Benefits and Advantages of an Executive MBA Program
If you’re interested in learning about business, filling in knowledge gaps, enhancing leadership skills, and advancing your career, an EMBA program may be a good fit. Students in EMBA programs tend to have more work experience than in full-time MBA programs, and they continue working during school.
Wharton’s EMBA program requires students to have at least 10 years of full-time experience and to be fully employed in the program. Like full-time MBA programs, EMBA programs typically last about two years and graduates benefit from a school’s alumni network. Graduates of Wharton’s 24-month executive MBA program join Wharton’s community of 99,000+ Wharton alumni around the world.
Benefits of an EMBA: Why Should You Get an Executive MBA?
1.) Allows Students to Continue Working
The delivery and structure of the EMBA program is designed for experienced working professionals so you don’t have to interrupt your career or give up your salary.
Named a “Best and Brightest” EMBA student in 2018 by Poets & Quants, Laura Rivera, WG’18, came to Wharton’s MBA Program for Executives to accelerate her career in finance and business development at Johnson & Johnson. “I’ve worked at J&J for 12 years and had no intention of leaving because I love my job. This program was a way to get more external experience and exposure to different perspectives,” she says.
When Kasper Kowalewski, WG’19, graduated from college as a petroleum engineer, he wanted to get an MBA. However, it didn’t make sense to interrupt his growing career in Alaska to attend school full-time. As he moved up in his company’s organization and took on more non-operational roles, he decided that the time was right. He wanted an MBA to better understand financial decisions at his company and help address challenges in the oil and gas industry. Read Kasper’s story here and see how his Wharton degree moved him into a business leadership role.
2.) Provides Ability to Immediately Apply Learnings to Your Job
After each EMBA class session, you return to your job and apply what you learn. For example, you might create a new data model, implement a management technique, or try a new negotiation tactic. When you are back at school, students share their experiences and learn from each other.
You apply what you learn over a class weekend when you return to your job on Monday. This helps you add value to your job and keeps your career moving forward,” says TJ Kennedy, WG’17.
3.) Grows your Personal and Professional Network
An EMBA allows students to connect with classmates and alumni, who are experienced professionals in a wide range of industries around the world.
A month after starting the Wharton program, Denise Carter, WG’19, discovered the benefit of the Wharton network when she had a business question. “It was remarkable how quickly I was then put in contact with several alumni who had experience building the same types of companies as well as experience on the VC side. They gave feedback on how they would view our company structure and the overall investment opportunity. One alumna invited me to her office, she carved out more than 1.5 hours of her time to hear my story, review my pitch deck and give me feedback. She also passed on legal and financial contacts. It was resource after resource!”
When you get a Wharton MBA, you aren’t just getting the best MBA in the world. You’re also getting instant connections to anyone you could ever want to work with in your entire life through the Wharton network. This is a big investment, but the payoff is huge. The knowledge and network will benefit you for the rest of your life,” says Laura Rivera, WG’18.
4.) Accelerates your Career
In addition to the credential of an MBA, you’ll gain a broader perspective, enabling you to approach your current role with new energy and fresh ideas.
While she already had a lot of experience, Denise Carter, WG’19, came to Wharton’s MBA Program for Executives for the credentials and to fill in knowledge gaps. She explained: “When we took [a] company public, I sat at a table with over 30 people and I realized that I was one of three women and the only one there without an advanced degree. I don’t know if it mattered to anyone else, but it mattered to me. I am confident that my participation in meetings would sometimes take a backseat because I felt less qualified than others in the room. I also feel it’s important to my future shareholders, board of directors, and employees that I’ve made the commitment to get the formal MBA degree.”
5.) Facilitates an Immersive Environment
The residential requirement ensures that EMBA students are fully immersed in the campus experience both in and out of the classroom.
“The magic of Wharton’s EMBA program is that for the two days you are on campus during class weekends, you get the full-time MBA experience. You have the space to really immerse yourself in the coursework and to develop real relationships with your classmates,” said TJ Kennedy, WG’17.
“That extra time with classmates to have dinner together, study, work on projects, and hang out helps build comradery that you wouldn’t get if you went home after classes. I also liked how Wharton has no online component; learning with classmates and building your network is a big benefit of this program,” says Ettore Comi, WG’19.