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How will an Executive MBA degree enhance my career?
How do you judge an Executive MBA program?
Why should I consider the LMU EMBA over other programs in Southern California?
Is the LMU EMBA Program ranked?
It's been a while since I've been in school. How will I handle the academic rigor?
How long will it take me to complete the program?
When do classes meet?
What if I have to miss class?
What are the qualifications?
How are candidates evaluated for admission to the EMBA program?
Are there any resources available for military applicants?
Do I have to take the GMAT?
How much does the program cost?
When is the deadline to apply?
EMBA or MBA - which program is right for me?

How will an Executive MBA degree enhance my career?
An AACSB-accredited EMBA reflects a sophisticated level of knowledge and skills addressing a wide range of contemporary management topics and issues. Achieving an EMBA results in a well-developed understanding of strategic thinking and management in the global economy. An EMBA provides the professional skills needed to gain additional management responsibility. 

How do you evaluate an Executive MBA program?

While there are many different criteria to consider, careful examination of practical and qualitative program elements are essential in making a decision:

  • Does the curriculum satisfy my personal and professional development goals?
  • Will this program make me a better manager and a better leader?
  • Is the learning environment and class size right for me?
  • What sets one program apart from another in the marketplace?
  • What is the value gained versus the cost of the program?

How does the LMU Executive MBA Program differ from other programs in Southern California?
Most, if not all, programs in the LA area offer relevant courses, experienced faculty, convenient class schedules and great logistical support. These components along with the AACSB accreditation are necessary, but not sufficient.

The LMU Executive MBA goes well beyond the “necessary.” In addition to gaining new knowledge and skills, you will focus on your personal development and professional growth. You will have access to an outside executive coach who will provide one-on-one guidance as you develop your professional growth plan. Each student is also assigned an alumni mentor. You will learn how to lead change, lead with integrity, solve problems, make effective decisions, communicate internally and externally, and manage crises. The practical application of program material to management in the real world is stressed. Small classes and a teaching-oriented faculty will help you discover your strengths and develop strategies for leveraging your leadership and management abilities.

Our Silicon Beach location provides opportunities to become involved in this unique ecosystem of established and start-up technology companies.

Is the LMU EMBA Program ranked?
LMU's Executive MBA Program is ranked 5th in the West and 19th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The program is also ranked 36th by Poets & Quants. CEO Magazine placed LMU's EMBA in the "tier one" global category with other business schools across North America and Europe.

It’s been a while since I've been in school. How will I handle the academic rigor?
Our unique OnBoarding Program is designed specifically to help incoming students prepare to return to school and adjust to an increased EMBA-generated workload. All enrolled students can participate at no additional cost.

Faculty recognize that participants have been away from school for some time and that they have competing demands on their time. Classroom assignments are designed so you develop mastery of the material while you build your own confidence. You will be given a workbook at the beginning of the module that contains all assignments, due dates, learning objectives and estimated time to complete each assignment. Faculty are available to answer questions and to help where needed. 

You will also receive support from EMBA alumni. Each student is assigned an alumni mentor. Alumni also provide optional tutoring for the finance and accounting courses in the first year of the program.

How long will it take me to complete the program?
You will earn an AACSB accredited degree 20 months. The LMU EMBA program has a cohort class structure that offers a planned curriculum in an executive setting. You and your class begin the program at the same time in August and move through the curriculum together, completing the degree requirements for graduation as a group 20 months later in May.

When do classes meet?
You’ll attend class most Saturdays (excluding holiday weekends) from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There is a 5-day Executive Retreat at the beginning of the program. You will attend a weeklong immersive summer session on innovation and entrepreneurship. In the spring of the second year there is a 12-day international study trip. Click here for the program calendar.

What if you have to miss class?
Although we prefer that you attend all classes we understand that some of our LMU EMBA participants must travel for business and/or have other family and professional commitments that occur on class days. Participants who must miss class should make advance arrangements with the faculty and their study team members to help them make up whatever they miss.

What are the required qualifications?
A bachelor’s degree with an acceptable level of scholarship from an accredited institution of higher learning and a minimum of 8 years of increasing responsibility in professional, management or entrepreneurial experience.

How are candidates evaluated for admission to the LMU EMBA program?
The admission decision is individualized and based on a candidate’s potential to pursue graduate study. Each candidate is evaluated on work and management experience, career accomplishments, potential for advancement, letters of recommendation, personal interview, information provided in the application form, undergraduate and graduate record (if any) and Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), if required. International applicants who have completed their postsecondary education from a college or university outside of the U.S. must have their transcripts translated and evaluated by a U.S. transcript evaluation service. Selection is based on academic potential without regard to race, creed, color, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age or disability.

Are there any resources available for military applicants?
At LMU, we encourage active duty military professionals and veterans to participate in our EMBA Program. The program’s rigorous, integrated curriculum is well-suited for building on the leadership experience gained through your service in the armed forces. In addition, the $100 application fee is waived for active military personnel and veterans. Click here for more info on military applicants.

Do you have to take the GMAT to apply?
The GMAT exam is not required for EMBA applicants who are able to demonstrate, either through past academic performance or work experience, sufficient strength in the areas of quantitative and analytical reasoning. Candidates will be advised after the initial interview and application screening if the GMAT is required. Some candidates may wish to submit a GMAT score in order to enhance their application materials. For more information about the GMAT, access the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC).

How much is the tuition?
$97,000 for the 20-month program. Tuition includes; all university fees, books, program software, lodging and most food for three residentials, meals on class days and parking. The only costs not included are transportation to and from residentials and a laptop computer required in the program. 

When is the deadline to apply?
Applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2017 cohort class. The early application deadline is Friday, February 10, 2017. The regular application deadline is Friday, June 16, 2017. Click here to learn more about the application process.

Early admits will have opportunity to get the most out of the OnBoarding Program. OnBoarding will prepare you for the EMBA program a no additional cost. The OnBoarding Program is not required. Early admission guarantees your place in our class this fall.

EMBA or MBA – which program is right for me?

EMBA programs allow experienced managers to earn an MBA degree in less than two years while continuing to work full time. Most EMBA programs evaluate applicants on performance, work experience, career progress and goals, professional recommendations, and demonstrated ability to accomplish graduate-level business course work. EMBA students bring a deeper understanding of the workplace and managerial experience into the classroom. This becomes an important shared-learning basis for fellow students. They enter and graduate as a peer group with a strong program emphasis on collaborative learning and exposure to real-world business situations taught from an executive management-level perspective.

In contrast, most part-time and fully employed MBA programs for working professionals do not require significant management experience and place heavier emphasis on undergraduate grades and GMAT scores for admission. Most MBA programs are discipline based where traditional EMBA subjects are taught at an “executive level.” MBA students proceed at their own pace, taking an average of 3 to 5 years to complete course requirements.


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