Executive MBA

IMPORTANT UPDATE REGARDING FALL 2020:
The Executive MBA program is currently accepting applications for our Fall 2020 cohort. The cohort will be MEETING FACE-TO-FACE at UTA Fort Worth with distancing guidelines put in place to ensure a safe return to the classroom. 

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Program overview

Fully accredited by AACSB, The University of Texas at Arlington Executive MBA (EMBA) program is unique and unparalleled. Its curriculum provides students with actionable information that can make an immediate difference in real-time business situations. Our approach is, therefore, 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. Our proven approach to academics, combining intellectual study with real-world, global business savvy, is a cornerstone upon which you can build the rest of your career.
 
The Executive MBA program offers a schedule that is specifically designed for today’s busy executive. The program has successfully culled down the curriculum to its most essential elements, creating a 15-month program that maximizes your time in and out of the classroom.
 

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Our 15-month program is six months shorter than the average EMBA, and our turnkey UTA EMBA tuition of $74,500 is $20,000-$50,000 less than comparable EMBA programs.

YOU JUST SAVED SIX MONTHS AND AT LEAST $20,000!

It’s more than the best value and best ROI – think of it as an instant $20,000 salary increase. Another benefit is you’ll be half a year ahead of the game when you graduate from the UTA EMBA program.

Yet we don’t sacrifice quality just to save you time and money. By condensing our program into 14 modules, we have created a hyper-focused curriculum. You come away with everything you need to further your career – and some extra change in your pocket as well.

So is an executive MBA worth it? Yes, if it’s a UTA EMBA. In our 2015 UTA EMBA survey, the advantages speak for themselves in terms of EMBA return on investment:

  • In the Class of 2016 alone, 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% or graduates stated the program met or exceeded expectations.

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 CEOs, COOs, CFOs, presidents and many others who are the forerunners 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.

View the list of companies in China with whom we have a collaborative relationship.

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.

Certificate completion will be posted on your permanent university graduate transcript.

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 1‑8 p.m., and Saturday 8 a.m.‑5 p.m.

The EMBA curriculum combines intellectual study with real-world, global-business savvy, and is a cornerstone upon which you can build the rest of your career.

Semester One

EMBA 5201 – Leading and Motivating in a Culturally Diverse World. (2 credit hours)
Strength-based leadership recognizes different aspects of leadership such as an individual’s personality, skills, experience, creativity, personal integrity, initiative, emotional intelligence and environment. Participants will explore their own strengths (and challenges) and the impacts these have on their personal leadership style.

EMBA 5304. Making Strategic Decisions with Financial Data. (3 credit hours)
A review of the fundamentals of accounting measurement principles and practical analytical skills needed to manage the resources of a firm. Exposure to the fundamentals of financial statement analysis with a focus on profitability, liquidity, solvency and risk management. Reporting incentives and disclosure requirements are explored within this framework.

EMBA 5223 Business Law and Negotiations. (2 credit hours)
This course introduces students to the effects of international, federal and state law on relationships with investors, employees, customers, suppliers, and competitors. Legal entity structures, contract principles, and negotiations are covered. Class discussion emphasizes how the legal environment affects management decision processes.

EMBA 5302. Business Economics and Competing in the Global Economy. (3 credit hours)
The major economic concepts that can be applied in business are studied, including trade, demand analysis, pricing strategy, cost issues, managerial applications, and theory of the firm. Macroeconomic issues and other critical economic trends are covered.

Semester Two

EMBA 5303. Optimizing Quality and Process with Accounting Information. (3 credit hours)
Tools for cost management to meet strategic and tactical organizational goals are examined. Emphasis is on leveraging accounting information for decision making, strategic management, and for the control of processes and organizations.

EMBA 5308. Marketing and Customer Value Creation. (3 credit hours)
This course focuses on marketing strategies and tactics to create customer value and build long term relationships to meet organizational goals. Students are exposed to tools that enable managers to understand the ever-changing marketplace and then build an effective marketing strategy to meet corporate goals. Not all customers are profitable or even desirable. Customer management strategies to build marginal buyers into valued customers are also covered.

EMBA 5309. Accessing Global Capital Markets. (3 credit hours)
Successful access to capital markets, both domestic and foreign, is essential for a thriving firm. In order to deploy capital effectively under risk and uncertainty, leaders must be able to assess business opportunities and decide how to obtain funding. This course provides the tools and background necessary to ensure that managers are aware of, and comfortable with, the range of procedures in modern financial management: understanding the securities available in modern financial markets and how to issue or invest in them; the mechanics of how securities are traded; and the process of capital budgeting.

Semester Three

EMBA 5221 Strategic Human Resource Management. (2 credit hours)
This applied course examines how firms use human resource management to enhance organizational capabilities and achieve strategic objectives. The course details how the acquisition, deployment, assessment and retention of an organization’s workforce impacts productivity and firm performance in various contexts. Current topics are covered, including managing diversity in the workforce, managing milennial and Generation Z team members, and the application of human resource analytics.

EMBA 5225. Business Analytics for Managers. (2 credit hours)
Today’s decision makers must leverage cutting-edge business analytics for competitive advantage. This course introduces widely-used quantitive tools, decision modeling techniques, and business analytics frameworks. Case studies illustrate the use of data-centric decision processes and prepare students to “ask the right questions” as leaders and decision makers.

EMBA 5205. Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethical Issues. (2 credit hours)
eaders face many challenges that arise from rapid growth, personal wealth, and stockholder/stakeholder pressures. This course explores such issues with emphasis on the impact of ethics on managerial decision making, creating ethical environments for employees, establishing expected norms of behavior, and topical issues such as environmental sustainability, and the consequences of unethical behavior.

