Which is Better: EMBA vs MBA on a Resume

Students looking to expand their skillset and pursue graduate business degree are often confronted with the decision of whether to get an MBA degree or an EMBA degree. When choosing, it should not come down to which looks better to employers — EMBA vs MBA on resume. Your current professional experience and career stage as well as your career goals should shape your decision.

Typically, MBA programs are designed for students with 2 to 7 years of professional experience and take roughly 2 years to complete full-time, or 3 – 5 years part-time. An Executive MBA typically is designed for business professionals with more than 7 years of professional managerial experience.

For those looking to change industries, often an MBA degree will give you an advantage, compared to those who are looking to move up into the C-suite of their existing company, where an EMBA degree tends to be better.

Check out our blog post EMBA vs MBA: What’s the Difference? to learn more.

But if you really want an answer to the question of which looks better to employers: EMBA vs MBA on a resume, then here you go.

Both an MBA degree and EMBA degree look good on your resume as it shows you have

  • A dedication to career advancement and advanced learning
  • A strong foundation of business principles across multiple disciplines (finance, marketing, management, operations, etc.)
  • Analytical skills
  • Leadership ability
  • Problem solving skills

An MBA degree or EMBA degree tells an employer that you have a certain set of skills that are valuable to the organization.

In a small survey by The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), employers say they look for the following top 5 skills when hiring:

Top 5 Skills Employees Look For

  1. Ability to work in a team structure
  2. Ability to make decisions and solve problems
  3. Ability to communicate verbally with people inside and outside an organization
  4. Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work
  5. Ability to obtain and process information

At the end of the day, both the MBA and the Executive MBA will provide you with the skills you need and the business networks you desire.

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.

George Mason’s MBA Program prepares the next generation of business leaders through a rigorous, stimulating business and management curriculum based on a global perspective, industry demand, and leadership. It prepares MBA graduates with the skills they need to pursue the careers they want.

Mason’s MBA program is ranked #74 on the “Best Part-time MBA” list by U. S. News & World Report. Dedicated career services staff offers personalized career consulting services to students during the MBA program and alumni after graduation.


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Paige Wolf

As director of graduate programs at George Mason's School of Business, my vision is to have a vibrant, collegial community of active learners who develop enduring professional relationships with faculty, staff, and fellow students while pursuing their degrees. Prior to this position, I spent 11 years with the School of Business as an associate professor of management teaching both MBA and undergraduate courses in organizational behavior and human resource management. I have more than 16 years of experience as an internal and external consultant on strategic human resource initiatives including team building, organizational development, competency modelling, performance management, employee selection systems, career planning, employee training and development, leadership assessment, and human resource audits.

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