EMBA Program FAQs

  • Can the GMAT or GRE requirement be waived based on years of work experience?

    No, the GMAT/GRE requirement cannot be waived based on work experience. However, waivers are available if the applicant has completed one of the following:

    • An accredited graduate degree (Master’s, Ph.D.)
    • A professional degree (JD, MD, DVM, etc.)
    • An active CPA, CFP, CMA or PE license
    • A graduate certificate or GMAC executive assessment test
  • Does the Admissions Committee require a minimum score on the GMAT or GRE?

    While the Admissions Committee does not require a minimum score on the GMAT or the GRE, it is suggested that applicants receive scores at or above the national averages. Currently, the GMAT national average is a 544 total score. The GRE average is a 151 on the quantitative section, and a 151 on the verbal section.

  • If I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Nevada, Reno, do I still need to request my transcript?

    In many cases, the Graduate School does have access to transcripts from the University of Nevada, Reno. However, if there are courses currently in progress at the time the application is submitted or an applicant attended here many years ago, the applicant would be responsible for requesting a final official transcript.

  • What is the difference between an Executive MBA and a traditional MBA program?

    The EMBA and MBA are similar in many ways—both include coursework in statistics, strategic management, marketing and finance. An EMBA is designed specifically for business professionals and executives who want to accelerate their education while continuing to work full time. The online program structure offered by the University of Nevada, Reno makes a graduate education in business accessible to more students and allows professionals to earn a degree they may not be able to pursue otherwise due to work and personal obligations.

  • How much time will I need to spend on assignments each week?

    The EMBA is a rigorous two-year degree program that requires a significant time commitment. While individual study habits may vary, plan to spend at least 10–12 hours each week on course assignments, discussions, and research.

  • How does the cohort structure work?

    Students in each cohort begin the program at the same point, move through the curriculum together, and build supportive working relationships in a stimulating online environment. Courses in the EMBA program are sequenced to assure continuity in learning. EMBA students are required to complete their degrees in two years. Most students continue to work full-time while enrolled in the program.

  • What are the program’s technology requirements?

    The EMBA program is completed entirely online. At a minimum, students need regular access to a reliable desktop computer or laptop, the Internet, and a webcam/microphone to complete each class. It is assumed that a student entering an online program has the basic computer skills necessary for participating in and completing a class online. Knowing how to use email and navigate the Internet is essential, as is a basic understanding of how to use computers, common software (MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.), and webcams/microphones. Students must be able to send messages, upload attachments, post assignments, and participate in discussions through the online course sites. EMBA instructors, staff, and class peers cannot be expected to serve as technical tutors.

  • Are EMBA course exams online?

    EMBA courses may include unproctored or proctored exams, at the discretion of the instructor. For those that incorporate proctored exams, the exams are monitored and recorded through an online remote testing service. Students take the exam at the time of their choosing within the assigned time frame, are supervised by webcam, show government-issued picture IDs to confirm identity, and all testing sessions are recorded and reviewed.

  • Who typically enrolls in an EMBA program?

    Students in the EMBA program are working professionals who seek a graduate-level business degree to enhance their careers. Most students continue working full time while enrolled in the program and are employed in mid-to upper-level management positions or are business owners.

  • Is an EMBA a recognized credential?

    The program builds on the awarding-winning University of Nevada, Reno part-time MBA program, ranked as one of the top programs in the United States by BusinessWeek, the country’s most prestigious source for ranking of business schools. All programs offered by the College of Business at the University of Nevada, Reno are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the highest level of accreditation attainable in business education.

  • How will an EMBA impact my career?

    Graduates of the EMBA program will gain knowledge and skills to:

    • Lead organizations
    • Tackle new and unfamiliar circumstances through a conceptual understanding of relevant disciplines
    • Adapt and innovate to cope with unforeseen events
    • Manage in unpredictable business environments

    With a blend of theory and practice that integrates professional experiences with a graduate-level academic management curriculum, the EMBA program provides a general management emphasis suited to the needs of mid-career executives and experienced professionals. The program familiarizes students with cutting-edge issues of business disciplines for managerial decision making, and crystallizes the philosophy and capabilities of experienced professionals, fostering professional growth.

  • Will the degree state that it was completed online?

    The diploma will read "Executive Master of Business Administration" and will not indicate that the degree was completed online.

Decision and overview

Our program was ranked as the #1 Online MBA Program in Nevada, #9 in the Southwest and #47 in the U.S. according to Online MBA Report’s 2019 Best Online Programs rankings.  

All coursework is completed online and each class runs for 12 weeks. Your course education comes from highly respected and experienced EMBA faculty members who also conduct traditional classes on the UNR campus.

Our faculty is accustomed to helping their students succeed in any setting, so you'll feel supported in your education -- no matter the distance.

Decision Timeline

Decision timeline for an EMBA degree.
Decide on a Masters Degree Type of Degree Cost and Affordability Requirements University
MBA learning  Why online Payment options Application Why UNR
Core Business Courses: Statistics
Ops Management
Financial Reporting
Org Science
Economics of Firm
Financial Management
Marketing Management
Managerial Accounting
Personal Branding
Mgt Global Economy
IT in Organizations
Strategic Management
The new normal
Most flexible
Use of all devices
Phone, table, PC
Video lectures
Virtual meetings
Networking virtually
Fluid access to Professors
No intimidation
Discussions are educational
and enjoyable
Competitively priced
Best value option
Payment plan
Qualifies for FASFA
Federal Financial Assist.
Your company may
provides reimbursement
Approved for veteran
education benefits
Access to immediate
job opportunities
listed provided to UNR
Minimal Requirements
Personal statement
Letter of references
Assistance provided
on each step of
Application process
Support team provides
immediate feedback on
any app questions
Highly ranked #33 in 2018
Established Online
EMBA program
Qualified Professors
Excellent support team
Join network of strong
Your network includes
UNR professors
Draws students across
the US and international
Excellent testimonials

Why an MBA?

Potential earnings, careers, knowledge, skills and personal growth when you earn at MBA
Earnings Career Knowledge Skills Personal Growth
High salary potential Better and more career opportunities Enhances knowledge Improve applied financial skills Personal development
Improved resume Be your own boss Exposure to other professions in cohort Learn skills necessary to make a company successful Challenge yourself
Solidify your existing position Develop, advertise and sell your products and services Discover your business strengths Acquire latest management tools and techniques Confidence in changing business environment
Improve your annual evaluation Network and create connections or partnerships Increased knowledge and credibility Improve your business, teams and collaboration Prepare for career change
Opportunity for promotion Manage difficult situations Higher respect of achievement Think more globally Personal fulfillment

How does it work?

Details on class format, time, projects, testing and the cohort for the EMBA program
Class format Time involved Projects Testing Cohort
100% online Weekly time involved varies Weekly homework assignments Online Cohort team is friendly and encouraging
Online discussion posts similar to social media Designed to be reasonable increments Projects are individual and in groups Can take tests from home Many highly skilled with advanced degrees
Communicate via email and discussion posts Provides a work, study and life balance Group assignments are completed virtually Studey guides are provided Networking begins in the first week and continues throughout
Video lectures can be reviewed may times Cohort moves forward together Abundance time provided for group projects Tests based on video lectures, homework or readings One of the most rewarding aspects of the UNR EMBA program