How are the Professional MBA and the Executive MBA Programs different? [back to top]
Admission requirements are different:
- Executive MBA (EMBA) applicants must have a minimum of five years of managerial experience. The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is not required for admission to the Executive MBA Program.
- Professional MBA applicants are required to take the GMAT and have two years of work experience.
Class formats are different:
- Executive MBA students take classes in a lock-step format, with the same classmates in each course for the duration of the program. EMBA students have a choice of campus locations and program formats. EMBA Program students receive honors, pass, or fail grades.
- Professional MBA students choose the classes they will take each quarter. All classes are held on the Moraga campus in the evenings or Saturdays. Students are graded using the traditional letter grade system.
The Program Comparison Chart provides more information to help you choose the program that's best for you.
How often are the Executive and Hybrid Executive MBA programs offered? How long are they? [back to top]
The Executive MBA Program start dates depend on locations.
EMBA Silicon Valley - October
EMBA San Ramon - April
EMBA Moraga (Evenings and Weekends) - October
EMBA Hybrid - July and January
Both programs are 18-months and consist of 13 courses delivered over six consecutive quarters. Each quarter is 11 weeks long with approximately two-week breaks between each quarter. Visit the Academic Calendar.
What does “Hybrid” mean? [back to top]
The Hybrid format of the Executive MBA program means that curriculum is delivered 50% of the time in a traditional classroom in Moraga and 50% of the time through live web conferencing. In person classes meet on alternating Saturdays; and on Wednesday and Monday evenings students engage in an online interactive platform.
Where are classes held? When are they? [back to top]
The Executive MBA Program is offered in Moraga (choose between Monday and Wednesday evenings or Saturdays), San Ramon (Tuesday and Thursday evenings)and Silicon Valley (Tuesday and Thursday evenings), while the Executive MBA Program's hybrid format holds live web conferencing classes two nights per week and meets face-to-face on alternating Saturdays.
Is the GMAT required? [back to top]
No, the GMAT is not required for the Executive & Hybrid Executive MBA Program. However, students are required to be proficient in accounting, economics and statistics. During the admissions process your quantitative skills will be assessed by reviewing your college-level quantitative courses and grade, the quantitative and analytical skills you use regularly in your professional life, and any plans you have for refreshing your skills prior to starting the program.
What is the tuition? [back to top]
Due to the multiple formats that are offered, we would like to consult with you on the program that best fits your needs. Tuition varies by program & format. Please contact an admissions advisor at (925) 631-4888 or email [email protected].
Financial Aid is also available. Graduate students are eligible for a variety of loans, including Federal Unsubsidized Loans and the Graduate PLUS Loan. For more information, click here or contact:
- Office of Financial Aid: (925) 631-4836