Our Students

Prospective students must have a minimum of five years of work experience and an undergraduate degree. UA EMBA students represent diverse professional and academic backgrounds. On average, our candidates have:

16 Years

Years of Experience

68 %


32 %



Average Age
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The UA EMBA boasts a relevant curriculum, a distinguished faculty, and an incomparable return on investment (ROI). EMBA graduates and students are able to more effectively recognize and leverage opportunities, increase strategic thinking, improve negotiating, data analysis, financial and accounting skills, and grow networks. The UA EMBA provides a competitive edge that empowers students and enhances companies’ bottom lines.

Example of a project or knowledge gained from the EMBA Program that resulted in a substantial ROI.

Completed a major Lean Six Sigma project at Corpus Christi Army Depot resulting in a $100B savings.
Chad Hellums (TEMBA 2010), Mechanical Engineer, U.S. Army, RDECOM AMRDEC

I started a sign manufacturing division of our company as part of a class project.  In the two years since launch, it has resulted in incremental net operating income of over $25,000.
Matt Bogue (TEMBA 2014), Vice President, The Dutch Group

As an engineer, I lacked experience in reading financial statements.  Management accounting was very beneficial to deal with both the company books and to prepare for what the bankers wanted to see.
David Brogdon (TEMBA 1994), President & CEO, The Brogdon Group

I came into a leadership role on a team that was not perceived to be functioning well in the view of our corporate organization.  This was affecting current capital investment decisions for the manufacturing site where we were located.  I used what I had learned in Business Strategy to create and communicate a vision for the organization. Then I used leadership and HR to turn the group into one of the most widely recognized and praised organizations in their functional area across the whole company.  Our manufacturing organization had the highest capital investment of all 3M U.S. based locations over the next ten years.
Joel Belew (TEMBA 1996), Product Manager, 3M

We used the knowledge gained from the EMBA Program to expand our presence in the western United States and Latin America.
Mark Waters (HEMBA 2011), Vice President – Finance & Operations, Valley Rubber LLC


The future wealth of a company is driven by its human capital. From the largest multinational organizations to the smallest companies, businesses find that investing in their most valuable employees by sponsoring their Executive MBA educations can benefit everyone involved. For students and company sponsors, participation often results in immediate application to real-time business challenges, developing leadership, and the vision needed to expand business horizons.
Our students quickly begin to strategize new ways to manage assets, implement cost reduction programs, and identify, analyze and solve problems. They also increase their collaborative abilities through teamwork with diverse peer groups. In addition, participants benefit through the tremendous expansion of their professional networks and access to valuable resources, including the latest research and trends.



22% Full Sponsorship
39% Some Sponsorship

Approximately 61% of our EMBA students receive some level of financial sponsorship from their organization. Some companies provide financial backing, while others may offer time off for their employees or grant special permission for participation. Past company support may or may not indicate current levels of sponsorship availability. Students should check with employers regarding educational support and policies. Our approach is to assist companies with talent development and succession planning. We encourage using our EMBA program as part of corporate development offerings, and we are happy to meet with your employer to discuss the EMBA program. Contact us now to learn more about how we can partner with your company.

An Executive Career Plan begins during your initial personal interview and continues through graduation. Career planning sessions, in both workshops and private sessions, are available throughout the program. Students also build professional networks among their classmates and EMBA alumni, expanding valuable new resources, including potential clients, investors, suppliers, and career opportunities.

Direct Application to Business Challenges
Participants often bring work challenges to the classroom to gain insight from faculty and peers. Students use their own companies and industries for team assignments. During the final semester, teams complete an international business strategy project on a company or industry they will visit. They must also complete an international corporate consulting project. In 2016 EMBA students presented recommendations for best strategies to enter the U.S. market to ABURY founder and CEO Andrea Kolb.

2019 EMBA Alumni Survey (surveys are conducted every other year)
88%    Promotion within current or new company
5.3      Average number of promotions
41%    Average salary growth (30% for those graduating in the last five years)
98%    Report salary increase (8% more than doubled salary)

2019 EMBA graduating class
93% reported the program had an impact on their career
100% report the program had an impact on their personal aspirations.
93% reported an impact on employer/organization
82% took on new responsibilities
36% receive a promotion
Average salary increase 15% from beginning to end of program

Employer Payback Period: 12 months
Student Payback Period: 32 months

EMBA Alumni Network
The Executive MBA Alumni Network is an active association that offers professional and social networking and continued educational offerings, as well as promotes the UA EMBA Program.  As students, you are invited to attend alumni events and training and development sessions.

Or Set up a time to chat with an Executive MBA staff member, please visit this site to set up a phone meeting: Introductory Chat