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Designed for full-time working professionals with significant personal and professional responsibilities, the UTA Executive MBA program combines rigorous intellectual study with professional development programming and a one of a kind global business experience to be the foundation upon which you will build the rest of your career.

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Designed for full-time working professionals with significant personal and professional responsibilities, the UTA Executive MBA program combines rigorous intellectual study with professional development programming and a unique global business experience to be the foundation upon which you will build the rest of your career.

The UT Arlington Executive MBA curriculum provides students with actionable information that can make an immediate difference in real-time business situations. Our approach is student-team based with an emphasis on current case studies, providing you with an optimum opportunity to practice high-level decision making in a collaborative environment.

Fourteen courses are taught in sequence*, beginning with a cohort orientation, and culminating with the two-week international immersion trip in the final semester.

Classes meet for two weekends per month, typically alternating, over 15 months: Friday 1pm to 8pm, and Saturday 8am to 5 pm

Semester One

  • EMBA 5201. Leading and Motivating in a Culturally Diverse World
  • EMBA 5304. Making Strategic Decisions with Financial Data
  • EMBA 5223. Business Law and Negotiations
  • EMBA 5302. Business Economics and Competing in the Global Economy

Semester Two

  • EMBA 5303. Optimizing Quality and Process with Accounting Information
  • EMBA 5308. Marketing and Customer Value Creation
  • EMBA 5309. Accessing Global Capital Markets

Semester Three

  • EMBA 5221. Strategic Human Resource Management
  • EMBA 5225. Business Analytics for Managers
  • EMBA 5205. Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethical Issues
  • EMBA 5307. Designing Global Supply Chains for Competitive Advantage

Semester Four

  • EMBA 5206. Managing Information Technology and Innovation
  • EMBA 5413. Experiencing the Global Environment: International Project
  • EMBA 5210. Competitive Strategy and Entrepreneurship
  • EMBA 5111. Professional Communication

*Course sequence and content subject to change by EMBA administration.

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The Cohort Experience

With in-person class sessions every other Friday and Saturday at UTA’s downtown Fort Worth campus, Executive MBA students apply what they learn immediately to their jobs and earn the full UTA MBA in a modified, sequenced schedule over the course of 15 months. Whether you want to advance in your current industry, shift roles, or build a new business, UTA’s Executive MBA Program can help you achieve your goals.

 

 

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The Global Experience

We live in a global economy, and your future success will certainly be influenced by your ability to navigate in international business environments. Our Asian immersion experience, the global component of UT Arlington’s EMBA program, is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to intimately understand and experience the power of international business.

During the fourth semester, you will travel to China for a 14-day trip during which you will meet personally with your Chinese EMBA counterparts and tour several significant companies, offering you an insider’s view of China.

You will learn essential information about the global landscape, new emerging international markets and innovative approaches to global product development.

Our network in China includes C-Suite executives and others who are part of China’s future leadership. This incredible opportunity to network and make high-level China connections is both a unique and invaluable learning experience.

This immersion into the Chinese business culture, developed by UT Arlington’s College of Business, serves as the cornerstone of the Graduate Certificate in Asian Business Studies. Each student receives this certificate in addition to the Executive MBA degree.

UT Arlington’s Dallas-Fort Worth-based Executive MBA offers the only Asian Business Studies graduate certificate in conjunction with an EMBA program in the United States. The graduate certificate is available only to Executive MBA students at UT Arlington’s College of Business. 

This experience will enhance your knowledge of the dynamic field of Asian business and provide a platform of graduate course work, real-world experiences and high-level networking.

Discover the value of earning your Executive MBA.

You know how important your resume is for your career, but that’s just one piece of the story in today’s hyper-competitive job market. The Executive MBA program is more than just a learning opportunity and a credential; it is a transformative experience that will impact your career, your profession, and your life.

To support your career growth, we now provide much more than an executive coach; we offer career management solutions as part of your EMBA experience. 

In our recent UTA EMBA survey, the advantages speak for themselves in terms of return on investment:

  • UTA EMBA students had an average 24.6% salary increase, compared with 16.8% nationwide, and realized their ROI in only 2.46 years compared to 2.97 years nationwide.
  • 85% of graduates stated effectiveness in their current position increased because of their EMBA.
  • 75% of graduates also felt their ability to be promoted was increased because of their EMBA.
  • 95% of graduates stated the program met or exceeded expectations.

Discover the value of earning your Executive MBA.

You know how important your resume is for your career, but that’s just one piece of the story in today’s hyper-competitive job market. The Executive MBA program is more than just a learning opportunity and a credential; it is a transformative experience that will impact your career, your profession, and your life.

