A class size ranging from 18 to 25 students assures diversity and engenders close coaching and mentoring by faculty members. Participants bring their knowledge from diverse business backgrounds such as health care, engineering, agriculture, education, law, insurance, government, social service, and others. Each EMBA class matriculates through the program as a group, or cohort. Within that cohort, smaller study groups of 5 to 6 participants are formed for group project work and team building skills. Connections developed between study groups create informal networking opportunities and, in many cases, lasting friendships.