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Industry insights

The Executive MBA Council (EMBAC) sponsors its Membership Program Survey each year to help track industry developments. In 2015, 91.5 percent of member programs throughout the world participated in the survey.

Survey data offered the following highlights:

  • In 2015, the percentage of women in EMBA Programs rose slightly, from 25.4 percent in 2014 to 27.6 percent in 2015, the highest percentage in five years.
  • The average EMBA student age is 37.8 years, the average years of work experience is 13.9 years, and the average number of years of management experience is nine years. These statistics have risen slightly during the past five years from an average age of 37.1 in 2011, average years of work experience of 13.3 years in 2011, and average number of years of management experience of 8.4 in 2013.
  • Average class size increased slightly from 41 in 2014 to 41.6 in 2015.
  • While 2014 marked the first year the percentage of students receiving full support increased, 2015 saw a slight decrease. In 2015, 41.2 percent of students self-funded their education, compared to 39.8 percent in 2014; the percent of students who received full sponsorship declined from 24.6 percent in 2014 to 23.2 percent in 2015; and 35.6 percent received partial sponsorship in 2014 and 2015.
  • To assist students, 53.3 percent of programs provide scholarships and fellowships, consistent with the last two years.
  • Global experiences continue as a priority, with 93.4 percent of member EMBA Programs offering an international trip.
  • Popular destinations include China, the United States, Brazil, India, Chile, other Latin American countries, and Germany.

“The EMBAC Membership Program Survey offers the most comprehensive look at the EMBA industry,” says Michael Desiderio, EMBAC executive director. “The data helps members better understand trends and also helps us raise awareness about the industry and the value of the degree.”

  • Average age: 37.8 years
  • Average years of professional experience: 13.9
  • Average years of management experience: 9
  • Percentage of female students: 27.6
  • Percentage of programs that offer scholarships or fellowships: 53.3
  • Percentage of students who received full sponsorship: 23.2
  • Percentage of students who received partial sponsorship: 35.6
  • Percentage of self-funded students: 41.2 percent
  • Percentage of programs that offer an international trip: 93.4