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Executive MBA Admissions

Are you Executive MBA material?

There are many MBA programs out there, but it’s important to choose the one that best fits your life, your goals, and your future.

The ideal Executive MBA candidate is a highly motivated, hardworking professional seeking an intense program that will propel them forward in their career, while keeping the balance between work and family commitments. Broad Executive MBA students demand a rigorous and challenging program where they’ll gain knowledge and experience along with the nationally recognized degree.

Here are a few other signs that you may fit the bill:

  • You are a high performer in your organization with a proven track record of success.
  • You have a strong desire to improve your business knowledge and skills.
  • You value a collaborative “real-world” approach to learning.
  • You want to build a powerful network of high-caliber professionals.
  • You enjoy learning from the experiences and perspectives of others.
  • You’re looking for a convenient “no surprises” program that fits your busy life.
  • You are ready to advance your career and transform your life.

Sound like you? Then you sound like an excellent candidate for the Executive MBA program at Michigan State University’s Eli Broad College of Business.

Admission Criteria

Completed applications are considered on a rolling basis from September – April each year. Details and application link are available by clicking the “Apply Now” button at the top of the screen. Our admissions committee carefully reviews the comprehensive experience, ability and aspirations of each applicant, selecting those students who will be most successful in the program. The minimum criteria for admission include:

  • Significant, progressive work experience (minimum of 5 years)
  • A 4-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Demonstrated management potential, leadership qualities, intellectual curiosity, and strong work ethic
  • Desire to grow personally and contribute to a collaborative, team-style environment
  • A GMAT or GRE score is not required to apply. While quantitative ability is a necessary skill, we seek evidence of each candidate’s ability through a variety of means such as previous academic coursework, work experience, professional certifications, etc.

Application Process

Admission to the Broad Executive MBA program requires the submission of the online application as well as other supporting materials, listed below:

  • Complete the online application
  • 2 professional recommendations
  • 2 articulate, clear and compelling essays
  • Official (sealed) academic transcripts from all prior academic institutions
  • Schedule a personal interview
  • Pay the application fee

More detailed information is available by downloading our Admissions Checklist.


Application Deadline

Round 1 December 1, 2018
Round 2 February 1, 2019
Round 3 April 1, 2019
Round 4 June 1, 2019
Round 5 (domestic only) July 15, 2019

After You Apply

Notification of the Admissions Committee decision is sent by e-mail. Once admitted to the Eli Broad College of Business Executive MBA Program, students make a non-refundable $1,000 deposit to hold their place in the class.

All incoming students are required to attend a 2-day orientation in early summer (see the Academic Calendar for dates). You will meet your classmates, your team, and our staff, gain best practices from a current student panel, and develop the strong team dynamics/priorities that are essential to your success. You will also hear from the residency faculty and receive your pre-course materials and assignments, providing you with a crucial foundation for your Executive MBA experience.

Classes officially begin in late summer, yet students should expect to do significant preparation between orientation and residency.


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