You may have heard that the major difference between MBA and EMBA programmes is that MBAs are for early and mid-career professionals, while Executive MBAs are for senior managers looking to enhance their leadership skills.
But what if you’re both? This video, provided by INSEAD, will help you get a clearer view of the basics and requirements for both programmes that could help you make the right choice. What you choose depends on where you are in your career and where you want to go after business school.
One key feature distinguishes them from each other – they are targeted at two different types of professionals. The optimal age of an EMBA participant is 38 years old and the work experience required is 13 years. Meanwhile, a typical MBA student is 29 years old and has around 6 years of work experience. Clearly, these two profiles are at different stages of their careers, thereby have different management skills.
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Learning in a suitable environment is essential for maximising your progress and development. Being at school you learn not only from your teachers, but also from your peers. In an MBA programme, you will be mostly surrounded by young professionals and only few seasoned managers, whilst an EMBA will give you a chance to build a network with executives with solid experience in leading people.
Another key difference is the academic work and duration of the two types of programmes. The MBA is a full time programme continuing 10 months and consisting of 5 study periods. On the other hand, an Executive MBA is spread across 14 to 18 months and divides the course work into many short modules. This enables the participants to immediately apply the freshly gained knowledge in their workplace.
So, did you manage to make your choice? Whatever you choose, a world-class MBA or EMBA programme will enrich your future.