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Executive MBA FAQs
Commonly Asked Questions
What is the Georgia Tech Executive MBA format?
The Executive MBA (EMBA) format is designed for working professionals with a minimum of five years of progressive career experience. You do not have to be at an executive level to participate in the EMBA program. Our EMBA students average 10 - 15 years of work experience and are seeking a MBA that specifically focuses on the knowledge and skill sets they need to advance their careers or move into new career paths.
The EMBA format also offers a more enhanced level of service than most MBA programs. As a student, you gain access to a program team that handles administrative tasks and provides support during your onboarding process and throughout your 17 months as a student.
EMBA students move through the program as a cohort, beginning the 17-month program with a weeklong residency at Georgia Tech. Students then attend classes approximately two to three weekends a month on select Friday evenings (5:30 - 9:30 p.m.) and Saturdays (8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.) for the duration of the program. There are no Sunday classes. There is an additional on-campus weeklong residency in December of the first semester and a mandatory two-week international residency.
What is the difference between Executive, Evening, and Full-time MBA programs?
Executive, Evening, and Full-time MBA designations refer to the format of the classes/program, not to the MBA degree itself. It is important to note that students who enroll in the Executive MBA program earn MBA degrees, not “Executive MBA” degrees. Upon completion of the Executive MBA program, students are awarded either an “MBA - Global Business” degree or an “MBA - Management of Technology” degree, depending on which degree specialty they select.
What are the differences between the Global Business and Management of Technology specializations?
Both programs share a core MBA curriculum that all EMBA students, regardless of program specialty, must complete.
Global Business (Leadership)
The Global Business (Leadership) specialization teaches you to think strategically and contribute to companies that work across borders and around the world. After the EMBA core, Global Business (Leadership) transitions to a specialized curriculum focusing on the dynamics of global competition and strategies for building a global competitive advantage.
The Global Strategy Project is the program's capstone experience – where you and your capstone team will work with a company to address an actual issue on a global scale. You’ll identify opportunities and make recommendations on how to implement strategies internationally, from product and pricing to procurement, logistics, and management. Learn more about the Global Business (Leadership) specialization.
Management of Technology (Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Intrapreneurship)
The Management of Technology (Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Intrapreneurship) specialization teaches you to forecast and embrace emerging technologies, all while managing innovation and organizational change.
The Management of Technology Project is the program's capstone project. As a member of a select team, you’ll choose an emerging technology and complete a full business plan, demonstrating your understanding of how to take a technology-driven product or service to market. This powerful integrative experience concludes with a juried business plan competition. Learn more about the Management of Technology (Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Intrapreneurship) specialization.
Where are Executive MBA classes held?
Classes are held in the state-of-the-art Huang Executive Education Center in the Scheller College of Business, located at the corner of West Peachtree Street and Fifth Street in Technology Square, Midtown Atlanta.
What is the profile of a typical student?
Qualified candidates have several years of professional work experience (a minimum of five years is required) with a history of professional advancement and leadership. Students' personal and professional backgrounds vary, bringing diversity to the classroom experience.
What career advancement outcomes can I expect from the Executive MBA program?
Our Executive MBA students report an average 20% salary increase from program start to graduation.
Do you have to live or work in Atlanta to participate in either EMBA program?
No. Though many students reside in Georgia, some students commute from other states. Travel expenses and accommodations for the domestic residencies and classes are not included in the cost of the program, but we will gladly provide you with a list of local lodging options.
How big is the class?
Each degree program has approximately 70 - 80 students per cohort.
What happens during the international residency?
Students visit businesses and educational institutions in established and emerging economies during the international residency. You’ll examine the cultural, legal, and economic aspects of each location you visit, gaining deeper, firsthand knowledge of international business practices and cultures. Ultimately, you’ll gain an understanding of the country’s economy and how to effectively conduct business there.
Global Business (Leadership) students also have the opportunity to participate in an optional second international residency.
What will my diploma say?
Depending on which of our two degrees you pursue, you will receive one of the following:
- Master of Business Administration – Global Business
- Master of Business Administration – Management of Technology
How many hours do students spend on work outside of class?
On average, students spend between 10 and 20 hours per week on assignments outside of class. This number will vary based on how familiar you are with the courses taught in a given semester.
Is the program offered online?
At this time, we do not offer this program online.
When does the program begin?
Each cohort begins in August and graduates the following December.
Will I have access to Georgia Tech resources?
Yes, you will have access to all student resources. One of the key differentiators of our program is the fact you experience your program on a diverse and complete college campus. Whether it is the library resources, the recreation center, or cheering for Division I-A sports teams, you are a full member of the Georgia Tech campus community.
How big is the alumni network?
The EMBA alumni network is more than 2,000 strong. In addition, the Georgia Tech and Scheller College of Business networks have hundreds of thousands of loyal members.
Can I attend a class session to experience the program firsthand?
We will be happy to schedule a class visit for you to one of our EMBA classes. We request that you first attend one of our information sessions or submit your current resume for review to us at email@example.com. Upon completion of either of these requests, we will contact you to arrange a class visit that meets your schedule.
