditional MBA program at BU or other institutions, it’s important to remember the following: • The cost of the EMBA program is all-inclusive. It covers tuition and fees, all required instructional materials, books and computer software, selected meals, accommodations, parking, social events, an international trip (exclusive of airfare), and miscellaneous costs. • There are no “opportunity costs.” You complete the EMBA program in 18 months without career interruption—unlike a full-time program that requires students to leave their jobs, or a part-time evening program that takes 3-5 years to complete.

What is Corporate Sponsorship?

Corporate sponsorship is an endorsement by the organization for which you work. By giving this endorsement, your organization believes you are the type of individual who would benefit from the Boston University Executive MBA Program and they understand the time commitment necessary for the program. Corporate sponsorship does not require your company to pay for the entire program (or even any of the program cost), although more than 75% of most Executive MBA participants have some percentage of the cost of the program paid by their organization. However, many participants do not get any financial support from their companies, and decide to pursue their Executive MBA, because of its attractive return on investment. Go to Corporate Partners for more information.

Why should a company sponsor an applicant for the Boston University Executive MBA Program?

The Executive MBA Program offers companies the opportunity to develop their most promising and motivated managers without interrupting the manager’s career. The company’s best people continue to contribute to the company while earning an MBA. Participants’ on-the-job-learning is strengthened by an outstanding academic program, enhanced by interactions with senior faculty and strong peers from a broad range of backgrounds. The investment of time and financial support is quickly returned when participants bring back new ideas to identify, analyze and solve company problems. Executive MBA Program sponsorship is a rewarding investment in an organization’s future. Go to Corporate Partners for more information.

How can I convince my company to sponsor me?

The EMBA program is a win-win situation for corporate sponsors: The organization helps to develop your skills and reward your ambitions. You continue to contribute to the company, and your on-the-job performance is strengthened by the program’s outstanding academics and enriched by interactions with senior BU faculty and a diverse group of peers. Your company will realize a quick return on its investment of time and financial support as you bring back new ideas to identify, analyze, and solve company challenges. Download a copy of the Sample Memo to Corporate Sponsors to help you articulate the benefits of the Executive MBA Program to your organization.

I have my own company. Do I need a sponsor?

No. A number of small business owners and consultants have participated in the EMBA Program. In cases like these, an individual is self-sponsored.

If I live nearby, do I need to stay at the accommodations provided on the Friday night, or during the residencies?

No you do not, although we do encourage it, as it fosters interaction with classmates and allows you to focus on the program and keep outside distractions to a minimum. Nearly all participants typically stay in the provided for accommodations. There is no discount if you elect not to stay in the hotel.

How can I learn more about the Executive MBA program?

We highly encourage interested candidates to attend an information session. These sessions are the perfect way to learn more about the program, meet alumni and faculty, and ask EMBA staff questions related to the admissions process. If our information session dates don’t fit your schedule, prospective students are encouraged to visit a class so they can see the EMBA program in action, and then join a current class for lunch. You can contact the EMBA office to obtain a class schedule.