What is Executive MBA?

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Updated on Jun 1, 2022 15:37 IST

Know all about Executive MBA, career opportunities, salaries, syllabus and more in the article below.

The EMBA full form is Executive MBA. An EMBA, is a graduate-level business degree. This programme is a lot like a regular MBA programme. The main difference is that an executive MBA programme is primarily designed to educate and enhance the careers of working executives, managers, entrepreneurs, and other business leaders.

What sets the executive MBA apart from many other MBA programmes is the level of experience and insights that students bring to the programme. In most EMBA programmes students' professional experience and expertise becomes an integral part of the curriculum. The programme is typically completed in a period of one to two years. During this period, candidates gain a wide range of new skills and sharpen their analytical abilities by combining coursework with day-to-day professional experience. The admission fee for EMBA programmes is relatively higher than the regular MBA programmes, however, in most cases, the employer provides financial assistance to its employees for pursuing an Executive MBA. EMBA has become increasingly popular in recent times and many top B-schools are also giving placements to EMBA graduates. 

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Popular Executive MBA Specializations

Look at the table below to know the EMBA specializations.

Top EMBA Specialisations
Bio-Technology Telecom
Infrastructure Development Hospitality Management
Retails Accounting
Aviation Operations
General Management Sales and Marketing
Finance Human Resources
IT Internation Business
Import/Export Retails
Hospital/Healthcare management

Eligibility Criteria for EMBA

Candidates must fulfill the following eligibility criteria in order to pursue EMBA:

  • A bachelor's degree is a must with at least 50% aggregate or equivalent CGPA from a recognised university.
  • Candidates need to have about 2 to 5 years of professional experience.
  • Candidates must be more than 27 years of age at the time of applying.
  • Average GMAT may also be required by some institutes.

Executive MBA Career Prospects and Top Companies

After completing an EMBA, aspirants can get lucrative job opportunities in big companies in India and abroad. They also stand a chance to climb the ladder faster in the organization they are working for. Also, they can also start their own venture which assists in building an international network of personal and professional contacts. From finance professionals to Human Resource to even product managers are taking this course to be able to have an edge over their peers. Listed below are some of the job profiles and average salaries offered to them. 

Executive MBA jobs

Average salary per annum (INR in lakh)*

Chief Executive Officer


Chief Financial Officer


Marketing Director


Chief Operating Officer


Operations Manager


Product Development Manager


HR Director


Digital Marketing Manager


Project Manager


Telecommunications Manager


Infrastructure Manager


International Business Manager


Energy & Environment Manager


Import & Export Manager


IT & Systems Manager


Healthcare & Hospital Manager


Supply Chain Manager


Public Relations Manager


*salary data is taken from payscale.com

Executive MBA: Top Recruiters and Companies

Below is the list of top companies that hire Executive MBA graduates.

Top E-MBA Recrutiers
Amazon BCG
Citibank ITC
Samsung Vodafone
Reliance JP Morgan Chase & Co.
McKinsey & Company HSBC
Nestle Aditya Birla Group
HCL Infosys
Vedanta Larsen & Toubro 
Hindustan Unilever Godrej
Asian Paints  Tata Motors
Cadbury KPMG

Management Entrance Exams for EMBA

The table below depicts a list of top entrance exams for admission into EMBA. Check out now.

Top Executive MBA Entrance Exams in India

Also Read: List of all EMBA/ MBA entrance exams

Executive MBA Syllabus

The Executive MBA syllabus comprises both core and elective subjects. The syllabus for EMBA is more or less similar to the regular MBA programme, however, in the executive MBA programme many topics are taught in-depth. The syllabus for an executive MBA is as follows:

Executive MBA syllabus

Corporate Finance

Corporate Governance & Ethics

Managerial Economics

Business Law

Decision Sciences

Entrepreneurial Management

Corporate Finance

Managing People & Performance in Organizations


Competition and Strategy

Designing Organizations

Marketing Management

Operations Management

Financial Reporting and Analysis

Elective Courses of Executive MBA

Check the table below to know the elective courses that are studied in the executive-mba programme. 

Elective Courses of Executive MBA

Corporate Strategy and Policy

Economics and Social Sciences

Entrepreneurial Learning

Decision Sciences and Information systems

Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources Management

Finance and Accounting

Production and Operations Management


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FAQs Related to Executive MBA

Q: What is executive MBA?

A: Executive MBA is a programme which is primarily designed to educate and enhance the careers of working executives, managers, entrepreneurs, and other business leaders.

Q: How is executive MBA different from regular MBA?

A: The executive MBA is similar to a regular MBA but executive MBA is specifically designed for corporate executives and senior managers who are already in the workforce and/or hold some years of working experience. 

Q: What is the eligibility criteria for pursuing an executive MBA?

A: Candidates who wish to pursue executive MBA must have completed their graduation from a recognised university with  minimum 50 per cent aggregate or equivalent. In many institutes, there is no minium cutoff. Candidates must also have at least two years of full-time work experience at managerial or executive level. 

Q: Which are the entrance exams available in India for EMBA?

A: Students can appear for entrance exams such as CAT, XAT, GMAT, NMAT, EMAT, CMAT, etc. in order to pursue EMBA. 

Q: Is placement process conducted at the end of the Executive MBA programme?

A: Yes, many institutes conduct placement process at the end of an EMBA programme where a host of companies participate and hire for mid-senior and senior level positions. 

Q: Can I pursue EMBA along with my current job?

A: One can either quit the job or take a complete break or sabbatical for one year. Many companies allow their employees a study break which they can utilize. However, if a student is aiming to explore opportunities in a different role or sector, it is best to quit and then pursue the programme.

Q: Should I quit my old job and look for a new job after the completion of EMBA?

A: It is completly an individuals' choice. If the student's growth and work environment is good, then the student can continue working in the same organisation. If the organisation has sponsored the programme and expects the employee to re-join after the course completion with higher responsibilities, it would be the best decision for both the employer and employee's interest to go back to the organization with new skillsets and learning post the programme completion. But, if the student wishes to change their field and start anew then he/she can explore a new sector and role by appearing for the placements conducted by the institute. 

Q: Which are the top colleges of EMBA in India?

A: Some of the best exectuive MBA colleges in India include IIMs, IIFT, FMS, Indian School of Business, Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Xavier School of Management, etc. 

Q: Which companies hire EMBA graduates?

A: Companies such as McKinsey, Amazon, Citibank, Samsung, HSBC, JP Morgan Chase & Co, L&T, Godrej, Tata Motors, Hindustan Unilever, etc. hire EMBA graduates. 

Q: What is the average salary of a CEO after EMBA in India?

A: The average salary of a CEO in India is approximately INR 30 LPA. 

Q: What are the career opportunities after EMBA?

A: Students have a plethora of job opportunities to explore after pursuing EMBA such as Marketing Director, Operations Manager, Telecommunications Manager, HR Director, CEO, CFO, Project Manager, Infrastructures Manager, Digital Marketing Manager, etc.   

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Sarah Hashmi

a year ago

Need to know how good is doing Executive MBA from IIT Bombay? https://iitb-wustl.org/ can anyone help

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Aniket Vichare

5 years ago

With an executive MBA you will be able to get into a top level management job where the pay scale is high. ITM Institute is one among the Best institutes in India that offers Executive MBA program.

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Hi , I have 2 years work experience as software engineer. I was in confusion whether I should take EMBA or Full time MBA. If I take EMBA will it provide me good enough opportunities. Will it help for my career growth. Please help me . Thanks in Advance

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