Zicklin School of Business – Baruch College

Baruch Executive MBA Program Structure

The Baruch Executive MBA program at the Zicklin School of Business is designed for working professionals who have at least five to seven years of work experience. EMBA students begin classes in a cohort in September and remain with that cohort throughout the 22-month program. Classes meet once a week from September through June, with a summer break in July and August. In the second year of the program, students go on an international study tour to major financial and business centers to learn about global business practices; past destinations include Vietnam, Hong Kong, Ireland, and Brazil.

The school reports that a typical academic year is comprised of 42 class days—37 Saturdays and five Fridays. Class days run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with breaks for lunch and snacks.


The Baruch Executive MBA program is centered on six themes that are integrated throughout each course. These themes are: Business 101; Instant ROI; Prepare to lead; Ethics; Sustainability; and Global Excellence.

Class Profile

The cohort of students entering the EMBA program in 2015 had an average age of 36 and an age range of 26 to 53. Forty-two percent of students had earned undergraduate degrees in business or economics, while 58%- majored in science, engineering, or humanities. Women comprised 45% of the class.


The Graduate Career Management Center helps Zicklin graduate students find employment and develop their careers. Resources offered by the center include workshops, one-on-one career advising, mock interviews, and online databases and career tools.

Tuition & Financial Aid

The total cost of the EMBA program for the class entering in the fall of 2014 is $86,500. The fee includes all educational materials, tuition, meals and most of the cost of the required International Study experience.

The EMBA program does not offer any grants or scholarships. Zicklin encourages students to apply for Federal Direct Loans or private loans to help finance their studies.

Application Procedures

To apply to Baruch’s Executive MBA, applicants must submit a preliminary application that includes their resume with at least five years of professional experience. Once cleared to apply, applicants must submit an online application form, official transcripts from all prior undergraduate and graduate institutions attended, a resume, three essays, a sponsor’s agreement, two letters of recommendation, and a $125 application fee. Students must also demonstrate their quantitative skills by submitting their GMAT/GRE scores or completing the in-house Admissions Test. Applicants whose native language is not English or who attended college where the primary language of instruction was not English must also submit a TOEFL score. The submission of a GMAT score is optional. Once all materials are submitted, applicants are invited to interview with either the Academic Director or the Admissions Director of the EMBA program. Applicants receive their final admissions decisions within one to three weeks of completing their interview.

The prompt for the personal essay is as follows:
1. What are your short-term and long-term career goals and how will an executive graduate business degree help you to achieve those goals? Why are you pursuing the degree at this point in time? What makes the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College a good fit for you? (500 words maximum)

  1. What do you consider to be your major strengths and weaknesses? Give an example of a challenging situation you have faced professionally and how you utilized one or more of the strengths outlined above to navigate the situation. (500 words maximum)
  2. In the Executive Programs, we strive to create a cohort of students with complementary skills, abilities, interests, and talents. What skills, abilities, interests, and talents will you bring to the program? How will you use these unique skills and talents to contribute to the learning experience of your classmates? (250 words maximum)

Optional: Is there any additional information that you would like the members of the Admissions Committee to consider as they make their decision? (250 words maximum)

Application Deadlines

The Fall 2016 deadline for the EMBA program is June 15, 2016.