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What is an Executive MBA?

The weekend Executive MBA Program at Georgia Tech is designed for working professionals who want to attain an MBA but cannot interrupt their careers to do so. A 17-month program with classes on select Friday evenings and Saturdays, the EMBA program provides participants the opportunity to attain their MBA and meet their career demands simultaneously.


The Executive MBA Program is designed for working professionals with a minimum of 5 years of career experience. You do not have to be at an executive level to be a student in the EMBA Program. Our Executive MBA Program students average 13 years of work experience and are seeking an MBA that specifically focuses on the knowledge and skillsets they need to advance their careers or move into new career paths.

MBA Specialization

The EMBA Program at Georgia Tech offers two MBA degree specializations:  MBA in Global Business (MBA-GB) and an MBA in Management of Technology (MBA-MoT). The programs share a core curriculum and then transition to each MBA's specialized coursework.

A Format for the Career Professional

The weekend Executive MBA format is specifically designed to allow you to meet career demands, maintain a balanced life, and attain your MBA in a 17-month format.

Each EMBA class begins in August and proceeds as cohorts through the entire 17 months. With approximately 55-65 students per program, the EMBA students begin in unison in August and continue together until graduation the following December.

EMBA Program Schedule

You might be asking yourself, "How many hours are required to get an EMBA?"

EMBA cohorts begin with a week-long residency at Georgia Tech in August. Following the residency, you’ll attend classes on select Friday evenings (5:30-9:30 pm) and Saturdays (8:30 am-5:30 pm). There are no Sunday classes. Classes are generally scheduled every other weekend, although some months may vary. 

A second week-long on-campus residency occurs at the end of the first semester. Additionally, each program also includes an international residency abroad before graduation (please refer to each program's specific page for detailed information).

Dedicated Academic Program Manager

The Executive MBA format also offers a more enhanced level of service than most MBA programs. Each Georgia Tech EMBA student is assigned an Academic Program Manager who will assist them throughout their time in the Executive MBA Program. Program Managers register students for classes, purchase their books and course materials for them, coordinate class weekend meals, and provide a level of service that Executive MBA students need as they balance demanding work, school, and personal schedules.

Networking During Your Executive MBA

Most students in the EMBA Program average 10 to 15 years of work experience and bring a wealth of knowledge from a vast array of industries into the classroom. You will find that you learn from your peers just as much as you will from your professors. And with our cohort model, you truly get to know your fellow EMBA classmates. These connections last well after graduation---enriching your lives, your career opportunities, and your professional network.

Diana ChenI wanted to move from IT to a role on the business side. Because of my Georgia Tech MBA, I am now in a more strategic role with a broader view, and involved in projects I never would have been before.

– Diana Chen
EMBA in Global Business Program, Class of 2007

Related Links

EMBA Global Business
EMBA Management of Technology
EMBA Program Curriculum


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