College of Business Administration

EMBA Frequently Asked Questions


Is there a application deadline for the Executive MBA program? What is required to apply?

The class fills on a first-come-first-serve basis, ideally, all application materials should be completed one month prior to the beginning of classes. Apply online here.


  • EMBA online application and a non-refundable application fee of $45.
  • Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • Official GMAT score if required
  • Three letters of recommendation forms (supplied when you apply)
  • Current resume
  • Statement of goal and objectives (one page)
  • Personal interview with Director of EMBA Program


What is the cost of the EMBA Program?

The total price of the EMBA program as of 2014 is $43,900 (39 credit hours at $1,125.64/hour) for the corporate program and $44,900 ($1151.28 an hour) for the healthcare program. This price includes tuition, all books and materials, international business experience, two off-site residencies, parking, and meals before class. The deposit no longer rolls from semester to semester. It is due upon acceptance and is applied towards the first semester of tuition.



How can my company's tuition reimbursement be maximized to my benefit?

The EMBA program structures its fees and payment schedules to accommodate students who receive tuition reimbursement. Students have 42 days after the end of the term to make their payment. Further, the EMBA credit-hour cost of $1,125.64.



What about financial aid and scholarships?

EMBA scholarships are awarded to a limited number of students with excellent credentials. Scholarship dollar amounts vary; however, the maximum scholarship will be no more than 20 percent of the total EMBA program fee.


Both private and Stafford student loans are available as well. Contact Tara Jackson at the KSU Financial Aid Office for more information, 330-672-0516 or e-mail


Do I have to take the GMAT?

GMAT waiver granted for those applicants with a Master's, Ph.D. or M.D. degree. A waiver may possibly be granted for those applicants with 10 or more years of work experience. For those required to take the GMAT, it is now offered electronically. Simply visit for updated information and a practice test.



GMAT and GPA admission criteria.

There is no minimum GMAT score or GPA required for admission to the program. The admissions committee considers many factors as it evaluates prospective students, including work history, letters of reference, and other non-academic achievements. Plus to ensure that the candidate is a good fit for the program, and vice versa a personal interview finalizes the process.



EMBA Program eligibility: Prior experience and schooling.

An undergraduate degree in business is not necessary. We encourage students with varied backgrounds to apply. We place a great deal of emphasis on work history and generally require a minimum of five years of work experience. All EMBA students complete the same 39 hours of coursework. This is an advantage for non-business undergrads, who would be required to complete 48 hours of coursework in the Part-time MBA Program.



What is the International Business Experience (IBE)?

The IBE is a 10-12 day business excursion abroad. A cultural learning experience that encompasses both work and recreation. Students are required to write a paper for the one credit hour course. Participation is required, but students may opt to take an additional elective, or complete an independent study project instead. Past IBE destinations include India, Brazil, Chile, Portugal, France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, France, Switzerland and China.



Who is my first point of contact at KSU?

Prospective students may contact Joan Janosko, from the EMBA Office, at 330-672-1179, or by mail at KSU College of Business Administration, Suite A310 EMBA Office, Kent, OH 44242.



What is the difference between EMBA and PMBA?

The EMBA is a weekend program that is geared toward working professionals with a minimum of 5 years of work experience. The Part-time MBA(PMBA) classes meet in the evening during the week and requires no prior work experience. Both programs culminate in the Master of Business Administration degree.



What is the Executive MBA class schedule?

The Executive MBA for Healthcare Professionals meets once monthly on consecutive days; Thursday evening, Friday and Saturday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm



When will there be breaks greater than one week?

Given the once monthly on site class schedule, attendance is not required between monthly class sessions. In addition, there are several class breaks in November and December.


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