EMBA-Global: Frequently Asked Questions

By Elena Aldea, Senior Recruitment & Admissions Manager, EMBA-Global and Sloan

Deciding which Masters programme is right for you is an important, and often confusing, decision. At LBS, it’s the role of the Recruitment Team to help advise you on which programme might be the best fit for you, and also to answer any questions you might have about the programme or the application process.

The next upcoming intake for the EMBA-Global programme starts on 8th May 2022, so if you wish to join, get in touch with us as soon as possible for a consultation with the Recruitment & Admissions Team to discuss the next steps in the application process, as well as the logistics before the Orientation Week.

What is the EMBA-Global?

The EMBA-Global programme is the unique dual MBA programme offered jointly by London Business School and Columbia Business School in New York. Upon successfully completing the programme, you will receive two full MBA degrees – one from London Business School and another from Columbia University – and be a full member of both institutions.

You can view our new brochure here.

Who is the programme aimed at?

Our EMBA-Global students are often looking to accelerate their careers on a global scale, and the programme has been designed for those who want to be challenged and stimulated by a truly international postgraduate degree.

Our students tend to have 12 years’ work experience on average, and possess significant managerial and international experience.  If you would like an informal assessment of whether you would be a good fit for our EMBA-Global programme, please submit your CV.

You can view our current class profiles here.

How is the programme structured?

The EMBA-Global is five-term, 20-month programme. During the first academic year, core courses take place in blocks that alternate between London and New York each month. During the second academic year, you choose electives from the portfolios of LBS and Columbia Business School. The electives are offered in modular, block week or weekend formats.

Do I need to discuss the programme with my employer before I apply?

Yes. An important part of the application process is your letter of company support. This letter outlines that your company is aware of the time commitments of the programme and that they allow you to be out of the office during this period. One of your application references should also be from your current line manager.

You can find out more about how to gain company support here.

Do I need to take the GMAT before applying?

The GMAT or Executive Assessment is a mandatory requirement. If you have not yet taken the GMAT, we urge you to consider the Executive Assessment, as this test is shorter in both duration (90 minutes) and preparation time required (typically, around 10 – 20 hours).

What are my next steps?

If you have not submitted your CV to the Recruitment Team, I would advise that you do so as soon as possible. We will then be able to give you an informal assessment of your programme suitability, and advise you regarding your next steps.

You should also open an online application form. You can return to your application as many times as you need before you are ready to submit. From this form, you can download the essay template, and submit the details of your references.

If you have any questions that are not covered in this article, you can see full FAQ’s here.

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