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  1. 3. University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)

    Philadelphia, PA; San Francisco, CA
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    The Wharton MBA for Executives at the University of Pennsylvania offers three formats: in-person classes in Philadelphia, in San Francisco, and a hybrid option through the WAVE Global Classroom. To apply, applicants need to submit a GMAT, Executive Assessment, or GRE results and a letter of recommendation. Applicants should also have at least eight years of work experience. After graduating, students report a median base salary of about $256,500 four months post-graduation. The application deadlines for fall enrollment are October 11 and January 11.
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    The Wharton MBA for Executives at the University of Pennsylvania offers three formats: in-person classes in Philadelphia, in San Francisco, and a hybrid option through the WAVE Global Classroom...

  2. 4. University of Michigan (Ross)

    Ann Arbor, MI; Los Angeles, CA
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    With cohorts in Los Angeles and Ann Arbor, the University of Michigan’s (Ross) executive MBA program has students meeting one weekend a month for 21 months. The program is a standardized test that is optional, but applicants must have eight years of work experience and be required to submit one letter of recommendation. The deadline to submit for the fall semester is May 1.
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    With cohorts in Los Angeles and Ann Arbor, the University of Michigan’s (Ross) executive MBA program has students meeting one weekend a month for 21 months...

  3. 6. University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler)

    Chapel Hill, NC
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    The Weekend Executive MBA program at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler), is standardized test-optional and does not require non-native English speakers to submit language proficiency scores. However, the program is looking for two letters of recommendation and at least five years of work experience. Each core course has around 44 students. The deadline to apply for the upcoming semester is November 4.
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    The Weekend Executive MBA program at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler), is standardized test-optional and does not require non-native English speakers to submit language proficiency scores...

  4. 7. University of California–Los Angeles (Anderson)

    Los Angeles, CA
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    The University of California, Los Angeles (Anderson) reports that in 2023, its executive MBA students graduated with increased salaries, on average, by 30 percent, and more than half of them secured new jobs while in the program. Admission requires non-native English speakers to submit TOEFL scores of either 560 for the paper test or 87 for the online one. Standardized test score submission is optional, but two letters of recommendation and eight years of work experience are required. Students’ median base salary, four months post-graduation, is approximately $237,000. Graduate students must complete 76 credits, and the deadline to apply for the fall semester is May 1.
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    The University of California, Los Angeles (Anderson) reports that in 2023, its executive MBA students graduated with increased salaries, on average, by 30 percent, and more than half of them secured new jobs while in the program...

  5. 8. New York University (Stern)

    New York, NY; Washington, DC
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    The executive MBA program at NYU has two locations. In New York City, classes are held every other Friday and Saturday for 22 months, while in Washington, D.C., the program offers courses once a month over two years. Regardless of location or format, students must complete at least 60 credits to earn a Stern School of Business MBA degree. Standardized test scores are not required, but applicants must submit two letters of recommendation and have six or more years of work experience. On average, there are 46 students in each core EMBA course. The deadline to apply for fall enrollment is May 15.
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    The executive MBA program at NYU has two locations...

  6. 9. Texas A&M University–College Station (Mays)

    Houston, TX
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    Texas A&M University’s (Mays) executive MBA program requires a TOEFL iBT score of 100 for non-native English-speaking applicants. The program does not require a letter of recommendation but mandates applicants to have ten years of work experience. The deadline to apply for fall enrollment is June 23.
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    Texas A&M University’s (Mays) executive MBA program requires a TOEFL iBT score of 100 for non-native English-speaking applicants...

  7. 10. University of South Florida (Muma)

    Tampa, FL
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    The University of South Florida (Muma) executive MBA program requires non-native English speakers to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo scores. Because of the experience level associated with an EMBA, at least five years of prior work experience, according to the school, most applicants are eligible to waive standardized testing. The school requires three letters of recommendation to apply. The median base salary four months after graduation is approximately $146,300. In 2024, USF has added a Healthcare Leadership concentration to its offerings. The deadline to apply for the fall semester is June 1.
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    The University of South Florida (Muma) executive MBA program requires non-native English speakers to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo scores...

