Employer support can come in the form of both time and financial support. Time support is necessary to complete the program.
The Alberta Executive MBA program is delivered in-person. Students are required to be in class (and out of the office) for:
- 16 weekends of class (Thursday - Sunday) over the length of the program
- 3 one-week intensive courses (Monday - Friday)
- 10-14 days during the International study tour at the end of the program
In order to complete the program, you will need to be able to attend class. Time sponsorship can range from simply accommodating your schedule to complete the program to providing additional time off for class days.
While not a requirement for admission, financial support or sponsorship from your employer is certainly encouraged. Employers can receive a number of benefits from sponsoring students to pursue the Executive MBA. For instance:
- Financial support is not only a way to reward strong employees, supporting employees also increases organizational loyalty and retention
- Students are able to bring new ideas and innovative approaches back into the workplace immediately
- The Executive MBA can help prepare students to take on more senior leadership positions and is a strong succession planning tool
- The Business Project required of students during the second year is a great opportunity to custom-design a project of strategic value to the organization
- Students in the Executive MBA come from many organizations, allowing students expand their networks and leverage these relationships to benefit their own organization