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FAQs


  1. What is the application deadline and what is required to apply?
  2. What is the cost of the EMBA Program?
  3. How can my company's tuition reimbursement be maximized to my benefit?
  4. What about financial aid and scholarships?
  5. The GMAT.
  6. GMAT & GPA admission criteria.
  7. EMBA Program eligibility: Prior experience and schooling.
  8. How Does the KSU EMBA Program compare to others?
  9. What is the International Business Experience?
  10. Who is my first point of contact at KSU?
  11. What is the difference between EMBA and PMBA?
  12. What is the typical once monthly schedule?
  13. When will there be breaks greater than one week?

1. What is the application deadline for the Executive MBA degree program and what is required to apply?

There is no deadline per se, although the class fills on a first-come-first-serve basis. Ideally, we would like to have all application materials completed one month prior to the beginning of classes. Applicants must complete the following and mail to  The Executive MBA Program, Graduate Programs Office, Suite A310, Kent State University, P. O. Box 5190,  Kent, OH  44242 :

  • EMBA Application and a non-refundable application fee of $30 (checks payable to KSU)
  • Official copies of all undergraduate transcripts
  • Official GMAT score
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Current resume
  • Statement of goal and objectives
  • Personal interview with the Director of the EMBA Program



2. What is the cost of the EMBA Program?

The cost for the Executive MBA for Healthcare Professionals beginning in May 2014 is $49,9000 or $1,151.28 per credit hour. This price includes all services and products related to the program (see answer #3 for more details).  A deposit of $1,000 is due at the beginning of the program, which will be credited back to the student at the end of the first semester.

3. How can my company's tuition reimbursement be maximized to my benefit?

The EMBA Program structures its fees and payment schedules to accommodate students who receive tuition reimbursement from their employers.  Students that have employee reimbursement have 42 days after the end of the term to make their payment. Further, the EMBA credit-hour cost of $1125.64 is inclusive of all EMBA-related costs, including tuition, all books and materials, international business experience, two off-site residencies, parking, and meals before class.

4. What about financial aid and scholarships?

The Graduate Programs Office awards multiple scholarships totaling $44,900 at the beginning of each new EMBA class. Awards are made on prior academic achievement, although other criteria will be considered. Students must write an essay on why they deserve to win a scholarship, and submit it prior to the start of classes. If successful, students receive tuition remission.
 
Both private and Stafford student loans are available as well. Contact Tara Jackson at the KSU Financial Aid Office for more information, 330-672-0516 or e-mail at tjackson@kent.edu.
 

5. The GMAT.

For applicants with ten years or more of business work experience there is a possibility that the Graduate Management Admission Test can be waived. For waiver consideration, a resume and transcripts should be submitted to: Joan Janosko,  KSU College of Business Administration, Suite A310, EMBA Office, Kent, OH 44242.

For those applicants who will be required to take the GMAT, is now offered electronically. Simply call 1-800-717-GMAT to schedule the test at a center near you. The cost is $250, and a $50 fee will be charged for any rescheduling. There are many GMAT-prep books and software packages available to help in the review process. The GMAT Information Bulletin covers a variety of GMAT-related topics, and is available through the KSU Graduate Programs Office. KAPLAN offers a GMAT-prep software package and  www.MBA.com also offers a practice test on line.

6. GMAT & GPA admission criteria.

There is no minimum GMAT score or grade point average required for admission to the EMBA program. The admissions committee considers many factors as it evaluates prospective students, including work history, letters of reference, and other non-academic achievements. The admission process culminates with a personal interview to ensure that the candidate is a good fit for the program, and vice versa.

7. EMBA Program eligibility: Prior experience and schooling.

EMBA students do not need an undergraduate degree in business. In fact we encourage students with varied backgrounds to apply to the program. We do place a great deal of emphasis on work history, and generally require a minimum of 5 years of work experience. All EMBA students complete the same 39 hours of coursework. This is an advantage for non-business undergrads, who would be required to complete 48 hours of coursework in the Part-time MBA Program.

8. How Does the KSU EMBA Program compare to others?

We consider our closest EMBA "competitor" to be the program at Case Western Reserve University. Case is a private institution, which typically necessitates charging considerably higher tuition than a state-funded university. Case is currently charging over $80,000 for their EMBA program vs. $44,900 for the KSU Program.
 
An important factor to consider when choosing an EMBA program is whether or not the institution has received accreditation from AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business).  AACSB accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. For both students seeking the finest education from an accredited business school, and companies seeking high-caliber talent, AACSB International accreditation is one of the most important affirmations of making the right choice of business school. Only 29% of universities having business colleges in the United States meet the rigorous standards set by AACSB International.  And, only 4.25% of business programs worldwide hold AACSB accreditation.  Do not confuse AACSB certification with lesser forms of accreditation.

9. What is the International Business Experience?

The IBE is a one week excursion abroad to observe how the business of healthcare is conducted in other countries. It is a cultural learning experience regarding healthcare policy throughout the world and is part of a one credit hour course.  Although we encourage students to participate in the IBE, students may opt to take an additional elective, or complete an independent study project instead. The most recent IBE trip destination was to Switzerland and France.  Students visits included the World Health Organization and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

10. Who is my first point of contact at KSU?

Prospective students may contact Joan Janosko, from the EMBA Office, at
330-672-1179, jjanosko@kent.edu or by mail at KSU College of Business Administration, Suite A310 EMBA Office, Kent, OH 44242.

11. What is the difference between EMBA and PMBA?

The EMBA (Executive MBA) is a weekend program that is geared toward working professionals with a minimum of 5 years of work experience. The PMBA (Part-time MBA) classes meet in the evening during the week, and requires no prior work experience. Both programs culminate in the Master of Business Administration degree.

12. What is the typical once monthly schedule?

The Executive MBA for Healthcare Professionals meets once monthly on consecutive days; Thursday evening, followed by Friday and Saturday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. 


13. When will there be breaks greater than one week?

Given the once monthly on site class schedule, attendance is not typically required between monthly class sessions.  In addition, there are several class breaks in November and December.