Admissions

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 $60 application fee for U.S. citizens and permanent residents and a non refundable $75 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 2018 as the Proposed Entrance Term. Application deadline is October 27, 2017.
For Huntsville program applicants, select Huntsville EMBA as the place of initial enrollment. Select Fall 2018 as the Proposed Entrance Term. Application deadline is July 6, 2018.
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 caltemara@cba.ua.edu 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 caltemara@cba.ua.edu 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 grad.transcripts@ua.edu. 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
Box 870118
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487


Send electronically to: grad.transcripts@ua.edu      

                                                                                                                                    
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 caltemara@cba.ua.edu.
 

 

The UA Executive MBA Program current cost is $58,000 (including $1,800 non-refundable reservation payment)

Cost includes:

  • Tuition & Faculty
  • Orientation
  • Some reading materials
  • AM & PM breaks and lunches on class days
  • Career counseling and workshops
  • Immersion weeks (TEMBA)
  • International trip in the final semester includes lodging and some meals (airfare not included)
  • Graduation and special events

Huntsville - Begins August 2018 (Cost is $60,000 starting in 2018)
Non-refundable reservation payment applied to first term: $1,800
Five semester payments of $12,000

Tuscaloosa - Begins November 2017 (Cost is $60,000 starting in 2018)
Non-refundable reservation payment applied to the first term: $1,800
Four semester payments of $14,500
 
Lodging
As a courtesy UA EMBA arranges a block of rooms for students in Tuscaloosa and Huntsville. Students requesting lodging are responsible for confirming rooms and payment directly to the hotel.
Lodging is offered at the following hotels:
Tuscaloosa: Hotel Capstone, located adjacent to the Bryant Conference Center.
Huntsville: Hilton Garden Inn Huntsville near the US Space and Rocket Center.

Financial Aid
 

The University of Alabama provides financial aid information, scholarships, and GI Bill services for EMBA applicants. For more information, consult financialaid.ua.edu

Mitchell Scholarship
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. Student demonstrating financial need are those whith no, or very little, outside financial support. For example; no employer tuition assistanct for 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 7, 2017 for HEMBA and October 27, 2017 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 $60) 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 caltemara@cba.ua.edu
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.
Top Military Rankings

  • 6th YEAR UA EMBA named a Military Friendly® school by Victory Media.
  • 2016 University of Alabama named one of the best colleges for veterans by U.S. News and World Report
  • The United Services Automobile Association (USAA) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes rates Tuscaloosa, Alabama as the top metro area that offers higher education opportunities for veterans.

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, ethnicities 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.

NAWMBA MEMBERSHIP:
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 1-2 and classes begin August 3-4, 2018.  TEMBA Orientation is November 16-17 and classes begin November 28-Decemer 2, 2017.

  • WHAT IS THE DEADLINE TO APPLY?
    Deadline to apply for HEMBA is July 6, 2018
    Deadline to apply for TEMBA is October 27, 2017

  • 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?

    • Minimum five years of work experience
    • Undergraduate degree from an accredited institution, prefer 3.0 + GPA
    • For applicants not meeting the GPA requirement, a GMAT (500 minimum) or GRE (300 minimum) score may be accepted
  • WHAT IS THE TUITION COST?
    Total cost for classes beginning fall 2017 and spring 2018 is $58,000. Cost for classes beginning in fall 2018 and spring 2019 is $60,000.

  • WHAT DOES THE TUITION INCLUDE?

    • Faculty
    • Orientation
    • Some reading materials
    • AM & PM breaks, lunches
    • Career counseling & workshops
    • Corporate Leadership Excellence Workshop
    • International trip*
  • 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 include 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 http://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 2018 will be visiting Peru and Ecuador during their international immersion session.

  • DO YOU ACCEPT TRANSFER CREDITS?
    The UA EMBA Program does not accept transfer credits at this time.

  • HOW DO I APPLY?
    Your application items for the EMBA Program can be submitted electronically and by mail. To apply, please visit http://www.emba.ua.edu, or contact Cheryl Altemara, Assistant Director, 205.348.4501 or caltemara@cba.ua.edu

  • 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 require a minimum score of 500 on the GMAT or 300 on the GRE.