Should You Consider an EMBA? Three questions can help you decide.

Author: Marcus Dittmer


Is an EMBA the best next step for you? How you define success, whether personal or professional, will determine whether an EMBA program is right for you. Here are three questions to ask yourself: 

1. Are you ready to become a different kind of leader—a leader for the greater good?

As a mid-career professional, you already have leadership experience. But how can you maximize your individual style and assets to make a lasting and even far-reaching impact? The best EMBA programs approach leadership development strategically and holistically. At Notre Dame, for example, your EMBA experience starts with Executive Integral Leadership—an intensive weeklong self-discovery exploration that helps you maximize your strengths and skills. You learn how to innovate, inspire, lead with your values, and assess the impact of your business decisions. 


2. Are you looking for an invigorating community? 

An EMBA program is an opportunity to work with and learn from a diverse group of professionals. Your program may include engineers, attorneys, physicians, and entrepreneurs. Your fellow students will have significant management experience—often as much as 10 or more years—and share your goal of boosting their business acumen and accelerating their careers. Together, you can draw on one another’s expertise, experience, and wisdom. 


3. Do you want to expand your professional network? 

The connections you make while earning an EMBA will last a lifetime. Pick a program with a strong brand, and you’ll gain an affiliation with a respected institution of higher learning—your brand can build on the reputation of an already established brand. Of course, the people you meet matter too: long after your coursework is complete, you’ll be part of an enduring network of like-minded executives who have bonded over a shared experience. The people in your EMBA class will become sources of advice and wisdom, leads for job referrals, and even potential business partners. Beyond your immediate cohort, schools with strong alumni communities help you extend your network even further. “At Notre Dame, we see our EMBA students make connections into a variety of different communities and industries, whether they connect online or through regional alumni clubs and other networking opportunities,” says Nicholas Farmer, Notre Dame’s senior associate director for EMBA recruiting and admissions. “It’s a benefit of having a diverse, national alumni network our students can tap into.”



If the answers are yes, attend some EMBA program events. If you can’t visit a campus, most programs—including Notre Dame—offer online events, and have traveling presentations that include meeting with admissions staff and local alumni. 


An EMBA will take your career to the next level. So go ahead—take the next step. Visit our program page to see how an Executive MBA from University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business will give you the career advantage you are seeking.