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The Executive MBA

Elliott Hall, Room 427
275 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
(location map)
(248) 370-2059
emba@oakland.edu

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School of Business Administration
Graduate Business Programs

The Executive MBA

Elliott Hall, Room 427
275 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
(location map)
(248) 370-2059
emba@oakland.edu

Give to OU
School of Business Administration
Graduate Business Programs

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Admissions

Earning an Executive MBA from Oakland University is an intensive, transformational experience where you gain the knowledge, skills and credentials to lead teams and organizations in a dynamic global business environment.

In less than two years in this premier graduate business program, you’ll develop exceptional leadership skills and critical cross-disciplinary business knowledge.

Criteria

Admission to the Executive MBA program is selective and depends on several elements, including demonstrated scholarship, achievements, professional experience and the ability to communicate effectively.

The criteria for admission to the Executive MBA program include:

  • Minimum of 7 years professional experience
  • Undergraduate degree in any discipline
  • Attend an information session or schedule an interview with the program faculty director or the program coordinator

Applications are considered by the Executive MBA admissions committee. In making admission recommendations, the committee assesses the potential of applicants for success in the master's program by examining their undergraduate records, GMAT scores and work experience.

Applicants who meet the specific requirements listed below may be waived from the GMAT as part of the program requirements for admission. Waivers are never guaranteed and must be approved by the Graduate Admissions Committee in the School of Business Administration. Minimum requirements for waiver consideration include:

  • An advanced degree (masters or higher) and/or
  • A combination of strong academic record and significant managerial experience
  • Approval of the faculty director or program coordinator

Apply for a GMAT waiver here. Find the form under Supplemental Application, School of Business Administration.

Program Costs

Tuition for the EMBA program in Fall 2020 is $46,000 plus a $1,000 non-refundable enrollment deposit. The $1,000 deposit is due when accepting admission, and five additional payments of $9,200 are due at the beginning of each term.

The program is fully inclusive of all course registrations, textbooks, electronic resources, course materials, and required special events or workshops. Meals are also included during regular sessions including breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks/coffee breaks, and occasional group dining excursions.

Students may apply to receive Financial Aid by contacting Student Financial Services.The School of Business Administration reserves the right to change tuition rates prior to the start of each cohort.

How to Apply

The application process requires submission of the following:

  • Online Application for Admission from Oakland’s Graduate School
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resumé - uploaded after online application is submitted
  • Two email addresses for individuals who will write your recommendations - added after online application is submitted
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended sent to OU
  • If not waived, official GMAT scores sent to OU. See the CRITERIA tab for GMAT waiver information.

All application materials for the EMBA must be received by July 15 for fall admission. This program admits only in the fall term of each year.

EMBA vs MBA

Many people ask: What’s the difference between an MBA and Executive MBA program? They want to know which MBA program is best for them. The answer depends on your professional experience, your career goals and your schedule.

Oakland’s part-time MBA and Executive MBA programs offer a rigorous, business-foundation centered curriculum accredited by AACSB-International. The two programs are delivered in different formats, require different levels of commitment, and serve different career levels and aspirations.

Overview

  • Executive MBA: A premier graduate business program designed exclusively for experienced high-potential professionals already in or aspiring to leadership roles, emphasizing leadership skills and strategic thinking.
  • Part Time MBA: A graduate program emphasizing all the functional areas of business in case- and action-based learning environment for professionals seeking managerial roles.

Schedule

  • Executive MBA: Cohort structure. Classes meet alternating Fridays 3 – 8 p.m. and Saturdays 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Part Time MBA: Students select classes for each term. Each class meets 1 night per week, 6:30 – 9 p.m., Monday – Thursday (some courses available online).

Total Credits

  • Executive MBA: 39 credit hours
  • Part Time MBA: 36-48 credits (not including prerequisites), depending on prior academic preparation

Average Professional Work Experience

  • Executive MBA: ~ 15 years
  • Part Time MBA: ~ 5 years

Program Length

  • Executive MBA: 21 months, including two-month summer break
  • Part Time MBA: 18 months to 6 years. Pace determined by student

Prerequisites

  • Executive MBA: Minimum 7 years’ professional work experience
  • Part Time MBA: Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Financial Accounting, College-level Calculus

Concentrations / Focus

  • Executive MBA: Program focused on business essentials, leadership, professional development and global understanding
  • Part Time MBA: Variety of concentrations available allows student to customize program to meet their goals.

Tuition (Based on 2019-20 Tuition Rates)

  • Executive MBA: $44,500 + $1,000 enrollment deposit. ($8,900 x 5 semesters). Includes books, course materials, electronic resources, meals, snacks
  • Part Time MBA: $770.50/credit hour. Estimate to complete program: $27,738 to $36,984. Books and expenses not included