Differences Between EMBA And MBA


Going back to school can be a bit overwhelming, particularly if you’ve been gone awhile. There is a myriad of options available to those looking to get higher education in the hopes of finding greater career success. Understanding the options available to you can help make the right choice in selecting a program that will fill your needs.


For those in the business world Masters of Business Administrations are extremely important qualifications, and at this point having at least one MBA is almost a prerequisite for any upper-level management position. Going back to school and getting an MBA can provide a big boost to your resumé and ultimately, to your career. While MBA programs attract those from all manner of disciplines, it is primarily a business degree. As such, the coursework generally presents students with an introduction to the different areas of business administration. While students are presented the option of receiving a general MBA, most choose to emphasize a special area of concentration such as accounting, human resources, international business, finance, management, marketing, operations management, and much more. When going back to school be sure to consider what MBA options your target schools present. If you have a special area of interested make sure that emphasis is offered at your target school. Be sure to check the school’s accreditation as well, and it’s ranking among business schools. While  having a MBA is better than not having one, the school you choose can have a large impact on the perceived worth of your MBA.


If you’ve been in your career for awhile, and need to continue working full-time while earning your MBA, then an EMBA is probably your best bet. Unlike a standard MBA (which are generally two-year full time programs) an EMBA grants students the flexibility to continue working full-time while working towards their Masters in Business Administration. Generally speaking, EMBA candidates have a higher level of experience than MBA students, averaging at least ten years of on the job experience. EMBAs are attractive in that—apart from the opportunity to continue working full-time—students can tailor and customize their degree in order to fulfill specific career needs. An EMBA is essentially designed for businessmen who need an MBA to further their careers, but don’t have the luxury of taking two years off. Instead they can continue progressing in their careers while also receiving more education in the hopes of boosting their career potential.

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