Applications for the inaugural EMBA-Americas class, which will begin in January 2013, will open on July 1, 2012. The application deadline is set for October 31, 2012. EMBA-Americas will mirror the School’s MBA and Executive MBA programs in requiring 60 course credits embedded in the same rigorous curriculum. Ziv said all of Columbia’s MBA programs, whether full-time or executive, offer students 720 “contact hours” in class.
Ziv said he does not expect executives to have trouble taking off a week every month to attend the program. The format is similar to Columbia’s EMBA Global and EMBA Asia programs. “EMBA Global is in its 12th year so we know people are willing to do it and take the time off,” he said. “It speaks to the quality of the people. Corporations are wiling to sponsor them in either money or time. We have no issues with getting our students to EMBA Global so I don’t see any problem in high quality people for this program.”
NO MORE EMBA PROGRAMS IN THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE FOR COLUMBIA
With this fifth program, Columbia does not foresee any other programs anytime soon. “For the near future,” adds Ziv, “we are done. It could be that we realize demand from Latin America is extremely high. Then I might go and look for a partnership there. I don’t expect another one in the next year or two, though.”
The new program will also follow stringent admissions standards, including the GMAT or GRE test prerequisite. Employment and employer sponsorship of time away from work is required. Interested applicants can visit http://www4.gsb.columbia.edu/emba/americas to learn more or sign up for updates.
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