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Boston University Executive MBA Program Structure

The 22-month-long EMBA class begins in August. The class spends almost the entire 22 months together as one cohort, which helps foster collaboration and a sense of community.

During the first year, students spend one full weekend on-campus class every three weeks. During the first three modules, virtual sessions happen on selected Tuesday evenings to help reinforce what they learn during their on-campus sessions. The first year of the program also includes four weeks of on-campus residence and an international field seminar.

During the second year, on-campus weekends get bumped up to one every two weeks. The increased number of in-person learning sessions helps students not just be more actively engaged with their coursework but also provides time to work on team-based capstone projects.


The Boston University Executive MBA begins with a one-week residency devoted to Leadership Challenges and Opportunities. This is followed by Module 1, “Comprehending the Environment” which covers topics including industry analysis, macroeconomics, leadership & collaboration, and marketing strategy, and lasts from November to February.

Module 2, “Understanding Organizations” begins in March and covers topics like HR structure, IT, financial & managerial accounting, and more. Following Module 2 is “Law and Ethics”, which takes place in June and July.

Module 3 starts in August and lasts through November. It is called “Creating Value in the Market” and includes topics like corporate investments, microeconomics, competitive strategy, and marketing.

In December, students focus on “Innovation and Design Thinking” And then begin Module 4, ”Entrepreneurship.” In the middle of this module, students embark on their 10-day International Field Seminar.

When students return from their IFS, they finish Module 4 and then complete their second and final residency week in June, centered around “Leading Change.”

Another element heavily emphasized in the EMBA curriculum is team learning. Through the Team Learning course, which runs the length of the EMBA program, students receive peer feedback and learn about leadership and decision-making. During the entrepreneurship segment of the last module, students bring these skills together to work in teams to create a new business.

Executive MBA Rankings

• The Economist: 46

Class Profile

In 2019, the average Boston University Executive MBA student has an average of 15 years of work experience and nine years of managerial experience. The class is split 36.2/63.8 percent female/male, and over 54 percent of the class occupied a senior-level position including CEO, Vice President or Director. The class also comprised a wide variety of industry backgrounds: 19 percent from finance, insurance, and real estate, 10 percent came from manufacturing, 6 percent from non-profit, 6 percent from marketing, and 38 percent came from healthcare or biotechnology fields. There are 47 current students in the program.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

For the Boston University Executive MBA, the total cost of the program is $115,000. A $5,000 deposit is due upon acceptance and is applied to the first semester’s tuition. The total program cost includes tuition, books and supplies, accommodation and meals, and other select events such as the international seminar. Students are expected to cover their own airfare when traveling abroad.

The admissions committee does offer a few select scholarships based on need and merit. Academic and professional achievements are considered as well as whether a student is self-financing his or her degree. To apply, applicants must include an additional essay in their application.


To apply to the BU EMBA program, applicants must submit an online application form, the $125 application fee, two essays, business resume (include dates of work and educational experience), an organizational chart that illustrates your current position within your place of employment, letter of Organizational Support, a letter of introduction, two letters of recommendation and official university-level transcripts. Proper TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE test scores may be needed for non-native English speaking applicants as well. GMAT scores are not required.

After reviewing application materials, applicants are invited for a personal interview.

Application deadlines are as follows:

August Intake

October 17
January 2
March 18
May 1

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