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M.B.A. for Executives Program

The Yale School of Management offers an M.B.A. for Executives (EMBA) program leading to the degree of Master of Business Administration. The EMBA program is designed for working professionals and combines the rigor of the Yale SOM integrated core curriculum and leadership development program with advanced study in a chosen area of focus: asset management, healthcare, or sustainability. Students spend two short periods in residence and every other Friday and Saturday on the Yale SOM campus over the course of the twenty-two-month program.

To learn more about the M.B.A. for Executives program, visit http://som.yale.edu/emba.

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The EMBA Curriculum

The EMBA program follows essentially the same curriculum as the full-time M.B.A. program (see M.B.A. Curriculum in the chapter Full-Time M.B.A. Degree Program). In the first year, students devote the majority of their time to the core courses. In the second year, in addition to advanced management courses, students take courses in their respective focus areas: asset management, healthcare, or sustainability.

In addition, the curriculum includes:

  • 1. A colloquium speaker series;
  • 2. An Independent Study program to engage students in project-based opportunities/electives; and
  • 3. The EMBA Global Network Week (required beginning with the class of 2018).

The Colloquium

The colloquium is a credited course, and students’ grades are based upon attendance and participation. If a student receives a grade of Fail, he/she must take another credited Yale SOM elective or complete other work—approved in advance by the faculty director from the respective focus area—to make up for the lost credit in order to graduate on schedule.

Independent Study

The Independent Study requirement, typically completed during the student’s second year in the program, is satisfied by completing a project or taking an elective(s) totaling 4 units of credit. Each Independent Study project must have an adviser who is a member of the Yale full-time faculty. Students must submit a Petition for Independent Study that includes the project proposal and the faculty adviser’s signature. The proposal must indicate the means by which the student’s performance is to be evaluated (e.g., final paper, etc.) as well as the scope of the project and a timeline. The project must be approved by the faculty director from the respective focus area. An Independent Study project is worth 4 units of credit and, as such, the scope of work should be commensurate with the time and effort of similar instructor-led, 4-credit courses.

EMBA Global Network Week

Beginning with the Class of 2018 all EMBA students are required to participate in the EMBA Global Network Week. Each June students attend a week of programming at another Global Network for Advanced Management School that is participating in Network Week. Students are responsible for airfare. The cost of hotels and most meals is included in EMBA program tuition and fees.

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EMBA Program Degree Requirements

The program adheres to all requirements for the M.B.A. as designed and administered by Yale SOM (see M.B.A. Degree Requirements in the chapter Full-Time M.B.A. Degree Program). Any exception to the requirements must be approved by the faculty.

The following requirements are specific to the EMBA program.

Enrollment Requirement

A student must complete all program requirements in twenty-two consecutive months, unless a student receives advance permission to take a leave of absence.

Remediation of Failing Grades in Courses

A student who fails a core course must remediate the failing grade either by retaking the course and achieving a passing grade; by passing a proficiency examination, if offered; or through alternate activity as specified by the instructor. In no case will a grade higher than Pass be recorded when a failed core course is remediated. A student who has not remediated a failing grade in a core course is unable to graduate. A student who fails a non-core course must remediate the failing grade or earn the required credits through an alternative means approved by the instructor.

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Academic Policies


EMBA students are expected to attend all classes and colloquium sessions, be on time, and be prepared to contribute. Students who receive one or more unexcused absences may, at the discretion of the faculty, receive a final course grade of Pass or Fail. We recognize that there are times when circumstances may cause a student to miss class or a colloquium. For example, absences due to religious observance, unplanned hospitalization, extended illness, or a personal or family emergency that directly affects the student or an immediate family member would be considered excused. In the case of an extended medical absence due to illness, the student must provide a program director with written confirmation of the disabling condition from a healthcare professional providing treatment. Whenever students are unable to attend class or a colloquium, they are required to notify a program administrator; in addition, for classes, they must inform the instructors; and for the colloquium, they must inform their respective faculty director. If the circumstances make advance notice impossible, an e-mail as soon as possible after the missed class is the next best alternative. Students will be informed about whether their absence is excused or unexcused by a program administrator. At the discretion of the faculty, final grades may be negatively impacted if a student misses more than one class session of a course.


Students are expected to take all examinations at the scheduled time and submit all take-home exams on the assigned due date. Exams may be rescheduled only in exceptional circumstances such as a religious observance, incapacitating illness, or serious family emergency. Travel arrangements, mild illness, work-related obligations, and the like are not acceptable reasons to change an exam time or miss a deadline.

If there is a need to change the date or time of an exam, written approval must be obtained from the instructor prior to the date and time of the exam, unless the nature of the emergency is such that advance notice is impossible. In the case of delay due to illness, the student must provide a program director with written confirmation of the disabling condition from a healthcare professional providing treatment.

