Q. I've been out of school for a while. Will I be a successful student?
A. Relax - Admissions decisions are based on you as a "total" person. Admissions criteria includes the years of your related work and management experience, the level of your current position, maturity, undergraduate grade point average, undergraduate school and major, your GMAT score (if required), and your international and intercultural experience.
Q. Do I have to take the GMAT?
A. Many top business schools in the U.S. do not require the GMAT for admission to their executive MBA programs and we only request it under certain circumstances. Of the eleven admissions criteria we mentioned, the GMAT is one factor. If a candidate lacks in the other ten areas, he or she may be required to take the GMAT to offset a deficiency. Since evaluations are on an individual basis, those candidates who need to take the GMAT will be advised prior to starting the program.
Q. My undergraduate degree is in liberal arts and my math background is limited. Will this keep me from being admitted or successful in the program?
A. Many of our successful students have non-business undergraduate degrees. A limited math background will not exclude you from the program. Also, most study groups include students with strong quantitative skills. You¹ll find these groups are a strong source of support.
Q. How much time will I spend in class and studying?
A. This depends upon your background and which courses are offered during a semester. If you're a sales manager, for example, marketing courses may be a breeze, yet accounting may demand more of your time. You'll be in class for nearly 8 hours per week and current students say they average 10 to 15 hours a week studying outside of class.
Q. How do I balance the demands of the program with my career and personal life?
A. The program is demanding. However, as a professional, you are already accustomed to setting priorities and delegating efficiently. We recommend you communicate early on the demands of the program to your colleagues, staff and family. Remember that those in both your professional and personal life will also benefit from the results of your commitment to the program. It's important to solicit support from the very beginning.
Q. Can I transfer any credits into the program or waive any courses I previously completed?
A. No, because this program is "lock-step," you won't be able to transfer credits or waive credit courses. Lock-step means everyone in your class takes the same courses together in a predetermined order.
Q. Is the MBA degree for Executives and Professionals the same degree I'd earn in your regular MBA program?
A. Yes, it is exactly the same. You cover exactly the same material as those students in our traditional MBA program. The MBA you are awarded is fully accredited by AACSB International-The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the oldest and most prestigious accrediting agency in the U.S. You can be assured as to the prestige and integrity of your degree from the University of Miami.