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Executive MBA

Executive Master of Business Administration

Create a turning point in your career by joining GSW's August 2023 inaugural cohort!

The Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) program is a 12-month, hybrid program consisting of 30 credit hours across five 8-week sessions designed specifically to prepare mid- to upper-level executives for increasingly advanced management roles within their current or future organizations. The 10 courses are offered in an orderly and convenient schedule that will move leaders through the degree requirements in cohorts with maximum time efficiency and minimum distraction from their important roles and duties. With only 5 weekend residencies throughout the year, this hybrid format allows students the flexibility of completing the program without being taken away from their current management duties.

The EMBA program offers an outstanding opportunity for busy professionals who are already in leadership positions to build upon their existing knowledge base and sharpen their skills in a setting that is fully attune to the real-life problems and opportunities they face every day. 

Internationally Accredited

GSW is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) and represents the top 5% of business programs worldwide.


Program Curriculum

By focusing on emerging trends, our dedicated faculty are prepared to engage students in the areas of communication, digital communication, marketing, analytical management skills, and practical management abilities. Students will receive a unique experience that will support them in their career endeavors by engaging them in the following:

  • Explore opportunities for new product development/innovation
  • Study the transformation processes of enterprise value chain with a focus on continuous improvement
  • Discover marketing strategies that utilize practical application over a product's life cycle
  • Reinforce their financial/accounting skills and create a strategic financial management plan
  • Develop a format for decision making through analytics
  • Examine development of leading international business organizations in contextual situations

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Leadership Growth

Students will delve into the personal challenge to develop as a leader and explore the ability to implement effective strategies for building sustainable competitive advantage and organization success through change management.

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Graduate Major

Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA)

Graduate Admissions & Application Process

Jim Aller, Ph.D.
EMBA Program Director

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12 Months

Complete the entire EMBA program in just one year with only 30 credit hours

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10 Courses

Carefully designed and delivered in a convenient and efficient hybrid delivery format

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No Pre-Requisite Courses

Get started right away with 5+ years of management experience in your industry

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No GMAT or GRE Required

Admittance to the program will focus on skills and accomplishments, not test scores

Intimate Setting
Career Advancement

By engaging practicing professionals, this cohort-based program will allow individuals in a variety of fields to connect in person with industry leaders in the region and build long-term relationships and professional networking systems.

Small, cohort-based class sizes will allow students to work side-by-side with industry professionals in an intimate and welcoming academic setting. Georgia Southwestern maintains a 17:1 student-to-faculty ratio providing for a private school feel and support without the burden of increased costs. Students can become and remain immersed in a different, small-town setting without the distraction and traffic of a metropolitan area.

Graduates will gain invaluable management knowledge intended to complement their current skillsets helping propel their careers. An Executive MBA provides graduates with opportunities for professional networking, increased salary potential, available job opportunities, and accelerating or changing career paths.

Increased management and entrepreneurship expertise provides students with the motivation to increase their societal impact within their organizations and communities. Graduates with graduate level management education report an increased percentage of achieving professional, personal, and financial goals by providing increased employability and leadership preparation. Many organizations seeking to move/advance leaders through the company are also willing to sponsor employees for EMBA programs.

Why Choose Georgia Southwestern?

The proof is in the numbers. Georgia Southwestern's one-year Executive MBA program requires the least amount of residencies at over half the cost of other institutions. Saving valuable time and money makes GSW one of the most affordable EMBA programs and a top-notch investment compared to similar programs.

Institution Program Cost Length of Program Required Residencies
Georgia Southwestern $36,000* All Inclusive 12 Months:
Fall & Spring Admission
One Weekend Per Semester Session
5 Total
Emory University $121,803 All Inclusive 18 Months:
Fall, Spring, Summer Admission
Every Other Weekend
Georgia Tech $82,500 All Inclusive 24 Months: Fall Admission Initial Week, 2-3 Weekends a Month, mandatory two-week international residency
Georgia State $77,000 for GA Residents, $80,000 for out-of-state 17 Months: Fall Admission Every Other Weekend
University of Georgia $74,750 All Inclusive,
Course Materials Not Included
18 Months: Fall Admission 3 Weekends Per Rotation, International Residency, Closing Residency

*All out-of-state residents will receive the in-state tuition rate.

Payment plans are available through the Office of Student Accounts. Please contact for more details.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the graduate program in business administration is limited to holders of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution. Admission will be granted only to students showing high promise of success in graduate study. Admission to the EMBA program will focus primarily on job-related skills and accomplishments. Applicants will be evaluated based on GPAs, management experience, and motivation provided through detailed resumes and statements of purpose in addition to academic transcripts from all institutions attended. There will be no testing scores required. Therefore, students are not required to take the GMAT or GRE. 

Completed application materials, including all supporting documentation, must be received by the Office of Graduate Admissions by the deadline for each term. Contact the Office of Graduate Admissions with questions regarding applying. Applicants may apply for admittance for Fall or Spring semester. Required admissions materials are comprised of the following:


What is included in tuition and fees?

Program fees include tuition, class materials, assessments, textbooks, required software, parking while in residency, and breakfast, lunch and snacks during each residency visit*. GSW’s one-year program is nearly half the cost and will require half the time of other comparable programs in Georgia.**

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*Residency housing is not included in tuition and fees. 
**Compared to other USG schools and private executive programs in the state.

What are the weekend requirements?

Participants attend five, three-day residencies (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) beginning each semester at Georgia Southwestern's College of Business and Computing.

Classes begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. Some class days may include optional after-hours study sessions and networking events.

How long does the program take?

The EMBA program consists of 10 courses that will be completed in 12 months from the date classes begin. Students can be admitted during Fall (August) or Spring (January) semesters and will complete the program in five 8-week sessions.

Admission Deadlines

  • Fall Admission - June 30
  • Spring Admission - November 30

Is my industry applicable?

An EMBA can be applicable to a variety of industries and sectors including, but not limited to:

  • Business
  • Construction
  • Consulting
  • Consumer Goods
  • Cyber Security
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Engineering
  • Entertainment
  • Finance
  • Government
  • Healthcare
  • Hospitality
  • Human Resources
  • Management
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing
  • Media
  • Non-profit
  • Operations
  • Real Estate
  • Recreation
  • Retail
  • Technology
  • Tourism

What is the difference between GSW's EMBA and traditional MBA?

The EMBA is a complementary program rather than a competing program when compared to GSW’s traditional MBA program. Differences include time of completion (one year versus two years), mode of delivery (hybrid/residencies versus online), type of student targeted (mid-career executives versus early-career professionals), and content of the curriculum (developed for upper-level executives).

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Why Georgia Southwestern's EMBA program?

There are only four other EMBA programs within the USG – all located in North Georgia. Their two-year programs are more than twice the cost compared to GSW’s one-year program making it half the cost and taking half the time of other comparable programs in Georgia (see comparison chart for reference). The new EMBA will meet the needs of Southwest Georgia business leaders by offering an aggressive curriculum at a more affordable cost and in a format suited for executives with demanding schedules.

Students will gain the analytical tools as well as the knowledge to make informed decisions in their management positions.

Allen Brown, Ph.D. EMBA Faculty Member
Business Analytics