Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

We plan to enroll 15-20 students in the next entering class. The 20-month program is staffed by one academic director and seven full-time faculty members of the Lubin School. They will review individual and team progress via the Internet, communicating with project teams and students frequently.

Residencies are an integral part of the EMBA program. Short of a medical or similar emergency, you should plan to attend all residencies.

There is no comparable experience to participating in a project. Participation in all projects, taken in proper sequence, is required to complete the EMBA program. Collectively, the projects completed during the program will require significant mastery of all the disciplines of business. The projects are designed and sequenced so that each project extends the knowledge and skills you acquired in prior projects and develops new capability you will need for future projects.

To interrupt this cumulative learning process or to lose the benefits from one of the projects would interfere with your ability to complete future projects and to contribute effectively to future project teams.


Besides being included in the cost of the program, the major reason is that you may find it convenient and desirable to do so. The residencies are intense experiences with early morning starting times and late evening ending times. Travel to accommodations, such as your home, a further distance from campus could interfere with the planned residency learning experiences.

In addition, we expect some project groups may want to work outside the scheduled residency hours and some students may want to network outside the school. A common residence for all EMBA participants facilitates these activities and serves to establish a strong bond within the cohort group.


The EMBA cost is $78,000. This is payable in 9 installments, including one installment due before the first residency. Tuition and fees cover the cost of tuition, room, board, and all required textbooks. It does not include several student expenses, including: transportation, computer hardware, communications services (phone, Internet provider, etc.) and incidental, research, or optional materials. Also it does not include the Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office software packages.

Students are eligible for federally-assisted student loans and loans from private sources. See section Tuition and Financial Aid.

No, the EMBA program is fundamentally different in orientation and methodology from most other MBA programs. Collectively, the projects completed during the program will require significant mastery of all the disciplines of business. It would be difficult to determine how to apply transfer credits to substitute for all or parts of one or more projects.

You must have earned a bachelor's degree from an appropriate institution. Your degree can be in any field and you need not have completed any specific courses.

We are willing to consider GMAT scores but we do not require them of EMBA program applicants. If submitted, they will not be the primary basis for determining admission.

Students must earn fifty-four (54) credits for the Executive MBA degree, maintain a cumulative 3.0 grade point average, and satisfy all Pace University Lubin School of Business and Executive Programs' rules, policies, and regulations.

We expect you to allocate 20-25 hours per week to EMBA program work during weeks without residencies. This will include both individual learning and group collaboration time. Most of this time can be scheduled at your convenience so long as you access the program Web page and participate in its activities at least once every two days.

Residencies encompass three components. First, student teams deliver the oral presentations of their projects to invited industry experts, company executives, faculty, and other students. This represents the culmination of the project and an opportunity for discussion with an evaluation by experts. The second residency activity involves evaluation of your individual learning through a formal exam. These two activities complete a module. The third residency component is the start of a new module. Activities include subject matter learning, an introduction to individual assignments, and predominantly, the definition and design of the new project that student groups will complete over the next 9-11 weeks. The program faculty engages the class and facilitates the student groups to design the projects and understand why the learning outcomes and exercises are relevant to them.

The EMBA faculty will help you define specific learning outcomes associated with each project. They will identify appropriate materials (book chapters, articles, Web sites, etc.) for you to read and exercises to be completed. If you have difficulty with any of this material, you will be able to e-mail or phone faculty to help overcome your difficulties.

In addition to faculty support, you will be part of a learning team for each project. Since teams normally have members with different backgrounds and skills, they tend to help each other much the way study group members help each other in the traditional Executive MBA program. Subject matter is taught during the residency weekend and during the module through distance technology such as video conferencing. For individual assistance, faculty are available by e-mail and phone.


During the EMBA program, students confront and resolve many managerial problems for which they do not have prior solutions. Developing solutions for new problems is one of the learning outcomes of the program. Discussions with other students in the program provide opportunities to test the generalization of the learning to new and often unique circumstances. Students further develop the ability to identify, analyze, and resolve new problems.

The final project in the EMBA program is an independent project that you must design and complete. The project can be a plan for a new business or the identification and resolution of a significant problem confronting your organization. This project will allow you to demonstrate to the faculty, to yourself, and to your employer that the skills acquired as part of the program do apply to your job and your company.


You may take vacations whenever you want. However, during vacation from your job we ask that you remain in communication with the EMBA program at least every two days and that you complete your assignments and fulfill your obligations to your project teams on schedule. To fulfill your obligations you will need a laptop computer with a modem and a telephone line where you vacation during the program.