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M.B.A. for Executives Program

The M.B.A. for Executives (EMBA) program is a twenty-two-month M.B.A. program for working professionals that combines the rigor of the Yale SOM integrated core curriculum and leadership development program with advanced study in a chosen area of focus: asset management, healthcare, or sustainability. Students spend two short periods in residence and every other Friday and Saturday on the Yale School of Management campus.

To learn more about the M.B.A. for Executives program, visit http://som.yale.edu/emba.

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EMBA Degree Requirements

The EMBA program follows essentially the same curriculum as the M.B.A. program (see M.B.A. Curriculum in the chapter M.B.A. Degree Program). In the first year, students devote the majority of their time to the core courses. In the second year, in addition to advanced management courses, students take courses in their respective focus areas: asset management, healthcare, or sustainability.

In addition, the curriculum includes:

  • 1. A colloquium, which brings prominent business leaders from the areas of asset management, healthcare, and sustainability to present and meet with students;
  • 2. An Independent Study program to engage students in project-based opportunities;
  • 3. The optional Global Studies program, which exposes students to broader global issues of international business.

Program Requirements

The program adheres to all requirements for the M.B.A. as designed and administered by the Yale School of Management (see M.B.A. Degree Requirements in the chapter M.B.A. Degree Program). Any exception to the requirements must be approved by the faculty.

The following requirements are specific to the EMBA program.

Enrollment Requirement

All courses and class meetings for the EMBA program are normally conducted on campus, and students are required to attend in person.

Timing Requirement

A student must complete all program requirements in twenty-two consecutive months.

Distribution of Courses

To graduate, a student must:

  • 1. Achieve credit in each of the following core courses:
  • Basics of Accounting
  • Basics of Economics
  • Probability Modeling and Statistics
  • Modeling Managerial Decisions
  • Managing Groups and Teams
  • Leadership Fundamentals
  • Introduction to Negotiation
  • Competitor
  • Customer
  • Investor
  • Sourcing and Managing Funds
  • The Global Macroeconomy
  • Employee
  • Advanced Leadership
  • Operations Engine
  • State and Society
  • Innovator
  • Integrated Management Perspectives
  • Leadership Practicum
  • 2. Achieve credit in all mandatory courses in order to meet the 72-unit course requirement. These courses are listed at http://som.yale.edu/emba.
Quality Standard

See Academic Standards in the chapter Rights and Responsibilities of Students.

Remediation of Failing Grades in Courses

A student who fails a core course must remediate the failing grade by either retaking the course and achieving a passing grade, by passing a proficiency examination, if offered, or through alternate activity as specified by the instructor. In no case will a grade other than Pass be recorded when a failed course is remediated. A failing grade in a core course must be remediated in the next term or part of term in which the course is offered. A student who does not remediate the failing grade will automatically be dismissed from the program. A student who fails any other required course must remediate the failing grade.

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Academic Policies


EMBA students are expected to attend classes regularly, be on time, and be prepared to contribute to class discussion. We recognize that there are times when circumstances may cause a student to miss class. If these absences are due to religious observance, unplanned hospitalization, extended illness, or a personal or family emergency that directly affects the student or an immediate family member, the absence would be considered excused. Students will be informed about whether their absence is excused or unexcused by a program administrator. Whenever students are unable to attend class, they are required to notify a program administrator and then must inform the instructors. If the circumstances make advance notice impossible, an e-mail as soon as possible after the missed class is the next best alternative. The student must make arrangements with a classmate to get notes and copies of class handouts, and to complete all missed work.

Since participation and attendance are critical to the EMBA experience for students, their classmates, and study groups, an unexcused absence (any absence that does not fall into those listed above) may jeopardize a student’s academic standing in class. Under these circumstances, those students who miss more than 15 percent of the total number of class sessions for any given course may, at the discretion of the faculty, receive a final course grade of Pass or Fail. The threshold at which unexcused absences may affect a student’s grade varies depending on the number of the sessions in the class, as follows:

Class Sessions

Unexcused Absences

Six-session class

1 class session or 3 hours

Four-session class

½ class session or 1½ hours

No unexcused absences are allowed for a two- or three-session class.

