EMBA vs MBA: Which Is Right for Me?

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Drexel LeBow offers a customizable MBA, available in full-time and part-time plan of study options, as well as an Executive MBA program. Learn more about our MBA and EMBA programs today.

Setting yourself apart in today’s business world is a difficult challenge. With ever-improving technology, increasingly dynamic markets, and fierce competition, it’s hard to stay ahead of the curve. But for committed professionals looking to advance their careers and diversify their skillsets, an MBA or Executive MBA degree may be the perfect option.

When selecting your degree, it’s important to factor in your skill set, experience, and career goals. For applicants who are considering either program, the Executive MBA and MBA options seem similar but have key differentiators that can make or break a student experience even though you end up with the same (MBA) degree.

Here are three factors to consider when applying to an MBA or an EMBA program:

Experience Level
The Executive MBA is designed for students looking to sharpen their current managerial skills. With an average student age of 39 and a majority of students in senior-level management positions, the Executive MBA is designed for students looking to expand on and strategically use the skills they’ve gained in the workforce.

For those looking to develop their problem-solving skills and business acumen or looking for a career change, the MBA is a perfect option. With the ability to focus on specialized areas such as business analytics and marketing, you can tailor the program to fit your career goals.

Class Style
With an average cohort size of 20 students and a focus on collaboration and networking, the Executive MBA is tailored to the demands placed on senior-level management professionals. The plan of study, schedule and program highlights are designed to fit real-world in-classroom experience into your ​schedule by offering full-day residency experiences.

If you’re looking for a more flexible program an MBA can be pursued with full-time, part-time, accelerated or online degree options with evening class availability. The MBA program also allows you to customize your learning experience to your personal objectives through targeted concentrations, graduate minors and dual degree program offerings.

While most MBA’s offer a series of foundational general business courses, the Executive MBA program focuses on a core curriculum designed for those already in senior-level positions. While MBA students have the option to specialize in a given area, the degree can also be combined with other majors in a dual degree program.

Mark Dierkes

Director of Recruitment

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