Executive MBA versus MBA

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At a certain age and with a certain experience and position, an Executive MBA is an option to develop a career further as is the traditional MBA. The London School of Business & Finance (LSBF) explains the major differences which should help potential students make an informed decision. 

Finding the right business school is not an easy task. Apart from looking at rankings it is important to find out which school might offer programmes that lead into the career field and industry students would like to embark on. But apart from these aspects many also don’t know which degree really works best for them. LSBF explained the differences between an MBA and an EMBA (Executive MBA) in a recent, very helpful blog. Here’s a summary.

MBA (Master of Business Administration)

  • a two-year degree aimed at young professionals and new graduates (in their late 20s)
  • recognised around the globe as a programme for those who want to go into management
  • gives students a broad range of new skills e.g. in marketing, finance, and strategy.
  • Most of the programme will be done through real examples, group work, and case studies; some programmes offer work placements.
  • In addition to a full-time MBA, many schools now offer part-time, online, or open learning options because a lot of MBA students want to work while they study.

EMBA (Executive MBA)

  • aimed at professionals with a few more years' experience than those who would take an MBA (in their late 30s).
  • Students still focus on the practical abilities needed for the workplace, but there are no introductory modules and few electives.
  • Instead, students are trained to develop better leadership skills for executive roles.
  • A faster pace of learning than a standard MBA and a more advanced look at the same topics (marketing, strategy, finance, etc.).
  • Team work is a high priority, therefore students get a better networking experience.
  • held on evenings and weekends, as most EMBA students work full-time.
  • Apart from a bachelor's degree or higher academic degree students normally need five years of experience in a management role need five years of experience in a management role.



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