The Best Los Angeles Metro Executive MBA Programs

The Basics At A Glance

SchoolCostStart DateMonthsFormatGMAT
Chapman University (Argyros)$83,790August21Classes meet Thursday evenings & Saturday mornings, with 3 off-campus residenciesNo
Claremont Graduate University (Drucker)$87,168Six start dates18 to 84Clases meet weekday evenings and Saturdays weekly for three hoursNo
Loyola Marymount University$85,000August21Classes meet every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with three residential retreatsNo
Pepperdine University (Graziadio)$108,040January, April, Sept.20Classes meet Fridays and Saturdays once every three weeksNo
San Diego State University$48,960August22Alternating Friday-Saturday classes, with an international study tripNo
UC-Irvine (Merage)$99,624September21Alternating Friday-Saturday classes, with three residencies including a global tripNo
UC-Los Angeles (Anderson)$113,661August22Alternating Friday-Saturday classes, with five residential sessionsYes (664 average)
UC-Riverside (A. Gary Anderson)$100,000September21Alternating Friday-Saturday classes, with three week-long residencies, including a global tripYes (585 average)
UC-San Diego (Rady)$94,300September24Alternating weekendsYes
USC (Marshall)$114,000September21Alternating Friday-Saturdays, with an international tripNo
University of Michigan (Ross)$136,000August20Classes meet one weekend per month, with two residenciesNo

Source: School websites    * Data for University of Michigan’s EMBA program is for its Ann Arbor cohort. The program’s first Los Angeles cohort does not enroll until August of 2012.

The Basics At A Glance

SchoolAgeSalaryWork Exp.(months)Adv.DegreeIntlFemale
Chapman University (Argyros)37NANANANANA
Claremont Graduate University (Drucker)42NA180NANA45%
Loyola Marymount University39NA192NANA38%
Pepperdine University (Graziadio)38$97,4651737%1%35%
San Diego State University39$104,00011040%0%37%
UC-Irvine (Merage)40$152,04518631%17%29%
UC-Los Angeles (Anderson)36$123,00015632%8%26%
UC-Riverside (A. Gary Anderson)NANANANANANA
UC-San Diego (Rady)40$135,12615148%24%14%
USC (Marshall)39$172,00018224%14%16%
University of Michigan (Ross) *39$160,38117935%15%20%

Source: School websites    * Data for University of Michigan’s EMBA program is for its Ann Arbor cohort. The program’s first Los Angeles cohort does not enroll until August of 2012.




  • InterestedParty

    Just a quick FYI to anyone reading this Metro EMBA post for the Los Angeles area, that in addition to the EMBA programs discussed above, that Johnson @ Cornell University offers one of its two EMBA programs (Cornell-Queen’s) in the Los Angeles area…another great offering in the City…

  • InterestedParty

    Forgot to add from prior post…Cornell-Queen’s EMBA is also offered in San Diego in addition to its location in Los Angeles…
    Also offered in the Bay Area of SF

  • MBA’s are terrible

    The EMBA program at University of the West is about $17,000. The degree is WASC accredited. You’re not somehow getting more information by paying $100,000 for an EMBA.

    • Bbear

      Actually you get a lot for the extra money: a qualified faculty, an accredited business program (that would be AACSB not WASC), a reputable university, and a serious presence in the MBA recruiting market.

  • InterestedParty

    It depends on your industry, but I am very happy with the Rady MBA program at UCSD. I am an Biotech entrepreneur and am quite pleased with my cohort.

  • Kay

    John, can you provide an update on how successful the Ross EMBA program in LA has been since inception a few ago?

    • JohnAByrne

      Sure. I’ll look into it.

  • RossinLA

    Any data on the success of Ross in LA? Are they growing their alumni base in the west?

  • Kevin Richard

    John, Boston EMBA update: Suffolk’s EMBA is now on a 16-month, Saturday-only format, and is unique in that it sponsors F1 visas for internationals. Enrollment is up by 70% this year. A new EMBA program in Boston is Brandeis’ Heller EMBA for Physicians, which starts Jan 2016 (MD, DO, or DMD required).

    • JohnAByrne

      Thanks Kevin. We’ll be doing a major update on these metro guides and vastly expanding them in the near future.