Executive Education

Working on the Weekend… For your EMBA

Executive MBA programs are an easy way for established professionals to earn a graduate degree without having to quit their day jobs – but they can be structured in all different ways (check it out here). Some programs have you attend a week-long residency every few months, while others ask for three-day residencies. They can be great options – if you can get the time off work. If not, you will have to limit your Executive MBA program search to those that offer classes on the weekends.

For most of these convenient programs, you will attend bi-weekly classes on Fridays – usually starting in the afternoon or just after work – and all day on Saturday. This can be nice because you get to have a day of rest (or your schoolwork) before starting your work week. Plus, because you are going every other weekend, it can make it easier to maintain the connections you form at business school than if you only saw each other once a month or less frequently, as is the case in other program configurations.

Emory University, Goizueta Business School

The Weekend and Modular MBA Programs for Executives at Emory Goizueta lasts 16 to 19 months. In the weekend program, classes meet on Fridays and Saturdays for the few semesters. Electives for the final semester are held on evenings and weekends, depending on the elective. You will also need to save some vacation time for a 10-day international immersion experience. Top student industries include healthcare, financial services, education, technology, and consulting. The Emory Goizueta Executive MBA is ranked number 24 in the world.

The University of California Irvine, Paul Merage School of Business

The UC Irvine Executive MBA Program takes 21 months to complete. Classes are held on Fridays and Saturdays, every other weekend. There is also a six-day international business trip that the program takes together. Some of the most significant student industries are technology, consumer products, financial services, healthcare, and real estate. The UC Irvine EMBA is ranked eighth in the US West for career advancement, curriculum, and global experience. The program is listed as number 17 for prestige.

Michigan State University, Eli Broad College of Business

The Broad Executive MBA is a 20-month program. Classes are held biweekly on Friday evenings and all-day Saturday. The program also requires a weeklong residency. Previous destinations have included Argentina, South Africa, Brazil, China, India, and the Czech Republic. Top student industries include operations, finance, general management, information systems, and marketing. The Broad EMBA is ranked tenth in the US Midwest overall. It is also listed as number five for life balance, number seven for global experience, number eight for prestige, and number ten for career advancement.

The University of Colorado, Graduate Schools of Business

The CU EMBA takes 21 months to complete. Classes meet every other weekend on Fridays and Saturdays. Students are also required to take part in a 10-day international business trip. Some of the most significant student industries are finance, marketing, consulting, operations, and management. The University of Colorado EMBA is ranked number 13 for life balance, number 16 for prestige, number 16 for career advancement, and number 19 for global experience.

The University of Pittsburgh, Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business

The Katz EMBA Worldwide Program lasts 18 months. Classes take place on Fridays and Saturdays, every other weekend, and offers locations in both Pittsburgh and Sao Paulo. Students also attained Global Executive Forums (GEFs) in Prague and Sao Paulo. Top student industries include manufacturing, energy, technology, and healthcare. The Katz EMBA is ranked number 11 in the US Northeast and eighth within its region for prestige. The program is also listed as number nine for life balance, number 13 for global experience, and number 15 for career advancement.

Saint Mary’s University, Sobey School of Business

The Sobey Executive MBA takes 18 months to complete. Classes are held on Fridays and Saturdays, alternate weekends. The program is currently on hold as it is redeveloped. Student intake will begin in 2019. Some of the largest student industries are management, entrepreneurship, functional management, and non-profit or public. The Sobey EMBA is ranked fifth in Canada overall. Within its region, the program is ranked number one for life balance, number five for curriculum, number five for global experience, number six for career advancement, and number eight for prestige.

The right Executive MBA program for you is the one that fits your life. Weekend programs are a reliable way to make it all work while going to school and continuing your career.

About the Author

Renee Ann Butler is a business writer whose writing has appeared in numerous outlets related to finance and investing, from TheStreet to SCORE. She has an MBA, degrees in psychology, and over 15 years of experience working with hedge funds and startups.