Executive MBA Programs

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As there are many Executive MBA programs available in the market, how do you evaluate a particular program that would meet your particular needs? There are a few points which you might want to look at:

  1. What Degree is awarded at the culmination of the Executive MBA program? Not all schools award an MBA Degree as some of them award an Executive MBA Degree or other Master Degrees in business subjects, such as an M.S. or M.A. in business administration. Therefore, depending on your career objectives and how you plan to utilize your degree in the future, it is important to choose the right Degree that will suit your needs. For example the Chicago Booth Executive MBA program awards an MBA Degree which is similar to the degree that we award to our graduates from the Full Time Program. However some other schools might just offer an Executive MBA Degree out of their Executive MBA program.

  2. Who is teaching in the Executive MBA program? Look at the quality of the faculty members teaching in the program - Did they graduate from top schools? What research work have they done? Or what publications or studies have they published - to determine whether you are getting ‘quality’ faculty members whom you will be happy with.

  3. Who will your classmates be? Do they have the experience and expertise that you are looking for? Will you enjoy studying with them? Also you want to make sure that the class represents a wide range of industries, business functions as well as nationalities. Without the diversity, you might not be able to get the best out of an executive MBA program where you learn from each other.

An executive MBA program can be one of the most rewarding and enriching experience you might have to help you enhance your skills as well as boost your career. However not all programs are created equal, and thus, it’s important that you spend some time to investigate the various programs that are available in the market so that you’ll choose the one that will best suit your own needs.

- Ria Sugita