  8. 11. Duke University (Fuqua)

    Durham, NC
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    Duke’s executive MBA program requires applicants to submit an unofficial standardized test score. The school accepts the following tests: GMAT, GRE, and the Executive Assessment. Scores need to be valid at the time of application submission. However, test score waivers are offered on a case-by-case basis to qualifying applicants. The school also requires applicants to submit one letter of recommenation to posess at least five years of work experience. The median base salary a year after graduation is $190,000. The full-time program is offered in Durham, NC, and includes an optional trip to Johannesburg, South Africa. The school has multiple application deadlines from September to April.
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    Duke’s executive MBA program requires applicants to submit an unofficial standardized test score...

  9. 12. University of Georgia (Terry)

    Atlanta, GA
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    The structure of the University of Georgia’s (Terry) executive MBA program is 18 months of weekend class instruction. For non-native English speakers, the program requires either the TOEFL or IELTS. The school does not require standardized test scores and believes that “professional accomplishments are the strongest indicators of your ability to be successful in the Executive MBA program.” However, scores can be voluntarily submitted. Two letters of recommendation and seven years of work experience are required. The deadline to apply is June 30.
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    The structure of the University of Georgia’s (Terry) executive MBA program is 18 months of weekend class instruction...

  10. 13. Boise State University

    Boise, ID
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    Boise State’s executive MBA program requires students to attend monthly classes for 3–4 consecutive days. The program mandates a non-financial employer sponsorship, wherein the company acknowledges the applicant’s participation. Prospective international students must earn a minimum TOEFL score of 80––all applicants must have at least ten years of work experience. Additionally, applicants need to submit three letters of recommendation. The program typically accommodates 20 students in each core course. The school reports that 85% of alums receive a promotion within four months of graduation, with a median base salary of $227,447. The deadline to apply for the fall semester is July 31.
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    Boise State’s executive MBA program requires students to attend monthly classes for 3–4 consecutive days...

  11. 14. University of Southern California (Marshall)

    Los Angeles, CA
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    The Marshall Executive MBA from the University of Southern California requires non-native English speakers to submit either TOEFL or IELTS scores. For the former, the school requires a minimum score of 90. The school also requires one letter of recommendation from all applicants and recommends each have at least eight years of work experience. The Los Angeles-based program requires 60 credits to graduate. The deadline to apply is July 31.
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    The Marshall Executive MBA from the University of Southern California requires non-native English speakers to submit either TOEFL or IELTS scores...

  12. 15. Arizona State University (Carey)

    Tempe, AZ
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    The executive MBA program at Arizona State University (Carey) mandates that international students provide TOEFL, IELTS, and Duolingo scores. While the program does not require standardized test scores, applicants can submit them. Letters of recommendation are not required, but a minimum of ten years of work experience, including five years in a management role, is required. The application deadline is July 15.
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    The executive MBA program at Arizona State University (Carey) mandates that international students provide TOEFL, IELTS, and Duolingo scores...

  13. 16. University of Texas–Dallas (Jindal)

    Richardson, TX
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    Executive MBA classes at the University of Texas, Dallas (Jindal) meet face-to-face one weekend a month, bringing together a cohort of students with an average of 18 years of professional work experience. This experience includes personalized executive coaching and culminates in a 10-day international study tour in the final semester. The full-time program requires three letters of recommendation for admission and 53 credits to graduate. Students’ median base salary, four months post-graduation, is approximately $179,000. The deadline to apply for the fall semester is August 1.
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    Executive MBA classes at the University of Texas, Dallas (Jindal) meet face-to-face one weekend a month, bringing together a cohort of students with an average of 18 years of professional work experience...

  14. 17. Rice University (Jones)

    Houston, TX
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    Rice University (Jones) hosts classes all day on Fridays, Saturdays, and every other weekend for executive MBA students. Test scores are not required, but they may be submitted if applicants have valid GMAT, GRE, Executive assessment, or GMAT Focus scores. One recommendation from a current or former direct supervisor is sufficient for applications; otherwise, applicants will need two. The school requires students to have more than 15 years of work experience before enrolling. The fall semester application deadline is June 30.
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    Rice University (Jones) hosts classes all day on Fridays, Saturdays, and every other weekend for executive MBA students...

