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Major Features of the Executive MBA Degree

The Executive MBA program (EMBA) at Kent State is designed to be highly personalized, with an interactive classroom and online experience designed to prepare students for managerial positions of significant responsibility. This Executive MBA degree program is an academically enriching, comprehensive and challenging professional education that has produced nearly 1,200 graduates since the program's inception in 1978. Among the many factors that influenced these students to enroll in the EMBA program are:

  • Full accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • Concentrated 18-month program (39 credit hours)
  • Comprehensive and participative approach to management study
  • An Executive MBA curriculum that emphasizes management skills and global issues
  • A three day Beginning Residency that develops communication and teamwork at the program outset
  • International business experience (IBE) a trip abroad for applied learning experience
  • Highly qualified and experienced graduate faculty
  • Limited class size (25 - 30) with careful selection of participants to ensure a wide variety of management and professional background and experience
  • Saturday on-site and online classes, averaging three on-site sessions per month and one online session.
  • Use of state of the art on-line software designed for the EMBA in conjunction with AMVONET
  • Tuition covers the international business trip, textbooks, instructional materials, registration, parking, and scheduling of all courses to provide busy professionals with a "hassle free" learning environment
  • State of the art executive classrooms for effective communication
  • Extensive library collections with more than 2 million volumes and computer networks to access holding at other universities
  • Conveniently located suburban setting
The Executive MBA curriculum is designed in a modular format with two courses being offered concurrently over each eight-week period. This "focused approach" enhances the learning process by concentration on only two subject areas at any given time.

While the instructional method is determined by the type of course and the orientation of the faculty, the nature and composition of the Executive MBA class lends a unique element to the education process. Since the class is composed of practicing professionals, their individual and collective experience creates an interactive and applied learning environment.

Furthermore, a spirit of camaraderie that is difficult to duplicate in other professional education programs develops as the class moves together from the first day of the Residency through graduation.


The Executive MBA degree program is a professional education designed for professionals who need to accommodate their busy work schedules while earning their MBA degree. Convenient schedule features Saturday classes on-site and online.