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The Executive MBA

Elliott Hall, Room 427
275 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
(location map)
(248) 370-2059

Give to OU
School of Business Administration
Graduate Business Programs

The Executive MBA

Elliott Hall, Room 427
275 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
(location map)
(248) 370-2059

Give to OU
School of Business Administration
Graduate Business Programs

Business Woman sitting at her desk


Earning an Executive MBA from Oakland University is an intensive, transformational experience where you gain the knowledge, skills and credentials to lead teams and organizations in a dynamic global business environment.

In less than two years in this premier graduate business program, you’ll develop exceptional leadership skills and critical cross-disciplinary business knowledge.


Admission to the Executive MBA program is selective and depends on several elements, including demonstrated scholarship, achievements, professional experience and the ability to communicate effectively.

The criteria for admission to the Executive MBA program include:

  • Minimum of 7 years professional experience
  • Undergraduate degree in any discipline
  • Attend an information session or schedule an interview with the program faculty director or the program coordinator

Applications are considered by the Executive MBA admissions committee. In making admission recommendations, the committee assesses the potential of applicants for success in the master's program by examining their undergraduate records, GMAT scores and work experience.

GMAT Waiver Information
Waivers are never guaranteed and must be approved by the Graduate Admissions Committee in the School of Business Administration. To be eligible for the waiver, applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Earned a master’s degree or higher with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0
  • Has at least 3 years of relevant professional work experience and an undergraduate overall GPA of at least 2.75

The GMAT/GRE waiver is integrated into the application, so if you believe you qualify, select this option.

Program Costs

Tuition for the EMBA program in Fall 2023 is $55,000 plus a $1,000 non-refundable enrollment deposit. The $1,000 deposit is due when accepting admission, and five additional payments of $11,000 are due at the beginning of each term.  

The program is fully inclusive of all course registrations, textbooks, electronic resources, course materials, and required special events or workshops. Meals are also included during regular sessions including breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks/coffee breaks, and occasional group dining excursions.

Students may apply to receive Financial Aid by contacting Student Financial Services. The School of Business Administration reserves the right to change tuition rates prior to the start of each cohort.

How to Apply

The application process requires submission of the following:

  • Online Application for Admission from Oakland’s Graduate School
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resumé - uploaded after online application is submitted
  • Two email addresses for individuals who will write your recommendations - added after online application is submitted
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended sent to OU
  • If not waived, official GMAT scores sent to OU. See the CRITERIA tab for GMAT waiver information.

This program admits only in the fall term of each year.


Many people ask: What’s the difference between an MBA and Executive MBA program? They want to know which MBA program is best for them. The answer depends on your professional experience, your career goals and your schedule.

Oakland’s part-time MBA and Executive MBA programs offer a rigorous, business-foundation centered curriculum accredited by AACSB-International. The two programs are delivered in different formats, require different levels of commitment, and serve different career levels and aspirations.


  • Executive MBA: A premier graduate business program designed exclusively for experienced high-potential professionals already in or aspiring to leadership roles, emphasizing leadership skills and strategic thinking.
  • Part Time MBA: A graduate program emphasizing all the functional areas of business in case- and action-based learning environment for professionals seeking managerial roles.


  • Executive MBA: Cohort structure. Classes meet alternating Fridays 3 – 8 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Part Time MBA: Students select classes for each term. Each class meets 1 night per week, 6:30 – 9 p.m., Monday – Thursday (some courses available online).

Total Credits

  • Executive MBA: 39 credit hours
  • Part Time MBA: 36-48 credits (not including prerequisites), depending on prior academic preparation

Average Professional Work Experience

  • Executive MBA: ~ 14 years
  • Part Time MBA: ~ 5 years

Program Length

  • Executive MBA: 21 months, including two-month summer break
  • Part Time MBA: 18 months to 6 years. Pace determined by student


  • Executive MBA: Minimum 7 years’ professional work experience
  • Part Time MBA: Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Financial Accounting, College-level Calculus

Concentrations / Focus

  • Executive MBA: Program focused on business essentials, leadership, professional development and global understanding
  • Part Time MBA: Variety of concentrations available allows student to customize program to meet their goals


  • Executive MBA: $55,000 + $1,000 enrollment deposit ($11,000 x 5 semesters - 2023-24 tuition rate). Includes books, course materials, electronic resources, meals, snacks
  • Part Time MBA: $834/credit hour (2022-23 tuition rate). Estimate to complete program: $30,024 to $40,032. Books and expenses not included