  15. 18. University of Notre Dame (Mendoza)

    Notre Dame, IN
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    The Global Executive MBA from the University of Notre Dame (Mendoza) is delivered through a 22-month program with monthly in-person sessions on campus and three global immersions across Europe, Asia, and South America. The school does not require GMAT scores for most applicants. However, admissions may ask some applicants to take the GMAT or Executive Assessment to help assess their academic readiness. The program requires at least eight years of work experience before enrolling and 50 credits to graduate. For non-native English speakers, the program requires applicants to submit TOEFL scores. Each core course has an average of 64 students in it. The deadline to apply for the fall semester is May 7.
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    The Global Executive MBA from the University of Notre Dame (Mendoza) is delivered through a 22-month program with monthly in-person sessions on campus and three global immersions across Europe, Asia, and South America...

  16. 19. University of Tennessee–Knoxville (Haslam)

    Knoxville, TN
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    The 11-month executive MBA offered by the University of Tennessee’s Haslam College of Business has three focus areas: Strategic Leadership, Healthcare Leadership, and Global Supply Chain. Non-native English speakers must submit a minimum TOEFL score of 100, and all applicants must submit two letters of recommendation. The program is flexible with the amount of work experience needed to apply, but generally recommend at least ten. The average number of students per course is 19. The program also offers an overseas residency. The deadline to apply for January enrollment is December 1.
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    The 11-month executive MBA offered by the University of Tennessee’s Haslam College of Business has three focus areas: Strategic Leadership, Healthcare Leadership, and Global Supply Chain...

  17. 20. William & Mary

    Williamsburg, VA
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    The executive MBA program at The College of William & Mary (Mason) includes two mandatory global business immersions and two U.S. immersions. Prospective international students are required to submit a TOEFL score of 100. With a span of 18 months, the program requires applicants to have seven years of work experience before enrolling. The average number of students per core course is 17, reflecting the intentional strategy to maintain small cohort sizes to ensure each student receives a high-quality, personalized experience. The deadline for fall matriculation applications is August 1.
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    The executive MBA program at The College of William & Mary (Mason) includes two mandatory global business immersions and two U...

  18. 21. University of Texas–Austin (McCombs)

    Austin, TX
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    The executive MBA program at the University of Texas, Austin (McCombs) can be completed in 20 months. Non-native English speakers only need to submit proficiency exam scores if they have lived in the United States for less than two years or were educated in a language other than English. Standardized test scores, including currently valid and previously expired GMAT, GRE, and EA scores, are required. Additionally, applicants must provide one letter of recommendation and have at least eight years of work experience. The deadline to apply for the fall semester is May 28.
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    The executive MBA program at the University of Texas, Austin (McCombs) can be completed in 20 months...

  19. 22. Yale University

    New Haven, CT
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    The Yale School of Management’s executive MBA program allows students to specialize in either Asset Management, Healthcare, or Sustainability. In the application process, students must submit a time sponsorship from their employer and either a GMAT, GRE, or Executive Assessment score. The school also requires two letters of recommendation and seven years of prior work experience. On average, there are 70 students per core course. To graduate, students must complete 72 units, which equivalent to 54 credits. There are multiple application deadlines for the fall semester.
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    The Yale School of Management’s executive MBA program allows students to specialize in either Asset Management, Healthcare, or Sustainability...

  20. 23. Xavier University

    Cincinnati, OH
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    Xavier University’s executive MBA program does not require English proficiency exams or standardized test scores. It does, however, require a minimum of two letters of recommendation. To graduate with an EMBA from the William’s College of Business, students need to complete 50 credit hours. The deadline to apply for fall enrollment is August 12.
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    Xavier University’s executive MBA program does not require English proficiency exams or standardized test scores...

  21. 24. Brigham Young University

    Salt Lake City, UT
    Applicants to the BYU Marriott Executive MBA program must meet specific requirements. International students must provide one of the following English proficiency exam scores: 100-IBT, 240-CBT, or 590-PBT. Additionally, all applicants must submit two letters of recommendation and have at least five years of work experience. There is an average of 48 students in each core course. The program’s completion requires a minimum of 54 credits. For the fall intake, the application deadline is May 1.
    Applicants to the BYU Marriott Executive MBA program must meet specific requirements...

  22. 25. Cornell University (Johnson)

    New York, NY; Ithaca, NY
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    Cornell University (Johnson) offers a 60-credit executive MBA program with three cohorts: two at the Cornell Tech campus in NYC—one for general management, one for healthcare leadership—and a third online cohort for students across the nation. Applicants need at least five years of work experience and two letters of recommendation but have the option to submit standardized test scores. The deadline for fall enrollment is June 15.
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    Cornell University (Johnson) offers a 60-credit executive MBA program with three cohorts: two at the Cornell Tech campus in NYC—one for general management, one for healthcare leadership—and a third online cohort for students across the nation...

