The Auburn EMBA

Get Out of the Gray


The Auburn Executive MBA will broaden your knowledge and expand your skill set so you can take your career to the next level. Experienced, engaged faculty and concierge service create a program that is intense, but flexible ... a program that will give you a high-level experience on a timetable that accommodates your schedule.

"When I walked in, I felt my career was successful. When I walked out, I wondered how much more successful I could have been had I taken on this program earlier."

Stephen M. Bedsole, EMBA Class of 2016

The Opportunity

Blue Sky Your Career


Like every executive MBA program, we’ll cover the basics so there are no gaps in your knowledge base. We’ll take full advantage of the experience and skills of your classmates to inform these business basics and broaden your horizons. Unlike every executive MBA program, we will provide you with tangible, practical knowledge that you can apply immediately to further your business and enhance your career.

"As a result of being in this program, I am now seen as a top performer and have been identified for growth within the company. I have greater visibility in my career and a stronger understanding of all aspects, especially finance."

Julie Loughman, EMBA Class of 2016

The Work

Getting from Here to There


Start to finish, the program takes 21 months. Our graduates say that the curriculum design and the distance technologies let you fit the work into your life.  Plan for 15-20 hours per week to watch lectures, read case studies, complete assignments, and stay in touch with your classmates. It’s a commitment, but it’s a commitment to your future.

"I dedicate the work day to business, my evenings to my kids, and I study at night or early in the morning. I have most weekends free for family commitments."

Jay Hansen, EMBA Class of 2016

The Program

Extend Your Reach

The Foundation

You’ll begin with a set of self-paced foundation courses.  Our executives come from a variety of backgrounds, so we’ve built a set of non-credit courses in accounting, economics, statistics, marketing, and finance that prepare you for our core curriculum. Once you’re admitted, you’ll have access to the foundation courses and a self-assessment. We teach from the perspective that students know the basics, and we encourage you to review the material 2-3 weeks before classes begin.

The Residency

Over the 21 months, we combine five short, on-campus residencies with distance learning. This design connects you with your classmates and your professors, but creates minimal intrusion into your busy schedule.

The First Week

We’ll handle all the details—registration, orientation, even books—so nothing interferes with your learning. In this first residency, we’ll acquaint you with the academic policies that frame your graduate studies. We’ll have a day of team-building activities to introduce you to your classmates, and we’ll focus intensively on one course and acquaint you with our distance materials. When you leave campus at the end of one short week, you’ll have everything you need to complete your coursework for the semester.

"[The residency] is vital. This is one of the major differences between Auburn and several programs. In-person meetings are needed to maintain and build relationships. Without the residency, you would lose camaraderie and school spirit. First-person learning is also beneficial on challenging subjects."

Jason Bush, EMBA Class of 2016

The Learning Tools

Easy-to-use distance technologies convey most of the curriculum, and a syllabus and a set of deliverables keep you on track. 

The International Residency

Today’s business executive must have a global perspective, and since we like to show—not tell—an international trip is an important part of our curriculum. But it’s more than a trip—it’s a class that will teach you how foreign markets work and demonstrate how the concepts you’ve learned apply to different environments. The cost of the trip is included in your tuition.


“The Auburn EMBA staff always goes above and beyond to make sure we EMBAs have amazing experiences whether we are on campus or abroad. I had never been abroad prior to our trip, and I must admit I was anxious about it. It did not take long for my anxiety to ease once the trip began. Because it was so seamlessly put together I did not have to worry about where to be and when I needed to be there. I cannot wait for our next residency, and the closer we get to graduation I am realizing how much I will miss my time on campus.”

Michelle Collins, EMBA Class of 2017

Concentrations & Electives

Many EMBA programs have a fixed, static curriculum. Here at Auburn, we offer a range of electives in addition to our business core. These electives expand the breadth of our program and allow you to tailor your education to best suit your needs.

Healthcare includes specialty courses in healthcare finance, law and policy. You’ll take these courses with our Physicians Executive MBA students and visit Washington D.C. to get a first-hand look at national policy formation.

Leadership includes courses in global finance, international business law and a selection of other electives focused on areas specific to your career.

Operations includes courses in quality management, project management and supply chain management. Students will be awarded a 6-Sigma Green Belt in Quality, and will meet the instructional requirements for the PMP certification.

Career Impact

Climb Higher


Your last residency includes your graduation. We’ll order your cap and gown and invite your friends and family to a dinner in honor of your achievement. With the Auburn Executive MBA, you have refined your skills, gained a new perspective and earned a credential the business world recognizes and values. With this education, you can blue sky your career.


"The Auburn EMBA program prepared me for continued public service as a fellow in the Army Congressional Fellowship Program on Capitol Hill."

— Carl Sundin, EMBA 2015


Your Qualifications

We value your maturity and experience far more than a grade on a standardized test, and we seek candidates whose breadth of business knowledge can expand the experience of their classmates. As such, we do require at least 8 years of professional experience, though our average is closer to 14 years.

We also require that our candidates have a four-year undergraduate degree from an accredited institution.

Our Qualifications

As a land-grant institution, Auburn is focused on providing practical, applicable knowledge that creates value. That’s what we do.

Executive MBA instructors are hand-picked from Auburn’s senior faculty. They have real-world business skills and solid experience teaching adult learners. All are accomplished researchers who can create the intellectual challenges that will refine your skills and give you the tools to take control of your career.

Our staff provides what one graduate called “concierge service.” We’ll register you for all of your courses, order your books and course materials, make your hotel reservations, coordinate and pay for your international trip and order your cap and gown at graduation. We’re here to let you focus on learning.


Get Started

To get started, or for specifics on how to apply, visit the Auburn EMBA admissions information page.

For tuition information, visit the Auburn EMBA tuition page.

View the electronic brochure.

EMBA Viewbook

If you’re interested in our program but have further questions, reach out to our admissions coordinator. He'll answer those questions, and guide you through every step of the application process.

Joe Collazo, EdD, PMASE, MBA

Assistant Director, Graduate Executive Programs
Auburn University
Harbert College of Business
425 W. Magnolia Avenue
Auburn, AL  36849
Phone: (334) 844-4060

Schedule a Consultation.

The Auburn EMBA begins in the fall of each year. Get out of the gray and blue sky your career.