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City University London Executive MBA Program Structure

The City University London Executive MBA at Cass Business School is meant for managers who want to accelerate their career development while continuing full-time employment. Executive MBA students can either choose to take classes twice a week or on one weekend a month, both over a 24-month period. Like the full-time MBA program, this course begins with an orientation to acquaint incoming students to the facilities and introduce them to the program and their peers. The first year is separated into two semesters, each comprising two categories of classes and ending with exams. At the end of this year is an International Consultancy Project. In the second year, students choose electives and complete a Business Mastery Project.

Students also have the option to obtain the Executive MBA in Dubai in the UAE. Concentrations are offered in: Islamic Finance, Finance, Energy, or Entrepreneurship. Additional flexible planning for the EMBA is also available in the form of the Modular Executive MBA, which began in March of 2016. This track gives students the option to earn their EMBA over the course of two years, taking courses one long weekend per month (Friday through Monday).


The orientation for City University London Executive MBA students is strongly focused on networking. This week-long program takes place on a military base and includes numerous networking events and competitions.

The four core “modules” in the first year are Information & People Management, Financial Analysis & Management, Global Business, and Strategic Management. In the second year, students may choose electives from categories such as Finance, Strategy, and Marketing and Relationship Management. Similarly to the full-time MBA, the Business Mastery Project for EMBAs is a project which focuses on a real-world business problem for a chosen company, industry, or research area.

This degree program also includes a summer internship and numerous professional development workshops and networking events.

Class Profile

The cohort class size for the 2016 Cass Business School EMBA is 57. Students are on average 35-years old with 12 years of work experience. The program is represented by 21 total nationalities, and comprised of 81 percent male students and 19 percent female students.


The City University London Executive MBA program has available the same career resources as the full-time MBA program. The Cass Career and Professional Development Center offers EMBAs opportunities to develop their leadership, communication, and teamwork abilities through workshops, lectures, and a week-long professional development program. EMBA’s also benefit from Cass’s online career database where they can post their CV, find career events and workshops, view company information, and apply to jobs.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The Modular (weekend) EMBA and traditional EMBA each cost a total of £47,000. The Dubai EMBA costs AED200,000. Tuition covers all fees for the duration of the program, and textbooks for the first year. Career development programs as well as accommodation and flights for the international consultancy trip are also included.There are scholarships and awards available for the EMBA program, and the school also accepts corporate funding. The Prodigy Finance Loan is available to students, as well as the Santander and Career Development loans.

Please note fees are subject to change.

There are scholarships available for the EMBA program, and the school also accepts corporate funding. The Prodigy Finance Loan is available to students, as well as the Santander and Career Development loans.

Admissions Procedures

An applicant to the City University London Executive MBA program must have a degree from a highly regarded university or appropriate professional qualification. The applicant must have had at least five years relevant and appropriate work experience after graduation, or if without an undergraduate degree at least six years’ relevant business experience. For non-native English speakers, a well-balanced score of 7.0 on the IELTS is needed. Executive MBA applicants are not required to submit a GMAT score, however Cass may request it in some circumstances. Application requirements for the EMBA in Dubai and the Modular EMBA are the same.

The application itself has two essays, and requires two references from both an employer and a university tutor, or from a current and previous employer. Applicants are also required to complete a careers questionnaire. The application fee is £100.

Incoming students who do not possess an EEA passport might require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Application Deadlines

Cass has rolling admissions deadlines; however they recommend that the applications be submitted at least four months in advance of the start of the course. The next start date is September for the EMBA. The next Modular EMBA begins in March of the following year.

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