EMBAs in Profile

A look at the top trends from the EMBA Council.

The top trends in executive MBA programs today include more globalization of EMBA programs, strategic use of technology to support classes and enrollment, and an increase in distance learning to meet the needs and learning styles of students. These trends were uncovered in the 2018 Membership Program Survey conducted last fall by the Executive MBA Council (EMBAC), a nonprofit association of universities and colleges that offer EMBA programs.

The survey found that 54 percent of today’s programs offer distance learning options, as compared to was 42 percent in 2015. Fifty-six percent of respondents use video (primarily YouTube) to promote programs; that number was 44.7 percent in 2014. In addition, 17 of respondents indicate an increase in the use of classroom video recording.

The typical student who enrolls in an EMBA program hasn’t changed much in recent years. The average age remains 38; the average amount of work experience is 14 years. Among the students in the 2018 survey, 45 percent were self-funded; 35 percent received partial sponsorship. In addition, nearly 30 percent were women, an increase of 4.2 percent from 2014.

Almost 13 percent of current EMBA students are employed in the healthcare/pharma/biotech field. The next biggest group is technology, at 9.9 percent.

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