EMBA or MBA: What is right for me?
The Marquette EMBA is an accelerated, internationally focused MBA program designed
for working professionals with at least five years of management experience.
EMBA students earn a degree in 17 months, roughly half the time it usually takes to
complete a traditional part-time MBA program. Twice-monthly class meetings on the
downtown Milwaukee campus are supplemented by web-based instruction and team interaction.
This means students are only required to be on campus one day every other week. Traditional
MBA programs require weekly or twice-weekly class attendance.
Students enter in August as a cohort group and progress through the EMBA program together,
taking the same classes at the same time. This unique structure provides opportunities
for professional and personal growth and networking, and many of our graduates maintain
close relationships with their EMBA classmates well beyond their time at Marquette.
EMBA students are assigned to teams of four to six students from diverse backgrounds.
Teams ideally stay together for the entire program.
Part-time MBA students participate in teamwork in most classes, but teams vary from
class to class. Students in the part-time MBA program go through at their own pace
with different students each semester. They also get to network with students from
other master's programs such as applied economics, leadership, corporate communication,
and human resources.
Speaking of those classmates, all Marquette EMBA students are required to have at
least five years of management experience prior to entering the program, and the average
Marquette EMBA student has 16 years of work experience. This allows for high-level
in-class discussions about real-world business issues. Our students learn as much
from their peers as they do from their professors. Though work experience is not required
in the part-time MBA program, most students entering the part-time program have an
average work experience of six to seven years.
The international focus of the Marquette EMBA is reinforced through a transformational
international experience that students take during the spring or summer session. Part-time
MBA students are not required to participate in an international experience but have
the option to do so.
EMBA vs. part-time MBA at a glance
||Average 2 - 2.5 years
||Multiple start times
$72,000 for class of 2018
|$1,100 per credit for 2017-2018
|Textbooks, materials, tablet computer included
||Textbooks & materials at additional cost
|International experience included in cost
||Optional international experience at additional cost
"The EMBA program was the right choice for me. The program provided the necessary
tools and knowledge to excel as an executive in today's world."
-David R. Brown, EMBA '10, Director of Industrial Solutions at Kohler Power Systems
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