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Washington University in St Louis Olin Business School

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Frequently Asked Questions

Olin’s Executive MBA team would be happy to answer your questions personally. Call 314-935-EMBA.

Q. Is Olin’s Executive MBA program accredited?
A. Yes, the program is accredited by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) International, the world’s leading accrediting association.

Q. What degree will you earn?
A. You’ll graduate with a Master of Business Administration degree from Washington University in St. Louis.

Q. When do the next Executive MBA classes begin?

Class Calendars (PDF)

Starting in April 2015

Starting in September 2015

Q. Is the GMAT or GRE required for admission?
A. Most applicants aren’t required to submit their GMAT or GRE score. Your official university transcripts are required, however, and are used to determine your academic aptitude for the Executive MBA program.

Q. How much time will you devote to the program?
A. Typically, students spend 30 hours per month in class and 15-20 hours per week studying and completing course work. Consequently, time management and family support are essential to program success.

Q. How is performance graded?
A. Executive MBA faculty members use a four-level grading system, with high pass, pass, low pass, and no pass. Every class grade is a combination of individual and team effort on tests, presentations, and special projects, but the exact breakdown is up to each professor.

Q. What is GO! Week?
A. Your Executive MBA experience begins with GO! Week, a required residency that introduces you to the program curriculum, your EMBA classmates, and the Olin community. You stay at the Charles F. Knight Executive Education and Conference Center on Washington University’s campus. You meet your study team, commit to personal and team goals, and engage in a number of academic exercises that lay the groundwork for the 20-month program.

Q. Is it OK to miss school occasionally?
A. To earn a degree in 20 months, you cover a large amount of material in relatively short time. So if you miss class, you may find it difficult to catch up. The Executive MBA team realizes illness or important family commitments can’t always be avoided. You may request a DVD of a missed class. If you miss more than 25 percent of any class, however, you must repeat it.

Q. How much does the program cost?
A. See the tuition page of this site.

Q. What is a letter of commitment?
A. A letter of commitment is a required written statement from your employer indicating the organization understands the amount of time you’ll spend away from work in Executive MBA program courses and residencies.

Q. Is financial support from your organization required for admission?
A. No. In fact, more than a third of Olin’s Executive MBA students are completely self-funded. Your strength as a prospective candidate doesn’t depend on your means of financial support for the program.

Q. Who typically serves as a sponsor?
A. The answer depends on the organization. Your sponsor may be your direct supervisor, human resources director, chief executive officer, or any other senior-level employee with the authority to approve your program enrollment and your time away from work.

Q. Can you sponsor yourself?
A. Yes, if you’re self-employed. Along with your statement of self-employment, you must submit two recommendation forms from individuals who can assess your professional accomplishments and your aptitude for academic success.

Q. Are you required to submit your completed application all at once?
A. No, you can submit your material in two stages: the online application and essay first, the supporting documentation – transcripts, recommendation forms, and commitment letter – second.

Q. Who teaches Olin’s Executive MBA program?
A. With few exceptions, the program is taught by tenured and tenure-track Olin faculty members. These professors are some of the brightest minds in business, internationally known for their exceptional teaching, research productivity, and management expertise. With input from Olin’s corporate partners, they advance a curriculum rooted in leadership development, strategic problem solving, and skills application.

Q. Is a personal interview required for admission?
A. Yes, an interview with two members of the Executive MBA Admissions Committee is required as part of your admissions process. Interviews usually last an hour and are scheduled by appointment after you submit your application and supporting documents. Interviews are in St. Louis.

Q. Can you take additional courses?
A. For 24 months following graduation you may take additional graduate business courses without an increase in your tuition (books and materials aren’t covered). Go to to see the wide variety of electives – updated each March and November – offered by Olin’s evening and full-time MBA programs. Enrollment is available on a space-available basis two weeks after the enrollment period opens. You also may enroll in other Washington University courses, but the tuition costs won’t be waived.

Q. What additional courses are available for alumni?
A. For two years after they graduate from the Executive MBA program, alumni are invited to enroll in Olin’s evening or full-time MBA electives at no charge on a space-available basis. After that, alumni receive the regular, 50 percent discount on evening tuition rates. Alumni must pay for their books and materials.

Q. Is a laptop computer required?
A. Yes, a laptop is required for program course work, since most of the content is delivered electronically. To increase class participation and engagement, though, professors often discourage laptop use during lectures and case discussions.