Get Your Questions Answered
Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about the LMU Executive MBA Program. Please feel free to contact the EMBA Admissions staff if you would like to discuss these, or any other questions, you may have about the program.
Is the LMU Executive MBA Program ranked?
The LMU Executive MBA Program is one of California’s premier, most respected programs. U.S. News and World Report ranks the program #5 in the West and in the top 25 in the nation. CEO Magazine gave the program its highest rating, Tier 1, and 9th overall in its 2017 Global MBA rankings.
What is the difference between the MBA and Executive MBA programs?
LMU offers both a part-time MBA and an Executive MBA. Both are high-quality programs, but designed for professionals at different stages of their careers. The part-time MBA program is most appropriate for professionals in the early stages of their career; whereas the Executive MBA is geared for mid-career professionals with leadership experience.
What degree will I earn?
Executive MBA graduates will receive an AACSB-accredited MBA degree from Loyola Marymount University.
How long will it take to complete the program?
The program is 20 months with a new class starting each August.
Where do classes meet?
Saturday classes are held on the Westchester campus near Playa Vista in the Hilton Center for Business.
Can I sit in on a class?
Yes, Executive MBA candidates are welcome to sit in on a class and join our students and faculty for lunch. It is an excellent way to experience the collaborative learning environment and obtain students' perspectives on the program. To arrange for a class visit, contact the EMBA Admissions staff.
In addition to Saturday classes, are any residencies or travel required?
Yes. Students participate in three residencies over the course of the program. The first residency is the Executive Leadership Retreat, which takes place over four days in August and is designed to introduce incoming students to the program. The retreat is held at a hotel near campus. The second residency is a one-week domestic trip conducted in the summer between the first and second year. Students visit innovative Silicon Valley companies as part of their research on the innovation process, and meet with key public policy officials in Sacramento to gain insights on the policy formulation process and its impact on California business. The final residency is the capstone international trip that is conducted in March of the second year. The trip, typically two weeks in duration, introduces students to the unique opportunities and challenges of a U.S.-based company seeking to conduct business in a foreign country. In prior years, students have conducted field research in Asia, South America, Europe, India, Russia and South Africa.
What professional development resources are available to EMBA students?
Professional development is an integral part of the EMBA program. Students entering the program are typically at a pivot point in their careers and are seeking to utilize the insights and business skills gained to position themselves for executive leadership. To support their professional development, available resources include structured professional development courses that are integrated into the curriculum, workshops, alumni mentoring, and support from a personal executive coach.
Can I major in a particular subject?
The LMU Executive MBA is a general management program. Its integrated curriculum does not include an option for electives or specialization in a particular discipline. Graduates obtain a working knowledge of the core business skills and leadership capabilities required for senior executive positions in any organizational setting.
Who are the faculty that teach in the program?
The Executive MBA faculty is comprised of LMU academic scholars who are experts in their fields and accomplished business leaders. This faculty mix supports a rigorous curriculum that incorporates the latest scholarly research with industry best practices.
What is the average class size?
The average class size is 20-25 students; this is an optimal size for providing a robust learning experience. The class is large enough to include students from a broad range of industries and professional experiences, but not so large as to limit a high level of collaboration among students and faculty.
How are students divided into study teams?
You will be assigned to a study team prior to the start of classes. Each team is comprised of 4-5 students. Individual assignments seek to provide each team with a mix of complementary business skills (e.g. marketing, finance) and leadership styles.
What if I have to miss a Saturday class?
A master class schedule for the 20-month program can be used to help coordinate your time commitments. In the event you need to miss a class, contact the faculty member(s) teaching the day of your planned absence to make arrangements for addressing any assignments or commitments that are due.
How many hours do students typically spend studying outside of class each week?
On average, students spend 15-20 hours per week on class commitments. The amount of time may vary depending on the individual’s unique skill set and course material.
What can I do to prepare for the program?
Enrolled students are eligible to participate in the EMBA’s unique OnBoarding Program. The program provides a portfolio of resources designed to help incoming students prepare for classes, including online tutorials, workshops and personalized support from an alumni mentor. Participation is voluntary and is included in the tuition fee.
When is the deadline to apply?
Applications are now being accepted for fall 2018. The early admissions deadline is Friday, Feb. 16, 2018.
What is the target profile for prospective EMBA students?
The program is designed for accomplished, experienced professionals seeking to develop the core business and leadership skills required to advance into executive management.
How are candidates evaluated for admission into the program?
The EMBA Admissions Committee looks for candidates who demonstrate:
- Leadership Potential: Career arch of successful engagements (e.g. business, professional, community); evidence of potential for senior management
- Capability: Analytical aptitude and capability to meet the program’s rigorous academic requirements
- Motivation: Highly motivated for personal and professional development; commitment necessary to sustain active participation in the program
- Learning style: Embrace learning in a collaborative environment—gaining insights from your fellow classmates’ expertise and sharing your own to enrich the learning process
Is a bachelor's degree required?
Yes, satisfactory completion of a bachelor’s degree is required for admission.
Is the GMAT required?
No, the GMAT is not a requirement for admission. However, candidates whose backgrounds do not demonstrate proficiency in basic quantitative and analytical skills may be required to take the GMAT prior to admission.
Who should write my letters of recommendation?
Two letters of recommendation (LOR) are required; these letters are an important component of your application package. They should be written by people who have worked with you and can speak to your professional capabilities and leadership potential. Download LOR forms.
Do candidates accepted into the program qualify for an F-1 visa?
Yes, students enrolled in the LMU Executive MBA program are eligible for the F-1 visa.
Is a transcript equivalency evaluation 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. Click here for a list of translation evaluation services.
How much is tuition and what is included?
The tuition fee for the class entering fall 2017 is $97,000.
The following is included in your tuition fee:
- Program software
- For Residentials: Lodging, most meals and ground transportation
- Meals (on class days)
- University fees
- Parking fees
- Library access
What kind of financial aid is available?
LMU participates in the Federal Direct Student Loan Program, provided by the U.S. Department of Education. If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you are eligible to participate in the Federal Direct Unsubsidized and Federal Direct Graduate PLUS student loan programs while attending LMU. The Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan is available to eligible students regardless of income level. The Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan is awarded on the basis of credit worthiness.
- Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan: Up to $20,500 (U.S. citizens and permanent residents only)
- Federal Direct Graduate PLUS: The annual limit is equal to LMU’s Estimated Cost of Attendance minus any other financial aid you receive (U.S. citizens or permanent residents only)
Are tuition payment plans available?
LMU offers a 5 part payment plan. The first payment is due on the 20th of July with subsequent payments due on the 20th of each month thereafter. The first payment for the spring term is due the 20th of December.
There is a $150 fee (subject to change) to enroll in the payment plan.
What resources are available for military applicants?
At LMU, we encourage active duty military professionals and veterans to apply to 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. Learn more about resources available for military applicants.