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Frequently Asked Questions

Overall Program

The 18-month class schedule is designed to allow students to balance work and family with minimal disruption. The Executive MBA program has a fall (August) start date and classes meet at the Arlington Center every other Friday (1:00-9:00 pm) and Saturday (8:30am – 5:30 pm) with seasonal breaks in the winter and summer. The Executive MBA program is lockstep, which means all students start at the same time, work within their cohort, and all finish together.

Yes. All of Virginia Tech's MBA Programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The Pamplin College of Business is one of only 5% of business schools internationally accredited by this prestigious, international accreditation body. Read more about the AACSB accreditation.

In addition, Virginia Tech is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award doctorate, masters, baccalaureate and associate degrees.

The diploma received is a Master of Business Administration (MBA). The Executive designation refers only to the program format. All Virginia Tech MBA program options — Evening, Executive, and Professional — confer the same MBA degree.

The Executive MBA curriculum focuses on leadership and strategic management in a global environment with an emphasis on business analytics, innovation, and globalization. The Foundation Courses represent 25 credis that ensure all students have a solid grounding in core business functions. The remaining 24 credits are comprised of advanced courses organized into four experiential modules: Leadership & Governance, Global Business, Business Analytics, and Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

Yes. Each Executive MBA cohort completes a 10-day international residency to interact with senior-level business professionals and goverment officials in a global environment. Students delve into global management, innovation, and entrepreneurship topics and learn effective strategies for success in an international context. Recent cohorts have traveled to Germany, the Czech Republic, South Africa, Chile, Peru, and China.

Students report spending 15-20 hours per week on individual and team-based projects. We advise students to designate time between class sessions for readings, case studies, research, and collaborative work.

Students are expected to utilize quantitative and analytical skills in the program. We suggest taking advantage of the MBA Math program offered after admission in order to feel confident when undertaking quantitative coursework.


Admission to the EMBA program is competitive and we look for candidates who are currently employed with six or more years of professional experience. More information about our typical applicant profile can be found on our Admissions page.

The application and supporting documents are submitted online through Virginia Tech's Graduate School. More information about the application process can be found on our Apply Now page. 

GMAT/GRE scores are not required, however we recommend submitting test results if your academic background does not support your current quantitative ability.

Applicants who earned an undergraduate degree from a country where English is not the official language must submit TOEFL/IELTS scores.

We are unable to accept transfer credits to the Executive MBA program due to the lockstep curriculum.

However, our Evening MBA program option does accept qualitfying transfer credits.

Yes, we encourage prospective students to apply in the earliest possible round as scholarships are awared in greater amounts in earlier rounds.

In addition, space in the program is limited due to the cohort-based format so we encourage early application to ensure your space in the program is reserved.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition for the 18-month Executive MBA Program is $95,000 for both in-state and out-of-state residents. Please note that this rate is accurate for students entering Fall 2019, but is subject to annual changes as determined by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. 

The tuition covers:

  • Required academic materials
  • Software package
  • Catered meals and snacks during class time
  • On-site parking
  • Residency lodging, some meals, and internal transportation (the international round-trip airfare is not included)


Financial aid is available through federal loans through the Virginia Tech Financial Aid office. The Executive MBA program also offers merit-based scholarships.

Additional information about financial aid and scholarships can be found on our Financial Aid page. 

Executive MBA staff will provide you with a letter detailing the tuition and fees for your employer upon admittance to the program. If required, staff can also provide an official letter detailing your grades at the end of each term.

Virginia Tech's Bursar's Office provides information on sponsored billing if your employer pays benefits directly on your behalf.

The Executive MBA will accpet the Post-9/11 GI Bill. In addition, the Virginia Tech Graduate School waives the $90 Executive MBA application fee for all military veterans.

For more information about military and veteran benefits, please visit our Military and Veteran Candidates page.