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Boston University Executive MBA Program Structure

The 18-month-long EMBA class begins in January. The class spends almost the entire 18 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 Competencies. This is followed by Module 1, “Comprehending the Environment” which covers topics including industry analysis, macroeconomics, leadership & collaboration, and marketing strategy, and lasts from March-June.

In June, students have their second on-campus residency. This one focuses on Law and Ethics. It is followed by Module 2, “Assessing Organizations” which covers topics like HR structure, IT, financial & managerial accounting, and more. Module 2 lasts from July through September.

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

The second year starts with the third week of on-campus residency. During this time, students will focus on Innovation. After completing their third week of residency, students embark on their two month International Field Seminar.

When students return from their IFS, they start Module 4, “Entrepreneurship.” Mod 4 lasts from March through May and covers topics including marketing, risk management, leadership, and collaboration.

Finally, in June, students complete the program with their last week of residency. This week is a follow up on the first and is called “Leadership Challenges and Competencies II.”

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.

Class Profile

In 2017, The average Boston University Executive MBA student age is 42 with 17 years of work experience and 11 years of managerial experience. The class is split 35-66 percent female-male, and over 36 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.


EMBA graduates have access to the 900 EMBA alumni spread across the world, as well as other MBA alumni of Boston University’s School of Management. Alumni also have free access to career counseling for two years after graduating as well as alumni events, such as the annual Alumni Lecture Series.

Tuition & Financial Aid

For the Boston University Executive MBA class starting in January 2018, the total cost of the program is $102,000. A $1,500 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.

Admissions Procedures

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.

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

Application Deadlines

The application for the upcoming cohorts are now available. The deadlines are:

  • June 15
  • November 2

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