If a student has to leave town for a personal or family emergency, or will be out of class for an extended period because of illness, he/she must first contact the program director.

The Colloquium

The colloquium is a credited course, for which students receive a total of 2 credits over the two-year program; students are required to attend all sessions of the series. Students’ grades are based upon attendance and participation. Students who miss three sessions in an academic year will receive a grade of Pass; students who miss four or more sessions in an academic year will receive a grade of Fail and will not receive credit for the year. If a student receives a grade of Fail, he/she must take another credited Yale SOM elective or complete other work—approved in advance by the faculty director from the respective focus area—to make up for the lost credit in order to graduate on schedule. A grade of Fail in both years requires a student to make up 2 credits.


Students are expected to take all examinations at the scheduled time and submit all take-home exams on the assigned due date. Exams may be rescheduled only in exceptional circumstances such as a religious observance, incapacitating illness, or serious family emergency. Travel arrangements, mild illness, work-related obligations, and the like are not acceptable reasons to change an exam time or miss a deadline.

If there is a need to change the date or time of an exam, written approval must be obtained from the instructor prior to the date and time of the exam, unless the nature of the emergency is such that advance notice is impossible. In the case of delay due to illness, the student must provide a program director with written confirmation of the disabling condition from a healthcare professional providing treatment.

Deadlines for Deliverables

Students are expected to adhere to all deadlines set by faculty. In the event that a student is not able to meet a deadline for an assignment or exam, he/she must request an extension from the instructor. If an extension is granted, the student will submit the assignment by the extension date or risk receiving a grade of Fail for the assignment/exam. The instructor will determine if a late assignment/exam will affect a student’s grade. If a student fails to meet a deadline without notifying the instructor, the student will be in jeopardy of receiving a failing grade for that particular assignment/exam.

Incomplete Course Work

Students are expected to complete all assignments by the deadlines established by the instructor. Marks of Incomplete are rarely approved, and only in cases where incapacitating illness or serious family emergency prevents the student from completing class work on time. A student who anticipates a problem should contact the instructor and a program director before the last day of class. If the Incomplete is approved, the mark must be converted to a grade no later than sixty days after the date on which grades for the term are due. If no grade has been received by that date, a grade of Fail will be recorded automatically. Grades of Incomplete in the final term may delay the awarding of a student’s degree.

Non-SOM Courses

Students who take courses offered by another school at Yale University must comply with any enrollment procedures, restrictions, deadlines, and/or fees imposed by the school offering the course. In addition, the student must file the appropriate forms with the School of Management, as described below. Students will not be granted permission to take a course that conflicts with the EMBA class schedule.

Students wishing to enroll in a course in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences or in one of the other professional schools at Yale must receive permission from the course instructor and a program director. Enrollment in a Law School course also requires authorization from the registrar of the Law School. Once the appropriate permissions have been obtained, the student should contact the registrar, who will enroll the student.

Students may receive credit toward the M.B.A. degree for Yale College courses only if such credit has been authorized in advance by a program director. Petition forms for requesting credit are available in the SOM Office of Academic Affairs and Student Life. The course will not be posted on the student’s record until credit has been authorized.

In some schools, students may be offered the individual option of taking a course on a Pass/Fail or Credit/D/Fail basis. Yale SOM students are not permitted to elect such an option.

Credit will not be given by the School for any course taken outside Yale University during the period of the student’s enrollment in the program.

The credit to be awarded for courses offered by Yale College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, or by one of the other professional schools at Yale will be determined by the registrar. Courses offered by Yale College and the Graduate School typically carry 4 units of credit at SOM. Unless a course is taken to fulfill the Independent Study requirement, credits earned for Yale courses outside of the EMBA curriculum will not count toward the requirement for the M.B.A.

Independent Study

This is a requirement typically completed during the student’s second year in the program. This course provides an opportunity for students and faculty to work together on projects of mutual interest outside the structure of normal courses. Each Independent Study project must have an adviser who is a member of the Yale full-time faculty; students are responsible for identifying and requesting a faculty member to serve as adviser. Students must submit a Petition for Independent Study that includes the project proposal and the faculty adviser’s signature. The proposal must indicate the means by which the student’s performance is to be evaluated (e.g., final paper, etc.) as well as the scope of the project and a timeline. The project must be approved by the faculty director from the respective focus area. The Independent Study project is a 4-credit course and, as such, the scope of work should be commensurate with the time and effort of similar instructor-led courses.


