Executive MBA

Kent State Proudly Offers an AACSB-Accredited Online MBA Program


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Application Deadline: August 1 Each Year

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The Kent State EMBA is a hybrid program with a unique blend of in-person and technology-facilitated learning experiences. However, should coronavirus-related social distancing persist into the fall, our faculty are prepared to deliver the program in a completely remote format on a temporary basis.

Ranked as Tier One Globally CEO Magazine, Kent State University’s Executive MBA program is designed exclusively for busy working professionals. With once-monthly meetings on campus supplemented by online content during weeks in between, this program was created to help you keep your life balanced.

Our EMBA program is a terrific opportunity to engage with other seasoned professionals to gain advanced leadership skills, practical insights, decision-making skills based on analytics and vital hands-on training essential to compete in today’s challenging global marketplace.

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Our EMBA program is ranked #30 globally by CEO Magazine.

Watch a recording of the 2020 Graduate Programs Week Alumni Panel here. Learn about "Career Resilience in the Midst of COVID-19" from former graduate business students who shared insights and tips on navigating challenging situations in the workplace.

Executive MBA Podcasts

Assessing Personality Traits for Leadership Development

Mark Whitmore, assistant professor in the Department of Management and Information Systems, teaches leadership and professional development courses in the College’s Online and Executive MBA programs. In this podcast, Whitmore shares about the Workplace Big 5 assessment tool that helps students learn about their leadership style and practice skills in a simulated environment. Listen to learn more about the how studying personality traits can help guide leadership development.


Corporate Social Responsibility and Helping Executive MBA Students Solve Business Problems



In this episode, hear from Chris Groening, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Marketing, on his recent research in Corporate Social Responsibility and Consumer Behavior and his recent first-place win in the MENA case competition. He also discusses his approach to helping Executive MBA students solve business problems.


Kent State’s EMBA Program Features

What makes our program different from other Executive MBA programs? Let’s take a look.

  • Convenient, once-monthly weekend format; summer session 100% online
    Meets one weekend per month in-person, supplemented with online content during intervening weeks. Summer session is 100% online
  • Designed for experienced professionals with diverse backgrounds
    Minimum 7 years of work experience required, GMAT typically waived
  • Ability to earn your EMBA in 19 months
  • Nationally recognized. Globally ranked.
    AACSB accreditation and ranked Tier One globally by CEO Magazine 
  • International business experience
    A separate International Business Experience (IBE) fee will be assessed to all enrolled EMBA students prior to the semester in which the IBE will occur. The IBE fee varies by destination and then-current rates for the costs described herein.
  • EMBA program cost includes:
    Tuition, beginning residency, meals and refreshments on in-person class days, parking and access to student services and amenities at the university. A separate International Business Experience (IBE) fee will be assessed to all enrolled EMBA students prior to the semester in which the IBE will occur. The IBE fee varies by destination and then-current rates for the costs described herein.

    Items not included in the $43,900 program cost are any required course texts.
  • World-renowned faculty
    Faculty are noted academics and leaders in their fields, with published research in their respective area of expertise and business experience

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More About Our MBA for Executives

Kent State University’s Executive MBA program (EMBA) is an AACSB-accredited program designed exclusively for busy professionals working full time with a desire for career advancement. 

Our contemporary curriculum taught by outstanding faculty is designed to both teach and challenge our students, while placing a focus on effectively utilizing:

  • Sound strategic thinking
  • Decision-making supported by analytics
  • Sustainable business practices
  • Effective leadership dynamics
  • Heightened awareness of a globally competitive and technologically complex business environment

Our experienced Executive MBA faculty combines their practical business expertise developed from consulting and corporate experience with advanced academic knowledge obtained through intensive research. 

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Why should you earn your EMBA?

Earning your EMBA is a great way to develop yourself both personally and professionally by increasing your knowledge, skills and understanding of the different aspects of the business world.

