Executive MBA vs MBA

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. Contact us today to learn more about the Executive MBA.


About the College of Business
Each year the UTA College of Business provides more than 6,000 future business leaders with excellent, high quality, and affordable education at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels. The College of Business is home to innovative thinkers who are setting the course for the future of business—a place where blazing new trails is the norm. Providing an extensive selection of degree programs and specializations, from entrepreneurship to leadership and from business analytics to professional sales, the college is a part of the fifth most diverse campus in the United States. For more than 50 years, the evolution of academic programs and research illuminating the future of the business landscape has produced more than 42,000 graduates who flourish as executives, entrepreneurs, and vanguards in their fields. The College of Business is fully accredited by AACSB International, the world’s premier professional accreditation association for business and accounting programs. Visit www.uta.edu/business to learn more.

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