What are the admission requirements?
- Working professional with a minimum of five years of full-time career experience
- Four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
- Online application
- Academic transcripts from all previous institutions
- Current resume
- Required essays (2):
- Why an MBA and why the Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business? Describe how your experience, both professional and personal, has led you to the decision to pursue an MBA at Georgia Tech. Discuss your short- and long-term career goals and how Scheller is best suited to help you achieve your goals (2,000 characters max).
- List 10 facts about yourself that will help your future classmates get to know you.
- Professional letters of recommendation (2)
- Admissions interview
- Official TOEFL score (if required)
How do I apply?
You will need to begin your application here. You are required to select your Executive MBA specialization at the time of application. We recommend you plan for one hour to complete your application.
For questions on the admissions process, the admissions team is here to assist you every step of the way. To connect with a member of the admissions team, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, call at 404.385.2254, or schedule a one-on-one consultation.
When is the application deadline?
Applicants are admitted on a rolling admissions basis, with applications processed as they are submitted for the incoming class. We highly recommend submitting your application as early as possible to ensure your placement in the program. Class seats are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. See application deadlines.
Do I have to take the GMAT, GMAT Focus, GRE, or Executive Assessment?
The Executive MBA program has a test-optional admissions policy. Any applicant who can demonstrate strong quantitative skills through their academic and professional work experience is welcome to apply without a test score. Prospective students do not have to meet certain criteria in order to pursue this option.
Does my work experience need to be as a manager?
Your work experience should be in a professional setting, but you do not need to have managed people to apply.
Do I need to have an undergraduate degree?
Yes. You must have a four-year degree from a regionally accredited institution to apply. For international students, you must have a four-year degree equivalent.
How many people typically apply to the Executive MBA program?
We typically seat a class of 70 - 80 students each start, with about twice as many students applying. We prescreen applicants, so unqualified students typically remove themselves from the process and do not officially apply to the program.
Will I be interviewed?
Yes, each qualified applicant will be invited for a one-hour admissions interview as part of the application process.
When will I know if I have been accepted?
The admissions process typically takes two to four weeks after we have received your completed application and have conducted your admissions interview.
Whom may I contact if I have more questions?
Please contact the Executive MBA admissions team at 404.385.2254 or via email at email@example.com to learn more.
How much does the program cost and what does tuition cover?
The program fee for the class is $82,500 (subject to change). This includes all textbooks, classroom materials, access to campus resources; on-ground costs for the international residency; on-campus parking across from the Scheller College of Business building; executive coaching, career development programs, and lifetime executive coaching for alumni; food and refreshments during scheduled class times; and admission to guest speaker events, symposia, and lectures.
Is my company required to sponsor me during the program?
Your company is not required to sponsor you financially or submit a letter of company support for your enrollment. We do suggest you discuss the time commitment required for the program and your program goals with your employer. This is an excellent way of positioning yourself for future opportunities within your company if your goal is advancement within your organization.
Are scholarships available?
Yes. We award a limited number of fellowships to Executive MBA students. Applicants who apply early receive first consideration. No additional application materials are required.
Is there financial aid available?
Yes. There are numerous financial aid options for which you may be eligible. To learn more, please visit finaid.gatech.edu for more information.
How do I get to the Scheller College of Business?
View detailed directions and parking.
How do I get from the airport to the College?
Many visitors take MARTA (light rail) from the airport. There are two MARTA stations (North Avenue and Midtown) within blocks of the College and there are a variety of hotels and restaurants in the immediate vicinity.
There are many other options for traveling to and from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to Midtown Atlanta.
Are there hotels near campus?
Yes. There are many hotels to choose from near the College of Business and the Georgia Tech campus. Here are several options:(ask for Georgia Tech rates)
Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center (across the street from Scheller College of Business)
800 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30308
Reservations: 404-347-9440; 800-706-2899
This full-service hotel located on the Georgia Tech campus, offers restaurant, bar and room service seven days a week as well as numerous restaurant options just steps away. The hotel also features free wireless internet, fitness center (including indoor pool) and FREE transportation on the Tech. Ask for the Georgia Tech Rate!
Many of the hotels listed below also offer Georgia Tech rates. Be sure to ask!
Georgian Terrace (.5 miles from Scheller College of Business)
659 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30308
Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites (0.5 miles from Scheller College of Business)
97 10th Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
Hotel Indigo Atlanta Midtown (.5 miles from Scheller College of Business)
683 Peachtree Street. NE Atlanta, GA 30308
Home2 Suites (.3 miles from the Scheller College of Business)
975 West Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30309
Renaissance Atlanta Hotel Downtown (.1 mile walk from Scheller College of Business)
866 West Peachtree Street NW Atlanta, GA 30308
Residence Inn Atlanta Midtown / Historic (.5 miles from Scheller College of Business)
1041 West Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30309
Residence Inn Midtown/17th at Peachtree hotel (1.2 miles from Scheller College of Business)
1365 W Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309