EMBA, MBA or Online MBA?

The Marquette Executive MBA (EMBA) is an accelerated, internationally focused MBA program designed for working professionals with at least five years of management experience.

EMBA students earn a degree in 17 months, roughly half the time it usually takes to complete a traditional part-time MBA program. Twice-monthly class meetings on the downtown Milwaukee campus are supplemented by web-based instruction and team interaction. This means students are only required to be on campus one day every other week.

Students enter in August as a cohort group and progress through the EMBA program together, taking the same classes at the same time. This unique structure provides opportunities for professional and personal growth and networking, and many of our graduates maintain close relationships with their EMBA classmates well beyond their time at Marquette.


EMBA students are assigned to teams of four to six students from diverse backgrounds. Teams ideally stay together for the entire program.

MBA and MBA Online students participate in teamwork in some classes, but teams vary from class to class. Students in the MBA program complete courses at their own pace with different students each semester. They also get to network with students from other master's programs such as applied economics, accounting, corporate communication, management, and finance.

All Marquette EMBA students are required to have at least five years of management experience prior to entering the program, and the average Marquette EMBA student has 16 years of work experience. This allows for high-level in-class discussions about real-world business issues. Our students learn as much from their peers as they do from their professors. Though work experience is not required in the MBA program, most students entering the MBA have an average work experience of six to seven years.

The international focus of the Marquette EMBA is reinforced through a transformational international experience that students take during the spring or summer session. MBA students are not required to participate in an international experience but have the option to do so.

EMBA vs. part-time or online MBA at a glance

Cohort Individual
Team-based Individual
17 months Average 2 - 2.5 years
August start Multiple start times
Total cost:

$79,500 for class of 2024

$1,295 per credit for 2023-2024.  See cost of attendance for more information.
Textbooks, materials, tablet computer included Textbooks & materials at additional cost
International experience included in cost Optional international experience at additional cost

"The EMBA program was the right choice for me. The program provided the necessary tools and knowledge to excel as an executive in today's world."
-David R. Brown, EMBA '10, Director of Industrial Solutions at Kohler Power Systems

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