EMBArking on a New Venture

Posted by Paula Paine on May 20, 2011 in "Academic Programs", Arizona, EMBA, MBA, "School of Business" While Ottawa University has been offering an MBA degree for several years, it is taking the degree up a notch with the introduction of its Executive MBA (EMBA). Though similar to the traditional MBA program, the differences in the EMBA include audience, delivery, focus, and price. The EMBA program primarily targets senior-level employees who need to re-tool or revitalize their careers but who, because of their demanding schedules, may not be able to attend classes on a consistent basis. OU’s EMBA helps solve that problem by combining in-class time with technology to complete the program, usually in a year’s time. Cohort groups play an integral part in the flexibility and convenience of the EMBA program, as well, often being offered on-site with fellow employees. Because of the acceleration and convenience of the program, OU’s EMBA degree is priced slightly higher than a traditional MBA. Dr. Kirk Wessel, dean of OU’s School of Business, is spearheading Ottawa University’s EMBA program. “The Ottawa University EMBA offers exceptional value for executives and managers who want to catapult their careers and develop advanced, applicable business knowledge,” said Wessel, who has been involved with EMBA programs at other institutions. “Priced below the competition, it provides distinctive features such as coaching, mentoring, leadership assessment, executive workshops, and school/work/life balance.” The EMBA program is being offered first in OU’s Arizona market before it is rolled out across all of the University’s adult campuses and online.