What Today’s EMBA Program Looks Like

THE TYPICAL EMBA classroom and curriculum is changing a little—not a lot—while program structures and student demographics remain steady, according to the 2013 Membership Program Survey conducted by the Executive MBA Council, headquartered in Orange, California.
What Today’s EMBA Program Looks Like

Conclusions are based on responses from 314 schools that are members of the EMBA Council.

What’s changing: The percentage of course materials delivered electronically has tripled since 2010, and more programs are offering new electives, formats, and services. The top three new non-elective courses are leadership, law, and innovation/entrepreneurship. The most common and fastest-growing service is alumni networking.

What’s holding steady: Average class size is once again 43, and the average program length continues to be 20 months. Other numbers remain similar to those of previous years: Typical EMBA students have 8.5 years of management experience and 13.7 years of work experience. Just over 25 percent are women.

Other findings: The average program cost is US$73,401, up 1 percent from the previous year. Forty-one percent of EMBA students are fully self-funded, up from 34 percent in 2009, while 24 percent of students receive full financial sponsorship. Fifty-three percent of programs offer scholarships and fellowships.

The survey also shows that there has been a shift toward less frequent class meetings, that almost 66 percent of programs require a global trip, and that China is the most popular destination.