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Emory University Launches Best-Ranked Online Executive MBA In The USA

The Executive MBA offered by Emory University’s Goizueta Business School is the highest-ranked EMBA program in the US to offer a fully online option

By  Marco De Novellis

Wed Feb 9 2022

Emory University’s Goizueta Business School is launching a new online format for its Executive MBA program—the best-ranked EMBA in the United States to offer a fully online option.

Ranked among the top 20 best Executive MBA programs in the US by both the Financial Times (12th) and US News (19th), participants can pursue the top-ranked EMBA in on-campus, hybrid, and online formats, with applications for a fall 2022 start date now open.

Online EMBA students will take classes exclusively through Goizueta’s Global Classrooms, which provide real-time experiences, flexibility, and collaboration opportunities via breakout rooms, whiteboard technology, and sharing of common assets to store files and presentations. 


Goizueta's global classroom

The top-ranked Online Executive MBA program can be completed in 18 months, with participants requiring 27 core credits, six immersion credits, and 24 elective credits to graduate. 

Located in Atlanta, Georgia, Goizueta launched its hybrid format EMBA in 2020, which has proven popular with mid-career professionals looking to combine management study with working full-time.

Now, Jaclyn Conner, associate dean for the Executive MBA, says Goizueta is poised to provide professionals with an immersive fully online EMBA experience from anywhere in the world. 

“We dive in today confident in our capabilities to deliver a high-touch, unmatched online Executive MBA experience for our professional students,” she says.

Goizueta's Global Classrooms | Video Tour

Regardless of delivery format, Goizueta EMBA students take the same courses taught by the same faculty and receive the same intensive leadership development and Career Management Center support. 

The EMBA includes global immersion and executive skills immersion experiences, which online EMBA students can choose to complete in-person or remotely.

“Time is the greatest challenge for our Executive MBA students. We are focused on making our programs accessible and convenient for busy working professionals—without sacrificing the quality, community, and reputation of the MBA,” says Ed Leonard, senior associate dean of graduate education. 


Building the global classroom, exclusive to Online EMBA students

Goizueta joins a number of business schools globally taking their Executive MBA programs online in response to demand for more flexible study options.

According to a recent survey by the Executive MBA Council (EMBAC), over 88% of schools offer some form of distance learning compared with 74% in 2020 and just 55% in 2019.

Italy’s MIP Politecnico di Milano, for example, developed its International Flex EMBA in partnership with Microsoft. The 20-month program offers the same learnings and experiences as the traditional Full-time Executive MBA in a more flexible format.

At the same time, applications to EMBA programs are increasing with the average number of applications received per program up by 17% in 2021, according to EMBAC.

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