To support your career growth, we now provide much more than an executive coach; we offer career management solutions as part of your EMBA experience. 

The UT Arlington EMBA program offers great value and is very affordable compare to other AACSB-accredited programs. Tuition for 2021 is $75,900, and this also includes the Graduate Certificate in Asian Business Studies.

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR JANUARY 2021

UTA offers the only AACSB-accredited Executive MBA program in North Texas that offers the option of a January or August start date.

EMBA FEE STRUCTURE — 2020-21 TUITION (Spring 2021 start)

Pay total $75,900 initially, or use the payment schedule below:

Application Fee$75Due with application
Tuition Deposit$1,500Due upon acceptance (nonrefundable)
First Payment$18,600Due Feb. 1, 2021 
Second Payment$18,600Due July 1, 2021 
Third Payment$18,600Due Oct. 1, 2021 
Fourth Payment$18,600Due Feb. 1, 2022

Credit cards are accepted for all four payment installments. We accept only checks for the application fee and tuition deposit.

FINANCIAL AID AND LOANS FOR EMBA STUDENTS

Executive MBA candidates seeking financial aid should first complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The University of Texas at Arlington school code is 003656.

VETERANS’ EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS

The UT Arlington EMBA program accepts the educational benefits provided to veterans through the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The EMBA application fee is waived for all veterans. Call the UT Arlington Office of Veterans’ Affairs at 817-272-3017 for more information. (Since the Executive MBA program does not receive state funding, Hazlewood Act benefits do not apply.)

SCHOLARSHIPS

Nonprofit Scholarships: The Executive MBA program at the University of Texas at Arlington is committed to supporting our community. We also recognize the value area nonprofits contribute, and we are proud to offer a limited number of scholarships to nonprofit managers and executives in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Scholarships range from $5,000 to $15,000, as determined by the Admissions Committee.

Affinity Scholarships: The UTA EMBA program partners with many professional organizations and corporations in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex to offer scholarships to their members and employees.* To be eligible, individual memberships in one of our partner chambers of commerce must be active at least one year before application submission. All employees of companies with a participating chamber of commerce membership are eligible for the scholarship.

To begin the process, schedule an advising appointment with our Program Director by clicking HERE

APPLICATION DEADLINES

SPRING 2021 – Application and admission must be completed by December 20, 2020 (priority given to applications received by December 1, 2020)

CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION

  • A four-year undergraduate degree 
  • Minimum of 5 years of professional work experience, with 2 years of managerial experience
  • High potential for advancement and proven academic capability
  • Ability to contribute to the Executive MBA experience
  • Ability to read, write, and speak English. If candidates do not have standardized test results (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS), they will be required to take an in-house English test and pass an oral English interview. This requirement is waived for custom-designed cohorts for companies or government entities, which are taught in Mandarin.
  • Strong interest in a U.S. educational experience.

SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION

  1. Go to www.applytexas.org, and ensure that you choose EXECUTIVE MBA – DOMESTIC as your program selection.
  2. Order transcripts from ALL previously attended colleges to be sent directly to UTA’s Graduate Admission Office at grad.admission@uta.edu. If you are a UTA alumni, no need to order your UTA transcripts. If postal service is the only option from your previous school(s) use the appropriate address below.
  3. Email the Letter of Recommendation form (you should sign the top section digitally, if possible, so that you send it as a fillable PDF) to your references, and have them email back to emba@uta.edu upon completion. We require at least two professional Letters of Recommendation (LORs).
  4. Email your resume to emba@uta.edu
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Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions as you complete the process.

THE APPLICANT EVALUATION PROCESS

The Executive MBA admissions committee considers the following in addition to the completed application: work experience, recommendations, personal interview, personal essay, academic history and overall application content.

How Are an MBA and Executive MBA Different?

Which should you choose—an MBA or an Executive MBA? When considering between the two, the most important factor is where you are in your career. Below we address some of the similarities and differences between an MBA and an Executive MBA.

Should you pursue a traditional MBA?
Most MBAs can be earned in two years, depending on the program chosen. Students also have the option of enrolling in a part-time MBA program, which may work best for students who are employed full-time. MBA programs provide students with extensive knowledge of the basics of business. Students learn a broad base of technical skills and develop a vast understanding of general business knowledge.

Most MBA programs are in-depth and challenging. Students focus on case studies and learn how to apply advanced business theories, which require a great deal of concentrated study. However, for experienced employees working in mid-to upper-level positions, a typical MBA program usually does not add enough applicable information beyond their current knowledge of the business world.

The Executive MBA—for the experienced leader
Unlike a typical MBA, an Executive MBA, or EMBA, is tailored to students who have already gained years of experience climbing the career ladder and have a solid foundation of real-world business knowledge.

