Executive MBA Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to take prerequisites to the program if I don't have a business degree or have taken business courses?

No. The Executive MBA is a 48-hour lockstep program that embeds foundational knowledge in the curriculum. In addition, the cohort structure allows for maximum collaboration for peer learning that mitigates a prerequisite requirement.

Do I need to take a GMAT?

No. While academic skills are important, a strong predictor of success in the program is experience and that experience is a primary qualifier for students to enter the program.

I have less than eight years of professional experience. Could I still qualify to be admitted into the program?

It is possible for someone with less than eight years to be admitted as an exception, but this is rare. Usually, to overcome limited experience, you would need to have unique experiences such as owning your own business or have strong support from your company recognizing you as high potential manager including having a current management role.

What does AACSB Accreditation mean?

AACSB stands for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and is the benchmark of quality for business education worldwide. Earning and maintaining AACSB accreditation is a comprehensive, demanding process. To learn more about AACSB accreditation, visit www.aacsb.edu/accreditation.

Can I take electives?

Yes. The Executive MBA is a cohort program where students take the same set of classes because, in the EMBA, the experiences are more tightly integrated across courses and subjects. Students, however, will choose two courses (4 credits) to take as electives from the wide selection offered in our Helzberg MBA.

What is the total cost of the program?

The class of 2019 cost is projected at $57,000. This price covers all books, software, required equipment, parking, meals on class days, and coaching sessions.

How am I billed and is financial aid available?

Tuition is broken into four equal installments for each fall and spring semester of the program. If your firm is sponsoring you, the company can be direct-billed. Up to $20,500 per academic year of financial aid is available for students to use for tuition. The program administrator can help you apply for these funds. Also, if your firm reimburses a maximum amount per calendar year, this billing allows you to spread the cost over three years rather than just two.

Are their scholarships and/or grants available?

The Helzberg School offers some scholarships for qualified candidates working at nonprofits. Each year, other special scholarships may be offered through various promotions. Also, qualified candidates who must pay a significant part of the tuition may qualify for modest scholarships to apply to the program tuition costs.

I received my bachelor's degree from Rockhurst. Am I able to use my alumni discount for MBA classes?

With a bachelor's degree, you are able to take undergraduate classes with the alumni discount but not graduate level classes.

What do I need to do to gain admission?

First, fill out an online application and then work to submit the following documents: a personal statement of why you want to be in the program and how you will contribute, two letters of recommendation, a resume, and undergraduate official transcripts. Once these documents are submitted, a one-hour interview with two program faculty will be scheduled.

How many students are in a typical cohort?

This varies, but typical classes have 16 to 24 students. These are ideal sizes in terms of student engagement in our applied and experiential learning activities.

When is the deadline for application to the next class?

Classes start in late August each year. Generally, if you apply by July 20 you have adequate time to complete the process to be admitted in time for start of the program provided there are seats available.