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Executive MBA: Frequently Asked Questions - Academics

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Find out what to expect from your academic experience in the Executive MBA program.

How is the EMBA program different from McDonough’s Full-time or Evening MBA programs?
The EMBA program is delivered in a format specifically tailored for mid- to senior-level managers across diverse industries. The Office of Executive Education delivers the EMBA curriculum in an alternating weekend format, which allows students to maintain their current employment and a manageable work-life balance.

What is the duration of the EMBA program?
The Executive MBA program spans 20 consecutive months, beginning in August each year on an alternating weekend format that includes four one-week residencies.

What is the size of a typical EMBA cohort?
A typical EMBA cohort ranges from 45 - 55 students.

How are the courses taught?
Individual faculty members deliver course content using different approaches, including case studies, lectures, experiential learning, simulations, and group projects. Teamwork is emphasized throughout the program. It creates a rich learning environment in which students are exposed to various industry perspectives and learn from their classmates’ experiences.

Are any EMBA courses completed online?
No. All courses are taught at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business on the main campus, located in Washington, D.C.

Do I need to provide my own course materials?
No. The program provides students with all course materials in advance of each course.

How many hours per week should I expect to work on course preparation outside the classroom?
Depending on your work experience and familiarity with the subject matter, the amount of preparation time will vary. Students report spending an average of 12 to 15 hours per week on coursework outside of the classroom.

Can I have a concentration or major?
EMBA students may not identify a concentration or a major but have opportunities to tailor their study based on industry and interest based on options available through the program’s electives, a global capstone residency, and research.

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