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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 a capstone 10-day international residency.

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


Students in the Executive MBA program must complete a total of 49 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.

The Executive MBA curriculum is constantly evolving in order to maintain its relevance. It is based upon input from business leaders, students, and alumni. The degree begins with a three-day immersion course to orient students and form a foundation for the remainder of the program. Centering upon four comprehensive modules – Foundation Courses, a Functional Core, Technology Management & Business Analytics, and Strategic Leadership – the Executive MBA follows a sequential progression. Students begin with a foundation in accounting, finance, and economics, and in the second year, proceed to strategy-based course work.

The program culminates in a 10-day international residency focusing on global business management.

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 Executive MBA affords students a multitude of professional opportunities, as they pursue executive leadership roles or pursue advancement during a career change. Students have ample access to career counseling and recruiting services.

The LeBow Career Services department offers, 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 $1,684 pre-credit hour for new students and $1,618 per-credit hour for returning students. This amounts to $82,516 and $79,282 for new and returning students, respectively. Textbooks, fees, parking, lunches on class days and the international study experience are included in these figures.

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

Fall 2018 Enrollment

January 31, 2018 – Round One
March 30, 2018 – Round Two
June 30, 2018 – Final Deadline

Only U.S. applicants will be considered after June 30, 2018.

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