Choosing an Executive MBA program – how to CLARIFY your priorities

Executive MBA: seeking sponsorship from your employer

This is a detailed look at one of the first elements of our unique CLARIFY headings, enabling you to focus exclusively on MBA program that meet all your personal needs!

In outlining the types of MBA program available, we consider elsewhere the relative merits of general MBA or MBA specialism, full-time MBA or part-time MBA.

We also have a separate feature article highlighting the benefits for you of the Executive MBA or EMBA.

Designed specifically for working professionals with significant experience, the EMBA is much more than just one type of part-time MBA program. EMBA students may be sponsored both financially and through release time by their employing organisations, and continue to work full-time while enrolled on the programs. While courses vary, many EMBAs are built around a series of short modules and may not take much longer to complete than the full-time MBA.

Before the global recession of 2009, many employers sponsored staff on EMBA program, being well aware of the major benefits they could receive from having an employee with improved managerial and leadership skills, not to mention the reinforced loyalty of sponsored EMBA participants. The practice has declined dramatically in the current economic climate, although it is by no means extinct and is still worth investigating.

To help you plan positively for your EMBA, we identify here a series of powerful arguments you can present to your employer in order to win your share of that apparently elusive sponsorship funding.

The CLARIFY top 10 reasons why your employer should sponsor you on your EMBA program:

  1. The practical focus of the EMBA means that you will be able from the very first day to begin applying on the job what you learn during the program
  2. You will be pushed to compete and excel in a classroom filled with experienced managers. As a result of this rich learning experience, you will develop improved skills of analysis, decision-making and leadership
  3. You will gain invaluable experience in case analysis, project teamwork, presentation skills, negotiation exercises and effective report writing
  4. Sponsorship will strengthen your bond with the organisation. You are more likely to stay with a company that demonstrates its commitment to your development by actively investing in it
  5. You could select issues from your organisation for study in the real-time project applications that form an important part of the EMBA program. The results of just one effective study of this kind could be worth more than the entire cost of your studies
  6. In the course of a typical EMBA program, you will miss no more than a handful of normal working days
  7. Your organisation can expect a rapid return on its investment. You will complete the EMBA programs in 18 to 24 months, whereas other part-time MBA provision typically takes three to four years
  8. Your enhanced effectiveness as a result of the EMBA experience should improve your organisation’s long-term profitability
  9. Your training will give you an up-to-the-minute global perspective that will enable your organisation to be in the vanguard of developments in your specialist field, influencing change rather than simply reacting to it
  10. Involvement in the EMBA program provides your employer with direct access to a global network of professional business schools

Don’t stop now…

We have considered here some of the key issues in determining whether the EMBA is the right programs for you. Continue to CLARIFY your EMBA objectives by working through all the CLARIFY links to identify the best routes to achieving your EMBA:








You can proceed in any order you like and take as long as you need to explore each area thoroughly.




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