Which programme suits you best?
Most people are familiar with full or part-time MBA programmes, but an often heard question is about the differences between an MBA and an Executive MBA programme. So, what exactly are the differences, advantages and disadvantages, and how do you know which programme would suit you best? This video and article contrasts the MBA and Executive MBA programme and highlights the curriculum, class profile, programme structure and admissions processes for both of them.
MBA vs EMBA - The Highlights
|MBA||EXECUTIVE MBA (EMBA)|
|Overview:||Designed for early to mid-career professionals, this programme will develop your full potential and open doors to truly global career opportunities.||Designed for experienced professionals who wish to develop their leadership skills while they continue to advance their current careers.|
|Duration:||10 months (full-time)||14 - 17 months (modular)|
|Read more on the MBA >||Read more on the EMBA >|
MBA programmes can be taught full-time on campus (typically one, one and a half or two year programmes) or part-time as evening or weekend classes over a longer stretch of time. The curriculum covers all aspects of business, ranging from finance to marketing and organisational behaviour and beyond. After having completed a compulsory core course curriculum, students can delve deeper into specific areas of interest through elective courses or the opportunity to major in one more subjects. Take a look at INSEAD’s 10-months full-time MBA curriculum here.
In terms of admissions, most MBA programmes require applicants to take a standardized business school admissions test such as GMAT, as well as submitting an application form with essays and professional recommendation letters. Typically, if a candidate is shortlisted based on their written application the next step would be a formal interview. Each school has their own way of evaluating a candidate, see here for INSEAD’s MBA admissions criteria.
Executive MBA participants can expect to be in a peer group of other, highly motivated and successful managers looking to formalize their knowledge of general management and fine tune their leadership skills to take the next step in their career, typically not looking for a major change in their professional direction. At INSEAD, we have developed a whole Leadership Development Programme integrated in the EMBA curriculum which is often described as one of the most impactful aspects of the EMBA experience. The Executive MBA programme structure is adapted to the needs of the participants, balancing work and study, so classes would typically take place in the evenings, at weekends or as modules over a longer stretch of time (i.e. not full-time on campus). INSEAD’s Global Executive MBA is taught in a modular format in a compact 14-17 months.
Similar to full-time MBA programmes, admission to an Executive MBA programme often requires taking a standardized admissions test, a written application form with essay questions and professional recommendation letters as well as an interview. INSEAD’s EMBA programme offers the choice between taking GMAT and the in-house EMBA Assessment which has the same rigour as GMAT but is more anchored in business scenarios and can be taken on INSEAD’s campuses. See here for the other EMBA admissions criteria.
Which Programme Is Right For You?
If you still have questions about which programme would best suit your profile, we invite you to attend one of our information sessions, taking place around the year on campus, in selected cities around the world as well as online.