This B-School Just Became The Highest-Ranked To Offer A Fully Online EMBA

Emory's Goizueta School of Business

Emory’s Goizueta Business School is a launching a fully online EMBA program starting next fall. Courtesy photo

Emory University’s Goizueta Business School today (February 8) announced the launch of a new, fully online format for its executive MBA Program.

Ranked No. 8 in Poets&Quants’ latest ranking of executive MBA programs, Goizueta is the highest-ranked program to create a 100% online EMBA so far. It is now accepting applications for fall 2022.

“Time is the greatest challenge for our Executive MBA students. We are focused on making our programs accessible and convenient for busy working professionals – without sacrificing the quality, community, and reputation of the Goizueta MBA,” Ed Leonard, senior associate dean of graduate education, says in the announcement.

“We are incredibly enthusiastic to provide a 100 percent online EMBA experience that can reach working professionals worldwide.”


The fully online format will take 18 months and require 27 core credits, six immersion credits and 24 elective credits. Students will take classes through Goizueta’s Global Classrooms, mixing real-time experiences, collaboration in breakout rooms, and at-home coursework.

The video below shows more about how the global classrooms deliver more high-tech, immersive online learning.


Courses will be taught by the same faculty as Goizueta’s other EMBA programs. Students will also receive intensive leadership development and career management support. While the program includes global and executive skills immersions, online students can choose to complete them remotely or in person, according to the announcement.

Goizueta also offers a traditional in-person program, and it launched its hybrid format in 2020 after an 18-month research effort that found that prospective students increasingly are seeking greater flexibility to more easily accommodate demanding jobs and family responsibilities.

Jaclyn Conner, associate dean of Executive MBA programs at Emory's Goizueta Business School

Jaclyn Conner, associate dean of Executive MBA programs at Emory’s Goizueta Business School

“We dive in today confident in our capabilities to deliver a high-touch, unmatched online Executive MBA experience for our professional students. Goizueta is poised to take digital learning to the next level by providing business professionals with a truly immersive, dynamic experience from anywhere in the world,” says Jaclyn Conner, associate dean for executive MBA.


According to its latest class profile, Emory EMBAs are, on average, 40 years old with 14 years of work experience. The class make-up is 35% women; 20% African American, Hispanic and Native American; and 4% international. Class size is between 50 to 65 students.

The adaptable format was created around working executives responding to the rising demand for graduate management education, according to the release. As the future of work evolves at an unprecedented pace, fueled by the ongoing pandemic, leaders need to prepare for a new way of doing business.

There is no GMAT required in the online program. The school announced in August 2020 that it was going test-optional for its evening MBA and EMBA programs, a move that aligned with a growing number of graduate business programs. An increasing number of online programs, including in the MBA space, are removing GMAT requirements in lieu of applicants’ work experience.

Learn more about Emory’s new online EMBA here.

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