Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the difference between an EMBA and a Traditional MBA?

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 at UA enter as a group (or cohort) and remain with the same class throughout the course of the program.

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 require an international study trip at this time.

When do classes begin?

HEMBA Orientation and first class sessions will occur in early August 2020 (HEMBA has already enrolled for 2019).
TEMBA Orientation is November 13-15 and classes begin December 13-14, 2019.

When is the deadline to apply?

HEMBA: July 6, 2020

TEMBA: October 21, 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 met every other week on Friday evenings and Saturday for the majority of the program – 1st, 3rd and 4th semesters. The 2nd semester (Summer) follows a blended format of online instruction and in-class meetings just once each month.

What is the length of the program?

HEMBA program: 21 months, 5 semesters

TEMBA program: 17 months, 4 semesters

What are the requirements for the EMBA program?

  • Minimum of five years of work experience
  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited institution. Preferred GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • For applicants not meeting the GPA requirement, a GMAT (500 minimum) or GRE (300 minimum) score may be required.

What is the cost of tuition?

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. Tuition may change for cohorts enrolling in August and November 2020.

What does the tuition include?

  • Courses, instruction, and faculty
  • Some reading materials (free library resources available to all UA students)
  • Career counseling & workshops
  • Elements of the international study trip in final semester

What is included in EMBA Trip Fees?

  • Group meals during international study trip
  • Lodging during international study trip
  • Airfare for international study trip between countries and cities visited (does not include from or to the U.S.)

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?

EMBA Preview Days, Class Previews, as well as Sample Class Sessions, 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 a similar rigorous curriculum, and taught by the same world-class faculty. The degree is an M.B.A. degree.

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 For assistance with military service benefits, call 205.348.0983. The EMBA office offers some scholarships. For more information on the EMBA scholarships, contact the EMBA office, 205.348.4501.

What is the International Study Trip all about?

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 visited 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?

To apply, please visit, or contact Cheryl Altemara, Assistant Director, 205.348.4501 or

Do I have to take the GMAT or GRE before I apply?

Applicants with five or more years of work experience or 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.