How to choose an executive MBA program

5 tips to help you choose the best EMBA for you

How to choose an executive MBA program

With the growing number of executive MBA programs on offer, it can be a daunting task to choose the right one for you. However, there are certain things you should look out for that will help you in the selection process.

1. Look at the program schedule

Beware of programs which seem short but are very condensed. It will be very important to have at least some space in between modules for homework and catching up on assignments at work. This will also be an important factor for your employer who would not appreciate long periods of absence due to your study commitments. 

It is recommended to choose an MBA program specifically designed with the schedule of busy managers in mind, so you can maximize learning and personal development while minimizing time away from work and home. The schedule should allow managers enough time to complete a project at work, to spend time at home with family, and to prepare for the next module.

2. Look at the content of the program

It is important to find out who your professors will be and what credentials they hold before choosing an EMBA program. The quality of the faculty and its connection to the real professional world is extremely important when choosing an Executive MBA Program. Then, look at what kind of core and elective courses are offered. Does the program have a particular focus? If you wish to specialize in a certain field, you should check to see whether the program can be adapted to suit your preferences. 

It is also recommended that you find a program which is constantly adapting the curriculum to stay on top of current trends in the business world to ensure that your degree is relevant.

3. Look at the costs and ROI

Financial ROI (Return On Investment) is of course important but you need to look far beyond that when choosing an EMBA program. Look at the program fees and assess what costs are covered by tuition, how much value they represent, and evaluate how many extra costs you would have to bear. Is hotel accommodation during modules included? Are course materials and meals included? 

It is advisable to assess the value proposition of the program too, i.e. the credentials of the professors who will be guiding and assisting you. Furthermore, you should check out the partners associated with your chosen EMBA program since this could lead to international networking opportunities.

4. Look at the other types of ROI

Another important factor to look at is how well-connected is the business school, the EMBA program, its alumni, and the current students within the EMBA program, etc. because this will determine the effectiveness of networking within the business school and those associated with the school itself. It is recommended that you do your research and find out the ranking of the school according to various expert panels.

5. Look at the internationality of the program

Even if you’d rather not travel internationally so much during your EMBA program, the internationality and diversity of an EMBA program are very important factors to consider too. Internationality tells you a lot about the professional reach and the connecting potential of a program.

If you are considering a country manager position, starting your own business, or if you wish to apply to positions in other countries these international connections are important.

This article was submitted by Kellogg-WHU 

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