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For most people in business, working in management is great but what they'd really like to do is be an executive. With great perks and a nice corner office, it is hard to blame them. But getting to that point can require a lot of hard work and determination, not to mention several years of experience. Getting an executive MBA is one big step towards this ultimate goal, and can be a great addition to a resume even if you're not quite ready for that big promotion.
A majority of EMBA programs are designed to suit those who are in the middle of their careers and are working at the mid to upper level management levels already. This usually means that applicants will need to have at least 8-10 years of managerial experience before they can be accepted into a program, and many students will have somewhere between 12-15 years of experience. While this may seem like a lot, the focused and extensive research and education provided by EMBA programs requires that students already have a good handle on the basics of running a business and managing employees as it will not necessarily focus on the more basic elements of business the way some MBA degrees will.
General coursework for an EMBA program will emphasize students working together as a team and helping build their management and organizational skills. Students will gain valuable experience as leaders and some may even want to take advantage of opportunities to work and study abroad so that they can build their global management skills as well. Students will gain new skills in their classes that they can immediately take with them and apply in the workplace. Courses will focus on specific aspects of leadership, management, business strategy, accounting, economics and performance measurement though students will have the opportunity to take courses that meet their specific interests as well that can help them in their individual industries and career goals.
EMBA programs usually take about 20-24 months to complete. This is a large time commitment, but since many who are entering these programs are working professionals, classes are often offered in the evenings or on weekends to accommodate those who need to both work and attend classes. Students should also check with their employers to see if sponsorship may be available. Many employers are interested in investing in the quality of their employees and will cover some or all of the costs associated with getting your EMBA. This can help reduce the financial stress caused by tuition costs and make it easier for professionals to attend the courses they need to move ahead in their careers. Not everyone will be well-suited by an EMBA program, but those with years of experience, the drive to get executive level employment and a commitment to excellence should find their needs well met with a variety of EMBA programs across the nation.