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    scotty is offline Registered User
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    Executive MBA vs. regular MBA?

    I saw in a thread that some businesses will not reimburse for "executive" MBA programs, or that recruiters will not be impressed by them...something like that. I don't know the difference, other than the fact that you need to be a high-ranking employee with lots of experience to get in, and many of them take only a year to complete. I assumed that meant they were really intense, and high-quality programs...am I wrong?

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    With all of the MBA programs out htere the term "executive" has got several different meanings. At some schools it differentiates the regular day program from the evening/weekend/DL program. At others it is an abbreviated program for senior execs who do not need (or thinks they do not need) all of the basic accounting etc. At others it is a fancy "certificate" program (part of the masters).

    So, it really depends on the school and the program.

    One way to tell is to compare the curriculam of a "regular" MBA program with the "executive" MBA . If they are the same, and have the same number of credits then they are probably the same.

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    an offshoot

    Originally posted by Mike Albrecht
    At some schools it differentiates the regular day program from the evening/weekend/DL program.
    I am still trying to understancd the need for the prefix "Executive" ... How does this relate to, say writing it on the resume? Is it more prestegious to mention "Executive MBA " or is this just to show how much money you have that you can afford one?

    Note: Apologies to Scotty, in advance, for flooding his/her forum yet again lol :D

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    Like Mike said, it all depends on the school and the programs. For example, the Executive MBA at the University of Houston has a price tag of $46.5K, including a laptop and an international study trip. The "regular" MBA costs between $19K and $22K (Texas resident, full-time vs. part-time), does not include a laptop nor the study trip.

    From the Bauer School of Business website:

    What is the difference between the EMBA and the regular MBA?
    The Executive MBA is designed for working professionals that want a peer-learning environment. Our program is cohort-based, lock step and all-inclusive. The EMBA features peer learning, has small class sizes, gets input from major businesses on the curriculum, provides an all-inclusive fee, has an International Business Residency trip, provides world-class service by dedicated in-house program coordinators, and supports a large alumni base for networking. Twenty-five years of experience in executive education makes the University of Houston EMBA experts in training executives in the real world.


    Both are 48 cr. programs and have similar admissions requirements, except the EMBA requires company endorsement.

    I am not a recruiter, but I would be equally impressed by either program.

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    Doggone it Dis.funk.sh.null, ya did it again!

    Just kidding! Your question fit quite nicely with my original query and added further information to what I wanted to know.

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    dis.funk.sh.null is offline Registered User
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    Wow! A winning service to go with a matching price-tag! :) But that means many schools provide an "EMBA" but not the services to go with it... so it's more like a buyer beware for this case too as Mike pointed out.

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    Re: Doggone it Dis.funk.sh.null, ya did it again!

    Originally posted by scotty
    Just kidding! Your question fit quite nicely with my original query and added further information to what I wanted to know.
    glad to be of service :D and I hope it's not too late to say this but welcome to the forum :)

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    Re: an offshoot

    My understanding about EMBA is very similar to membership system of some golf clubs or country clubs.

    Giving $$ to the school and meet fellow classmates who can afford as much as you can :D

    Of course, the school in return organises seminars...and other activities so that they can mix together... that is...

    Originally posted by dis.funk.sh.null
    I am still trying to understancd the need for the prefix "Executive" ... How does this relate to, say writing it on the resume? Is it more prestegious to mention "Executive MBA " or is this just to show how much money you have that you can afford one?

    Note: Apologies to Scotty, in advance, for flooding his/her forum yet again lol :D
    BSc (Comp. Sci) - The University of Hong Kong
    MBA - Tanaka Business School, Imperial College London, The University of London

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    Executive MBA programs are typically designed for working professionals. An executive MBA program is a lot like a regular MBA program. The main difference is that an executive MBA program is primarily designed to educate working executives, managers, entrepreneurs, and other business leaders. Check this out, this will clear which MBA one should opt for.

    Executive MBA is equivalent to 2 years MBA or not? - Yahoo! Answers India

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    Quote Originally Posted by yogita View Post
    Executive MBA programs are typically designed for working professionals. An executive MBA program is a lot like a regular MBA program. The main difference is that an executive MBA program is primarily designed to educate working executives, managers, entrepreneurs, and other business leaders. Check this out, this will clear which MBA one should opt for.

    Executive MBA is equivalent to 2 years MBA or not? - Yahoo! Answers India
    If only the op had this info nine years ago...

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    Quote Originally Posted by scotty View Post
    I saw in a thread that some businesses will not reimburse for "executive" MBA programs, ..............
    My last employer, a top fortune 500 company, did not reimburse for EMBAs but did for other degrees, business related or not.

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