Jun 03, 2023  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 

Executive Master of Business Administration

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This program is accredited by: AACSB. More information can be found at: unlv.edu/provost/vpaa/accreditation

Plan Description

The Executive Master’s in Business Administration (EMBA) program of study offers an integrated blend of theory and practice and provides a general management emphasis that fosters the professional growth of mid- and upper-level career executives. It provides opportunities for integrating professional experiences with academic management curriculum.

The program is designed to provide a holistic educational experience. Courses are sequenced to assure continuity in learning. Through a lock-step format and an innovative curriculum, a group of highly motivated students are placed in a collaborative, proactive, integrative, and team oriented learning environment.

The students go through the program as a cohort, with the course schedule set at the beginning of the cohort’s program. Students complete the program in 18 months. Classes typically meet every other Friday and Saturday. All students complete the program as a group. This provides a unique cohort experience that enhances teamwork throughout the program. 

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Plan Admission Requirements

Application deadlines

Applications available on the UNLV Graduate College website.

 The student must satisfy the minimum requirements of the Graduate College and the EMBA program. The candidate must meet the following requirements:

  1. Submission of completed application form and the required $100 nonrefundable application fee.
  2. Submission of official transcripts of all college-level course work previously taken and evidence of having been awarded the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with an overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.75 on the four-point scale.
  3. Official results of the Executive Assessment or GMAT test. Applicants may indicate test scores and date taken on the application or indicate the expected exam date; however, official copies of the GMAT scores must be submitted to the Lee Business School EMBA Program Office.
  4. Evidence of 7 or more years of work experience,  a minimum of 3 years management experience.
  5. Two letters of recommendation, at least one from the applicant’s current or previous employer and one from someone who can evaluate the applicant’s potential for success in a graduate degree program.
  6. Resume.
  7. Statement of Intent – In two to three pages, describe why you believe you are the ideal EMBA candidate, how the program fits into your career and/or personal goals, and what skills and talents you possess that will benefit the cohort.
  8. A personal interview.

All domestic and international applicants must review and follow the Graduate College Admission and Registration Requirements. 

All entering students are required to have competency in two areas. First, the applicant must be skilled in the use of word processing and spreadsheet programs. Second, the applicant must possess strong mathematical skills through college algebra. It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide satisfactory evidence of these skills. 

Students are accepted into a degree program as described in the Graduate Catalog. The faculty and corresponding sub-disciplines and sub-plans within the described programs are subject to change at any time.

Plan Requirements

Total Credits Required: 43

Course Requirements

Degree Requirements

  1. The candidates must successfully complete the 43 credits of required EMBA courses.
  2. The content of the courses is customized to meet the need of executives. Classes generally meet on Friday and Saturday every other weekend. Classes are from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day. Students must be able to make a commitment to attend all classes.
  3. Each cohort takes an international trip. The International Seminar requires students to learn about the culture and business practices of the countries to be visited.
  4. The academic performance of students is reviewed on a regular basis. If it is determined that a student is not making satisfactory progress toward meeting degree requirements, or if the student’s overall GPA falls below 3.00, the student will be placed on probation. Conditions and deadlines for the removal of probation will be specified. Failure to meet the conditions will result in separation from the EMBA program. Graduation requires a minimum overall GPA of 3.00.
  5. Withdrawing from a class is considered as being unsuccessful in that course and in the program and will result in dismissal from the program. A student who, due to extraordinary circumstances, is forced to withdraw from a course, and is subsequently dismissed from the program, may appeal to the Director of the EMBA Program.
  6. Students who do not successfully complete a course in their EMBA program may replace the course with a similar course taken from the regular MBA program at UNLV or with another EMBA cohort at UNLV. The substitution requires the approval of the Director of the EMBA Program in the Lee Business School and is discouraged. Substitution will be possible only under the most unusual circumstances. In no case may more than two courses be substituted.

Plan Graduation Requirements

The student must submit all required forms to the Graduate College and then apply for graduation up to two semesters prior to completing his/her degree requirements.

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