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Are you Executive MBA material?

The Executive MBA has been transforming high potential into high performance for over 50 years. Our ideal Executive MBA candidate is a highly motivated, hard-working professional seeking a high quality program to help them advance their career. They recognize the benefit of a predictable, convenient schedule so they can balance work and family commitments. They value a rigorous and challenging program where they’ll gain knowledge and experience along with the nationally recognized degree. They thrive in a collaborative, team-based environment where they’ll learn from their high-caliber classmates, as well as their faculty.


Application Deadlines

June 1, 2024 (*last deadline for candidates with international transcripts)

June 30, 2024 (*Domestic transcripts only)

Application Process

Admission Criteria

Completed applications are considered on a rolling basis September–June each year. Our admissions committee carefully reviews the comprehensive experience, ability and aspirations of each applicant, selecting those students who will be most successful in the program. The minimum criteria for admission include:

  • Significant, progressive work experience
    • Required employment in a professional setting/organization
    • 5+ years of professional work experience
    • If you have 3 – 5 years work experience, send us an email at with your resume
  • A four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Demonstrated management potential, leadership qualities, intellectual curiosity and strong work ethic
  • Desire to grow personally and contribute to a collaborative, team-style environment
  • A GMAT or GRE score is not required to apply.
    • While quantitative ability is a necessary skill, we seek evidence of each candidate’s ability through a variety of means such as previous academic coursework, work experience, professional certifications, etc.

Application Components

Admission to the Executive MBA program requires the following steps:

Completed online application

Two professional recommendations

Two articulate, clear and compelling essays

  • Describe your professional goals, how you expect the Broad Executive MBA to impact these goals, and why this is the ideal time to pursue an MBA.
  • What unique traits, perspectives and experiences will you bring to contribute to Broad’s collaborative learning culture?

Official (sealed) academic transcripts from all prior degree-granting institutions

Personal interview

Paid application fee ($85)

Admissions Checklist

Application Steps to Complete:

  • Request transcripts from all previous college/university degrees granted. Applications with degrees from non-U.S. institutions (see international transcripts section). Note: all transcripts uploaded by the applicant are considered unofficial. Official transcripts must come directly from your previous college/university to MSU.
    • Send e-transcripts (preferred method for domestic transcripts only) to:
    • Mail official transcripts to:

Michigan State University Admissions

426 Auditorium Road, Room 250

East Lansing, MI 48824

  • Identify, notify, and enter two professional recommenders. These individuals will be automatically notified to provide their recommendations through a simple online form.
  • Complete the two online essays.
  • Update and upload your professional resume.
  • A GMAT or GRE score is not required.
  • Submit your application. The application fee is $85.

International Transcripts

  • Request your transcripts early. This process could take several months, so plan accordingly.
    • Request transcripts from all previous college/university coursework.
    • ONE official/certified/attested university or professional school records of subjects and mark sheets, transcripts (list of courses taken, and grades/credits earned).
    • AND copy of diploma(s), and/or degree certificates; official document showing below information:
      • Your full legal name
      • Name of institution
      • Degree earned/Major studied
      • Date degree was earned

Documents must be sent from the principal or registrar of each school you have earned a degree, or by the Ministry of Education in your country in a sealed envelope. Photocopies or notarized copies are not acceptable.

    • When originals are not in English official transcripts must be furnished.
      • Both native language and English translations are required.
    • Send transcripts directly to:

Sarah Ellis | Admissions and Services Manager

MSU Broad Executive MBA

The James B. Henry Center for Executive Development

3535 Forest Road, Suite A180, Lansing, MI 48910-3831

517.884.8936 |

After You Apply

Notification of the admissions committee decision is sent by email. Once admitted to the Executive MBA program, students make a non-refundable $1,500 deposit to hold their place in the class.

All incoming students are required to attend a two-day orientation in early August. You will connect with your classmates, faculty and staff; gain best practices from an alumni panel; and develop the strong team dynamics/priorities that are essential to your success. You will also receive your course materials for the mandatory residency week and get ready to dive in to the learning immediately. All of this provides you with a crucial foundation for your Executive MBA experience.

Classes officially begin in September, yet students should expect to do significant preparation between orientation and residency.

View the Class of 2026 Academic Calendar

Evaluate Yourself

The following statements are good indicators that you are ready for our EMBA program:

  • You are a high performer in your organization with a proven track record of success.
  • You have a strong desire to improve your business knowledge and skills.
  • You value a collaborative “real-world” approach to learning.
  • You want to build a powerful network of high-caliber professionals.
  • You enjoy learning from the experiences and perspectives of others.
  • You’re looking for a convenient “no surprises” program that fits your busy life.
  • You are ready to advance your career and transform your life.

Sound familiar? Then you sound like an excellent candidate for the Executive MBA program at Michigan State University’s Eli Broad College of Business.

Take Action

Take the next step to advance your career, build a powerful network and transform your life.

Not Your Average EMBA

  • Is an Executive MBA only for executives?

    The MSU Executive MBA class profile features many mid-career professionals who seek to prepare themselves for the next step in their career. Each class cohort includes individuals who are already in the “C-suite” and those who strive to get there; it is this great mix of talent and experience that create a vibrant learning environment.

  • Is an Executive MBA a “true” MBA degree?

    This is certainly the case with the MSU Executive MBA! Our program has the rigor of a full-time MBA, just in a compressed format. In fact, the Michigan State University diplomas are even the same: “Master’s of Business Administration.”

    See our curriculum

  • Is an Executive MBA expensive?

    Unlike other MBA programs, the Executive MBA offers a no-hassle, no-surprises, all-inclusive tuition package that delivers high return on investment.

    Learn about cost

  • Does the Executive MBA require a lot of extra time out of the office?

    The Executive MBA requires a week-long residency each year. Year one is on campus, year two is a global residency with the opportunity to travel internationally. Both are designed to maximize networking and create value while recognizing our students’ demanding schedules.

    View student experience

  • Do Executive MBA students require special corporate sponsorship to enroll?

    Although the MSU Executive MBA has many corporate partners, our program welcomes many individuals who partially or fully fund their education. Approximately 75 percent of our students fund at least part of their investment in their future.