EMBA Program FAQs
George Mason’s Executive MBA Program is designed with the flexibility you need as a business executive—and the challenges you want from an advanced degree program. Our 20-month Global, National Security, and Critical Infrastructure Protection EMBA programs offer executives and working professionals a world-class business education, without the career interruption of a traditional graduate business degree. Whether you choose the in-class or online EMBA, you benefit from noted faculty, an innovative and relevant curriculum, cutting-edge services and technology, and valuable networking opportunities.
Below are answers to frequently asked questions about our EMBA program. If you have additional questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Caitlin Horan (703-993-8161, last names A-M) or Julise Daniel (703-993-1857, last names N-Z).
- Q:Are there resources available for military applicants and students?
Yes, the Office of Military Services at George Mason University is available to help active duty, reserve, veteran and Military family members. Visit the website that contains very helpful information first. You can also email, call or chat online with specialists. Contact information is as follows:
Office hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Q:As an international student, how is my application process different?
All applicants who have completed degrees outside the United States are required to submit a course by course evaluation of their official transcripts for degree validation before they may be considered for admission to a graduate degree program. Credentials must be evaluated by an approved external evaluation agency (WES, AACRAO, or any NACES recognized service) or by George Mason. George Mason provides this service free of charge, however only George Mason will receive the official evaluation. All documents submitted must be accompanied by a certified English translation if they are in a language other than English.
International applicant deadlines generally are one month prior to published deadlines for domestic applicants.
Applicants who have earned a bachelors, masters, or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited university in the United States, Canada (excluding province of Quebec), United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand are considered to have met Mason's English proficiency requirements.
All other applicants are required to take an English proficiency examination and meet minimum scores set by Mason in order to be considered for admission.
The TOEFL, IETLS – Academic exam or Pearson Test of English can be used to meet this requirement.
Below are the minimum and preferred scores accepted by the EMBA program.
- Internet Based TOEFL (IBT): 88 minimum, 93 preferred, with no less than a 20 in any of the four sections
- IELTS – Academic: 6.5 mimimum, 7.0 preferred total band score
- Pearson Test of English: 59 overall score
- Q:Can students defer payment of their tuition if they are receiving reimbursement from their employer?
No, students are responsible for the full semester tuition by the due date; they may then get reimbursement working with a third party such as an employer. Students requiring a grade letter for employer reimbursement should contact Lynda Carmichael at 703–993–4457 or email@example.com.
- Q:Do all application materials have to be submitted together in one package?
No. The Executive MBA program encourages applicants to submit application materials as they become available.
- Q:Do I have to take the GMAT?
The GMAT is not a mandatory requirement for all applicants. Each year we carefully evaluate every applicant to create a comprehensive and diverse class who will benefit from the academic experience as well as their colleagues within the cohort. We ask that applicants demonstrate an ability to successfully complete quantitative course work. If we cannot find evidence of success in undergraduate or graduate quantitative course work you may be asked to demonstrate abilities in other ways (e.g., GMAT).
GMAT/GRE waivers will be considered with completion of this form.
- Q:How could an Executive MBA Degree impact my career?
An MBA degree reflects a sophisticated level of knowledge and skills concerning a wide range of contemporary management topics. It also implies a well developed understanding of strategic thinking and planning in a globally competitive world. Professionally, an MBA provides the skills needed to gain additional management responsibility. For the entrepreneur, the knowledge gained from earning an MBA degree can make the difference between success and failure in a highly competitive environment.
- Q:How does the program work?
Our Executive MBA starts with a new class of students each fall. The program consists of modules that are completed in just 20 months. Students meet Saturdays 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m with approximately one free weekend a month. Classes are held on Mason's Arlington campus, conveniently located near the Virginia Square Metro station (Orange line).
Students progress through the program with a cohort of other students and take the same classes. The modules are meant to be taken in sequence.
- Q:How long has the Mason EMBA program been in existence?
George Mason’s EMBA program was founded in 1991.
- Q:Is financial aid available?
George Mason University does not currently offer any scholarships for the Executive MBA Program. However, financial aid is available through the Office of Financial Aid. Before investigating your financial aid options, we recommend that you work with your employer to see if they are willing to cover part or all of your tuition.
- Q:Is the program just for "executives"?
No. The term "executive" describes the format of the program. While there are "executives" in the program, typical students have seven or more years of experience and are moving up the managerial ranks of their company.
- Q:Is the school accredited?
Yes. George Mason University's School of Business is accredited by the AACSB (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International). The George Mason University's Executive MBA program is also a member of the Executive MBA Council.
- Q:May I visit a class to see what the classroom environment is like?
Yes. Visiting a class is a great opportunity for you to experience the program and meet the current students. If you would like to arrange a visit, please contact Lynda Carmichael, Program Manager, at 703-993-4457 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Q:What is an Executive MBA program?
The George Mason University School of Business Executive MBA program provides an opportunity for experienced professionals to earn a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree on a schedule that minimizes disruption of work and personal pursuits. The Executive MBA program is structured to enable professionals to learn while they''re working and to put what they learn to work right away on the job.
Building leadership effectiveness and preparing for increased responsibility requires an investment in career development. An Executive MBA is an effective way of making that investment in yourself without slowing up your career.
The George Mason University School of Business Executive MBA program is specifically designed for working professionals who are looking to be more effective, efficient, and successful in their careers.
- Q:What is the difference between an MBA and an Executive MBA?
The Executive format emphasizes leadership and the role of the manager. Typical students have seven or more years of experience and are moving up the managerial ranks of their company.