Frequently Asked Questions

EMBA FAQ

General Questions

Goizueta’s Executive MBA is currently ranked #18 by U.S. News & World Report, the most esteemed rankings publication for working professionals. We are pleased to be the only U.S. News-recognized Executive MBA in the state of Georgia.

Generally, the Modular EMBA cohort is 25-35 students, and the Weekend EMBA cohort is 50-65 students.

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. Where the programs differ is in time to degree, number of meetings, and learning format.

The Weekend Executive MBA format begins in September and classes meet on alternating weekends (all day Friday and Saturday) over 21 months (5 terms). The Weekend EMBA curriculum is 60% core courses and 40% electives, so students can customize their learning path. Weekend EMBA students may choose to accelerate their elective coursework and complete the program in as little as 16 months (4 terms). Included are 2 immersions: one global and one in Atlanta.

The Modular Executive MBA format begins in January and includes eight week-long residencies that occur roughly every other month over 16 months. Sixty-five percent of the program is conducted in person, and 35% is delivered online, typically in “live” synchronous sessions via an online meeting platform. While students are able to take two elective courses, the majority of the program is lockstep format. Included is one global immersion.

During all on-campus residency modules, Modular Executive MBA students may either reside on campus at the Emory Conference Center or choose to stay elsewhere in the city of Atlanta. Students must be within a reasonable commuting distance of the Goizueta campus for all residency modules. Modular EMBA students are expected to be in class from 8am-5:30pm, and participate in evening work groups during residency modules as needed. Modular students are required to remain at Goizueta for lunch. Because of the academic schedule during residency modules, students should not expect to participate in outside activities that are not related to the program, regardless of where they reside during residency modules.

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.

Full-Time 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 and MBA format and schedule 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.

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 Weekend EMBA Application Process or Modular 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 program: 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 EA 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