Loyola University Chicago

Quinlan School of Business

MBA vs Executive MBA

Compare the Differences

Why choose an EMBA over an MBA? One reason is that the EMBA is designed specifically for experienced managers and executives. Consequently, the robust curriculum is accelerated, interactive, and peer-oriented. EMBA students learning in a cohort gain a wealth of information through peer group interaction versus traditional, academic-style teaching methods.

Additionally, because the EMBA program is for working professionals, it is presented in a condensed format with class meeting times designed to accommodate a busy executive’s schedule. Similarly, learning in a cohort allows students to learn from and network with one another. Quick facts about the EMBA:

  • EMBA programs are currently offered at more than 180 schools around the world
  • 75% of the EMBA schools are located  in the US
  • Approximately 200,000 EMBA graduates are represented in diverse fields including law, business, government, and medicine

Executive MBA vs. MBA: What’s the Difference?

Two paths with great outcomes. Which is right for you? The differences between an EMBA vs. MBA vary from school to school. While an Executive MBA and a traditional MBA both offer equally important benefits, your specific career path and years of experience may help you determine which degree option is best for you.

EMBA programs are typically designed to meet the educational needs of mid to senior level managers and executives, to broaden their business perspective and deepen their leadership skills. EMBA students are usually sponsored by their employer with the goal of increasing one’s immediate contributions to the organization. Quinlan’s EMBA students are part of a cohort, working alongside the same students throughout the program, learning from and networking with one another.

Traditional MBA programs are for students who are in earlier stages of their careers and who may be looking to transition into business from another occupation, or who have a desire to deepen their understanding of a specific business discipline such as marketing or finance.

Some student demographics which differentiate our Executive MBA from our part-time MBA:

Learn in cohort Classes are chosen by student, non-cohort
More professional experience with an average of 14 years. Not required to have professional work experience
Variety of professional backgrounds and industry GMAT is required
International component included Study abroad courses are available

What does Quinlan look for in Executive MBA vs. MBA candidates?

Quinlan’s EMBA Admission Committee looks for a dynamic, talented group of executives who currently hold mid to senior level leadership roles in business or nonprofit organizations. Quinlan’s EMBA students typically have a higher level of work experience, often 7 years or more, compared to the part-time MBA students.

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