Students may, with the permission of the instructor, audit Yale SOM elective courses or courses in another school in Yale University. The normal expectation for auditors is attending at least two-thirds of all class meetings; instructors may set additional conditions. Audited classes will appear on the transcript only if the instructor certifies that the conditions for auditing have been met. Auditing of SOM core courses is not permitted.

Course Evaluations

At the end of each course, students are asked to evaluate the course and instructor. The course evaluation results are given to the instructor and the dean of the School, and the aggregate results are available for review.

Global Studies

The Global Studies program is an optional part of the EMBA curriculum that includes Global Network Weeks and online Global Network Courses. Students earn either 2 or 4 units for completing a Global Network Course; no credit is awarded for participating in a Global Network Week. Global Network Weeks provide students with the opportunity to pursue intensive study at another member school in the Global Network for Advanced Management, in a focused mini course that leverages the perspectives, programs, and faculty expertise of that school.

Global Studies Financial Support

The School provides a subvention for ten days of international travel to help students defray the cost of Global Studies. This funding is destination-specific and covers up to ten days at 50% of lodging and meal expenses as determined by the per diem rates published by the U.S. Department of State.

Students who choose to apply the ten-day subvention to the Global Network Weeks can get financial support for up to two GN Weeks.

Students who do not use the ten-day subvention for Global Studies do not receive a refund or credit for any remaining balance.

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Use of Career Development Office (CDO) Resources

The Career Development Office (CDO) at Yale SOM provides career management assistance to EMBA students. The CDO has a number of resources available to EMBA students in their career management, including advising, workshops, and an online recruitment system. The Career Development Office can be reached at 203.432.5900.

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Tuition and Fees

Fees for the M.B.A. for Executives program include tuition, all course work, as well as an electronic device for course materials, books and study materials, breakfast and lunch on all class days, on-campus parking, and lodging and parking at the Omni New Haven Hotel during summer residencies and on Friday evenings of all weekend sessions. Fees are due on August 1 for the fall term and December 1 for the spring term.

See Tuition Rebate and Refund Policy in the chapter Tuition and Fees for the rebate schedule specific to students in the EMBA program.

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Housing Requirements

Yale EMBA tuition covers housing during in-residence weeks and Friday evenings of class weekends at the Omni New Haven Hotel and is nonrefundable. During in-residence weeks (two weeks in year one; one week in year two) and for the duration of the fall term of year one, students are required to stay at the Omni New Haven Hotel on Friday evenings. Students may opt out of housing at the beginning of each term for all subsequent terms.

The Omni package includes complimentary parking, breakfast buffet on Saturday morning, and wireless high-speed Internet access. Continental breakfast, lunch, and coffee breaks will be provided on campus on all class days.

Students may choose to include a Thursday evening accommodation at the Omni on all class weekends at an additional cost. Students who wish to extend their overnight stay at the Omni assume the financial responsibility for the additional night(s).

More information about the Omni Hotel can be found at www.omnihotels.com/hotels/new-haven-yale.

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Rights and Responsibilities of EMBA Students

In general, the policies in the chapter Rights and Responsibilities of Students apply to all students, including EMBA students. The following policies are specific to the EMBA program.

Electronic Devices

All EMBA students receive a tablet upon arrival at orientation. This device is the personal property of the student. Using cell phones, browsing the Internet, or reading e-mail during class distracts the instructor and classmates and interrupts the learning experience. Cell phones and other electronic devices are to be turned off during class. Laptops and tablets are not to be used in the classroom unless explicitly permitted by the instructor.

The SOM-IT Web page offers students videos and instructions to self-configure their personal laptops, and our SOM-IT staff are able to offer hands-on help as well.

See Policies on the Use of Information Technology Facilities in the chapter Rights and Responsibilities of Students for more information.

Academic Support

Students who feel they are in need of additional academic support may either contact the course teaching assistant or the instructor.

Honor Code Committee

In instances when an EMBA student is referred to the Honor Committee, there will be at least one student representative from the EMBA program serving on the committee.

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