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Zarb School of Business – Hofstra University

The Hofstra Hybrid Executive MBA Program Structure

The Hofstra Executive MBA program is structured in order to give students a comprehensive learning environment while allowing them to continue to meet their professional obligations. To this end, the program’s classes are held twice per month on Saturdays over a 18-month period. The program features a global practicum, which includes an international trip. Previous destinations have included China and South Africa.

Curriculum

The Hofstra Executive MBA program commences with a two-day residency program in September, which familiarizes students with the program’s format and requirements. This residency period is worth one credit. Students are then expected to complete the EMBA core, a series of courses across a number of business disciplines. These subjects include Financial Reporting and Managerial Accounting, Operations Management, Quantitative Analysis for Managers, and Managing Contemporary Organizations. These courses are taken throughout their seven semesters. The entirety of the curriculum is taken in “lock step,” which Zarb believes helps students form meaningful connections with one another while also allowing them better curriculum planning.

Students are also required to complete the International Management Practicum, worth three credits. The practicum provides students the opportunity to expand their business and managerial horizons in new cultural contexts. This process starts with a series of courses and interactions with a variety of executives and policy makers in the U.S. before being further rounded out by the ten-day global immersion experience in a new geographic region or nation. Additionally, students must complete a series of courses bundled under the heading “Executive Cluster.” This set of courses, which are predominantly taken during their second year, are: Executive Leadership and Communication Skills; Legal, Ethical and Social Responsibility: Spreadsheet Modeling; Conflict, Collaboration and Negotiation; Entrepreneurship and Innovation; and their Capstone Research Integration Project. To wrap up their course of study, students spend their final six weeks completing the “The Challenge of Global Business Strategy.”

Class Profile

Incoming classes generally hover around 20 students. Students in the program generally have between five and seven years of professional experience.

Careers

Given that many Hofstra Executive MBA candidates enter the program with sponsorship from their present employers, the school offers limited on-campus recruiting opportunities. However, Zarb does host networking events for students and alumni and works to put students seeking a career change in touch with alumni in that field.

Tuition & Financial Aid

The Zarb Hybriad EMBA program costs $1,322 per course credit.

Zarb offers financial support to select students who excel in the EMBA program, notably providing some second-semester funding for EMBA students who do well in their first semester of study. In recent years, scholarship amounts have ranged from approximately $3,000 to nearly $10,000. Zarb encourages applicants interested in consideration for such an award to send in their applications to the EMBA program early.

Students matriculating at Zarb are eligible to apply for federal student loans through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Admissions Procedures

In order to be eligible to apply to the Hofstra Executive MBA, one must have an undergraduate degree and at least five years of professional experience with access to management opportunities and increased responsibility over time. Applicants must also be capable of showcasing their capacity to excel in an executive role in the future.

Interested applicants must complete the Hofstra application forms and additional materials specifically for Zarb. These additional materials include an essay focused on career history and MBA motivation; an interview with a member of the EMBA admissions committee; two letters of recommendation, at least one of which must be from a professional supervisor past or present; and transcripts from any other academic degrees the applicant may have pursued.

Unlike the MBA program’s application requirements, the GMAT is not generally a prerequisite for a completed application. Though the admissions committee does note that they can ask for that metric if need be.

Application Deadlines

Zarb accepts applications on a rolling basis until the EMBA program’s start date. Candidates will generally be contacted for interviews within one week of submitting their application.