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Q1. Is the Executive MBA Program accredited?
A1. All business degree programs in FGCU's College of Business, including the Executive MBA Program, are accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. This is the gold standard of accreditation for business schools throughout the world. Only about 25% of all business schools in the USA are accredited by AACSB International. For more information on accreditation, see the Accreditation page.
The FGCU EMBA Program is also a full member of the Executive MBA Council.
Q2. What qualifications must I possess in order to participate in the Executive MBA Program?
A2. Typically, Executive MBA candidates possess 5 or more years of professional experience, including managerial responsibilities. Our students have superior track records, demonstrating a certain level of achievement and increased responsibility in their careers. In addition, they have demonstrated the capacity for executive level responsibility.
Q3. What other admissions criteria are necessary to enter the Executive MBA Program?
A3. The Executive MBA Committee is looking for a diverse group of individuals to participate in each class. A variety of factors are taken into consideration including professional experience, grade-point average, GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) scores, and letters of endorsement from professionals who can speak to your ability to complete the program. Detailed Admission requirements are on the Admissions page.
All factors, including assessment of the contributions they will make to the overall educational process are considered in student selection. Each student possesses a unique set of skills and experiences that collectively create a quality-learning environment for all.
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Q4. Do I need to have a degree in management?
A4. Students applying to enter the Executive MBA Program are normally expected to possess a Bachelors degree or higher from an accredited educational institution. However, the degree need not be in management.
FGCU Executive MBA students enter the program with diverse educational backgrounds. This includes business, engineering, computer sciences, education, and the social sciences. For those students lacking the academic business background, three Foundations Workshops will be offered in the summer prior to the starting the EMBA Program.
Q5. Should I have a certain type of management experience?
A5. FGCU Executive MBA students are drawn from a wide variety of business disciplines and industries. Typical students come from general management, marketing, accounting, medicine, nursing, education, finance, and management information systems.
Many students serve in specific functional areas and are seeking to fill gaps in their formal management education in order to enhance their leadership potential. The diversity of experiences and specialties within each class enriches the learning process.
Q6. Do I need a particular background to participate in the program?
A6. Executive MBA students come from diverse industries and backgrounds. They represent profit and non-profit organizations of all sizes. Specific industries represented include health care, banking, development, technology, retailing, agribusiness, government, real estate, insurance, and construction.
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Q7. How does the Executive MBA Program differ from the regular MBA offered by the College of Business?
A7. The Executive MBA Program is specifically designed for experienced executives and managers. It is a more structured program with a lock-step format, meaning students enter the program together in August, take the same courses, and graduate together 21 months later.
Because of the experiential base of the Executive MBA students, the program is more accelerated and interactive, and peer oriented. For example, students are organized in learning teams of 3-4 students who work together throughout the duration of the program.
In addition, the Executive MBA Program is a full-service program. Staff members handle student registration, process fees, order books, and provide catered meals while students are in residence.
Q8. What is the cost of the Executive MBA Program?
A8. See the Tuition and Fees page for detailed information.
Q9. Are there scholarships available for participating in the Executive MBA Program?
A9. There are no scholarships available to Executive MBA students. However, because it is a full time program, students are eligible for a Federal student loan to finance their education. Almost 100% of students use this loan facility. Financial aid is often available to graduate students. We would be happy to assist you in your financial aid application process.
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Q10. Where and when are classes held?
A10. Executive MBA classes are held in one location at FGCU's Center for Leadership and Innovation (CLI). The CLI located at FGCU Lutgert Hall, 4th Floor, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers, FL 33965.
New and prospective students know the date and times of each class even before starting. The program duration is 21 months.
Generally, classes meet every other weekend, all day Friday (8:00 AM - 5:00 PM) and half day Saturday (8:00 AM - 12:00 noon).
There is one five-day session each August, just prior to the beginning of the Fall semester. Classes are held from 8:00 AM -5:00 PM on those days.
Duration of the program is two Fall and two Spring semesters, and one Summer class.
Q11. When should students normally begin to apply to enter the Executive MBA Program?
A11. Students normally begin the application process early in the last quarter of each year preceding the year of enrollment (e.g. October-December of 2006 for classes beginning in August of 2007). This allows time for the receipt of transcripts, preparation for and taking the GMAT, and the selection process. The cut off day for application is May 1st, and class begins during the first week of August.
Q12. What is the demographic profile of FGCU's EMBA students?
A12. The typical student is 40 years old, with an average of 18 years of professional experience, and a mid to senior management level position in his/her organization. To date, 31% of our students have been Vice Presidents to Presidents of their organizations, 55% have been Managers to Directors, and the remainder has been professionals such as medical doctors, accountants, etc. While most students come from Charlotte, Collier, Hendry, Glades, and Lee Counties, many students also come from outside of southwest Florida, including Tampa, Orlando, and Miami.
Given this profile, it is evident that being in the program provides opportunities to study and network with and learn from current leaders.
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Q13. How would you describe the Executive MBA faculty?
A13. Our faculty is top notch. Four Eminent Scholars - persons with world-class reputations and extensive experience teaching and interacting with executives lead the Executive MBA faculty. These faculty members add bench strength to our regular faculty, including Executive Professors - Veteran Fortune 500 Leaders - that teach in our program.
Q14. How is the program organized?
A14. Faculty members are facilitators of learning rather than the lecturers typically encountered in traditional classrooms. Thus, classes are intensely interactive and draw both from faculty and student experiences and backgrounds.
The courses are organized to enable students to complete one course during early August of the first year, 3 courses in each of the first two semesters, then 2 courses in each of the following two semesters. The overseas experience will be approximately one week during the Summer between the first and second years.
A complete listing of courses can be found on the Degree Requirements page.
The program integrates emerging technologies into a framework that is strategic in orientation, rigorously applied, and reflects the culturally and globally dynamic market environment. It is results-oriented. Most students are able to immediately apply what they learn in their professional activities. This approach enables us to provide education that is locally relevant and nationally competitive.
Q15. Is there an International Education component to the program?
A15. Yes. Students enrolled in the EMBA program will attend one class at the University of Wuerzburg, Wuerzburg, Germany between Year One and Year Two. Wuerzburg University is considered an Ivy League level University in Germany and is a partner University with FGCU.
Students will spend approximately eight days on this experience and receive three credit hours toward graduation. All costs for tuition, travel, and housing are included in the EMBA Program fees.
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