Haub School of Business – Saint Joseph’s University

Saint Joseph’s 20-Month Executive MBA Program Structure

The Saint Joseph’s 20-month Executive MBA (EMBA) program at Haub School of Business requires students to take 30 courses that comprise a total of 48 credits. Beginning with orientation at the end of August, students take five consecutive semesters’ worth of classes, with each class meeting once per week on alternating Fridays and Saturdays. After completing the first two semesters, students merge with the 1-year MBA class.


The Saint Joseph’s 20-month Executive MBA program is designed for those who did not study business or finance as undergraduates. Students take five classes in the first semester, five classes in the second semester, seven classes in the third semester, five classes in the fourth semester, and seven classes in the fifth and final semester. The first two semesters total nine credits each, whereas the following semesters each total ten credits.

Class Profile

The Saint Joseph’s 20-month Executive MBA program has about 25 to 30 students in each enrolled class, and students arrive with an average of 14 years of full-time work experience, although students need not be currently employed to participate in the program. The Haub EMBA does not require applicants to take the GMAT or GRE.


The Saint Joseph’s 20-month Executive MBA program does not offer career services because most students are being supported by their current employer. However, students are welcome to use the resources of the St. Joseph’s Career Development Center to meet their professional needs. Students also receive one-on-one executive and team coaching and leadership development throughout the program.

Tuition & Financial Aid

The Saint Joseph’s 20-month Executive MBA program in 2016-17 costs $77,198.40 in total ($1,608.30 per credit). This breaks down to $14,474.70 for each of the first two semesters, and $16,083 for each of the three following semesters. These costs include tuition, a laptop computer, textbooks, instructional materials, the international study tour costs, parking permits, a student ID, library and computer lab fees, breakfast and lunch on class days, and Executive Coaching. Through the Employer Deferral Program, students whose tuition is being covered by their employers can pay their tuition at the end of each semester for an additional fee of $35.

Admissions Procedures

The EMBA requires a minimum of five years of professional experience, a minimum GPA of 2.5 and an undergraduate business degree.

Applicants must submit a completed application form, a current résumé, complete official transcripts of all collegiate and graduate work, a personal statement, and a written recommendation. A personal interview is also required, while GMAT scores are not. All applicants are invited to interview on campus with two members of the adcom or with an experienced faculty member. Since the school does not require applicants to submit GMAT scores, HSB has recently begun giving students a math readiness exam and a writing assessment.

International students must submit an official WES (World Education Service) course-by-course evaluation. As well, students that earned an undergraduate degree where English is not the primary language must submit TOEFL scores. Those who choose not to must enroll in a two month ESL (English Second Language) program. Students are evaluated at the end of the program.

Application Deadlines

Though the EMBA program has a rolling deadline, applicants are encouraged to apply early.