EMBA 5307. Designing Global Supply Chains for Competitive Advantage. (3 credit hours)
This course focuses on coordination and integration of global logistics, purchasing, operations and market channel strategies. Issues in managing global supply chains include: forecasting demand and technology and market growth; likelihood of regulation or political instability; which activities to do in-house as opposed to outsourcing; global facility location; and managing a geographically dispersed supply chain including the relationships with vendors.

Semester Four

EMBA 5206. Managing Information Technology and Innovation. (2 credit hours)
Students learn how to manage information technology from a strategic perspective, and how to design and deploy new IT-enabled products and services. Students are introduced to process-centric methods for deploying new information technologies, and to best practices for designing and managing product inovation processes.

EMBA 5413. Experiencing the Global Environment: International Project. (4 credit hour)
A key factor in understanding how a business may operate in the global marketplace is to understand the culture, business practices, laws and regulations, and logistical challenges that exist in another country. This is particularly true for one as important to the world economy (let alone the U.S.) as China has become. The class will travel to China and participate in a two-week immersion into the cultural and economic aspects of how business is conducted there. Through our extensive network, that has been developed through the graduates of our China EMBA program, we are able to provide an experience like no other program of its kind can offer.

EMBA 5210. Competitive Strategy and Entrepreneurship. (2 credit hours)
This course broadens student perspectives on strategy and competitive advantage. Strategic vision is developed for mature businesses and entrepreneurial startups. Conceptual tools associated with industry dynamics and the assessment of core competencies are presented. Students learn how to evaluate key competitors to formulate and implement winning strategies.

EMBA 5111. Professional Communication. (1 credit hours)
Professional writing and presentation will be explored and practiced throughout the program. Lectures are provided by experts in business communication.

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

UT Arlington’s EMBA program offers the best value in the Southwest. Tuition includes orientation, all textbooks, course binders and materials, breakfasts, lunches and dinners for 15 months, wireless facilities and free secure parking. It also covers airfare to/from and within China, hotel and most meals for the 14-day international China immersion trip, as well as our exclusive Asian Business Studies Certificate.

While our EMBA is extremely affordable compared to other AACSB-accredited programs, we offer scholarships to employees of nonprofit organizations and certain affinity partners (see details below), and can help you arrange student loans and/or financial aid. E-mail Dr. William Seeger or call 817-272-1816 for assistance.

Please note, all scholarships referenced here are limited to tuition and fees.

*** Still Time To Apply for Fall 2020 ***

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 TUITION

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

Application Fee $150 Due with application
Tuition Deposit $1,500 Due upon acceptance (nonrefundable)
First Payment $18,600 Due Feb. 1, 2020 – Cohort 15 | Due Oct. 1, 2020 – Cohort 16
Second Payment $18,600 Due Jul. 1, 2020 – Cohort 15 | Due Feb. 1, 2021 – Cohort 16
Third Payment $18,600 Due Oct. 1, 2020 – Cohort 15 | Due Jul. 1, 2021 – Cohort 16
Fourth Payment $18,600 Due Feb. 1, 2021 – Cohort 15 | Due Oct. 1, 2021 – Cohort 16

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.

To be eligible for consideration, applicants should:

  • Meet all standard admissions requirements for the Executive MBA program
  • Be employed at an area nonprofit organization
  • Demonstrate financial need (determined by the FAFSA – Federal Application for Student Aid)
  • Application and admission must be completed by May 31st 
  • Payment of the $1,500 Tuition Deposit submitted by July 1 (recipients will be notified by June 15, 2020)

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. 

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 following are available to all our Executive MBA students for up to six months after your graduation:

  • Professional LinkedIn optimization
  • Executive resume services
  • Career transition services
  • Executive coaching
  • A professional development workshop series

Meet our Career Service Providers and their specialities:

The UT Arlington Executive MBA Dallas-Fort Worth program admits serious candidates who want to further their professional careers. We make the application process as smooth as possible and are available to consult with you via phone or email at your convenience.

CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION

The EMBA admission process takes a holistic view of the candidate to determine the likelihood of success in the program and the extent to which each candidate will contribute to the overall success of the class. Factors taken into account in evaluating a candidate include:

  1. Completion of a four-year undergraduate degree or internationally recognized equivalent
  2. Minimum of 5 years of professional work experience, with 2 years of managerial experience
  3. High potential for advancement and proven academic capability
  4. Ability to contribute to the Executive MBA experience
  5. Ability to read, write and speak English. If candidates do not have standardized tests 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.
  6. Strong interest in a U.S. educational experience.

PROBATIONARY ADMISSION

If applicants do not meet a majority of standards for unconditional admission outlined above, they may be considered for probationary admission after careful examination of their application materials. Any available test scores will not constitute the sole or primary basis for ending consideration of an applicant. Probationary admission may require that the applicant receive a B or better in at least their first 9 hours of graduate coursework applicable to their degree being sought at UT Arlington.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

  • Fall 2020
    • Early Application Deadline:  January 31, 2020 – Apply by this deadline to receive a $10,000 early application scholarship!
    • Preferred Application Deadline:  April 30, 2020 – Apply by this deadline to receive a $5,000 preferred applicant scholarship.
    • Late applications considered at our discretion after July 31, 2020.
  • Spring 2021
    • We have opened up admissions for a Spring 2021 entrance to start January 31, 2021.

NEXT STEPS

  • Schedule an appointment with Dr. William Seeger (817-272-1816).
  • If applicable, discuss with your employer its support and financial commitment.
  • Please ensure that you have explored your financial aid options
  • Evaluate the commitment required by you and your family for this 15-month intense, high-level VIP program.
  • Submit your Executive MBA application.

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.

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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