The first thing to say is what is not different. The faculty who teach in the program, the requirements for the degree, and Chicago’s rigorous approach to business education are all the same in the Executive MBA Program as in the Full-Time Program.
Beyond the essential similarity, one key difference is the makeup of the student body in each program. The Full-Time Program is aimed at students in their mid-to-late twenties who are in the very early part of their careers and are able to take two years off to complete a full-time MBA program. The Executive Program is designed for more senior and experienced managers; they have an average of 12 years of work experience and an average age of 36. The Executive MBA Program allows them to continue working while they attend the program - thereby bringing real life experiences and knowledge into the classroom, and applying what they learn in the program to their daily work.
A second difference is the cohorted nature of the program. Executive MBA students take all of the same courses with their group. This allows for better learning from one another and fosters the ability to network and develop deep relationships with other senior managers from around the world. Additionally, because the program is taught in weeklong modules, students can maintain their employment and do not have to relocate to Hong Kong for the duration of the program.