The Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) degree is designed for professionals who are already engaged in successful careers (seven or more years of experience) and want to broaden their business knowledge and gain additional leadership, management and business operation skills. This program will offer the depth and rigor of a traditional MBA with the schedule flexibility required of executives who do not want to step out of their careers at this time. In response to market demand, two specialized industry concentrations are available: 1) EMBA in health care management or 2) EMBA in information systems leadership.
The program value is enhanced by the cohort class structure. Applicants are notified in August of each year regarding their admission to the fall cohort group. Each new cohort group moves through the 21-month program together. In doing so, the classroom dynamics, commitment to the program and resulting learning experience is greatly enhanced. This format also leverages the wealth of knowledge resident with each cohort group.
Likely candidates for the program concentrating in health care management include physicians; middle managers at hospitals, HMOs, and other health care facilities; registered nurses; insurance company administrators; and corporate benefits administrators.
Likely candidates for the program concentrating in information systems leadership include IT managers from any industry, computer science engineers, computer programmers and network managers.
The EMBA is designed to meet the needs of busy professionals by meeting on Friday afternoons and all day Saturday on alternate weekends. In order to assure effective instruction and interaction, classes will be strictly limited to a maximum of 30 students.
The total cost for the EMBA program is $38,500. This includes all course registrations, textbooks and course materials. The program provides lite meals on Fridays and Saturdays when classes are scheduled to meet. The total cost will be due in six installments, a $1,000 deposit due when accepting admission, and five payments due at the beginning of each term. Students may apply to receive Financial Aid by contacting the University Financial Aid Office.
Admission terms and application deadlines
Applicants are admitted Fall semester only. Before an applicant’s file can be reviewed for full program admission, all application documents must be received in Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning by the semester deadlines listed below. Incomplete applications will not be sent to departments for admission review.
- July 15 for fall semester
To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must submit all of the following University and Program application documents by the published application deadlines:
University graduate application requirements
Program application requirements
- Supplemental Program Form or Resumé
- Official Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores. The GMAT scores must be five years or less at the time of the applicant’s intended enrollment at Oakland University.
- Applicants who have earned a master’s degree (or higher), have extensive mangement experience, or have earned additional certifications during their career may request a waiver of the GMAT score. To request a waiver, an applicant must include a GMAT waiver form for consideration as part of their admission packet. The request for waiver is subject to the approval of the Graduate Admissions Committee.
- A minimum of seven years of experience in a field related to one of the concentration areas
- An undergraduate degree in any discipline
Admission review and assessment
Admission to graduate study at Oakland University is selective. In making admission recommendations to Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning, each department assesses the potential of applicants for success in the program by examining their undergraduate records, goal statement, letters of recommendation, prerequisite courses, experience and any other admission requirements established by the academic department.