Frequently Asked Questions

Executive MBA FAQ

General Questions

Goizueta’s Executive MBA is currently ranked #11 nationally by Financial Times. We are pleased to be the only Executive MBA in the state of Georgia recognized by U.S. News & World Report.

Generally, the EMBA cohort is 50-65 students.

The Executive MBA is academically rigorous and tightly scheduled. Much of the experience and learning is from your peers and classroom discussions. Plan not to miss class, however in unavoidable situations such as a medical emergency, students should coordinate with their faculty and program office.

Both formats of the Executive MBA are taught by Goizueta's world-class, premier faculty, are held on Emory University's main campus in Atlanta, and have a required international residency. All students graduate with an Emory Goizueta MBA. The program is 18 months (5 semesters). The curriculum and class offerings are exactly the same. Where the programs differ is in learning format.

The on-campus format will have classes that meet on alternating weekends (typically Friday evenings and Saturdays). The hybrid format will have classes meet three weekends during the semester (typically Friday evenings and Saturdays), during the interim periods all class content will be covered online. Some class sessions will be synchronous (real time), some classes will be asynchronous (at your own pace, on your own time).

Full-Time MBA and Evening MBA elective courses are available to Executive MBA students pending space availability and instructor approval. It is important to note that, with classes Monday through Thursday during the day and evenings, the Full-Time MBA and Evening MBA formats and schedules differ significantly from the Executive MBA.

A limited number of credit hours may be transferred to Emory's Executive MBA. Students may transfer a maximum of 12 elective credit hours (i.e. up to four 3-credit-hour elective courses). These courses must have been completed within 5 years prior to enrollment at Goizueta as part of a graduate degree-seeking program from an AACSB accredited university or college. Credit hours earned as part of a completed graduate degree are not eligible for use as transfer credits. Transfer credit is not part of the admissions process and requests for consideration of transfer credit will be reviewed by the Associate Dean and Faculty Committee after a student has been admitted and enrolled in the program. Final decisions on transfer credit are made exclusively by the Faculty Committee subject to the recommendation of the Associate Dean.

Executive MBA Admissions

The admissions committee holistically reviews candidates’ applications to assess professional experience, academic readiness, and team skills. Ideal candidates will be currently employed and have a minimum of 7 years of professional experience, ranging up to 25 years and beyond. Our students are committed to an experiential and collaborative educational setting, and are ready to contribute in the classroom and their project teams. Visit our EMBA Application Process for your next steps to apply.

No. You may submit various components of the application (such as test scores, recommendations, unofficial transcripts) to the Admissions Office as you complete them. Your application will be deemed complete when all aspects of the application have been submitted.

Yes, an admissions interview is required of all Executive MBA applicants. You may schedule your interview before or after you submit the rest of your application. We conduct interviews year-round in the Goizueta Business School Admissions Office. We also conduct interviews in select cities outside of Atlanta throughout the year; please contact the Admissions Office for a schedule.

Your EMBA interview will be a one-on-one meeting with a member of the Admissions Committee. You will share your career progression story, your reasons for pursuing an MBA, and will have an opportunity to learn more about Goizueta. The interview typically lasts 30-45 minutes. While we prefer to meet with you in-person, we can conduct virtual interviews for those who cannot travel to campus.

Financial corporate sponsorship is not a factor in the admissions process although we suggest that all Executive MBA students have the support of their employers in the form of time away from the office to attend class sessions and the week-long global Immersion trip.

No, the program is intended for fully-employed individuals.

The Executive MBA requires a GMAT, GRE, or Executive Assessment (EA) score. Executive Assessment: Candidates with more than 8 years of work experience are eligible and encouraged to take the Executive Assessment (EA). The EA is specifically designed to evaluate the business school readiness of seasoned professionals. The assessment focuses on skills that are critical both at work and in an Executive MBA: higher order reasoning, critical thinking, analysis, and problem-solving. The EA is administered by the creators of the GMAT exam, but is tailored to experienced professionals. The EA requires only modest preparation, takes just 90 minutes to complete, and provides flexible rescheduling options. For more information and to schedule your test, visit the Executive Assessment website.

Test Waiver

If you believe your past academic and professional achievements demonstrate the skills assessed by the EA, GMAT, and GRE, you may be considered for a test waiver by marking the “Request Test Waiver” check box on the online application form before submitting it along with all other required application materials.

The test codes for Emory’s Executive MBA are:

  • EA: C3Q-71-19
  • GMAT: C3Q-71-19
  • GRE: 3984
  • TOEFL: 3984