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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 Admission staff if you would like to discuss these, or any other questions, you may have about the program.

  • The LMU Executive MBA Program is one of California’s premier, most respected programs. U.S. News and World Report 2021 Best Graduate Programs ranks the program #27 in the nation. CEO Magazine gave the program its highest rating, Tier 1, in its 2020 Global MBA rankings.

  • 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. 

  • Executive MBA graduates will receive an AACSB-accredited MBA degree from Loyola Marymount University. 

  • The program is 22 months with a new class starting each August. 

  • Saturday classes are held on the Westchester campus near Playa Vista in the Hilton Center for Business.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.  

  • 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.  

  • 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.  

  • 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. 

  • A master class schedule for the 22-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.  

  • 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.  

  • 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. 

  • Fall 2020 Application Deadlines

    All applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served and space-available basis.

       Completed Application Deadlines
    (U.S. & International Students)
    Notification By
    Round 1 November 1, 2019 December 31, 2019
    Round 2 January 5, 2020 March 15, 2020
    Round 3 March 1, 2020 May 15, 2020
    Round 4 May 1, 2020 June 15, 2020
    Round 5 July 6, 2020 July 31, 2020

    Round 6

    We will continue to accept applications after July 6, 2020 until all spaces are full.


  • The program is designed for accomplished, experienced professionals seeking to develop the core business and leadership skills required to advance into executive management. 

  • 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
  • Yes, satisfactory completion of a bachelor’s degree is required for admission. 

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • Yes, students enrolled in the LMU Executive MBA program are eligible for the F-1 visa. 

  • 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.

  • The tuition fee for the class entering fall 2019 is $103,000.  

    The following is included in your tuition fee:

    • Tuition
    • Books
    • Program software
    • For Residentials: Lodging, most meals and ground transportation 
    • Meals (on class days)
    • University fees
    • Parking fees
    • Library access
  • 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.

    Loan Limits:

    • 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)
  • 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.

  • 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. Learn more about resources available for military applicants.