The value of the Executive MBA is that it further develops leadership skills by focusing on strategy, decision-making, and relationships between business functional areas. UTA Executive MBA students learn new, high-level business models, concepts, and procedures they can begin applying immediately. This knowledge is gained through team-based deliverables and collaborative projects with fellow classmates. A typical UTA Executive MBA student has an average of 16 years of work experience and an average of 10 years of leadership or management experience. These students are interested in gaining skills that will open doors to future promotions. Unlike the typical MBA student, Executive MBA students already have an advanced understanding of the technical skills taught in an MBA program.

The Executive MBA—preparing students for their next promotion
At UTA, we know our students are working professionals dedicated to getting the most out of their education. Because of this, we structure our 15-month Executive MBA so that it makes the most of their valuable time. In-person classes allow collaboration and the ability for professors to hone in on what is most relevant to the students. UTA’s class schedule allows enough flexibility so Executive MBA students can continue to meet work- and home-life demands. Students meet for two weekends per month throughout the program on Fridays from 1 PM to 8 PM and Saturdays from 8 AM to 5 PM.

The UTA Executive MBA Advantage
Many mid-to-upper-level professionals choose to earn an Executive MBA because it better meets their specific career goals without completely disrupting their work and home lives. Most established professionals want to have the option to continue to perform in their current professional roles while they take classes. They also want to be able to apply what they learn immediately to their current role. The UTA Executive MBA program allows them to do this. In fact, 85 percent of UTA Executive MBA graduates reported their effectiveness in their current position increased because of their Executive MBA. In the class of 2014 alone, UTA Executive MBA students had an average 24.6 percent salary increase, compared with 16.8 percent nationwide, and realized their ROI in only 2.46 years compared to 2.97 years nationwide.

Why choose a traditional MBA when an Executive MBA would be more applicable to you?
Most companies that pay for their employees to earn an Executive MBA see the value of those employees. These companies realize the contributions an employee with an Executive MBA can make to the organization as they continue to ascend to higher levels of leadership within the company.

One of the main concepts of business that is often overlooked is the reach of an executive. No matter how skillful an individual may be, without a network to get things done, that individual’s abilities are limited. Going through the rigors of the UTA Executive MBA program with people who are just as ambitious as you are can build important business relationships and friendships that last a lifetime.

The UTA Executive MBA program prepares you for your next promotion, along with providing you the tools to excel in your current role. Our curriculum is very focused on applying useful lessons from real-world situations, collaboration with fellow students, decision-making, and understanding how to function in a global economy. Unlike the average Executive MBA program, you are able to earn these skills in just 15 months instead of an average of 21 months. Our graduates have proven skills and leadership abilities. 

Meet Our Alumni

Kim
Booker

Management Consultant

Always an entrepreneur, Kim wanted the classic business training afforded by an EMBA, but she wanted it in non-bureaucratic style. Not only was UTA’s program the fastest route to an EMBA, it was also the most convenient

Charles
Larry

Director of Quality Assurance, Trinity Industries, Inc.

For Charles Larry, a group manager at Ryder, the China Immersion program was a career- and life-changing experience. It gave him the global perspective he needed when interviewing for his current position.

John C.
Terrell

VP of Commercial Development, DFW Airport

The right EMBA had to offer more than book learning; it had to provide real-world collaborative experiences that could be applied right away. It also had to offer a convenient schedule, a robust opportunity to network and a China trip that was truly business-oriented, not a sightseeing excursion.

Jeremy
Dunegan

Sr Manager Education Vertical, NEC Corporation of America

“I would definitely recommend the UTA EMBA program,” Jeremy said. “I feel that I am now better able to analyze data on a balance sheet, provide relevant financial feedback, and have a deeper understanding of business ethics. Overall, the UTA EMBA classes train you to be a better leader.”

MJ
Charmani

Director of Quality Assurance, Trinity Industries, Inc.

The UTA EMBA’s cohort structure, a team-based environment, appealed to him as well. “I really wanted a cohort-based program so I could work with other seasoned professionals in industry.” Charmani said his cohort was definitely diverse, with students from Texas, Latin America, the Middle East, South America and all across the U.S.

Kathy
Weaver

Chief Human Services Officer, Ryan

Kathy Weaver, chief human services officer at Ryan, is the recipient of the UTA EMBA’s Outstanding Early Career Achievement award. The EMBA ’14 grad successfully juggled her career, family, and coursework.

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Joseph Babcock

EMBA Director | joseph.babcock@uta.edu


Nancy Fletcher

EMBA Program Coordinator | nancy.fletcher@uta.edu

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