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Frequently Asked Questions

IS THERE AN APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THE EXECUTIVE MBA PROGRAM?

The class fills on a first-come-first-serve basis. The deadline for all application materials is August 1st. 

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WHAT'S REQUIRED TO APPLY?

  • EMBA online application and a non-refundable application fee of $45 ($70 fee for international transcripts)
  • Official undergraduate transcripts
  • Official GMAT score if required
  • Three recommendation forms
  • Current resume
  • One page statement of goals and objectives
  • Personal interview with Director of EMBA Program

WHAT IS THE COST OF THE EMBA PROGRAM?

The total price of the EMBA program as of 2014 is $43,900 (39 credit hours at $1125.64/hour). This price includes tuition, all books and materials, international business experience trip, one off-site residency, parking pass and selected meals. A deposit of $1,000 is due at the beginning of the program. 

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.  Students have more than one month after the end of the term to make their payment. 


WHAT ABOUT FINANCIAL AID AND SCHOLARSHIPS?

Financial aid is typically available and questions can be answered by Tara Jackson. 
EMBA scholarships are awarded to a limited number of students with excellent credentials. Scholarship dollar amounts vary; however, the maximum scholarship will be no more than 20 percent of the total EMBA program fee.

Both private and Stafford student loans are available. Contact Tara Jackson at the KSU Financial Aid Office for more information, 330-672-0516 or email tjackson@kent.edu.


DO I HAVE TO TAKE THE GMAT?

For applicants with ten years plus business experience the GMAT may be waived. Please submit your resume and transcripts to the EMBA Program Director for a waiver determination.

For those required to take the GMAT, it is now offered electronically. Visit www.mba.com for updated information and a practice test.


GMAT AND GPA ADMISSION CRITERIA.

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


EMBA PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY: PRIOR EXPERIENCE AND SCHOOLING.

An undergraduate degree in business is not necessary. We encourage students with varied backgrounds to apply. We place a great deal of emphasis on work history and generally require a minimum of five 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.


WHAT IS THE INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS EXPERIENCE (IBE)?

The IBE is a 10-11 day business excursion abroad. A cultural learning experience that encompasses both work and cultural visits. The cost of the trip is included in tuition and fees. Past IBE destinations include India, Brazil, Chile, Portugal, France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, France, Switzerland and China.


WHO IS MY FIRST POINT OF CONTACT AT KSU?

Prospective students may contact Amy Kittle, EMBA Program Coordinator, at 330-672-1225, akittle4@kent.edu or by mail at KSU College of Business Administration, Suite A310 EMBA Office, Kent, OH 44242.


WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EMBA AND PMBA?

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


WHAT IS THE EXECUTIVE MBA CLASS SCHEDULE?

Executive MBA classes meet once a month. For advance planning purposes, the entire 19 month schedule is available to students at the beginning of the program.


WHEN WILL THERE BE BREAKS GREATER THAN ONE WEEK?

Breaks are given for holidays and one or two weekends during the summer.


WHAT REGIONS/AREAS DO STUDENTS COME FROM?

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