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The Executive MBA: information for employers

Our Executive MBA programmes are aimed at senior professionals with the potential to hold leading roles within their organisations.

The programmes help them develop a broad, comprehensive understanding of organisational areas, a strong grasp of the global business environment and leadership skills so they can manage and lead organisations effectively.

We are keen to work with companies interested in developing and training their employees and preparing them for more senior roles.

To find out more or discuss any aspects of sponsoring employees, email Alison Greenwood, Head of Marketing & Admissions.

The benefits of an Executive MBA

The programme has been carefully designed so that participants spend as little time away from their work as possible. For example, on the Cambridge EMBA this equates to roughly 34 days over a 20-month period.

This time off can be negotiated with employers as vacation, unpaid leave, study days or time off in lieu.

EMBA participants are required to be in full-time employment; applying lessons learned is an important feature of the programme.

Read the EMBA course dates and schedule

The EMBA programmes focus on participants’ personal and professional development, preparing them for the demands of a senior management or leadership role.

The programmes aim to develop their effectiveness as leaders through executive coaching and peer-to-peer learning, developing skills in:

  • negotiation
  • communication
  • team management
  • strategic thinking
  • leadership
  • relationship building

Learn more about personal and professional development

Cambridge is a hub of innovation and entrepreneurship. For example, the Cambridge EMBA programme offers the opportunity to meet with startups from Accelerate Cambridge and the wider local area during our Saturday evening wrap-up sessions.

Your employees will learn about entrepreneurship within the course structure, from peer-to-peer learning and by meeting active startups. This helps practice intrapreneurship within your organisation.

Executive MBA participants undertake two live projects which reflect our belief in learning by doing.

Multinational organisations, including FTSE 100 companies, sponsor projects for EMBA participants to work on. These provide opportunities to explore new industries and test new approaches.

Team Consulting Project

The first live project, lasting one week, has participants work in small teams to consult for a major organisation of their choice.

This project covers any aspect of business in any commercial, industrial, public sector or not-for-profit organisation anywhere in the world. Participants gain insight into the client’s organisation, knowledge they bring back to their own workplace.

Find out more about the Team Consulting Project

Individual Project

The second live project has participants focus on a business challenge faced by themselves or their organisation.

It gives participants an opportunity for a deeper critical exploration of a chosen topic. They usually choose an aspect of their current organisation in which they have a special interest and wish to reflect on more deeply.

Find out more about the Individual Project