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What companies will hire a part-time Executive MBA candidate?


A P Reston, VA

I am resigning my commission to begin an Executive MBA program at a top-tier overseas university, but want to live and work back in the US. It's a part-time degree, meaning more specifically 5 weeks at home followed by 1 week at school for 18 months.
I am wondering if anyone knows of companies that have hired vets in such a position? I'm not sure whether to apply for a full time job and then immediately ask for the time off to attend school (seems very unprofessional), or to just apply for an internship. Unfortunately most of the MBA internships are during the summer, where as I'm looking for something throughout the year.
I would greatly appreciate some good advice.

29 April 2016 6 replies Education & Training



Luke Thomas Redman Austin, TX

This should be a moot point. EMBA programs confer the same degree as full-time MBA programs with the same accreditation. You are under no obligation to disclose from the outset that your program was part-time rather than full-time.

I did full-time MBA and have run into people in industry that graduated from my program the year I did. Funny, I don't remember them and our class was tight-knit. Always turns out they were part-time/weekend/executive. You cannot tell unless they volunteer that.

4 May 2016 Helpful answer


Susana Moraga Hayward, CA


I agree with the prior comments, what isn't clear is, what do you want to do and why the EMBA at this time?
If you haven't spoken with people doing what you want to do, where you may want to do it, this would be your first step.
Many companies hire vets, bottom line; do you want to do what they do?
Doing informational interviews with professionals will help you focus.
If you are in a program definitely use their career services, if you aren't then you want to obtain information from them about their alums that are pursuing your field of interest to find out how their education supported their next steps.
You don't want to be over-educated and under qualified; is there a degree that will help you move forward or do you need more experience in your field to be more competitive?
Good luck,

4 May 2016 Helpful answer


Bob Schultz Wilmington, DE

Adam, I've recently advised other people in the same situation. It depends on your goals, where you are in your career, and what you want to do. An EMBA program is likely not the program for you if you are looking for internships that lead to full time placement. I think you can message an Executive, full time, or part time MBA to your advantage depending on the situation. I'm in an executive program right now, it is a great program. Not only have I learned a lot from the amazing professors and my cohort, but most of us can apply class material directly in our full time jobs or bring recent and relevant examples to class discussions.

I have ran into people that started an executive program but were looking for internships or the more typical full time MBA candidate recruiting programs and seemed to struggle. I do have friends that have changed jobs or careers during the executive program and has gone smooth but again depends on messaging, resume, and interviewing (most worked closely with our career management center).

Feel free to reach out directly if you’d like.

1 May 2016 Helpful answer


Carl Legge West Chester, PA

Thanks for your service!! Typically Executive MBAs are exactly for that--Executives who have already been in industry but looking to get some new skills that will help them learn about other functions they may have less experience with. Also if the overseas university is not accredited, that is something to consider when hiring managers look at it. I am one person speaking, but my opinion is that a company will hire you for you and your experience, versus for your MBA degree. I think it only matters most if the MBA is from a top tier school/program. I personally did my MBA at night and weekends over a 3 year period. I didn't miss any work. It was a pain and it was a lot of hard work, trying to work and do school and juggle a family, but it was very rewarding to do a lot of projects, interact in a classroom environment, and have fun in the process. I still apply what I learn to my job today. I think folks that do it the way I do it, or do a full time MBA will not see the Executive MBA in the same light as the same degree. It could almost hurt you. Just my 2 cents. Don't pick the Executive MBA as a way to avoid the GMAT. I would say it would probably be better to apply for full time jobs first and then think about school later. Your company might even provide tuition assistance, or the association you have with your company might help you get in to the school with not as strong of a GMAT score. There are other programs state-side that don't need the GMAT either. I think others on here will disagree with my point of view, but just trying to help. Do what is best for you and GOOD LUCK!!

29 April 2016 Helpful answer


G. Rino Fazio Arlington, VA

Adam -

Your new b-school should have a career services office that will assist with your career goals. I am currently in an executive MBA program and I can tell you that executive MBA recruiting is very different from traditional full-time MBA student recruiting. For example, no one is my class is looking at internships, but over half are looking to do something new with their careers.

Also, why don't you consider the full time program in your school?

So in short, talk to your school first. Please free feel to reach out if you have any other questions.

- Rino

29 April 2016 Helpful answer


Douglas Lavelle Chatham, NJ

Many thanks for your service. I am currently in a part time MBA program. Our school offers quite a bit of assistance with internships. You most likely have already and that would be my first stop. Most established companies encourage further development through education through reimbursement. While it is challenging, my education is on my time and does not interfere with my responsibilities. Truth be told, it actually enhances my work performance. You have options and I applaud your commitment to further development. Please feel free to connect with me to discuss further. Best- Doug

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