Frequently Asked Questions

The most common questions are below. But you can always call us.


How are the Professional MBA and the Executive MBA Programs different? [back to top]
Admission requirements are different:

  • Executive MBA (EMBA) applicants ideally will 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. 
  • Professional MBA students choose the classes they will take each quarter. All classes are held on the Moraga campus in the evenings or Saturdays. 

The Program Comparison Chart provides more information to help you choose the program that's best for you.

How often is the Executive MBA program offered? How long is it? [back to top]
The Executive MBA Program starts in October. It is 18-months over six consecutive quarters.  Each quarter is 11 weeks long with approximately two-week breaks between each quarter. Visit the Academic Calendar.

Where are classes held? When are they? [back to top]
The Executive MBA Program is offered in Moraga and San Ramon. 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 MBA Program.  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]
Please see our tuition page. Contact an admissions advisor at (925) 631-4888 or email if you have any questions.

Does Saint Mary’s offer Scholarships or Financial Aid? [back to top]
Yes, we offer scholarships.  Visit the scholarships page for details.

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

Who should you contact to discuss which program fits you best? [back to top]
Please contact an admissions advisor, at (925) 631-4888 or email