The University of Alabama's Executive MBA (EMBA) program requires a minimum of five years of professional work experience, active support by your current employer, an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with a solid grade point average (prefer 3.0 GPA or better) and letters of recommendation from your employer and/or clients. Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may be considered for acceptance by submitting a GMAT (500) or GRE (300) score. Click here to request information now!
Prospective students for UA EMBA must complete the following six application steps.
1. Complete the Graduate School application
To apply for UA EMBA, prospective students must use The University of Alabama’s Graduate School application which included a non refundable $65 application fee for U.S. citizens and permanent residents and a non refundable $80 application fee for international students. The application fee is waived for US Military Veterans, contact the UA Graduate School using this link - Veteran Application Fee Waiver. If you are an international student applying for the graduate school, please use the International Application. Be sure to select Executive Business Administration, MBA as your proposed major.
For Tuscaloosa program applicants, select Main Campus as the place of initial enrollment. Select Spring 2019 as the Proposed Entrance Term. Application deadline is October 26, 2018.
For Huntsville program applicants, select Huntsville EMBA as the place of initial enrollment. Select Fall 2019 as the Proposed Entrance Term. Application deadline is July 5, 2019.
The University of Alabama’s Graduate School Application
2. GMAT or GRE score
The GMAT or GRE exam is no longer required for EMBA applicants who meet specific criteria established by the Manderson Graduate School of Business. To qualify for this exemption, an applicant must have strong work experience (at least five years) and an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better OR have already earned another master's degree. Please contact the EMBA office for additional information on this policy. For EMBA applicants with a GPA below 3.0, EMBA requires a 500 on the GMAT or 300 on the GRE. Please request that official scores be sent to The University of Alabama. Our GRE institution code is 1830.
3. Complete the Admissions Questions Document
Please respond to the Admissions Questions and email your responses to Cheryl Altemara. This replaces the Statement of Purpose required by the Graduate School. Contact Cheryl Altemara at 205.348.4501 or firstname.lastname@example.org for the Admissions Questions document.
4. Provide Two Letters of Recommendation
Applicants must submit two professional letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation may be mailed or emailed to the EMBA office. If emailed, they must be sent from the account of the letter’s author to Cheryl Altemara. One letter must be from your supervisor, the second letter may be from another person within your company or a client. Contact Cheryl Altemara at 205.348.4501 or email@example.com for the letter of recommendation form. EMBA office address: UA EMBA, Atten: Cheryl Altemara, Box 870227, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487.
5. Request College Transcripts
College transcripts must be requested from all institutions where you attended and earned 15 credit hours or more, and must be sealed with a registrar stamp or be sent electronically from your institution to firstname.lastname@example.org. International transcripts must be written in English or accompanied by an English translation provided by the issuing institution.
Mail transcripts to:
Graduate School Office
The University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
Send electronically to: email@example.com
6. Participate in Personal Interview and Provide Résumé
A personal interview is required for all applicants. The hour-long interview may be conducted at any time during the application process.
Once your file is complete, it goes before the Admissions Committee, and is processed immediately. Applicants will be notified of the decision by both the EMBA Office and the Graduate School Office. Interviews can be scheduled at any point during the application process. To set up an interview, please contact Cheryl Altemara at 205.348.4501 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The UA Executive MBA Program current tuition and fees are:
EMBA Trip Fees: $2,380.00 (Meals: $398.00; Lodging: $1,740.00; Airfare: $242.00)
Total Cost: $58,353.00
EMBA Trip Fees for group meals, lodging and intra-trip airfare:
Huntsville - Begins August 2019 (tuition and fees are subject to change for Fall 2019)
Non-refundable tuition prepayment applied to first term: $1,800 (Students using military education benefits are not required to pay the tuition prepayment in advance)
Five semester tuition payments of $11,194.60 ($1,800 prepayment reduces this figure for 1st term)
Five semester EMBA Trip Fees payments of $476.00
Tuscaloosa - Begins December 2018
Non-refundable tuition prepayment applied to the first term: $1,800 (Students using military education benefits are not required to pay the tuition prepayment in advance)
Four semester tuition payments of $13,993.25 ($1,800 prepayment reduces this figure for 1st term)
Four semester EMBA Trip Fees payments of $595.00
Students are responsible for securing their own lodging in Huntsville and Tuscaloosa while enrolled in either program cohort.
