Columbia Launches Saturday EMBA

Columbia Business School announced  the newest path to an Executive MBA degree on Friday with the launch of EMBA Saturday. This new program will meet weekly on Saturdays only and is specifically designed for highly-talented professionals who want to pursue an MBA and aggressively dedicate themselves to their current positions.

Senior Associate Dean for Degree Programs Ethan Hanabury says the “EMBA Saturday in particular will solve the dilemma facing exceptional talent in competitive industries. Now these top achievers can pursue an MBA without forfeiting a hard-earned spot in a top firm and without having to secure corporate sponsorship.”

The program will meet each week over the course of 24 months, excluding holidays and other breaks. The program runs for six terms (in contrast to the Friday/Saturday option’s five terms).

Both EMBA programs include the same amount of course credits as the School’s MBA program and follow the same rigorous curriculum and admissions standards.  After completing the core curriculum, EMBA Saturday students will have the opportunity to take elective courses with students in other EMBA programs as their schedules permit.

Dean of Columbia GSB Glenn Hubbard commented, “The MBA degree is a  critical tool for success in the complex arena of business leadership. EMBA Saturday is a first-in-class innovation in executive MBA programming that recognizes current employment trends and the needs of a new class of executives.”

Applications for the inaugural  class, which will begin in May 2011 and graduate in May 2013, opened in September 2010. The application deadline is set for February 2011.

Like all Columbia Business School degree programs, admissions decisions will be made on a rolling basis. Interested applicants can sign up for updates and review other application information.

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One Response to Columbia Launches Saturday EMBA

  1. dszpiro says:

    Hi Stacy. NYC-area applicants for Executive MBA programs may be interested to learn that Cornell University’s Johnson School has been offering weekend Executive MBA programs in that area for more than a decade. The Cornell Executive MBA program (CEMBA) has classes all day Saturday and Sunday morning every other weekend in Palisades, NY and the Cornell-Queen’s Executive MBA program (CQEMBA) holds classes on three Saturdays per month in midtown Manhattan. More information is available at

    Danny Szpiro
    Assistant Dean for Executive Education
    The Johnson School, Cornell University

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