  23. 26. Virginia Commonwealth University

    Richmond, VA
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    The executive MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University requires non-native English speakers to submit either TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English proficiency exam results. However, it’s optional for applicants to submit standardized test scores. The program requires all applicants to submit three letters of recommendation and have five years of work experience. The program’s learnings include an international trip, four major team projects, offsites to company headquarters, manufacturing plants, innovation centers, and numerous C-level speakers. Classes are in-person Friday and Saturday, with alternating online weekend sessions. The deadline to apply for the fall semester is June 15.
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    The executive MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University requires non-native English speakers to submit either TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English proficiency exam results...

  24. 27. Rochester Institute of Technology (Saunders)

    Rochester, NY
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    The executive MBA program from the Rochester Institute of Technology (Saunders) requires non-native English speakers to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. Standardized test score submission, whether GMAT or GRE, is not required. The 47-credit program does, however, require enrollees to have more than six years of experience. Each core course has an average of 14 students. The deadline to apply for fall is July 7.
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    The executive MBA program from the Rochester Institute of Technology (Saunders) requires non-native English speakers to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores...

  25. 28. Baylor University (Hankamer)

    Dallas, TX
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    The Baylor University (Hankamer) executive MBA program does not have a standard test policy or an English proficiency exam requirement. Regarding learning structure, the Dallas-based program requires students to meet once a month for 21 months. The EMBA concentrations offered include Healthcare Administration, Cybersecurity, Executive Communication, and Marketing. To apply, applicants must submit two letters of recommendation and have at least five years of work experience. Program completion requires 45 credits. The deadline to apply for the fall semester is August 1.
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    The Baylor University (Hankamer) executive MBA program does not have a standard test policy or an English proficiency exam requirement...

  26. 29. Case Western Reserve University (Weatherhead)

    Cleveland, OH
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    The executive MBA program at Case Western Reserve University (Weatherhead) spans five semesters and is structured in 16 three-day campus visits. Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation and have a minimum of ten years of work experience. The program requires a minimum of 48 credits for graduation, and the application deadline for the fall semester is April 30.
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    The executive MBA program at Case Western Reserve University (Weatherhead) spans five semesters and is structured in 16 three-day campus visits...

  27. 30. University of Minnesota (Carlson)

    Minneapolis, MN; Vienna, Austria; Guangzhou, China
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    The University of Minnesota’s Carlson Executive MBA program requires a TOEFL score of 81 for non-native English-speaking applicants. It also requires two letters of recommendation and recommends prospective students to have at least six years of work experience. The program culminates in a capstone that allows students to work on virtual global teams with the school’s Global EMBA partner programs in Europe and China for eight months. Outside of the Minneapolis, Minnesota campus, the program is also offered in Vienna, Austria (in partnership with WU Vienna) and Guangzhou, China (in collaboration with Lingnan College at Sun Yat-sen University). The deadline to apply for the fall semester is July 15.
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    The University of Minnesota’s Carlson Executive MBA program requires a TOEFL score of 81 for non-native English-speaking applicants...

  28. 31. Marquette University

    Milwaukee, WI
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    Marquette University offers an executive MBA program that can be completed in just 17 months and is deeply rooted in Jesuit traditions. While standardized test scores are not mandatory for applicants, the program directors may ask for GMAT or GRE scores if they need more information about an applicant’s quantitative readiness. Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation and have at least five years of work experience. The median base salary four months after graduating from the program is approximately $153,000. The fall semester deadline is July 15, and a minimum of 42.5 credits are required to graduate.
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    Marquette University offers an executive MBA program that can be completed in just 17 months and is deeply rooted in Jesuit traditions...

  29. 32. Georgia Institute of Technology (Scheller)

    Atlanta, GA
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    The executive MBA degree from Georgia Institute of Technology (Scheller) features capstone projects, an international residency, and the option to obtain Lean Six Sigma certification. The school requires a TOEFL score of 90 from international students, but it is test-optional across the board when it comes to standardized testing. The program is for those with five years of work experience who can provide two letters of recommendation. The program is 50 credits long, and the deadline to apply for fall enrollment is June 30.
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    The executive MBA degree from Georgia Institute of Technology (Scheller) features capstone projects, an international residency, and the option to obtain Lean Six Sigma certification...

