A common dilemma facing applicants is whether to apply to Executive or full-time programs.

The simple answer is that EMBA programs cater to applicants with 10+ years of managerial experience who want to work in parallel. Full-time programs are (generally) for under-30 future managers.

What about applicants who fall somewhere in the middle? Or what about keeping your job and doing the MBA in parallel? These are the grey areas. 

We have several suggestions for individuals who find themselves between these two worlds.

  1. The easiest solution is to apply to both and accept the offer that matches your career plans the closest. Exec. MBA and full-time MBA programs are usually independent of each other so chances are they will be unaware that you are applying to both.
  2. Do you want to keep you job? If your decision depends on keeping your job, then the decision is made for you. Executive MBA.
  3. If you don’t have very much working experience (less than 5 years), AND you want to keep your job, check out the part-time programs at St Gallen, HEC, IESE, or IE. This is the tip of the iceberg, but we have sent students to all these programs with good results.
  4. Do you want to change directions? Then the full-time program is the better choice. Executive programs are known as career “accelerators”.
  5. Executive MBAs that require 10-years experience are more flexible than they let on. We have send candidates with 5-years and in their 20s with excellent results.
  6. Exec. MBAs are easier to get into. Obviously the elite EMBA programs are not easy to get into, but compared to elite full-time programs, admissions is not as competitive.
  7. Get a high GMAT score, both full-time and EMBA programs accept it. If you are positive on the EMBA, try the EA (Executive Assessment). It is a lighter version of GMAT. 

So those are today’s tips. If you are curious how your personal situation would be assessed by schools, get in touch and let’s talk!.

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