And in our Executive MBA program, you can take your career to the next level while maintaining your full-time job. There are many reasons to earn your Executive MBA, including:

  • Gaining new perspectives
  • Increasing your understanding of business
  • Widening your professional network

Most notably, though, earning your EMBA can help you reach your career goals. The knowledge and skills you gain in our Executive MBA program provide you with the vital hands-on training essential for competing in today’s challenging global marketplace, while helping you become a more well-rounded and knowledgeable business professional.

Why Choose Kent State for Your Executive MBA?

Kent State University’s Executive MBA program stands out from the rest because it primarily consists of courses vital to learning business disciplines.

Students from across Ohio, including Cleveland, Akron and Columbus, enroll in our EMBA. They enjoy the convenience of attending Saturday and Sunday classes once a month on campus, along with selected classes online, and can graduate in just 19 months. 

Better yet, the international experience portion of our EMBA program gives students the opportunity to work on projects with international business leaders in other countries and develop global strategies. 

Students form lifelong bonds and career connections with their classmates, who are business professionals with more than seven years of work experience, like themselves.

Want to Learn More About Getting Your Executive MBA?

Interested in learning more about Kent State’s Executive MBA program? Be sure to attend one of our many upcoming information sessions or webinars around Cleveland, Akron and all over northern Ohio, where you can speak with faculty and alumni about program expectations, curriculum and so much more.

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EMBA Admission Information

Executive MBA Admission Criteria

  • A minimum of 7 years professional work experience
  • An undergraduate degree (not necessarily in business) from an accredited college or university
  • GMAT and GRE scores are typically waived

About the EMBA Application Process

To be considered for admission to Kent State University’s Executive MBA program, students must submit the following information online:

  • Completed application form, and nonrefundable application fee
  • Official transcripts – all applicants must have graduated with at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Prior business-related degree is not needed
  • Resume
  • Recommendation forms – used to assess academic or job performance. Recommenders may include senior executives, past or present supervisors, colleagues or someone familiar with your academic background.
  • Statement of Goals and Objectives – one full page stating your goals/objectives for the program, used to assess career goals and written communication skills
  • If required* – Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) official test scores
  • Interview – required of all candidates after they submit a completed application form. The EMBA office will schedule an appointment for a personal interview with the director after the EMBA admissions committee has received all application materials.
  • Deposit – upon a favorable admission decision, a deposit is required to confirm commitment to program.



Cost of Our EMBA Program

The cost is $43,900, for a total of 32 semester credit hours, or $1,371.88 per credit hour.

This price includes tuition, parking, food service for classes on campus and graduation cap/gown. A separate International Business Experience (IBE) fee will be assessed to all enrolled EMBA students prior to the semester in which the IBE will occur. The IBE fee varies by destination and then-current rates for the costs described herein.

The program is spread over three calendar years, so as to take advantage of a yearly employer reimbursement if your employer reimburses you any cost of your tuition.

EMBA International Business Experience

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A highlight of the Executive MBA program at Kent State is the international business experience.

The international business experience (IBE) is a one-hour credit course in which each EMBA cohort has the opportunity to travel abroad under the leadership of a faculty member. A separate IBE fee will be assessed to all enrolled EMBA students prior to the semester in which the IBE will occur. The IBE fee varies by destination and then-current rates for the costs described herein.

The international business experience is a unique learning event in which students are exposed firsthand to the country’s culture and work on an international business project.

In order to prepare for the experience, international topics are integrated into many of the courses in the curriculum.

What Will You Do During the International Experience?

During travel, students meet with international business leaders, work with one or more global companies to develop business strategies and explore. It has proven to be not only a great learning experience, but also to be most students’ favorite part of the program.

The destination each year is based upon events taking place in the domestic and global economy. Past trips have included:

  • Italy
  • Brazil
  • Vietnam
  • Ireland
  • Austria/Greece
  • Mexico
  • Chile
  • Switzerland/Belgium
  • Czech Republic/Dresden
  • China

Learn More About the International Business Experience

For more details on this fulfilling international business experience, be sure to join us for any of Kent State’s upcoming Info sessions or Webinars.

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Laurie Walker
EMBA Program Director


Cathy L. Z. DuBois, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Graduate and Online Programs