Executive MBA FAQs
Have questions about Kent State’s Executive MBA degree program? See some of our most frequently asked questions below.
And if you would like any additional information, be sure to contact KSU or join us for any of our upcoming information sessions.
Executive MBA Frequently Asked Questions
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 total price of the EMBA program that began in 2012 was $43,900* (39 credit hours at $1125.64/hour). This price includes everything related to the program (see question 3 for more specifics). A deposit of $1,000 is due at the beginning of the program, and rolls from semester to semester. At the end of the Executive MBA program, the $1,000 is credited against the final balance.
*subject to board approval
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 EMBA project office awards multiple scholarships totaling $43,900* 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
*subject to board approval
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. $43,900* for the KSU Program.
An important factor to consider when choosing an EMBA program is whether or not the institution has received AACSB accreditation by the International Association for Management Education. AACSB (American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business) is the highest level of accreditation attainable, and fewer than one-fourth of the nation's 1,200 business programs have earned it. AACSB business schools must comply with strict standards and are required to engage in a process of continuous improvement, including both internal and external review, and a rigorous re-certification process. Do not confuse AACSB certification with lesser forms of accreditation.
*subject to board approval
9. WHAT IS THE INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS EXPERIENCE?
The IBE is a 10-12 day excursion abroad to observe how business is conducted in other countries. It is a cultural learning experience that encompasses both work and recreation, and students are required to write a paper in exchange for two credit hours. Although we encourage students to participate in the IBE, students may opt to take an additional elective, or complete an independent study project instead. Past IBE destinations have included India, Brazil, Chile, Portugal, France, Frankfurt, Berlin, Sidney, Auckland, Belgium, Switzerland, and China.
10. WHO IS MY FIRST POINT OF CONTACT AT KSU?
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 EXECUTIVE MBA CLASS SCHEDULE?
Executive MBA classes meet on average three Saturdays a month. For advance planning purposes, the entire 19 month schedule is available to students at the beginning of the program.
13. WHEN WILL THERE BE BREAKS GREATER THAN ONE WEEK?
Breaks are given for holidays, and one or two weekends during the summer.