Every MBA program ends with the same three letters on your diploma—so you may wonder why one has the label “Executive.” The differences are in the details: from smaller, more personalized classrooms to curriculum with a leadership focus.

Here’s what sets an Executive MBA apart:

High-Caliber Classmates – In the debate over Executive MBA vs MBA, this is probably among the most significant. Specifically designed for people with substantial work experience, Executive MBA students have 14 years in the workforce on average. Most, like Iowa's Executive MBA, require seven years or more to be eligible for admission. By contrast, a typical MBA program requires only two years of work experience for admission.

Engaging Classrooms – Imagine studying mergers and acquisitions while sitting next to a CFO who’s going through one. In Executive MBA classrooms, you’ll learn from experienced peers as much as you do from your professors.

Tailored Curriculum – Top business schools adjust their teaching philosophy to the needs of EMBA students. Courses focus less on formulas and more on their strategic applications. There’s also less emphasis on grades, and you’ll get more one-on-one time with professors.

Next-level Networking – Executive MBA programs typically put as much emphasis on growing your network as delivering coursework. Most programs are cohort-based where everyone goes through the program in lock step. This contributes to a tight-knit community and a solid network of peers you can count on. EMBA programs also tend to attract talent from a wide geography, which can be a big advantage when you’re building an influential network.

Concierge Service – Executive MBA programs are known for taking care of all the details, such as meals on class days, parking, registration, textbooks, etc. Iowa’s Executive MBA, we even provide complimentary shuttle service to and from Des Moines and Iowa City with wi-fi on board – so every minute of your time can be productive.

Executive Coaching – Every leader is on a unique professional and personal development journey. So it’s no surprise that more than four out of five Executive MBA programs in North America offer some type of executive coaching, according to Executive MBA Council 2020 Membership Program Survey. At Iowa, you’ll have access to your own personal executive coach who can help you set goals, identify your strengths, and make the most of emerging opportunities.

Now more than ever, successful businesses require bold vision, big-picture thinking, and the ability to effectively manage change. An Executive MBA program ensures you’re ready to lead at the highest level. We're here to help if you have questions or want to talk more about this experience. Set up time to meet with an enrollment expert today.

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