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Executive MBA
Frequently Asked Questions

When and where are the Information Sessions? 
Attending an information session is an important part of the admissions process. The information session will provide a comprehensive overview of our program, curriculum and admissions process. All information sessions are held at the Main Campus of UTSA on Loop 1604 in the Center for Professional Excellence in the Business Building.  Dates for the information sessions can be found on the information sessions tab of this website. 

Is the UTSA Executive MBA program AACSB-accredited?
Yes it is.

What are the admissions criteria?
We are looking for experienced professionals and executives with a strong academic record. Applicants are evaluated on professional experience, academic records, GMAT test scores (if required), professional recommendations and a demonstrated ability to accomplish graduate level course work.

How much professional experience is required?
Successful applicants typically have 7-9 years of professional or management experience. 

What is the GMAT requirement?  Where can I get GMAT information?
The GMAT is required of applicants that do not have a terminal degree from an accredited university (such as a Ph.D., J.D, or M.D.),  applicants who have not earned a master's degree from an accredited university, applicants who do not have 15 years of post-undergraduate experience and applicants who do not have 5 years of people or project management experience demonstrating increasing levels of responsibility.  The EMBA Admissions Committee may require an applicant to submit GMAT scores.  Go to for additional information about the GMAT.

What are the application deadlines? 
Applications are accepted on a year-round basis. Admissions are on a “rolling admissions” process. A new class begins each year in August. The program takes 21 months to complete.

What is involved in the application process?
There are three stages in the application process. First, attend an information session and schedule an appointment with the Director of the EMBA to review your résumé. Second, complete the online application, obtain 3 professional recommendations, submit all college transcripts and your GMAT score (if required) and write a letter of self nomination. Third, meet with the Admissions Committee.

Is an interview mandatory?
Yes. The Admissions Committee values the opportunity to meet each prospective student individually and determine how they might complement the incoming class.

When will I receive a decision regarding my acceptance?
The Admissions Committee meets twice each month. Decisions are typically rendered within two weeks of an admissions interview. After being offered admission, a non-refundable deposit of $2,000 will hold your place in the program.

How many people are accepted each year?
Class size is limited to 40 students to support the team structure and optimum learning environment of a small cohort. Each class consists of a diverse group of individuals from the profit and not-for-profit sectors, large and small companies, entrepreneurs and professionals.

What is the international component of the program?
At the conclusion of the fourth semester, students will participate in a required international seminar The seminar provides a global perspective to the MBA coursework. As part of the seminar, students travel to London with two days to another location. Previous classes have traveled to Paris, Brussels and Munich. Airfare, ground travel and accommodations are included in the cost of the EMBA program.

Do you accept transfer applicants?
The program is designed in a lockstep format; therefore transfer applications are not accepted.

What is the cost of the Executive MBA program and what does it include?
The cost for the EMBA program is $57,500 for Texas residents and $71,000 for non-residents. This cost includes tuition, fees, iPad with access to course materials in electronic format, meals on class weekends and the international seminar.

Is financial aid available for the Executive MBA Program?
Yes, financial aid is available. Please reference the financial aid page for additional details.

Does the Post 9/11 GI Bill cover the EMBA program?
The Post 9/11 GI Bill, effective August 1, 2009, currently covers a major portion of the cost of the EMBA program.

Is the application process different if I received my degree from a foreign country?
If you hold a Green Card, you are considered a permanent resident. Your foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a Foreign Credentials Service. The TOEFL is not required.

If you are in the U.S. on a visa, you are considered an International Student. UTSA will evaluate your foreign transcripts; however they must be translated into English. You must take the TOEFL if your degree is from a non-English speaking country.  Information about the TOEFL can be found at



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