EMBAs online: Things to know before you enroll

Below are the four facts that prospective student must know before they begin to research and enroll in online EMBAs.

  1. The curriculum is for experienced professionals who want to keep working.

“With an established career, and I had three kids at the time and am married, the full-time program was not an option for me, so I decided to go this route. It allowed me to work and to continue to advance in my career at the same time as getting my degree,” says 38-year-old Dave Bellomy.

He is a 2015 graduate from the blended EMBA program at the University of Arkansas. The students visit campus one Saturday a month for two years while other coursework can be completed online.

  1. Always remember that online and face-to-face learning are often combined.

“You actually kind of build an informal or formal network of colleagues that you can then call upon later in life. They become some of your best advisers and peers. As you advance in an executive role, it is great to have these executive peers outside of your work where you can bounce ideas off of before you bring them into the workplace. As you advance higher in the organization, it gets lonelier at the top,” says Christine Chin, director of executive programming at CSU Online.

  1. Meanwhile, requirements for online executive MBAs do vary while Darden requires scores from the GMAT, GRE or Executive Assessment that is designed specifically for EMBA programs. Also, the school prefers seven years of professional experience.
  2. Remember that students usually come from wide range fields. That is due to EMBAs style that includes online and on-campus learning.Have you checked Papasurvey?

“That diversity of experience, both in years and industry and geography, leads to a different component of the classroom learning,” says the director of the graduate school University of Arkansas’s Walton College of Business Mike Waldie.