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What is Executive MBA?

Let’s dispel a few misconceptions about the Executive MBA degree with four key mythbusters:

Myth #1: An Executive MBA is only for senior executives

Truth: Our Executive MBA cohorts consistenly include students from all backgrounds and management levels. For example:

  • A doctor considering a transition into management
  • A lawyer hoping to open a new firm
  • Business owners wanting to hone their finance and management skills
  • Mid- and senior-level managers aiming to make that leap into the “C-Suite”
  • Professionals of all ages with a desire to be challenged and determination to grow, both personally and professionally.


Myth #2: An Executive MBA is not a true MBA

Truth: Our EMBA program is taught by experienced faculty scholars who understand what it takes to perform at the highest level. Our curriculum integrates six focus areas that, together, provide you with new frameworks and strategies for tackling stubborn business problems, responding to emerging challenges, and seizing new opportunities. When you complete the program, you earn the same diploma as traditional MBA students.


Myth #3: An Executive MBA is an expensive option—more expensive than other MBAs

Truth: If you are like most of our candidates, you’re wondering how you will afford the Notre Dame EMBA program. That is why we have taken two significant steps to make it more affordable.

  1. 0% Tuition Increase: Notre Dame is sensitive to the rapidly rising cost of EMBA programs. Every year, program costs increase and business schools routinely increase tuition. This year, the Notre Dame EMBA is breaking the cycle. Tuition for the incoming class will remain the same as the currently enrolled class.
  2. Increase in Fellowship Aid: In recent years, many companies have changed policies and scaled back tuition remission benefits. As a result, many candidates are funding a significant portion of the cost of the EMBA out of their own pockets. We want to help bridge that gap. With the help of our generous alumni, we have significantly increased the number of fellowships and the amount of aid available to incoming Notre Dame EMBA students. If you are interested in fellowship support, apply by the priority deadlines.

For complete details about our Executive MBA tuition, visit our EMBA Tuition and Financial Aid page.


Myth #4: An Executive MBA requires a lot of time away from the office and home

Truth: Notre Dame offers two Executive MBA formats: One in South Bend and one in Chicago. Both allow you to stay home during the week, so you only step away from work and family on the weekends. Our class schedules also provide you the opportunity to take an extended break during the summer.

MBA vs. Executive MBA: Which is the best MBA for you?
  Executive MBA Traditional MBA
Typical Student Experienced professionals, particularly chief officers, managers and business owners. Early-to mid-career professionals with an average of 4-8 years of work experience.
Years of Experience Required Minimum of 5 / Average 14 years Minimum of 3 / Average 5 years
Class Schedule/Duration Part time for 17-22 months Full time for 1-2 years
Leadership Development

The Notre Dame EMBA begins with Executive Integral Leadership, an intensive, weeklong exploration of your leadership style that will teach you how to maximize the effectiveness of your specific strengths and skills. In addition, you will work with an executive coach to assist you in developing an effective learning and development plan at the beginning of your EMBA program.

The Notre Dame MBA begins with Integral Leadership Development, a weeklong exploration of your core values and leadership style. You will then apply these insights in your career coursework and job search preparation throughout the program. Ultimately, you will learn how to maximize your specific strengths and skills to launch your future career.

Curriculum Overview The Notre Dame EMBA curriculum focuses on strategy, values-based leadership and business acumen, while also honing in on personal awareness, critical analysis and sustained advantage. During Electives Week, you will customize your learning experience by enrolling in two courses of your choosing. Throughout the program, you will develop the skills and awareness to better shape your organization’s vision and character. The Notre Dame MBA curriculum begins with one semester of core business classes before you select a concentration track and embark on a tailored set of courses relevant to your personal and professional goals. Each of your four semesters, you have the flexibility to add electives and experiential learning opportunities to your concentration track courses. 


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