- What is the Georgia Tech Executive MBA format?
The Executive MBA format is designed for working professionals with a minimum of 5 years career experience. You do not have to be at an executive level to participate in the EMBA program. Our Executive MBA Program students average 13 years of work experience and are seeking a MBA that specifically focuses on the knowledge and skill sets they need to advance their careers or move into new career paths.
The Executive MBA format also offers a more enhanced level of service than most MBA programs. Every Georgia Tech EMBA student is assigned a Program Manager who will assist them throughout their time in the EMBA program. Program Managers register students for classes, purchase their books and course materials for them, order their iPads, coordinate class weekend meals, and provide a level of service that Executive MBA program students need as they balance demanding work, school and personal schedules.
EMBA students move through the program as a cohort, beginning the 17-month program with a week-long residency held at Georgia Tech and then attending classes on select Friday evening (5:30 PM - 9:30 PM) and Saturday (8:30 AM - 5:30 PM) for the duration of the program in a general every-other-weekend format, although some months may vary due to holidays or work load. There are no Sunday classes. There is an additional on-campus week-long residency in December of the first semester, and an international residency.
- What is the difference between Executive, Evening, and Full-time MBAs?
Executive, Evening, and Full-time refer to the format of the classes/program, not to the MBA degree itself. It is important to note that students who enroll in the Executive MBA Program earn MBA degrees, not “Executive MBA” degrees. Upon completion of the Executive MBA program, students are awarded either an “MBA - Global Business” degree or an “MBA - Management of Technology” degree, depending on which degree specialty they select.
Georgia Tech Executive MBA program is a 17-month MBA program with classes held on selected Friday evenings and Saturdays, generally in an every-other-weekend format. There are no Sunday classes.
Further comparative information on the different Georgia Tech MBA programs are:
- What are the differences between the EMBA Global Business and Management of Technology programs?
Both programs share a core MBA curriculum that all EMBA students, regardless of program specialty, must complete. The Global Business Program has a special emphasis on the managerial challenges associated with the global business environment, while the Management of Technology Program has an emphasis on the managerial challenges associated with innovation and technology.
The Executive MBA Global Business program teaches you to think strategically and contribute to companies that work across borders and around the world. After the MBA core, Global Business transitions to a specialized curriculum focusing on the dynamics of global competition and strategies for building a global competitive advantage. Learn more about the Global Business curriculum.
The Global Strategy Project is the program's capstone experience – where you and your capstone team will work with a company to address an actual issue on a global scale. You’ll identify opportunities and make recommendations of how to implement strategies internationally, from product and pricing to procurement, logistics, and management. Learn more about the Global Business Program and the Global Strategy Project.
Our Executive MBA Management of Technology program teaches you to forecast and embrace emerging technologies, all while managing innovation and organizational change. Learn more about the Management of Technology curriculum.
The New Product and Service Launch Project is the program's capstone project. As a member of a select team, you’ll choose an emerging technology and complete a full business plan, demonstrating your understanding of how to take a technology-driven product or service to market. This powerful integrative experience for the EMBA-MOT Program concludes with a juried business plan competition. Learn more about the Management of Technology Program and the New Product and Service Launch Project.
- Where are Executive MBA classes held?
Classes are held in the state-of-the art Huang Executive Education Center in the Scheller College of Business, located at the corner of West Peachtree Street and Fifth Street in Technology Square.
- What is the profile of a typical student?
Qualified candidates have several years of professional work experience (a minimum of five years is required) with a history of professional advancement and leadership. Students' personal and professional backgrounds vary, bringing diversity to the classroom experience.
- Do you have to live or work in Atlanta to participate in either EMBA program?
No. Though many students reside in Georgia, some students commute from other states. Travel expenses and accommodations for the domestic residencies and classes are not included in the cost of the program, but we will gladly provide you with a list of local lodging options.
- How big is the class?
Each degree program has approximately 50 students per cohort, for a total of approximately 100 students per admission year.
- What happens during the international residency?
Students visit businesses and educational institutions in established and emerging economies during the international residency. You’ll examine the cultural, legal, and economic aspects of each location you visit, gaining deeper, firsthand knowledge of international business practices and cultures. Ultimately, you’ll gain an understanding of the country’s economy and how to effectively conduct business there.
Learn more about the Global Business Program’s international residency.
Learn more about the Management of Technology Program’s international residency.
- What will my diploma say?
Depending on which of our two degrees you pursue, you will receive one of the following:
- Master of Business Administration – Global Business
- Master of Business Administration in Management of Technology
- How many hours do students spend on work outside of class?
On average, students spend between 10 and 20 hours per week on assignments outside of class. This number will vary based on how familiar you are with the courses taught in a given semester.
- Is the program offered online?
- When does the program begin?
The next class begins August 2015 and graduates in December 2016. If you are interested in applying for the Class of 2016, please contact us at 404.385.2254 or via email at to learn more.
- Will I have access to Georgia Tech resources?
Yes, you will have access to all student resources. One of the key differentiators of our program is the fact you experience your program on a diverse and complete college campus. Whether it is the library resources, the recreation center, or cheering for Division I-A sports teams, you are a full member of the Georgia Tech campus community.
- Do I need a laptop computer?
You will be provided an iPad but we suggest that you also have a computer to augment your technical capabilities. Specific parameters are provided upon acceptance to the program.
- How big is the alumni network?
The EMBA Program alumni network is more than 900 strong. The Georgia Tech and College of Business networks have thousands of loyal participants.
- Can I attend a class session to experience the program firsthand?
We will be happy to schedule a class visit for you to one of our EMBA classes. We request that you first attend one of our EMBA Info Sessions (you may register online on this site) or submit your current resume for review to us at . Upon completion of either of these requests, we will contact you to arrange a class visit that meets your schedule.