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Theresa S. Falcon Executive MBA Program
(309) 677-3714

"My EMBA in Leadership gave me valuable skills in business strategy, executive management, and personal leadership.  I am using the practical knowledge daily in my clinic and in my administrative role at OSF-St. Mary's Medical Center. "

Jamie Nesselroad, MD
OSF Healthcare System



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When are classes held?
Classes are held from 8 am to 5 pm typically every other Friday and Saturday. The program includes a week-long residency, called the Leadership Challenge, and an 11-day international trip.

How long does the program take?
Participants graduate 16 months after entering the program.

Does the Bradley EMBA Program accept credits from other institutions?
Our program has a lock step format, meaning all of our students take the same classes in a specific order. The program is designed such that you work closely with the same study group and grow together as a team. Because of the structure of the classes and the nature of the work you complete, we do not accept any transfer credits.

Will I be working alone or will I be assigned to a study team?
The work will be approximately 50 percent team-based work and 50 percent individual work. You will be assigned to study teams by the EMBA director and will include four to six of your peers. Participants are carefully grouped to provide a study group with a balanced composite of expertise, level of management experience, industry, and educational backgrounds.

How are the students divided into study groups?
We hand pick teams of four to six people based on expertise, level of management experience, industry and educational back ground. The teams are well-balanced so that you learn to grow together and rely on each other throughout your various projects, tests and exams during the program.

What degree will I earn?
Bradley University confers an MBA degree for graduates of the Executive MBA program.

Does the EMBA program have a curricular focus?
The Bradley EMBA program has a focus on leadership and strategic thinking. Modules are focused on business issues rather than traditional disciplines and participants learn through projects based on your company.

How is the Executive MBA program different from an accelerated or professional MBA program?
The EMBA program is structured to meet the needs of individuals in senior management roles, focusing on the leadership and strategic-thinking skills needed to be successful at the executive level. The program generally targets participants who have 10-15 years of work experience, with an average of five years of significant experience in a managerial capacity. The collective professional experience of EMBA participants enriches the learning experience both inside and outside the classroom. 

How much time should I expect to set aside for homework during the week?
For each hour you are in the classroom, you should expect to spend an hour outside the classroom on homework, including team meetings, project and individual work.

What is the international trip?
Focusing on emerging markets (Brazil, China, or India), the international trip offers a first-hand education in cultural awareness and the nuances of doing business on an international level. The trip includes a team-based project on a company based in the destination as well as an individual project day. The destination country is announced approximately six months into the program.

I travel a lot for my job. What if I miss class?
We value everyone's participation in class. Moreover, our classes are demanding, and missing even one class poses a significant challenge for you and your study group. But we also know that occasionally your job or personal circumstances may require you to miss a class. Videos of lectures and class documents are accessible via a secure network through our "virtual classroom".

Is there an orientation before classes begin?
Orientation is held on the first weekend of classes and includes preparatory material in finance.

Do I need any preparation before starting the program?
As a general rule, no. Each student completes foundation courses in finance. This course is completed at the start of the EMBA program

How can I learn more about the program?
We hold information sessions where you can learn more about the Program, meet the staff, and ask pertinent questions of our students, faculty, and alumni. Visit the EMBA program website for information session dates and locations. In addition, we encourage you to experience a class first-hand and to talk with current students during lunch or while they're on a break. Give us a call, and we'll arrange for you to visit when classes are in session.


What is required for the application?
A complete application includes the application form, application fee of $40, transcripts from all degree-granting institutions attended, three letters of recommendation, personal essay and interview.

What does the committee consider when reviewing applications?
The Executive MBA admissions committee considers numerous factors, including work experience, academic history, recommendations, company sponsorship, personal interview and the body of the application itself.

What if I don’t have the recommended 5 to 7 years of managerial experience?
We define managerial experience broadly to include project management and team leadership. If you want to know if you are a good candidate for the Executive MBA program, contact us to discuss your background and experience.

Is it possible to be admitted without a bachelor’s degree?
Nearly all of our students have a bachelor’s degree. Rarely, a candidate without a bachelor’s degree may be admitted as an exception to the degree requirement when the applicant has an exceptional portfolio including a significant record of managerial experience.

Do I need to take the GMAT?
No. When considering applicants we focus on work experience, career goals, employer's endorsement, desire to succeed, and numerous other factors.

Who should write my letters of recommendation?
A direct supervisor must be one of the recommenders, unless you are self-employed. Other recommenders can be colleagues, associates, and others who can comment on your capacity to lead.

What is the application deadline?
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis up until one month prior to the start of the program and admissions decisions are typically made within 30 days of receipt of the completed application.

Is an interview required?
Yes, all candidates must complete an in-person interview with the program’s director before the application is considered complete. Interviews are an important part of the admissions process, as they add a personal dimension to each application. Once all of your application documents have been received, you will be contacted to set up an interview time.

When will I be notified of the admissions decision?
We have a rolling admissions policy. About 30 days after the Executive MBA office has received the completed application and all supporting materials, you will receive, by mail, a decision regarding acceptance to the program. Due to the competitive nature of the program, early application is encouraged.


How much is the enrollment deposit?
The deposit is $500 and is non-transferable and non-refundable. Upon enrollment, this deposit will be applied toward your first tuition payment.

What are the program costs?
The EMBA program cost for 2016-2017 is $68,000, which includes full tuition for the duration of the program, international trip (excluding airfare and most meals on trip), books and supplies, meals and snacks during class times, and overnight accommodations for participants from outside the 60-mile radius of Bradley.

How are program costs billed?
Program costs are typically billed in two installments, due the first day of class and during the ninth month of the program. 

Are scholarships and loans available?
The Executive MBA Program offers three loan programs to U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents. Limited scholarships are available and all participants are automatically considered for scholarships when applying for admission.

Do I have to be financially sponsored to be eligible for the program?
No, you do not need to be financially sponsored by your company in order to be eligible for the program.