Deadlines for Deliverables

Students are expected to adhere to all deadlines set by faculty. In the event that a student is not able to meet a deadline for an assignment or exam, he/she must request an extension from the instructor. If an extension is granted, the student will submit the assignment by the extension date or risk receiving a grade of Fail for the assignment/exam. The instructor will determine if a late assignment/exam will affect a student’s grade. If a student fails to meet a deadline without notifying the instructor, the student will be in jeopardy of receiving a failing grade for that particular assignment/exam.

Incomplete Course Work

Students are expected to complete all assignments by the deadlines established by the instructor. Marks of Incomplete are rarely approved, and only in cases where incapacitating illness or serious family emergency prevents the student from completing class work on time. A student who anticipates a problem should contact the instructor and a program director before the last day of class. If the Incomplete is approved, the mark must be converted to a grade no later than sixty days after the date on which grades for the class are due. If no grade has been received by that date, a grade of Fail will be recorded automatically. Grades of Incomplete in the second year of the program may delay the awarding of a student’s degree.


EMBA students have the opportunity to take elective courses at SOM or at another school at Yale University. A student interested in taking an SOM elective should contact a program administrator, who will work with the student to determine if it is possible to enroll in the course.

For courses offered by another school at Yale University, students must comply with any enrollment procedures, restrictions, deadlines, and/or fees imposed by the school offering the course. In addition, the student must file the appropriate forms with the School of Management, as described below. Students will not be granted permission to take a course that conflicts with the EMBA class schedule.

Students wishing to enroll in a course in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences or in one of the other professional schools at Yale must receive permission from the course instructor and a program director. Enrollment in a Law School course also requires authorization from the registrar of the Law School. Once the appropriate permissions have been obtained, the student should contact the registrar, who will enroll the student.

In some schools, students may be offered the individual option of taking a course on a Pass/Fail or Credit/D/Fail basis. Yale SOM students are not permitted to elect such an option.

Credit will not be given by Yale SOM for any course taken outside Yale University during the period of the student’s enrollment in the program.

The credit to be awarded for courses offered by Yale College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, or one of the other professional schools at Yale will be determined by the registrar. Unless a course is taken to fulfill the Independent Study requirement, credits earned for Yale courses outside of the EMBA curriculum will not count toward fulfilling EMBA program requirements.

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Use of Career Development Office (CDO) Resources

The Career Development Office (CDO) at Yale SOM provides career management assistance to EMBA students. The CDO has a number of resources available to EMBA students in their career management, including advising, workshops, and an online recruitment system. The Career Development Office can be reached at 203.432.5900.

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Housing Requirements

Yale EMBA tuition covers housing during in-residence weeks and Friday evenings of class weekends at the Omni New Haven Hotel and is nonrefundable. During in-residence weeks (two weeks in year one; one week in year two) and through December of year one, students are required to stay at the Omni New Haven Hotel on Friday evenings. Students who do not wish to stay at the Omni at other times must inform a program administrator and will have their tuition and fee amounts adjusted.

Students may choose to include a Thursday evening accommodation at the Omni on all class weekends at an additional cost. Students who wish to extend their overnight stay at the Omni assume the financial responsibility for the additional night(s).

More information about the Omni Hotel can be found at www.omnihotels.com/hotels/new-haven-yale.

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Rights and Responsibilities of EMBA Students

In general, the policies in the chapter Rights and Responsibilities of Students apply to all students, including EMBA students. The following policies are specific to the EMBA program.

Required Leave of Absence

A student who demonstrates insufficient commitment to the program—as evidenced, for example, by an accumulation of absences, frequent tardiness on deliverables, and/or disengagement from required group work—may be required to take a leave of absence.

Electronic Devices

All EMBA students receive a tablet upon arrival at orientation. This device is the personal property of the student; if it is lost or damaged, the device will not be replaced except in instances when covered by warranty. Using cell phones, browsing the Internet, or reading e-mail during class distracts the instructor and classmates and interrupts the learning experience. Cell phones and other electronic devices are to be turned off during class and the colloquium. Laptops and tablets are not to be used in the classroom or during the colloquium unless explicitly permitted by the instructor or faculty director.

The SOM-IT Web page offers students videos and instructions to self-configure their personal laptops, and our SOM-IT staff are able to offer hands-on help as well.

See Policies on the Use of Information Technology Facilities in the chapter Rights and Responsibilities of Students for more information.

Academic Support

Students who feel they are in need of additional academic support may either contact the course teaching assistant or the instructor.

Honor Code Committee

In instances when an EMBA student is referred to the Honor Committee, there will be at least one student representative from the EMBA program serving on the committee.

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