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Business executives and managers hear it all the time in the business world: "Work smarter, not harder." Like all cliches, easier said than done. The Executive MBA (EMBA) program, however, is the tool for making busy executives and managers smarter and companies more profitable.

First Tennessee Corporation, Methodist Hospitals, and Kraft Food Ingredients are among the many corporations that send their rising executives to the exclusive EMBA program, which is tailored only to the day-to-day requirements and demands of busy corporate and business managers.

The 22-month program begins with the fall residential week at the Holiday Inn Executive Conference Center where members participate in team-building exercises and an occasional volleyball competition. "The residency week felt a little like boot camp," said Babs Feibelman, president of the Memphis Arts Council. "By taking me out of my normal environment and putting me into an immersion situation--I felt better prepared to start the program."

EMBA students meet all day Friday or Saturday in their own specially-prepared classroom. "The EMBAprogram is like a small college that operates inside a large university," said associate dean Dr. David H. Ciscel. "The professors know all students, and the students benefit from a completely integrated curriculum. The kind of personal attention that students get in EMBA is very exciting."

Carolyn Hannan, graduate and executive training coordinator for the EMBA, said professors use the team approach to graduate education because "EMBA students bring a wealth of experience. Each student is a member of a group that studies together, puts cases together, and organizes presentations together. Effective group management is always the greatest outcome of the EMBA."

The small classes (anywhere from 25 to 28 students), the high-tech environment, specially-designed classrooms, and bright students make graduate education stimulating. Dr. Howard Tuckman, distinguished professor of economcis and holder of the Distinguished Teaching Award, said,"The EMBA classroom is a professor's delight. EMBA students are motivated and they usually ask penetrating questions." Luke Yancy, III, a 1983 EMBA graduate and senior vice president at Union Planters National Bank, recalls, "The people in the program were extremely competitive. In one instance people even got on their company planes and flew to California to interview the CEO of a particular company we were studying."

Juggling a career and an advanced degree can be difficult, but is it worth it? Ron Loving, a manager for the Tennessee Valley Authority, said, "When you consider the experience I gained and the permanent friendships I made during the program, the hardships and the travel were all worthwhile."

Applying for the Executive MBA Program

The first challenge for the executive or manager is admission to the Executive MBA program. Most applicants have 10 to 15 years of corporate or professional experience. In addition, the applicant must successfully compete again in the academic arena, submitting previous college work and the results of the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) for review by the admissions committee.

The criteria for selection of participants are as follows:

1. A minimum of five years of experience in a

managerial or professional position.

2. Nomination by the applicant's company.

Professionals may nominate themselves.

3. Bachelor's degree from an accredited college

or university. (Official transcripts from all

undergraduate institutions must be submitted.)

4. Satisfactory score on the Graduate Management

Admissions Test (GMAT).

5. Two letters of recommendation, one from a

high ranking company official and one from

the applicant's immediate supervisor.

6. Completion of the Executive MBA Program

Application for Admission.

7. Completion of the MSU Application for Graduate

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Title Annotation:The Fogelman College of Business and Economics; masteral degree program of business administration; includes related article
Publication:Business Perspectives
Date:Sep 22, 1991
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