Securing Support from Your Employer for an EMBA

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Most EMBA programs have been designed with the schedule of busy managers in mind. The structure of the degree aims to maximize learning and personal development, while minimizing time away from work and home. Plus, EMBA programs tend to utilize modular structures which allow students to remain in their current positions. Even so, support from your employer is essential if you are to successfully balance your professional workload and your EMBA program. You may also be keen to explore the possibility of their being able to provide you with financial support.


Financial support

To explore the possibility of financial support from your employer, make sure you have gathered all updated information about tuition fees (what is and isn’t included), payment plans, fee waivers, early bird discounts and scholarships.

Prepare a strong case, including the benefits for the business, and discuss with your employer the ROI (return on investment) to your company of investing in you.

If your employer is not prepared to fund you 100%, then consider how your company could still provide you with financial support through matching funding, percentage splits, reduced hours, salary sacrifice, bonus payments and tuition reimbursement at key milestones or after successful completion of the program.

Scheduling support

You will need to demonstrate that you will be able to manage your time in the classroom and at the office effectively, without affecting your work, your team and/or your clients.

Provide your employer with a detailed schedule of your chosen EMBA program. You may also want to offer to use additional vacation or unpaid leave to complete your studies.

How can I pay it forward to my employer?

EMBA participants can repay the support of their employers – financial or otherwise - in many ways, two of which are:

1. Provide consulting work through a program project: You will have access to some of the best faculty in the world to help you resolve business issues that are crucial to your organization.

2. Show your commitment to the organization through an official contract stating that you commit to remain with the company for a certain number of years.


This article was originally published in July 2016 and was updated in April 2018.

Written by Sophie Mathiaut

Sophie M Mathiaut has been working in higher education management for over nine years in both North America and Europe, and now heads QS’s executive MBA product division. Prior to this, Sophie worked for the Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA Program in Germany, and the New York Institute of Technology and World Education Services in New York City. Sophie specializes in higher education marketing & recruiting, research, and executive education.

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