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2023-2024 Graduate Catalog [Current Academic Year] 
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Executive [MBA]

Location(s): In-person/hybrid

A note to International applicants: This new program has yet to be granted the necessary approval from the U.S. Federal Government to issue I-20s to students on an F1 visa. Please continue to check this page to see if this status changes.


EMU’s Executive MBA program is an innovative program for executives that aims to prepare high-impact business executives for the next level of success by meeting today and future business environments. The faculty designed the program for experienced managers with at least five years of professional managerial experience.

Students learn adaptability to emerging business environments and situations from business case studies, simulations, and projects.  Also, students learn and enhance their knowledge of data-driven and integrated business decisions. The program provides a flexible learning environment for experienced managers ready to advance their careers, expand strategic decision-making skills, and broaden their executive-level knowledge.

This small cohort-based program offers students individualized attention, where they learn from faculty with doctoral degrees in their instruction fields. The proposed tuition price is the lowest in the region, and the 18 months for degree completion is highly desirable. In addition, the format of online intensive classes paired with a few on-campus weekend courses makes this program unique. Therefore, it will be highly desirable for those wishing to finish quickly, with minimal interruption to their work obligations.

The program is designed to prepare managerial-level professionals already on a career trajectory for the next advancement. Often, managers are sent to executive MBA programs by their respective companies to prepare them for top leadership positions.

Program Admission

Admit Terms and Deadlines

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; students may start the program in the Fall. See Application Deadlines.

Minimum Graduate School Requirements

For full admission, applicants must have 1) Earned a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution, 2) a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate program. Conditional admission may be available to applicants not meeting minimum admission requirements.

Program Requirements

Applicants must also meet the following program requirements:

  • A minimum of five years of professional managerial experience. To verify their experience, applicants will submit a current résumé.

The MBA committee makes admission recommendations by assessing applicants’ potential for success in the EMBA program.


Your application will be submitted using BusinessCAS, a Centralized Application Service (CAS) hosted by Liaison. After reviewing the admission requirements, please review the application instructions  and select the appropriate application below.

Domestic Applicants Domestic applicants are required to submit only the transcript from the institution granting their bachelor’s degree if either of the following criteria is met: 1) Lists 30 or more credit hours with an overall GPA of 3.0 or over OR 2) Lists 60 or more credit hours with an overall GPA between 2.7 and 2.99. Within the application, follow the instructions to submit an official transcript. The University may ask applicants to submit additional transcripts after applying.

International Applicants Before applying, applicants must review the international application/process deadlines at emich.edu/international as they may differ from general program requirements.

For additional information regarding the application process, please see Graduate Admissions or International Admissions.


Advisor Information

Graduate Programs Office102 Hill Hall, 734.487.4444

Degree Requirements: 33 hours

EMBA 610 is the capstone course; students may enroll in this course during the final semester. Except for EMBA 611, all other courses must be taken before or concurrently with EMBA 610.

Critical Graduation Information

Each graduate student is responsible for fulfilling the requirements or equivalents of the Eastern Michigan University catalog in force at the time of their initial registration or a subsequent catalog, including the one in effect at the time of their graduation.

Master’s degree requirements must be completed within six (6) years of first enrollment in the master’s degree program.

In the event a student does not complete the master’s degree requirements within six years of the date of their original registration, the student may be required to have their credits re-evaluated by the academic department(s) of their degree in keeping with catalog requirements in force during the year of their graduation.

The following are minimum requirements for all master’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some programs require more than the minimum in one or more areas below.

  • A master’s degree must require a minimum of 30 credit hours.
  • No more than six credits of independent study courses and no more than 12 credit hours of special topics and independent study courses combined may be applied to a graduate degree.  
  • Residency Requirement:
    • For students admitted to master’s degree programs of 36 or fewer required hours, at least 24 new graduate hours beginning the semester of acceptance and enrollment into the degree program must be earned at EMU. The remaining program requirement hours may be met through transfer or prior degree credit (EMU or elsewhere). 
    • For students admitted to master’s degree programs of 37 or more required hours, at least 30 new graduate hours beginning the semester of acceptance and enrollment into the degree program must be earned at EMU. Minimum degree hours must still be met for graduation. The remaining program requirement hours may be met through transfer or prior degree credit (EMU or elsewhere).
    • Residency and enrollment in multiple programs: Students enrolled in multiple master’s/specialist degree programs must have 24 unique credit hours in each degree program.
  • Only credits from one completed graduate certificate may be applied to a master’s or specialist degree in a relevant field of study, as determined by the Graduate School and with the approval of the degree-granting academic department, and be included in the residency hours above.
  • Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA in all graduate-level courses taken at EMU and in their program of study to remain in good academic standing and be eligible for graduation. Students do not need to be registered for classes during the semester of graduation.
  • The Graduate School does not permit the use of undergraduate courses (499 and below) to meet degree requirements on graduate programs of study.
  • Some master’s programs require a thesis; others require a special project or internship; others require students to pass a final exam. See the Graduate School website for Thesis and Dissertation Manuals, all forms, and information about research and human subject approval. Every completed thesis or dissertation must be submitted to Digital Commons. Any form of graduate student work submitted to Digital Commons must first be approved by a faculty advisor and the Graduate School.