EMBA programs

If you want to keep working and do your MBA at the same time, these executive programs might be the ticket for you.

EMBAs give many students the opportunity to earn while they learn

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If putting your career on hold to go back to school for a year or two doesn't sound all that appealing, but you're still interested in brushing up your business skills — or changing careers all together — an executive MBA may just be for you. Classes are usually taken on evenings and weekends and can be an intense time commitment — not to mention an expensive financial one. But if you're among the lucky ones who can convince your boss that investing in your development is to their benefit, he or she might just pony up part or all of your tuition.

The executive edge

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No one appreciates the phrase “time is money” more than an entrepreneur. So if you're fortunate enough to have one join your EMBA class, you know he or she will want to squeeze as much value out of the program as possible — and that could make for some lively classroom discussion. Of course, it takes more than a couple of fiery students to make a class really pop: you want people who understand the pressures of being a senior manager and who have been in the workforce for several years. After all, a good EMBA program is only as good as its students.

What you'll fork out to join that exclusive executive MBA club

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If you thought MBA tuition was high, take a look at the EMBA fees listed below. Canada's 14 EMBA programs will generate about $65 million for their universities this year. But higher tuition fees don't always translate into higher revenue. Several schools, even those that raised their fees in 2004, will actually see their overall revenues decrease this year due to lowered enrolment, including Athabasca, Sobey and the joint program offered by Haskayne and the University of Alberta.