The Mitchell Scholarship is awarded to incoming students who present evidence of exceptional academic ability, substantial professional experience, and who can also demonstrate financial need. Evidence of academic ability may be presented by scoring a minimum of 600 on the GMAT or 309 on the GRE. Substantial professional experience is decided on a case by case basis, but in general is defined by seven or more years of work experience in a leadership or management role. Students demonstrating financial need are those with no, or very little, outside financial support. For example; no employer tuition assistance or military education benefits. UA EMBA may award up to three Mitchell Scholarship Awards annually, valued at $5,000 each.
Military and Women Candidates
VETERANS’ AWARD: EMBA students who have exhausted their GI Bill benefits may receive a program discount of $4,500 if they apply by the early deadline of July 6, 2018 for HEMBA and October 26, 2018 for TEMBA. Those who are eligible for full tuition and fees coverage through GI Bill benefits or are fully sponsored by their company, are not eligible for this award.
Important Information for Military Service Personnel and Recent Veterans:
The UA Graduate School application fee (currently $65 for domestic applicants) is waived for all active military and veterans. See this link for instructions prior to submitting your application. If possible, military personnel and veterans should notify Cheryl Altemara with UA EMBA prior to completing The University of Alabama Graduate School online application. Call 205.348.4501 or email@example.com
Many military personnel and veterans use GI Bill benefits to cover the tuition and fees for our EMBA program. Before your military service benefits can be certified by UA, you must first be accepted to the program and officially admitted by the UA Graduate School. For assistance with military service benefits, contact David Blair, UA Director of Veteran and Military Affairs, or call 205.348.0983. Click on vets.sa.ua.edu for more information.
NOTE: Students using military education benefits (GI Bill benefits) are not required to pay the $1,800 tuition prepayment upon acceptance. This amount is included in the first term tuition balance.
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DIVERSITY AWARD: UA EMBA may award two Diversity Scholarships of up to $15,000 in value each to candidates representing diverse backgrounds. Diversity can be exhibited through educational and professional experience, unique career goals, ethnicity and citizenship. Application for this award must be made by the stated deadline for each program. The award recipients are announced prior to orientation for each cohort.
CIVILIAN WOMEN IN DEFENSE AND TECHNOLOGY: Women UA EMBA students working in defense or technology industries may be eligible for a CWDT scholarship award up to $10,000. The recipient must be a fully accepted student (minimum 3.0 GPA and five years of professional work experience) to the EMBA program and able to demonstrate financial need. UA EMBA may award up to two CWDT scholarships annually.
As a student in the UA EMBA Program all women are members of the National Association of Women MBAs.
NAWMBA is dedicated to propelling women MBA students and professionals into leadership positions in business. Benefits include: exclusive or discounted admission to NAWMBA local/regional networking and speaker events and live training seminars, career and leadership focused webinars, career related resources including access to Ivy Exec, an online career resources web service, to provide additional valuable career and leadership focused webinars, NAWMBA Career Center and Job Fairs connecting employers and job seekers. Membership also includes an invitation to the NAWMBA Annual Conference. An intensive multi-day conference filled with career developing workshops, inspirational speakers, professional coaching and functional learning tracks.
In addition the Executive MBA Alumni Network hosts an annual Women’s Leadership Luncheon in Birmingham and in Huntsville. The EMBA Women’s Leadership Luncheon focus on leaders from the private and public sectors who share their business experiences and knowledge, as well as provide a forum for mentoring and networking opportunities with senior business leaders.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN EMBA AND A TRADITIONAL MBA PROGRAM?
An Executive MBA program differs from other kinds of MBA programs in the following ways: EMBAs continue to work while they study; they are also generally more experienced. EMBA students also enter as a group (or cohort) and remain with the same class throughout the course of the program. In addition, the EMBA programs usually offer additional support for students, including staff support, meals, and other amenities, so students with busy schedules can focus on learning.
