Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Executive MBA program?
An Executive MBA program meets the educational needs of experienced managers, executives, and other business leaders since it allows these professionals to earn an MBA in 16 months while continuing to work full time. It also allows students to enter the program, complete classes, and graduate with the same integrated group of students.

When does the next Integrated Group begin the Executive MBA program?
The next Integrated Group will begin September 2014. Please contact Director John Donovan for questions you may have about the full program schedule. He can be reached at jdonovan@rider.edu or by phone at 609.895.5541.

What is different about Rider’s Executive MBA program curriculum?
At Rider, our program focuses on leadership skills, practical applications and networking. While leadership skills are applied in all classes, the addition of the Leadership Edge, which utilizes either small group or individual coaching (the latter being more frequent), helps to drive them home. The curriculum focuses not only on the theories and principles but also on how to bring those concepts to bear on the real-world issues and challenges executives face every day.

How does an Executive MBA program compare with a typical full-time MBA program at another University?
The most obvious advantage of an Executive MBA program like Rider’s is you do not have to put your career on hold. You can continue working full time while earning your degree and, therefore, you can also apply everything you are learning in class immediately. You do not have to wait until you graduate.

How many students are in each class?
Our program is organized around integrated groups of up to 25 students. Because these groups remain intact throughout the entire program, you are always learning with the same people, which allows you to develop close working relationships with your group members.

Who participates in Executive MBA programs? Will the Integrated Groups include students from different industries?
Rider’s program draws students from a wide range of industries, occupations and management levels. While some students already have degrees in business, many hold technical degrees and come from scientific, engineering and other nonbusiness backgrounds. This kind of diversity exposes you to new and unique ways of approaching and solving problems.

What type of time commitment is involved?
We understand your concerns: committing to an Executive MBA program means balancing work and family responsibilities with a rigorous academic schedule. That is why we have designed our Executive MBA program around a unique structure that enables you to complete the program in less than 16 months without unduly sacrificing your other responsibilities. Meeting a few Friday evenings and almost every Saturday, you will take two courses, generally in eight sessions. Every session is eight weeks long -- seven classes with an exam or conclusion during the eighth week. Eight skills training sessions will take place on Friday evenings and two Saturdays. Weekly interactive and online assignments supplement the classroom discussions.

Can I also complete a concentration as part of the program?
Yes, you can complete a concentration, at the conclusion of the general EMBA program. For detailed information you can reach out to the Program Director John Donovan. His email address is jdonovan@rider.edu and his phone number is 609-895-5541. The cost associated with a concentration is in addition to the cost of the program. View a list of available concentrations.

Can I afford an Executive MBA program?
The cost of the program is currently about $55,000. The program cost is all-inclusive - it covers tuition, books, food, fees and the international study and travel experience. You should talk with your company's human resources department to find out if tuition assistance is available. Or, you can contact Rider and we will have a representative arrange a meeting with your company.

When considering the cost, including the time commitment, also consider the payback. Based on the Executive MBA Council 2010 Exit Benchmarking Survey, the average salary and bonus of 2010 EMBA graduates rose 11.4% from start to end of program. This is a 2% increase from 2009.

“Executive MBA students continue to do well in this challenging economy. Survey data shows the return on investment for EMBA students remains significant.”
- Michael Desiderio, Executive Director of the Executive MBA Council, The Pak Banker. Lahore: Dec. 29, 2010.

Is your Executive MBA program accredited?
Absolutely. In fact, we are one of about 500 schools in the world to receive accreditation by the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.


For answers to other questions you might have or to learn more, call and speak to one of our graduate admission representatives. The schedule of open houses can also be obtained from the graduate admission's office. You can contact the Rider University Office of Graduate Admission at gradadm@rider.edu or (609) 896-5036.