LeBow College of Business – Drexel University

Drexel University Executive MBA Program Structure

The 20-month Drexel University Executive MBA program at Lebow College of Business is offered on the Philadelphia campus and follows a schedule of eight-week courses. Classes begin in September and convene on one Friday and two Saturdays each month, with instruction moving to an Internet-based format over the summer. Students participate in six to eight credit-bearing, one-day leadership workshops over the course of the program, as well as one-on-one meetings with executive coaches to track personal development. The program concludes with an international capstone experience of 10 to 12 days in length, which includes lectures, case studies, company visits, and networking opportunities.

The EMBA program groups students into teams of four to six students each.


Students in all Drexel LeBow MBA programs must complete a total of 51 credits to graduate and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above to remain in good academic standing. A course in which a student earns a “C-“ or below must be repeated in order to count towards graduation requirements. Accelerated courses in accounting, finance, macroeconomics and microeconomics serve as the foundation of all of LeBow’s MBA programs. These four courses are worth half as much as normal courses, or 1.5 credits each. Following these foundation courses, students complete a sequence of nine required core courses of three credits each: Managing the Total Enterprise, Marketing Strategy and Planning, Leadership and Professional Development, Managing Technological Innovation, Business Statistics, Corporate Financial Management, Managerial Accounting, Managerial Economics and Operations Management. The programs diverge at this point.

Students in the Drexel University Executive MBA program complete the same foundation and core courses as their LeBow peers, as well as a final capstone course. The remaining degree credits are divided among a series of leadership workshops and coaching sessions spaced throughout the program, and a required course in International Business Management. Unlike in other LeBow MBA programs, the Executive MBA courses are arranged into a series of two-month modules: first is the Enterprise Management module, followed by the Functional Core module and the Technology Management/Strategic Leadership module. The final Leadership Capstone module includes an international travel component.

Class Profile

Participants in the Drexel University Executive MBA program average 40 years of age and 16 years of work experience and are drawn from a variety of industries.


The LeBow Career Services department offers individual counseling, employer information sessions, workshops, career research materials, and an integrated online portal system for job hunting called the Career Gateway.

Tuition & Financial Aid

The cost of the Drexel University Executive MBA is $1,618 per credit hour, for a total tuition of $82,518. Textbooks, fees, parking, lunches on class days and the international study experience are included in this figure.

Students desiring finance through loans are encouraged to investigate federal loan options including the Stafford loan and the GradPLUS loan, as well as loans available from private lenders.

Application Procedures

The admissions committee notes a preference for GMAT scores above 570 and TOEFL scores above 90 for non-native English speakers, but no minimum score is required on either exam.

Applicants to the Drexel University Executive MBA program must have completed at least seven years of full-time work, including at least two years at the managerial level. Academic and work experience is reviewed to determine the applicant’s managerial and leadership potential, academic aptitude, and interpersonal and communications skills, as well as maturity and motivation. The LeBow admissions committee also evaluates career development and commitment to contributing to the program.

Applicants are required to submit a paper or online application form, current résumé, academic transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended, GMAT or GRE scores, essays, and two professional recommendations.

In terms of essay requirements, applicants to the Executive MBA program are asked to answer the following three questions: “Which personal goals, conditions, or career aspirations motivate you to pursue an Executive MBA at Drexel? What are your most important professional accomplishments? What do you expect to achieve through this program?”

The GMAT requirement will be waived for Executive MBA applicants who have terminal degrees such as MDs, Ph.D.s or JDs. GMAT waiver requests from candidates with extensive experience and demonstrated quantitative abilities are considered on a case-by-case basis. An interview is required for Executive MBA admission, and applicants are encouraged to meet informally with the director of the program.

Application Deadlines

Applications are considered on a rolling basis.