WHEN DO CLASSES BEGIN?
HEMBA Orientation is August 7-8 and classes begin August 9-10, 2019. TEMBA Orientation is November 13-15 and classes begin December 3-6, 2019.
WHAT IS THE DEADLINE TO APPLY?
Deadline to apply for HEMBA is July 5, 2019
Deadline to apply for TEMBA is October 32, 2019
WHEN DO CLASSES MEET?
HEMBA is a blended program with online instruction and classes that meet one weekend a month on Friday evening and Saturday for 21 months.
TEMBA classes meet every other week on Friday evenings and Saturday for 17 months. In addition students meet one immersion week in each of the first two semesters
WHAT IS THE LENGTH OF THE PROGRAM?
HEMBA program is 21 months, 5 semesters
TEMBA program is 17 months, 4 semesters
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE EMBA PROGRAM?
WHAT IS THE TUITION COST?
Total cost for classes beginning fall 2019 and spring 2020 is $58,353.00 which includes $55,973.00 for tuition and $2,380.00 for EMBA Trip Fees. Subject to change for cohorts entering fall 2019 and spring 2020.
WHAT DOES THE TUITION INCLUDE?
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN EMBA TRIP FEES?
WHERE ARE CLASSES HELD?
The Tuscaloosa EMBA classes are held in the Bryant Conference Center at The University of Alabama. The Huntsville EMBA classes are held in the College of Business Administration Building at UAHuntsville. All EMBA students have easy access to a wide array of student services including career services, library resources, technical support plus many other cultural and academic resources of the university.
CAN I ATTEND A CLASS BEFORE APPLYING TO THE PROGRAM?
Open Classroom Weekends as well as Sample Classes are held various times throughout the year in Tuscaloosa and in Huntsville for prospects to try out a class. RSVP for an upcoming event date.
WHAT DEGREE DOES THE STUDENT EARN?
The University of Alabama awards the same M.B.A. degree as the traditional full-time program, with very similar rigorous curriculum, and taught by the same world-class faculty. The degree is a M.B.A. degree.
HOW IS THE EMBA DEGREE DIFFERENT FROM A REGULAR MBA?
The UA EMBA is a general management degree program. This lock-step program is taught in an accelerated pace. Students must have a minimum of five years of work experience. The full-time M.B.A. degree offered by the UA Manderson Graduate School of Business is a two-year program that offers seven concentrations. The full-time M.B.A. program does not required an international study trip at this time
IS FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE? DO YOU OFFER ANY SCHOLARSHIPS?
Financial aid is available through federal and private educational loans. For more information on financial aid, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid at 205.348.6756 or https://financialaid.ua.edu. For assistance with military service benefits, call 205.348.0983. The EMBA office offers some scholarships. For the Mitchell Scholarship, you must score either a 600 on the GMAT or 309 on the GRE and show financial need. For more information on the Mitchell or other scholarships, contact the EMBA office, 205.348.4501.
WHAT IS THE INTERNATIONAL IMMERSION SESSION?
This session integrates many of the concepts participants have studied across a wide range of disciplines; providing a comprehensive understanding of economic, political and cultural issues in a particular country. The eight to ten day study abroad seminar includes company visits and meetings with local business leaders and government officials. The EMBA Class of 2019 will be visiting South Africa and Botswana during their international immersion session.
DO YOU ACCEPT TRANSFER CREDITS?
The UA EMBA Program evaluates all prior academic course credits for each applicant during the application process .
HOW DO I APPLY?
Your application items for the EMBA Program can be submitted electronically and by mail. To apply, please visit https://www.emba.ua.edu, or contact Cheryl Altemara, Assistant Director, 205.348.4501 or firstname.lastname@example.org
DO I HAVE TO TAKE THE GMAT OR GRE BEFORE I APPLY?
Applicants with five or more years of work experience and those who already have a master's degree will not be required to take either the GMAT or GRE exam, as long as their GPA is 3.0 or better. For applicants with a GPA below 3.0 to be considered for acceptance, we may request a minimum score of 500 on the GMAT or 300 on the GRE.