  30. 33. University of Florida (Warrington)

    Gainesville, FL
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    The University of Florida’s (Warrington) Executive MBA program requires a minimum TOEFL score of 80 for non-native English-speaking applicants. The program also requires eight years of work experience and two letters of recommendation for all applicants. On average, there are 36 students per core course and graduates report a median base salary of approximately $162,500 four months post-degree completion. The deadline to apply for fall enrollment is June 1.
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    The University of Florida’s (Warrington) Executive MBA program requires a minimum TOEFL score of 80 for non-native English-speaking applicants...

  31. 34. University of Houston (Bauer)

    Houston, TX
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    The University of Houston’s (Bauer) executive MBA program does not require students to submit standardized test scores. Still, non-native English speakers are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, and Duolingo. The program also wants applicants to submit two letters of recommendation and have at least seven years of work experience. The program requires students to take 48 credits to graduate, and the deadline to apply for the fall semester is July 1.
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    The University of Houston’s (Bauer) executive MBA program does not require students to submit standardized test scores...

  32. 35. Southern Methodist University (Cox)

    Dallas, TX
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    The Executive MBA program from Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business does not require an English proficiency test or standardized test. However, one letter of recommendation is needed for the application. While applicants are encouraged to have at least 15 years of work experience under their belt, a minimum of eight years is the minimum required. The fall application deadline is June 6.
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    The Executive MBA program from Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business does not require an English proficiency test or standardized test...

  33. 36. University of California–Irvine (Merage)

    Irvine, CA
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    Both the full-time and part-time Executive MBA programs at the University of California, Irvine (Merage) require non-native English speakers to submit TOEFL or IELTS results. Additionally, applicants must submit two letters of recommendation and have a minimum of seven years of work experience. Each core course typically has an average of 40 enrolled students. The deadline to apply for the fall semester is July 15.
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    Both the full-time and part-time Executive MBA programs at the University of California, Irvine (Merage) require non-native English speakers to submit TOEFL or IELTS results...

  34. 37. Santa Clara University (Leavey)

    Santa Clara, CA
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    The executive MBA program from Santa Clara University (Leavey) teaches students various standard business disciplines like marketing, accounting, and finance. Two letters of recommendation and standardized test scores are required. The school suggests that applicants have 16 years of work experience before enrolling, but only ten are required. The median base salary for alums four months post-graduation is around $197,000. The deadline to apply for the fall is June 1.
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    The executive MBA program from Santa Clara University (Leavey) teaches students various standard business disciplines like marketing, accounting, and finance...

  35. 38. Pepperdine University (Graziadio)

    West LA, CA; Malibu, CA; Irvine, CA
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    Pepperdine’s Graziadio Business School’s 45-credit executive MBA program offers the flexibility of optional GMAT and GRE test scores. Although not required, submitting test scores can bolster your application and improve your chances for scholarship consideration. Non-native English speakers must provide TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE test scores. Applicants should have at least seven years of work experience and provide two letters of recommendation. The program has a small class size with an average of nine students per core course and is available in West Los Angeles, Malibu, and Irvine, California. Additionally, the school has a 38-credit Presidents and Key Executives MBA Program. The deadline for fall semester applications is August 12.
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    Pepperdine’s Graziadio Business School’s 45-credit executive MBA program offers the flexibility of optional GMAT and GRE test scores...

  36. 39. Florida Atlantic University

    Boca Raton, FL
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    Florida Atlantic University offers an executive MBA program with the option to specialize in one of the following areas: Hospitality and Tourism Management, Finance, Operations Management, International Business, Business Analytics, Management Information Systems, Health Administration, Marketing, and Accounting. Non-native English speakers must submit TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo scores. Though not mandatory, standardized test scores can be beneficial during the admission process. Additionally, applicants must provide two letters of recommendation and should have at least five years of work experience. The program can be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis, and while there is no strict deadline for fall applications, it is recommended to apply by early July for the best chance of acceptance.
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    Florida Atlantic University offers an executive MBA program with the option to specialize in one of the following areas: Hospitality and Tourism Management, Finance, Operations Management, International Business, Business Analytics, Management Information Systems, Health Administration, Marketing, and Accounting...

