Q: What is the cost of the EMBA and what does that cover?
A: The cost is $26,000 and is all-inclusive, covering tuition, fees, books, supplies, refreshments, meals, and graduation regalia. Financial aid for up to the full cost of the program is available based on student's need. After a $1,000 deposit is received, $6,250 is due prior to the start of each of the four terms.
Q: Is the EMBA curriculum and degree different from the campus-based MBA degree?
A: No. The EMBA has the same curriculum, and thus, is the same degree, as the campus-based MBA. In addition, the number of class contact hours for the two programs is identical. The diploma and transcripts are thus the same for both programs -- both degrees confer the same "Masters of Business Administration" to the student.
Q: Does the Louisiana Tech University EMBA have a concentration or major?
A: The EMBA is a general management MBA and does not require a concentration or major. A general management MBA provides the student with an integrated understanding of the various business functions and broad-based business and managerial skills that are transferable and applicable to many industries and business settings. These skills prepare the students for a wide variety of managerial positions and provide them with maximum flexibility in charting their career path.
Q: How does the EMBA program differ from the campus-based MBA program?
A: One difference between the two programs is in the delivery of the courses, that is, the class scheduling. The EMBA program holds classes in a condensed schedule on alternating weekends on Friday evenings and Saturdays to accommodate the hectic schedules of managers and executives.
Secondly, the campus-based MBA offers students two elective courses in addition to the eight core courses in the curriculum. The EMBA program offers its students two courses in place of these electives that were specifically designed for the EMBA program and its manager and executive student body, Leadership and Critical Thinking, adding considerable value to the degree program.
Most significantly, while the eight core courses are the same as the regular MBA, they are taught with a different emphasis. Focus is placed on application and decision-making. This approach enhances the managerial relevance of the courses to the students, helping them advance in their careers.
Finally, the EMBA classroom experience differs in that the students contribute to a greater degree to classroom discussion, sharing their business experiences with the class as they pertain to the topics and material being covered by the instructor. This interaction between the students and the instructor adds relevance and value to the courses, enhancing the classroom experience. In addition and related to the student interaction, the students expand their business network through the relationships they form with their cohort of classmates, further enhancing their career opportunities.
Q: Where are the two EMBA programs held?
A: The EMBA-Shreveport program is held at Louisiana Tech University's Technology Transfer Center near the airport in Shreveport. The EMBA-Monroe program is held at the CenturyLink (formerly CenturyTel) headquarters in their corporate training facilities.
Q: Which university awards the degree in the EMBA-Monroe program, Louisiana Tech University or the University of Louisiana at Monroe?
A: The EMBA-Monroe program's degree is awarded by Louisiana Tech University.
Q: Who will be in my class?
A: Other executives and managers like yourself who have significant managerial experience.
Q: When does the admissions process start for the two programs and how long does the admissions decision take once the completed application is received?
A: A "rolling admissions" process is used such that students' applications will be reviewed in the order they arrive. Students will be admitted until the class size cap is met. After that point, applications will no longer be accepted.
Q: What criteria do you use to waive the GMAT requirement?
A: Our Admission Committee may waive the GMAT test after a review of an applicant's application. A holistic approach is taken in this regard, that is, no specific qualification or achievement is used to waive the GMAT requirement. Instead, the applicant's overall business experience, academic background, managerial achievement, and other accomplishments are considered.
Q:What if I do not have anyone report directly to me but manage and oversee projects as a Project Manager?
A: If you have at least two years of experience working as a Project Manager or in a similar capacity, you may be eligible to apply to the EMBA program. Please contact the EMBA Director for more information on Project Manager eligibility.
Q: Is there additional literature one can receive about the EMBA programs?
A: Brochures are available for both the EMBA-Monroe and EMBA-Shreveport programs and can be printed after clicking on the links that follow. However, all information found in both brochures is also found on this EMBA web site. Please note, though, that the brochures contain only a small fraction of the information about the EMBA program -- this web site contains all of it.
Q: What is the application process?
A: The application process is very simple. You can click on the Admissions link to print out an application for the EMBA. Mail or fax the application to the indicated address and it will be reviewed for admission. After your application is reviewed, you may be asked for a personal interview. If successful, you will be admitted to the EMBA.
Q: Where do I send my completed application package?
A: Mail all required materials to: Director, EMBA Program, P. O. Box 10318, Ruston, LA 71272; or fax to (318) 257-4253.
Q: Does the Executive MBA qualify for Federal Financial Aid?
A: Yes. Qualified students can apply for Federal Financial aid. Visit the Division of Student Financial Aid's website at http://www.latech.edu/finaid/ for general information. Under "Applying for Aid" select "Graduate Student" for more specific financial aid information for graduate students.
For more Information:
Dr. Doug Amyx
Associate Dean of Graduate Programs