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Frequently Asked Questions


Who are potential candidates for the Executive MBA?

Whether you’re a current executive or an aspiring leader in your organization, the Broad Executive MBA is a good fit. Our students come from many industries, job functions, backgrounds, and experiences; yet they share several important traits. Our students are highly motivated, collaborative, and hardworking with a strong drive to succeed. Applicants should be employed full-time with a minimum of four years of significant work experience and demonstrated potential for career advancement and leadership.

What are the prerequisites for the Executive MBA?

Broad Executive MBA applicants must have an undergraduate degree from a recognized college or university, with a recommended grade point average of 3.0 in the last two years of undergraduate study. A college algebra class and a statistics class are required, but no business courses or other prerequisites are expected. The Executive MBA program includes participants from many different academic backgrounds who realize the need for further business knowledge.

What is the application process?

The Broad Executive MBA online application is available on this website. Applications for the Executive MBA program are accepted and reviewed through April 1st each year. When your application is received, you will be sent a confirmation, which will list any remaining requirements and/or questions about your application. The Executive MBA admissions committee meets regularly and reviews applicants on a rolling basis beginning in early October. Although each year the admissions deadline is typically April 30, serious applicants are urged to apply as early as possible.

Can the GMAT/GRE requirement be waived?

Candidates who have successfully earned an advanced degree (doctoral or masters) and/or those with ten or more years of strong career progression are generally granted a waiver of the GMAT/GRE requirement. To request a waiver, candidates should check the WAIVER REQUEST box on the Test Scores section of the online application.

Candidates whose transcript(s) and/or work experience do not demonstrate sufficient quantitative or academic preparedness, and or those with less than ten years of post-undergraduate career success are generally required to submit a strong GMAT or GRE score to be competitive in the admissions process.

Any applicant whose waiver request is not approved will be contacted and encouraged to submit a GMAT/GRE score prior to receiving an admission decision.

Are there any exceptions to the five-year work experience criterion?

The Broad Executive MBA program values work experience, maturity, and managerial knowledge as contributing factors to success in the program. Therefore, the admissions committee requires that applicants to the Executive MBA have a minimum of five years of progressive work experience (excluding co-op and internship experience). Potential students with less work experience may apply, with the understanding that they may be asked to defer until a later date.

What is the degree issued by the Executive MBA program?

The diploma for the Broad Executive MBA graduates states: Master of Business Administration. The transcript will read: Master of Business Administration. It is the same title as the Full-Time MBA at The Eli Broad Graduate School of Management. The major listed on the transcript will be: Integrative Management. The Executive MBA is fully accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International.

Should I attend an information session or exploration program?

Broad Executive MBA events are a great way to find out more about the program. You can experience the EMBA program firsthand and talk to students who have already found many benefits from the Executive MBA. Most events feature a Q&A discussion with current students/alumni in an informal and highly interactive setting. Events are held around Michigan several times a year.

Team Approach

Tell me about the team and cohort experience.

The Broad Executive MBA program brings in three cohorts each August. A cohort consists of approximately 50 students who take classes together throughout the program. Cohorts provide a significant opportunity for Executive MBA students to form strong professional relationships with the high-caliber classmates in the program.

Within the cohort, students are divided into teams that work together on assignments that are team-based. Approximately 30 to 40 percent of the coursework is team-based.

Why does the Executive MBA program incorporate the team approach to learning?

While much of the coursework is individual, the structure of the Executive MBA acknowledges the realities of today’s workplace, in which people with diverse responsibilities collaborate to solve issues and find innovative answers to dilemmas.

What will my classmates be like?

Each Executive MBA class is composed of a diverse set of learners representing a variety of industries, job functions, companies, and academic backgrounds. The average age of the incoming Executive MBA student is 36 years old, and their average work experience is 12 years. For more statistics regard the incoming class, go to the Class Profile page.


What is the length and format of the Executive MBA?

The program is just over 20 months, kicking off with orientation in mid June and finishing in early March. The format includes classes are every other Friday evening and Saturday and two week-long residencies. Online components are limited and used only to supplement the in-class experience.

Can I begin the program in January or another time of the year?

No, the Executive MBA is a cohort-based program that begins just once each year in the summer. Students work together through a carefully sequenced program, leveraging the experiences of others in the program throughout the degree.

Where is the Executive MBA program offered?

Cohorts are now available in three locations: East Lansing, Troy and Detroit.

East Lansing cohorts meet in the James B. Henry Center for Executive Development, at the southwest area of MSU’s campus. Troy cohorts meet in Troy at MSU’s Management Education Center. Detroit cohorts meet at the Hutzel Professional Building at the Detroit Medical Center in midtown Detroit.

If I don’t select the East Lansing location, will I still spend time there? What about the “residency?”

The Executive MBA begins with a two-day orientation at the Henry Center in East Lansing. Then in early August, students participate in a one-week residency at the Henry Center. This is an intense academic experience where students are truly immersed in the program. The second residency consists of a one-week Global Residency giving students the choice of a domestic or international destination.

Does the Executive MBA tuition include required housing?

Tuition includes the accommodations during orientation and the residency weeks. Friday night stays are not required or included, although the Henry Center for Executive Development in East Lansing offers a convenient and cost-effective “home away from home” for Executive MBA students who elect to stay over on Friday nights, offering discounted suites with data ports, study areas, and full-kitchens.

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