  37. 40. University of Denver (Daniels)

    Denver, CO
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    The 18-month, part-time, on-campus, cohorted executive MBA program from the University of Denver (Daniels) is 60 credits long. Non-native English speakers need to submit either TOEFL or IELTS exam results. Admissions recommend a minimum of ten years of experience in managerial roles. The deadline to apply for the fall cohort is August 15.
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    The 18-month, part-time, on-campus, cohorted executive MBA program from the University of Denver (Daniels) is 60 credits long...

  38. 41. Saint Joseph’s University (Haub)

    Philadelphia, PA
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    Saint Joseph’s University offers an Executive MBA program that can be completed in just one year on its Hawk Hill campus. Standardized test scores can be waived for students with significant work experience, provided they have at least five years under their belt. The 30-credit program starts in the summer, and the application deadline is May 1.
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    Saint Joseph’s University offers an Executive MBA program that can be completed in just one year on its Hawk Hill campus...

  39. 42. University of Arizona (Eller)

    Phoenix, AZ
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    The University of Arizona’s (Eller) executive MBA program offers a flexible hybrid format, combining two days of on-campus learning each month with online coursework. This 43-credit program can be completed in 21 months. Non-native English speakers must submit TOEFL or IELTS results, with a minimum required TOEFL score of 100. Applicants are also required to provide one letter of recommendation and have at least seven years of professional work experience. The application deadline for the fall semester is August 5.
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    The University of Arizona’s (Eller) executive MBA program offers a flexible hybrid format, combining two days of on-campus learning each month with online coursework...

  40. 43. Suffolk University (Sawyer)

    Boston, MA
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    Suffolk University’s (Sawyer) executive MBA program requires either TOEFL, IELTS, PTE-Academic, or Duolingo results from non-native English speakers. Standardized test scores are not required but can be submitted to strengthen applications. Students report a median salary of around $150,300 four months after graduation. The deadline to apply for fall enrollment is August 15.
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    Suffolk University’s (Sawyer) executive MBA program requires either TOEFL, IELTS, PTE-Academic, or Duolingo results from non-native English speakers...

  41. 44. University of Connecticut

    Hartford, CT
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    The executive MBA from the University of Connecticut requires non-native English speakers to submit TOEFL scores of 79. The ideal application includes a letter of recommendation. The program also requires applicants to have five years of work experience. The deadline to apply for the fall semester is July 24.
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    The executive MBA from the University of Connecticut requires non-native English speakers to submit TOEFL scores of 79...

  42. 45. University of Utah (Eccles)

    Salt Lake City, UT
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    The University of Utah’s (Eccles) executive MBA program requires non-native English speakers to submit either TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo scores. If applicants choose to submit their TOEFL score, the minimum accepted grade is 80. Because of the experience level associated with an EMBA, at least six years of prior work experience, according to the school, most applicants are eligible for a standardized test waiver. The program requires two letters of recommendation to apply and 48 credits to graduate. The deadline to apply for the fall semester is August 1.
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    The University of Utah’s (Eccles) executive MBA program requires non-native English speakers to submit either TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo scores...

  43. 46. Kennesaw State University (Coles)

    Kennesaw, GA
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    Kennesaw State University’s (Coles) executive MBA program requires non-native English speakers to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. All applicants must also submit two letters of recommendation and five years of prior work experience. However, the school does not require standardized test scores. The part-time program can be completed in 48 credits, and the deadline to apply for the fall semester is July 1.
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    Kennesaw State University’s (Coles) executive MBA program requires non-native English speakers to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores...

  44. 47. Fordham University (Gabelli)

    New York, NY
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    Fordham University’s executive MBA program from the Gabelli School of Business, also known as the Jesuit EMBA Program, does not require standardized scores from applicants but does require English proficiency scores from international students. The program also mandates one letter of recommendation from applicants. Though there is no work experience requirement, the school recommends people have at least seven years of work experience before applying. The school reports that 55% of its 2024 cohort were either promoted or secured new positions during the program. The deadline to apply for fall is June 7.
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    Fordham University’s executive MBA program from the Gabelli School of Business, also known as the Jesuit EMBA Program, does not require standardized scores from applicants but does require English proficiency scores from international students...

