Graduate - Master of Business Administration (EMBA)

An Executive MBA (EMBA) is an accelerated degree program designed especially for busy professionals. EMBA Programs allow students to receive their MBA in two years or less while continuing to work full time.

Ranked #1 in Georgia and #3 in North America by CEO Magazine (2024), the KSU Executive MBA Program is the only true weekend program in metro Atlanta, with classes held approximately one weekend per month.

Our 19-month program teaches leadership and business acumen, but also digs deep to uncover your strengths, goals, and personal brand. At the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University, you’ll experience cutting–edge global teaming, program-long executive coaching and an integrated curriculum designed for professionals ready to advance their career. Instantly applicable in the workplace, our motto is “what you learn on the weekend you apply on Monday”.


To thrive in business, you must understand how to lead high-performing teams, so the EMBA degree is team-based. You’ll focus on collaboration, decision-making, resourcefulness, ingenuity, and entrepreneurship. Teams of five to six students, representing a diversity of experience and personality, collaborate on assignments throughout the entire program.

Global Focus

Business doesn’t stop for a time zone or a border. The KSU EMBA program features an international consulting project. After conducting in-depth research, including a market assessment, competitive analysis and other critical functions, our students and faculty embark on a 12-day trip to a country in South America. While meeting with a company on-site, you will experience the cultural and structural challenges of growing an international business firsthand. This project takes you far beyond your classrooms on the Kennesaw campus and prepares you to become a global business leader.

Salary and Career Information for EMBA Graduates

More than 94 percent of our students report that their EMBA degree increased their value to their organization and 88 percent reported an increase in their ability to be promoted.

Executive Master of Business Administration Degree Benefits at Kennesaw State

  • Flexible, Executive Format - One of a very few EMBA programs with a true weekend format. EMBA classes meet one weekend (Saturdays and Sundays) per month. Starting Fall 2024, our new HyFlex format will give you the option to attend class weekends virtually or in-person.

  • Conveniently Located - EMBA classes are taught at the KSU Centerwhich is easily accessible from I-75 and just outside the Atlanta perimeter, I-285. Parking is free and readily available.

  • Program-Long Teaming – Many EMBA programs include team projects, but KSU’s teams stay together throughout the program. Each team is supported by an experienced EMBA alumni coach. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between an Executive MBA and an MBA?

The Executive MBA is designed for working professionals looking to increase their business acumen and advance their career. The weekend-only program teaches leadership and business acumen, but the coursework and assignments also dig deep to uncover your strengths, goals and personal brand. The program-long team assignments are also an important program component. The average age of our students is 39, with approximately 16 years of professional work experience.

Is an Executive MBA equivalent to an MBA?

While both degrees may look the same on paper, the method of delivery is vastly different. The Executive MBA is a premium program which offers courses and a course schedule (typically one Saturday and Sunday a month) that is different from KSU’s part-time evening MBA and fully online MBA. Generally speaking, an Executive MBA is a weekend part-time program designed for students who are working full-time.

Is an Executive MBA worth it?

The decision to pursue an Executive MBA is an important one. Each student should weigh the pros and cons of starting a rigorous program. With that said, there is no doubt that individuals with an Executive MBA degree from an AACSB-accredited institution have a competitive advantage in the job market and in the workplace. More than 94% of our EMBA students report that their degree increased their value to their organization and 88% reported an increase in their ability to be promoted.

Is the GMAT required for an Executive MBA?

The GMAT is not required for our Executive MBA program. Please contact the Executive MBA office for specifics about joining the program. We’ll be glad to discuss the EMBA admissions process.

What are the admission requirements for an Executive MBA?

  • Submit an updated resume
  • Attend an information session
  • Interview with program staff and faculty

The following are required to be considered for Executive MBA acceptance:

  • Complete the online application after a successful interview
  • Submit two professional recommendations
  • Submit official undergraduate and graduate-level coursework

Contact the Executive MBA office for information on the admissions process.

Department Contact Information

Executive Master of Business Administration – EMBA
Kennesaw State University

Erin McGerald
Asst. Director, Enrollment and Business Development
(470) 578-6862


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