EMBA On the Rise: the results of 2019 Membership Program Survey

Based on the results of recent research the 2019 EMBAC Membership Program Survey, conducted on behalf of EMBAC by Percept Research, the Executive MBA has held its value in the market.

While full-time and part-time MBA Programs have experienced ups and downs in application numbers during past years, EMBA has remained a solid performer, Michael Desiderio, EMBAC executive director claims. More people are applying for EMBA Programs than ever before, with a 31.6 percent increase in applications, the highest since 2015.

In terms of experience and age, EMBA also continues to attract high-quality candidates. In 2019, the average age of enrolled EMBA students stayed consistent at 38 years. They also came to the program with an average of 14 years of work experience and nine years of management experience.

Other key findings from the survey include the following:

  • The percentage of enrolled female students reached 31.2 percent, the highest on record.
  • In 2019, 93.2 percent of all EMBA Programs offered mandatory or optional global trips. The percentage of programs offering an international trip has remained stable since 2015.
  • More than 90 percent of EMBA Programs leverage technology to implement electronic delivery of course materials. Programs also used business simulations, classroom video recording, social media, teleconferencing, virtual learning, webinars, and more.
  • The trend toward more self-funded students. In 2019, nearly 53 percent of students were self-funded.

“The continued success of EMBA Programs serves as a testament to their value in meeting the organizational thirst for leadership development,” says Desiderio. “Executive MBA Programs give students the tools they need to position themselves as invaluable leaders in the market”.

"It's nice to realize that the common phrase "to be on-trend" is fully applicable to the Stockholm School of Economics, in particular concerning the EMBA program evolution, which is constantly changing and complemented by modern approaches to classic management models. The popularity of the EMBA program is growing, that is confirmed by international studies. This means only one thing - the aspiration of people for cohesive approach to implementing educational goals, in which innovations are combined with classics, becomes more popular than ever," Pavel Novikov, Executive MBA Program Director at the Stockholm School of Economics in Russia says.

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