  45. 48. University of Oklahoma (Price)

    Norman, OK
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    The University of Oklahoma (Price) offers an EMBA in Energy and one in Aerospace and Defense. Both require non-native English speakers to have language proficiency scores. The Energy EMBA requires applicants to have seven years of total work experience, with at least two years in the field. It is offered on the Norman campus or online. In contrast, the Aerospace and Defense program is offered mainly online, with two residency weeks in Oklahoma City and one in Washington D.C., or Milan, Italy. The deadlines for fall enrollment vary.
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    The University of Oklahoma (Price) offers an EMBA in Energy and one in Aerospace and Defense...

  46. 49. University of Miami (Herbert)

    Miami, FL
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    The University of Miami’s (Herbert) Global Executive MBA program requires non-native English speakers to submit TOEFL scores of 94 or above and an IELTS of 7.0 or above. The school also looks for applicants with at least eight years of work experience and can provide at least two letters of recommendation. Each core course has an average of 17 students. The median base salary for graduates four months after graduation is $250,000. The deadline to apply for the fall semester is July 1.
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    The University of Miami’s (Herbert) Global Executive MBA program requires non-native English speakers to submit TOEFL scores of 94 or above and an IELTS of 7...

  47. 50. Hult International Business School

    United Kingdom; United Arab Emirates
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    The executive MBA program from Hult International Business School is available in the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates. The program requires non-native English speakers to submit TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge ESOL, or Duolingo scores. One letter of recommendation and three years of prior work experience are required for consideration. On average, each core course has around 50 students and 60 credits are required to graduate. The deadline to apply for the fall semester is June 30. The program cost varies by conversion rate.
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    The executive MBA program from Hult International Business School is available in the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates...

  48. 51. Drexel University (LeBow)

    Philadelphia, PA
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    The EMBA program at Drexel University (LeBow) mandates that applicants possess eight to ten years of prior work experience. This Philadelphia-based institution also requires just one letter of recommendation. There are typically 15 seats filled per core course. Graduates report a median base salary of $264,000 four months after completing the program. The deadline to apply for the fall semester is September 6.
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    The EMBA program at Drexel University (LeBow) mandates that applicants possess eight to ten years of prior work experience...

  49. 52. University of North Carolina––Wilmington (Cameron)

    Wilmington, NC
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    The University of North Carolina, Wilmington’s (Cameron) executive MBA program offers a full-time and part-time format where students engage in online or face-to-face managerial training. Plus, students can participate in a weeklong international residency at one of several European or Asian locations. The program requires non-native English speakers to submit TOEFL scores of at least 71 while requiring all applicants to submit two letters of recommendation. The school also requires each applicant to have five years of work experience. Four months post-graduation, graduates report a median salary of $90,000. The deadline to apply for the fall semester is July 27.
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    The University of North Carolina, Wilmington’s (Cameron) executive MBA program offers a full-time and part-time format where students engage in online or face-to-face managerial training...

MBA versus EMBA 

Both an MBA and an executive MBA (EMBA) are designed for professionals who want to land a role in the C-suite. EMBA programs are typically targeted toward working professionals with multiple years of work and management experience. demand a larger time commitment. On average, EMBA students have at least 15 years of work experience and 8 years of managing.

Is an executive MBA as good as an MBA? 

Earning an EMBA can help you get ahead in the tech world, in addition to preparing you for a C-suite role in other fields. Most MBA students have fewer years of work experience under their belts than EMBA students do. One advantage of EMBA programs is that many students are able to maintain their full-time work schedule, while taking courses. This enables professionals to keep gaining experience and advancing their careers while pursuing a degree. The curriculum of the two programs is largely the same, but EMBAs may have more advanced discussions and learning opportunities simply because the student population is more experienced.

When should you get an EMBA? 

While a traditional MBA can be advantageous to professionals at any point in their career, most people who pursue an EMBA begin their program after having at least eight years of work experience in a role supervising others. Ideal EMBA candidates are typically working in middle management roles, and seek advancement into a senior leadership position.

What are the disadvantages of an executive MBA? 

One disadvantage to getting an executive MBA is that it can be harder to change careers after earning the degree and diving into a particular career path. Additionally, because EMBA students are also working full-time concurrently, it can be difficult to balance class time in the evenings or on the weekends along with studying.

Is an MBA harder than an EMBA? 

