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General Program Questions

 

How is the Executive MBA in Beijing structured?

 

The Executive MBA program is divided into class characteristics, program structure and program duration.

Class Characteristics: Each cohort is made up of seasoned professionals with broad management experience.

 

The Profile of Smith Global Leadership Executive MBA class:

 

l  Average of 15 years of professional experience

l  Average age is 39

l  Executive and general management, IT, sales/marketing, human capital, law, finance, government, non-profit, and accounting are some of the sectors represented.

 

Program Structure: Executive MBA courses are carefully crafted to cover business problems and concepts from the perspective of high-level company decision makers. The program is made up of three unique but interrelated and interdependent components:

 

 

l  The Foundation – Smith School’s strong MBA core courses establish a broad functional knowledge framework for participants to build on.

l  The Action Learning Project allow participants to tie their learning directly to specific company needs by tackling a real time problem currently facing the participant's company. Projects focus on Business Problem Solving.

l  Mastery – A formalized leadership development program complete with individualized executive coaching is integrated into the curriculum.

 

Program Duration: The Executive MBA is completed in 18 months. Participants will receive comprehensive administrative support from executive education staff both in Beijing and Smith home campus.

 

Are there scholarships available?

Yes. The school offers partial merit-based scholarships designed to help executives attain their career and leadership goals. Executives in all industries are encouraged to apply before Novemver 15 deadline.

 

Is this an accredited degree I will receive?

Yes. The Robert H. Smith School of Business is accredited by the AACSB (American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business) and your diploma will read Masters of Business Administration, Executive Track.

 

Are the Executive MBA professors Smith School faculty?

Yes. The same faculty that teach the full-time and part-time MBA programs will be teaching the Executive MBA courses in Beijing and College Park. In addition, influential visiting speakers, and practioners will participate in special presentations and group discussions.

 

What kind of access will I have to professors?

All professors will be available online and through scheduled appointments. You will work one-on-one with a Smith faculty member for your Action Learning Project, and each participant will have an executive coach they will work with throughout the entire 18-month program.

 

How much of the program is done online?

None of the course work is done online. All teaching happens in the classroom. Groups, however, may choose to work virtually between classes. 

 

Do I need a laptop?

Yes. The laptop should have a wireless network card and Microsoft Office installed.

 

What is the cost of the EMBA Program?

Executive MBA tuition for executives April 2016 is $75,000. Tuition includes a $2,000 nonrefundable deposit. Tuition is all-inclusive and covers all books and required materials, student and administrative fees, and beverages, light snacks on class days and accommodation in U.S. during residency week.


 

Schedule/Logistics

 

When do classes meet?

Classes run Thursday to Sunday once a month, beginning at 8 a.m. and ending at approximately 6:30 p.m.

 

Where are classes held?

Classes are held on UIBE (University of International Business and Economics)  campus.

 

How many hours a month will I be in class?

You will be actively engaged in academic work for up to 37.5 hours each session (each month). In addition to class, you will be spending time in team meetings and other group work during pre-class work readings and post-class work assignments.

 

What about homework?

You will average approximately one hour of class out of class work for each hour spent in class plus approximately five hours per week for the Action Learning Project when being taught.

 

What’s the timeframe for each session/semester?

The program is divided info four terms, each lasting between 12 and 15 weeks. The Action Learning Project take place in the final Spring, Summer, and Fall semester swhen presentations are given at the Capstone week in Washington, DC.

 

Are there any vacation breaks?

No, this is an accelerated program. The program is scheduled to have 4 days of class each month during the 18-month duration.


 

Application and Admission Questions

 

What are the required qualifications?

All applicants are individuals with at least a 4-year undergraduate bachelor's degree with a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 U.S. grading scale, between eight and twenty years of professional experience and significant management experience. Each candidate will be reviewed as a unique individual and the sum of his or her experiences evaluated during the admissions process.

 

Do I have to take the GMAT or TOFEL?

The GMAT or TOFEL is not a mandatory requirement. Because we limit the size of each class to approximately 40 participants, we are able to evaluate each applicant on an individual and very personal basis. However, applicants must demonstrate an ability to successfully complete quantitative course work. Candidates without demonstrated success in undergraduate or graduate quantitative course work may be asked to demonstrate abilities in other ways (e.g., GMAT or TOFEL).

 

Who in my company should I talk to about sponsoring me?

Choosing to take part in an Executive MBA program is about your own personal growth, as well as how your participation can help the company grow. Seek out support at the highest levels, not just your immediate supervisor, and be ready to point out the extra benefits of the Smith Executive Program, specifically the Action Learning Project and course curriculum.

 

How do I explain the program benefits to my company?

While most executive education programs talk about students being able to immediately apply newfound knowledge to workplace situations, Smith makes such a connection even more immediate and relevant. From the start, the Action Learning Project allows participants to tackle a real time issue facing their company as part of their coursework. The company will have a team of Executive MBA students and Smith faculty applying knowledge and manpower to company issues. This is more than just an immediate return on investment from the sponsored employee – the company is essentially receiving full-blown consulting services at a minimal price. In addition, the coursework will have an immediate impact on your managerial and leadership skills.

 

Is financial aid available?

The Robert H. Smith School of Business does not offer financial aid for the Executive MBA. First, work with your company to see if they are willing to cover part or all of your tuition. If you will be covering all or part of your tuition you may want to investigate financial aid options available to MBA students.

If you are a US National assistance is available through the Office of Financial Aid - they can be reached at 301-314-9000.

The Smith School of Business awards scholarships based on scholastic merit, evidence of leadership, and work experience.

The Robert H. Smith School of Business is working with East Asia Bank to provide Financial aid assistance for candidates from Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.


 

Executive Assessment Process Questions

 

Which of my skills will be assessed?

The Executive Assessment Process is designed to tap a variety of competencies critical for leadership success, including: Oral Communication, Interpersonal Sensitivity, Customer Service Orientation, Analysis/Problem-Solving, Strategic Thinking, Judgment/Decision Making, Decisiveness, Process Leadership, Persuasion and Influence, Dealing with Conflict, Teamwork, Initiative, Delegation, Coaching and Developing, Planning and Organizing, Self Confidence, and Stress Tolerance.