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Doodle Nandi

Doodle Nandi is a content editor for Hotcourses India- an IDP company, and helps write articles that help students with their study abroad journey.


09 Mar 2017 2.8K Book icon 3 mins Share

Executive MBA programmes abroad–who should study an EMBA?

An EMBA is not for everyone! It’s for mid-career professionals who are looking to boost their managerial acumen, for achieving higher roles in a corporate world or driving their own business.

09 Mar 2017 2.8K Book icon 3 mins Share
Doodle Nandi

Doodle Nandi is a content editor for Hotcourses India- an IDP company, and helps write articles that help students with their study abroad journey.


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Highlights of this article:

  1. What’s an EMBA?
  2. Who can pursue an EMBA?
  3. Can I do an EMBA after 30?
  4. How to apply for an EMBA?
  5. What’s the duration of an EMBA?
  6. Cost of EMBA programmes abroad?
  7. Popular universities abroad for EMBA programmes
  8. Is it worth doing an EMBA?

1. What’s an EMBA programme?

An Executive MBA or Executive Master of Business Administration, in short EMBA is a part-time programme offered at several B-schools abroad and as online programmes as well. The majority of people opting for an EMBA is either working professionals or students who want to work while studying or vice-versa.

[Please remember an EMBA is different from MBA for executives. Different terminologies used for EMBA are like distance MBA, part-time MBA and so on. Please do your own research before listening to any anecdotal information. Owing to myriad MBA options in each country, the EMBA terminology might vary.]

2. Who can pursue an EMBA programme?

As I said, EMBA is for working professionals who want to gain intensive knowledge to progress into a more senior role, move to a better location, learn leadership skills or drive their own business. It comprises more defined curriculum to give what people who are already in a senior role need to move to the next phase of their career.

Perks of an EMBA degree–

An EMBA allows you to keep your job and simultaneously acquire an MBA tag.

EMBA makes the transition into a leadership role easy, giving you expansive business knowledge. EMBA is not a superior form of MBA, rather an equivalent programme which is for people who need something more than their regular work life. It’s for someone –

  • Who is sure that an MBA or any other full-time programme is not for them owing to their prior commitments, say if you have family and children, you may not want to invest into a full-time programme that is more demanding.
  • Who wants to move further in their career by investing judiciously in a programme that will teach them beyond the introductory courses and will give a good return on investment (ROI).
  • Who knows the basics of business and accountancy and is looking forward to applying the classroom learning to a workplace in real time. Who believes in networking while working to build contacts and often likes to be involved in peer discussions to share ideas.

3. Can I do an EMBA after 30?

EMBA is typically for older people who already have steady jobs (mid-career professionals), say for 10–15 years, or are planning to run their own business ventures. This programme will help them stay one step ahead and give them the desired push in their career ladder. So, yes, if you’re above 30, you are welcome to an EMBA programme abroad.

The average age for an EMBA programme is between 30 and 40.

4. How to apply for an EMBA programme?

You can pursue an EMBA either online or at a university abroad. Candidates having prior work experience are usually not asked to sit through any entrance exams, but candidates enrolling in bachelors programmes are asked for their GMAT scores.

If you are unemployed and wish to do an EMBA programme abroad, it doesn’t guarantee you a job there (either part-time or full-time); you need to follow a separate route to acquire a work permit while simultaneously studying an EMBA. On the other hand, you can apply for the same programme online while working at your current establishment in India (or if you wish to work in India).

The University of Sydney offers an EMBA programme, which is #1 according to the Financial Review BOSS Biennial MBA Rankings 2015. It's a global EMBA programme that gives a holistic experience to its students in different countries and organisations. Also, it's a part-time programme that needs minimum IELTS score 7 and the average tuition fee is 62,500 AUS$.

5. What’s the duration of an EMBA programme?

An EMBA is a part-time programme that lasts for a year or two. Typically, people pursuing an EMBA stay in their current position (with the same pay scale) and take this programme in their convenient time.

 [It is advisable that people who are funded by their employer to pursue an EMBA programme should commit a year or two before taking this decision so that they can be sure of their decision.]

6. Cost of EMBA programmes abroad

According to MBA Crystal Ball, the cost of studying an EMBA programme at Columbia University is nearly $163,940 for 2 years and at Wharton School, the cost is nearly $181,500 for 2 years. In some cases, the employer may sponsor or reimburse the costs involved in your EMBA programme.

[There are special EMBA scholarships available for candidates who prefer to be self-funded.]

7. Popular universities abroad for EMBA programmes

  1. University of North Alabama
  2. Virginia International University
  3. University of Sheffield
  4. Florida International University
  5. University of Missouri
  6. University of Idaho
  7. Kent State University
  8. Melbourne Business School
  9. National Technology Institute
  10. Simon Fraser University

[Online EMBA programmes have not been mentioned here. Please speak to our advisors to learn more.]

8. Is it worth doing an EMBA?

This question is quite subjective. It depends on the intention of the person choosing an EMBA, for example, some people might do an EMBA for more senior roles and responsibilities whereas some may do it to just enhance their managerial or business acumen so that they can use that for their personal goals.


When planning to pursue an EMBA programme, think about your ROI. Also, check if your employer is ready to sponsor or reimburse the tuition costs. You need to see that you don’t rack up big debts later.

*An important information source for EMBA is EMBAC. Please check the website for more details.  

Do you know anyone who has opted for an EMBA? Our advisors are aware of such students. Why don’t you speak to our advisors to know more about this programme?

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