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Argyros School of Business – Chapman University

Chapman University Executive MBA Program Structure

The Chapman University Executive MBA (EMBA) program at Argyros School of Business allows advanced career professionals the ability to get a more strategically focused education in business and management. The program is a lockstep cohort program in which students will take a structured, sequential schedule of classes with a group of peers. The EMBA boasts individual coaching as well as residential courses in places like Asia and Washington D.C. The program requires 47 credits and is 21 months in duration, and classes meet on Thursday nights and Saturday mornings.


The Chapman University Executive MBA consists of six terms, spanning 21 months. The terms vary widely in length and content, with some (like the Interterm in year one) consisting of only two credits and others requiring a greater time commitment. There are two fall and spring terms, in addition to one Interterm (between fall and spring) and one summer session.

The program also includes three residential learning opportunities, located in San Diego, Washington DC, and a rotating location in Asia.

Class Profile

The average undergraduate GPA of a Chapman University Executive MBA student is 3.1. EMBA students have an average of 13 years of full-time work experience and are, on average, 36-years old. Nearly 33 percent of students in this program identify as female, and 67 percent identify as male.


Argyros has a dedicated Career Services Center right in Beckman Hall that offers daily drop-in hours, individual career counseling, and a graduate mentor program, which matches each graduate candidates with a working professional who provides guidance and direction. The Career Services Center also offers opportunities for students to engage with employers on campus through a speaker series, industry nights, office hours, coffee chats, and information sessions. Opportunities to interact with employers outside of campus include site visits, treks, dinners and lunches for eight, and tours.

Tuition & Financial Aid

The tuition for the Chapman University Executive MBA program factoring in lab fees is $106,578. This includes cost of tuition, a laptop and tech support, six sessions per year with an executive coach, hotel and lodging for three residential seminars, textbooks, pre-class meals, tutors, and parking.

Chapman gives grants to those applicants who demonstrate exceptional merit. The criteria for grants include GMAT/GRE scores, work experience, undergraduate GPA, and “other relevant experience.” Grants start at $3,000 and can equal as much as full tuition. No separate application is needed to apply for grants, although those seeking grants are encouraged to apply early, given that the amount of grant money given each year is limited.

Admissions Requirements

Chapman lists the following as required for an application for the EMBA program: an updated resume, completion of the online application, a personal statement (within the online application), your undergraduate transcript, a GMAT or GRE score, and two letters of recommendation. Interviews are required for the EMBA program.

In addition, International applicants are required to submit their score on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Pearson Test of English (PTE), a copy of their diploma, and an international supplemental application form.

Application Deadlines

Forthcoming deadlines are as follows:

Early Action: April 1, 2018
Regular Admission: August 1, 2018


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