About Executive MBA Executive MBA or EMBA is an MBA program designed for mid-level and senior-level executives. Work experience is a must to apply for an EMBA program. Working professionals like managers, corporate leaders, or entrepreneurs can pursue this program. EMBA is the perfect kick to a professional’s stagnant career. It helps take a leap and transition to leadership roles. The learnings from an EMBA can immediately be applied at work. Benefits of an Executive MBA Executive MBA programs have many benefits and offer lucrative opportunities for working professionals. Some of the reasons why it is chosen are: There is a wide variety to choose from when it comes to EMBA in India. Almost all top colleges in India offer EMBA programs such as IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Lucknow, IIM Kozhikode, FMS Delhi, ISB Hyderabad, and XLRI Jamshedpur. The programs are globally recognized. EMBA offers flexibility. Professionals can choose between full-time residential or part-time non-residential programs based on the time and finances available. EMBA provides excellent networking opportunities. Professionals come in contact with experienced leaders, managers, and entrepreneurs coming from diverse academic and professional backgrounds. This helps build a robust professional network. EMBA fosters peer learning. Executive MBA programs have a quick ROI. Categories of Executive MBA Programs The delivery of executive MBA programs vary. They can be – Full-time residential – This sort of program requires the professionals to take a career break and live in the college premises. Post Graduate Management Diploma in General Management i.e., PGDM (GM) at XLRI Jamshedpur, is a popular 15-month full-time residential program. Part-time non-residential – This sort of program is usually conducted during evening hours or over the weekend with a planned visit to the campus for a small duration of time. The executives can carry on with the program along with the current job. For example, PGPpro at ISB Hyderabad is a weekend executive MBA program. The classes are held on alternate weekends (Saturday and Sunday), and two weeks of classes are held at the Hyderabad and Mohali campus. Another example is the MBA Executive & MBA Executive (Health Care Administration) Programmes at the Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) Delhi. It is a two-year program with evening classes. Duration of the EMBA Program The duration of executive MBA programs can be anywhere between one year to two years. Some popular courses are – One Year – Post Graduate Program in Management for Executives (PGPX) at IIM Ahmedabad 15 Months – Post Graduate Program for Working Professionals (PGPpro) at the Indian School of Business (ISB) Hyderabad 18 Months – Executive Post Graduate Diploma in International Business (EPGDIB) and Executive Post Graduate Diploma in International Marketing (EPGDIM) offered at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) Delhi. Two Years – Working Managers’ Program (WMP) at IIM Lucknow (Noida Campus) Eligibility for an Executive MBA Work experience is mandatory to apply for any EMBA course. The minimum work experience can vary from anywhere between 3 to 10 years. Some kind of managerial experience is compulsory. Also, some colleges may keep age as a criterion too. The exact eligibility for the program is college-specific.