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5 Major Differences Between an MBA and an EMBA

emba and mba differences

MBAs and EMBAs are both Master’s of Business Administration degrees that teach students the hard and soft skills they need to be executive level managers. Although following many of the same principles, these programs are different in a myriad of ways.

Discover how an EMBA is distinct from an MBA here as we unfold the major differences between the two degrees.

What Courses You’ll Take

An MBA program is formatted to familiarize new associates and recent grads with the different elements of business administration. Students are required to choose a specialty, which will allow them to become an expert in a particular field such as marketing or real estate. The curriculum includes electives to broaden a student’s understanding of the industry and better prepare them to enter a management role. In an EMBA program, the curriculum is more focused. Since students have already held management positions, electives are omitted and choosing a specialty is not a requirement. EMBA students will work towards refreshing previous knowledge, fine tuning skills, learning best practices for today’s technology driven world, and becoming better leaders.

The Speed in Which the Program Moves

Since an EMBA is a part time MBA program it moves at a faster pace. Students need to be familiar with many of the concepts that will be taught or they could risk falling behind. As a requirement, it is necessary than EMBA students have the extra knowledge and necessary experience to be successful in the fast paced environment. Most programs require than an applicant already hold at least five years of managerial experience. Alternatively, MBA programs are more introductory. A recent business school grad or entry-level associate would be able to follow the pace of an MBA program since it is fulltime and general in nature.

Who You Will Be Attending Class With

Most EMBA students are 32-38 years old. The reason they are older than the average MBA student is that EMBA programs require students to have more out-of-the-classroom experience before applying. Most applicants possess a minimum of five years in a management role and have already achieved success as a supervisor. If growing your professional network is a motivator for attending grad school, you’ll be pleased to know your EMBA classmates will be executive level managers with extensive experience and connections.

When You Will Be Attending Class

Unlike a typical college schedule EMBA classes are held in the evenings and weekends — so attending school shouldn’t interfere with your day job. Some programs will have a Friday component, but most employers are agreeable to granting a four-day workweek while you pursue your degree. Since classes are held at times that are convenient for working professionals, students are able to balance school and work without sacrificing performance.

How You Will Pay for Your Degree

You can pay for your degree using personal savings, or taking out a federal or private loan. Some students will be eligible for scholarship opportunities offered by their school, community or country. While the way in which you pay for tuition is unlikely to differ from one program to another, the portion that you’re responsible for may. Since EMBA students are able to continue working, their employer might offer reimbursement to cover the cost of attendance. Master’s of Business Administration of companies offered their employees full reimbursement for their EMBA degree in 2009. While your employer may not cover the cost in full, they may extend partial assistance.

Can a Lollipop Get Rid of Your Hiccups? Find out…


One of the most interesting parts of my job is the crazy stories I get to read. In fact, I read about so many crazy things, I thought I had seen it all. Well, that was until I heard about “Hiccupops”. I had been trying to figure out how to get rid of my hiccups and stumbled upon this crazy product. If you’re looking to figure out how to get rid of hiccups, Hiccupops are what you need. They are little lollipops that have some strange mixture of ingredients that actually trick your body into resetting your diaphragm. There’s a bunch of technical terms and junk but apparently they work!

The girl who invented them was only 14 when she came up with the recipe. She had been plagued with horrible hiccups and tried everything – drinking water upside down, gulping down pickle juice – yikes.

I’m looking forward to trying them (got myself a 5-pack). We will be reporting back with a full review of the product. The only hard part is going to be determining when that review will be. I tend to get pretty bad hiccups after dinner and drinks though, so it probably won’t be too long.

Before I stumbled on this lollipop, I (like the girl who invented these) had tried everything. Below are just a few of the hiccup remedies I had tried…

  • Drinking a full glass of salted water.
  • Drinking a glass of water upside down (very hard)
  • Eating a teaspoon of sugar
  • Inhaling as much as I could and holding my breath for 30 second, then releasing the air for 30 seconds (seemed to work sometimes)
  • Getting my heart rate up by doing sprints or jumping jacks (same idea behind having someone scare you)
  • Spinning in a circle (apparently the dizziness does something – didn’t work for me)
  • Eating a teaspoon of salt (definitely does not work)

What weird hiccup cures have you tried?

Chicago Octoberfest is here!


Fall is here and that means Octoberfest is just around the corner – September 30th.

We’ve compiled a list of all the fun activities you can do this Octoberfest below, check them out!


Patty Turner Center Oktoberfest

Friday, October. 17, 5:30 p.m. 375 Elm Street Patty Turner Center

Price: $30


Oktoberfest Finale

Friday, October. 24, 5:30 p.m. 500 West Jefferson Street

Price: FREE


You Can “Brew” It!

Tuesday, September 30th, 7 p.m. 125 S. Prospect Avenue

Price: FREE


Oktoberfest German Concert: Alpine Thunder

Tue., Oct. 21, 7 p.m. 1930 Glenview Rd. Glenview Public Library

Price: FREE


Raue Center’s Oktoberfest

Friday, September. 26, at 4:oo p.m. to Sep. 27 26 North Williams Street

Price: $6.00


Know of any more fun Chicago activities? Leave a comment below and yours could be featured on our blog!

Plans To Decriminalize Pot Statewide


Mayor Rahm Emanuel called for a plan to decriminalize marijuana in a meeting today.

This move is highly controversial, especially at a time right now with such political turmoil in the statehouse.

The city of Chicago passed a law in 2012 that allows police to ticket individuals with less than 15 grams of pot. At the time, this was a huge win for Chicago. Emanuel wants to use the same decriminalization plan for the entire state of IL.

“It doesn’t make sense that one arrest for a very small amount of a controlled substance can lead to a lifetime of struggles, sending people in and out of prison and putting up barriers to getting a job or finding a place to live. We need action from Springfield.”

– Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Estimates are that over seven thousand people are incarcerated each year for possessing less than one gram a drug.

Source: Chicago Tribune