Most MBA programs are designed for students with fewer years of work experience, while most EMBA programs are designed for current leaders with several years—usually eight or more—of experience in a supervisory role. Comparing the two programs and determining your own educational needs will help decide which program will be a better fit. If time management is not your strong suit, then an EMBA may be difficult to balance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is an executive MBA equivalent to MBA?

Not necessarily, although both are advanced degrees in business administration. The two programs vary in structure and tend to cater to different types of students. Traditional MBA programs offer students the opportunity to advance in their careers or even switch careers, with training geared toward management roles. Meanwhile, an executive MBA is really meant for full-time professionals looking to move up in their fields. Digging deeper, an MBA is typically for professionals at any point in their career, but the ideal candidate for an executive MBA is usually someone in their late 30s or early 40s (with management experience) looking to become a c-suite executive.

Is an executive MBA worth it?

An executive MBA can increase your earnings, expand your networking, and give you the push you need to move up the corporate ladder—and that’s why thousands of students find these programs to be incredibly valuable. The degree is designed for people who want to complete a program while working full-time, and it teaches these working professionals leadership skills and gives them a better understanding of financial outcomes in their industries. What’s more, an EMBA program can also help students who want to switch careers entirely because the core curriculum of finance, accounting, marketing, and operations can be applied in almost any industry.

Will an executive MBA increase my salary?

An executive MBA can increase your salary. In fact, nearly a quarter—23.9% of EMBA graduates receive compensation increases, and nearly half—42%—received a promotion in the middle of their program, according to data from the EMBA Council. Comparing before and after an EMBA, students experienced salary and bonus package increases of about $46,000.

What does an executive MBA do for you?

An executive MBA allows students to work full-time while earning an advanced business degree—and it also gives you the opportunity to use, in real-time, both the skills you’ve learned in your career and in class. By exercising these skills alongside other professionals, that can help you to draw on learnings and advance in your career. Ellen Johnson, who graduated from New York University Stern’s EMBA program, told Fortune that earning an MBA was “the best decision” she ever made and helped her to advance to the role of chief financial officer (CFO).

Is an executive MBA easier than an MBA?

An executive MBA is no easier or harder than a traditional MBA. Choosing which program you’d like to pursue depends on your personal circumstances and career goals. Those people who are working to complete an executive MBA are typically looking to deepen their already established knowledge so that they can move up to higher roles—and they’re less likely to switch careers completely (though it is possible).

How much does an executive MBA cost?

The cost of executive MBA programs can range from roughly $60,000 to $250,000 making the prospect of earning this degree a substantial investment. Top-ranked schools typically have a higher associated cost—like Columbia University’s executive MBA program, ranked No. 2 by Fortune, has an estimated cost of $248,280. That being said, many schools have scholarships available, and keep in mind that your employer may also help with the costs.

Do companies sponsor executive MBAs?

In some instances, and to varying extents, companies do sponsor the cost of attending an executive MBA program for employees. The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business estimates that 30% of applicants for its executive MBA program get full or partial financial support from their employers. It’s helpful to check if your company has tuition reimbursement policies already in place, and if so, ask your manager if sponsorship for an executive MBA program is possible.

Does an executive MBA application require the GMAT?

The Executive Assessment, a standardized exam similar to most entrance tests, is more common for those people applying to executive MBA programs than the GMAT.  Some schools don’t require exams at all, including: Northwestern University, University of Michigan, UCLA, UNC–Chapel Hill, and NYU,—all of which are within the top 10 of Fortune’s ranking of executive MBA programs.

Which Ivy Leagues offer an executive MBA?

A few Ivy League schools offer an executive MBA program, including: Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton), Columbia University, and Cornell University—all of which are considered the best online executive MBA programs by Fortune’s ranking. Harvard does not have an executive MBA.

Who’s a good fit for an executive MBA?

To earn an executive MBA you have to be completely dedicated because returning to school brings a whole new meaning to time management. In addition to balancing a 40-hour (or longer) workweek with 20 or so hours of studying, you must also juggle personal commitments. To be successful in an EMBA program, you must be focused, determined, and organized.

Which executive MBA ranking is best?

Fortune’s executive MBA ranking is built using information collected from the university, along with data from companies and executives—providing a comprehensive look into each program on the list.

Which Executive MBA is best in the world?

Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management has the best executive MBA program, according to Fortune’s ranking of dozens of programs. Columbia and UPenn (Wharton) came in second and third, respectively.