Obviously you already know that EMBA means “Executive MBA.”
The “E” does not stand for “Exclusive.”
However in terms of selectivity and difficulty of admission, landing a spot at an EMBA even at one of the most highly regarded business schools is STILL DIFFICULT!
No, it’s not nearly at the same level of difficulty as it is for a full-time program. It’s just not.
But it’s also something to be proud of, if you’re able to pull it off.
We did a whole series last year around this time on the option of the Executive MBA and how that might be the right way to go for certain BSers who have struggled to make it into a top full-time program, and yeah, we just covered this a few weeks ago too. But it keeps coming up, so we thought we’d do it again.
It may feel like a kick in the gut when you see all those applicants on the MBA forums celebrating their interview invitations, and your inbox remains stubbornly empty.
But there are multiple paths to the same goal.
It’s not a badge of shame to try for an EMBA instead. Getting into an EMBA is still competitive. It’s still not something that just anybody can pull off (at least, not to the top universities). Sure, there are some schools out there where all you need is a pulse and a GMAT score and they’ll take you. The EMBA tracks at schools like Columbia and Booth and NYU and UC-Berkeley and Wharton are definitely not in that category.
So what’s more important to you? Being validated that you’re “good enough” (whatever that means, in this crazy-competitive era) for a two-year full-time program? Or going to an excellent school that will give you the same education — and the same exact credential — as its more highly selective sister?
It’s all a matter of perspective.
As we say all the time, the MBA is what you make of it.
Five years down the road, we can guarantee you that ain’t nobody gonna care that you got into a program that had an “E” in front of its name.