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Michigan State University’s Eli Broad College of Business


Contact our general manager with any questions. Profile updated: September 25, 2023.

Contact Information

The James B. Henry Center for Executive Development
3535 Forest Road Suite A180
East Lansing, MI 48910
Admissions Office:
(800) 356-5705

School Data

Tuition: $87,000

Acceptance Rate: 80%

Average Class Size: 127

International: 7%

Minority: 10%

Average Age: 36

Female: 32%

Male: 68%

Admissions Requirements: Interview, Minimum number of years of work experience waives GMAT or GRE

Application Deadlines: Round 1 - December 1, 2021 | Round 2 - February 1, 2022 | Round 3 - April 1, 2022 | Round 4* - May 16, 2022
*Final Deadline for Applicants with International Degrees

Method of Delivery: Primarily Weekends

Metro Areas Served: Chicago

Broad Executive MBA

Learn over the weekend, apply on Monday — that’s the advantage of the Michigan State University Broad Executive MBA program, delivered at a university with an extremely rich history as a top-tier land grant university that also holds the title for nation’s first agricultural college.

The Broad EMBA is specifically designed for busy professionals striving to balance work-home life with other responsibilities – offering students a convenient and flexible schedule.

Broad EMBAs turn classroom learning into business progress in a matter of days and sometimes hours, which align directly with the college’s mission, which is to transform high potential into high performance with truly life-altering, career-changing experience.

“One of the things we take very seriously is the fact we have the opportunity and the responsibility to be shaping the future of what’s going on in leadership, in businesses, and other organizations. This is an important aspect of what we’re trying to do in the Executive MBA. It’s also helping to make sure our faculty and staff are thinking about the classroom experiences in a way that is inclusive,” says Assistant Dean of the EMBA Cheri DeClercq.

Broad recognizes that mixing backgrounds and skill sets is crucial because it mirrors the real business world. They select the class from all walks of business – from small, family-owned businesses and nonprofit organizations to global Fortune 100 corporations.

This year, the 20-month program hosted 127 EMBAs with an average of 11 years of work experience and 4 years of managerial experience. The average age in the program is 35 years old.

The EMBA is offered in two formats – the traditional EMBA and the Flex MBA. The traditional EMBA meets in-person every other weekend in East Lansing or Troy. The Flex MBA is delivered in a hybrid format – meeting in-person one weekend per month in East Lansing and of course, online. The campuses are considered an easy commute for most from the Great Lakes region and beyond.

Both programs begin with a week-long academic residency, where they bond with their cohort. As you could expect from a good EMBA program, students are selected from diverse educational backgrounds, functional specialties, and industries to encourage cross-functional learning.

The core courses focus on a range of subject matters – from strategy, leadership and management, to marketing, accounting, finance and supply chain management, information systems, business law and global perspectives.

The EMBA has an international requirement, where students can either study International Culture/Strategy in East Lansing or travel abroad through what Broad calls the Global Marketplace. Past Global Marketplace experiences have taken students around the globe to Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Czech Republic, India, Japan, Malaysia, South Africa, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam.

Outside of what’s required, students often participate in the Broad Enterprise Leadership Academy – an array of experiences and resources designed to help EMBAs make an immediate and sustained impact on their organization and/or community. The Academy spans the whole EMBA program, and includes a personal development plan, peer feedback regarding leadership, and executive coaching.

Post EMBA, most students stay in their industry and grow up the corporate ladder. Broad EMBAs report an average of a 51% salary growth after completing the program, and 43% of them say they received a promotion during the program. All-in-all, 97% of Broad EMBAs said they would recommend the program.

“Business leaders seek me out, not just because I have an MBA, but because the Executive MBA at MSU prepared me to have the courage to lead global strategic projects, the accountability to deliver on results, and the passion to continue moving forward,” says past Broad EMBA Carolina Fuentes.

Key Facts

  • Format: Friday evening and all-day Saturday classes every other weekend
  • Start Date: Mid-September
  •  Application Deadlines:
    o Early Deadline: December 1 (preferred campus choice guaranteed)
    o Final Deadline: June 15 (Domestic Students Only)
  • Location: East Lansing, Troy and Detroit, Michigan
  • Length of Program: 20 months (including breaks)
  • Degree Awarded: Master of Business Administration from Michigan State University
  • Comprehensive Tuition: $85,000 (Class of 2022)

About the Broad Executive MBA Program Class of 2021

  • Class Size: 134
  • Average Years of Work Experience: 11
  • Average Years of Management Experience: 6
  • Average Age: 34
  • Women: 25%
  • Minority: 22%
  • Advanced Degrees: 21%