Frequently Asked Questions


Are GMAT scores required?

A: No, neither the GMAT nor GRE are required. The EMBA Program does reserve the right to request a score to evaluate a candidate’s quantitative skills.

What are the requirements to apply for the program?

A: More than 6 years of professional or managerial experience

  • Completed application form (You can apply electronically by clicking here.)
  • Official Transcripts
  • Current Resume
  • Interview
  • Two letters of recommendation. One from your current supervisor indicating support and acknowledging time off for the 3-day opening residency, every other Friday afternoon, 3-day NYC residency, and the 10-day study abroad course.
  • Currently employed
  • $90 Application fee
  • TOEFL or IELTS (if your degree was earned from an academic institution in a country where English is not the native language)

What criteria are the admissions committee looking for in candidates applying for the program?

A: The committee will make a comprehensive review of your application package including the following: GPA, prior and current work experience, personal interview, recommendations, and application contents.

Do you require interviews for admission?

A: Yes, all applicants must have an interview. Interviews are an opportunity to assess your fit in the program and a chance for the perspective student to ask questions as well.

How can I arrange for an interview?

A: Interviews are conducted Monday-Friday during regular business hours (8:30 am – 5:30 pm) at the Virginia Tech Arlington Campus. For more information, please email or call 703-538-3791.

Is there an advantage to applying in the earlier Rounds?

A: Yes. Space is limited and the program typically offers application incentives in the early rounds. We encourage you to apply early to reserve your seat in the class and to be eligible for fellowship consideration. Qualified applicants usually receive notification letters within two weeks after their application is complete.

What if I do not have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0?

A: The Admissions Committee reviews all application materials before making a decision on a candidate. The committee focuses on the last 60 credits of your undergraduate degree and any graduate level courses, certifications, etc. you have taken. Therefore, we encourage candidates to apply who have less than a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

Does my undergraduate degree need to be in business?

A: No, the majority of our students do not have a business degree. They are seeking to increase their business acumen and leadership skills by earning their MBA. You will need an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university and six plus years of work experience.

Can I transfer graduate credits from another academic institution?

A: No, the Program is lockstep and cohort based. This means all students come in together and take the same classes. In addition, the Program does not have elective courses.

How long does it take before I am notified of my admissions decision?

A: Once we have received all the necessary documents in your admissions package, we can typically send you a notification within two weeks.

Can I defer my admissions and if so, how long?

A: Yes, you can defer your admissions however; the deposit is non-refundable. Admitted students can defer for up to one year.


What is the structure of the program, and when does it start?

A: The class schedule is designed to allow students to balance work and family with minimal disruption. Classes meet every other Friday (2 pm – 9 pm) and Saturday (8:30 am – 5:30 pm) for 18 months with seasonal breaks in the winter and summer. The EMBA program is lockstep, which means all students start at the same time, work within their cohort, and all finish together. The EMBA program has a Fall (August) start date

What does the curriculum emphasize, and are there concentrations?

A: The curriculum focuses on leadership and strategic management in a global environment with an emphasis on business analytics, innovation, and globalization. The course delivery is team-based using case studies.

Is there an online component to the classes?

A: The primary form of delivery of the EMBA program is in class. Online instruction will supplement some of the learning objectives of the course. In cases of inclement weather, an online delivery might be necessary.

How many hours do EMBA students spend on program work outside the classroom?

A: Classes meet alternating weekends on Fridays (2 pm – 9 pm) and Saturdays (8:30 am – 5:30 pm). Students typically report spending 15-20 hours between classes per week on academic preparation.

Is there an International component to the program?

A: Yes. There is a required study abroad course in the curriculum. Students complete a 10-day international residency. During the 10-day visit, you will interact with senior-level business professionals, compare and contrast country economies, and experience aspects of international culture. The International Residency typically occurs in module 5 or 6 of the program.

Am I responsible for purchasing my textbooks?

A: No. The program provides students with all required course materials prior to the start of each course.


Is this a Full-time or Part-time program?

A: Each semester the Program enrolls students in their classes. You are enrolled in the equivalent of a full-time graduate credit load each semester.

I noticed a reference to a MBA Math course. Is this a requirement even if I have a quantitative background?

A: Yes. Since many of our students have not attended school in several years or do not use quantitative skills on a daily basis, MBA Math covers a wide variety of quantitative skills our students will be required to understand when classes begin. Due to the amount, and variety of quantitative topics covered in MBA Math we require all entering students to take MBA Math, regardless of previous academic background.

Why is an Accounting course required? What are my options?

A: The Accounting class you will take in the first term begins at a very high level, and assumes that students know the basics of accounting, including how to read a balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement, as well as understanding how to identify credits and debits. For students who have not had exposure to accounting previously, the class moves very fast and there is not enough time to self-teach these vital skills. If you have not completed an accounting course, you may fulfill the accounting requirement by either completing an accounting course at a community college or we can enroll you in an online Harvard Business accounting course.

How is the EMBA program different from the Evening & PMBA program?

Executive MBA
  • Format: Part-time
  • Average class size: 15-20 students
  • Completion time: 18 months
  • Class meeting times: Fri & Sat; every other weekend
  • Minimum work experience: 6+ years
  • Average work experience: 13 years
  • Course delivery: Case Studies; Team Based
  • Location: Arlington, VA
  • International Residency: Yes
  • Starts:Fall (August)
  • GMAT: not required
Evening MBA
    Format: Part-time or Full-time
  • Average class size: 25-30 students
  • Completion time: 2-5 years
  • Class meeting times: Evenings; 2-4 times per week
  • >Minimum work experience: 3 years
  • Average work experience: 8-9 years
  • Course delivery: Class lectures/ Case Studies
  • Location: Falls Church, VA
  • International Residency: Optional
  • Starts: Spring and Fall)
  • GMAT/GRE: Required
Professional MBA
  • Format: Part-time
  • Average class size: 30-35 students
  • Completion time: 24 months
  • Class meeting times:
  • Fri & Sat;once a month
  • Minimum work experience: 3 years/li>
  • Average work experience: 9+ years
  • Course delivery: Case Studies; Team Based; Online
  • Location: Richmond and Roanoke, VA
  • International Residency: No
  • Starts: Fall
  • GMAT: Required, waiver available

Do I receive a different MBA degree?

A: No, students in the EMBA program receive a Master of Business Administration.

Where are classes held?

A: Classes are held at the Virginia Tech Research Center at 900 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington, VA 22203.

Is the Executive MBA Program Accredited?

A: Yes. The Virginia Tech EMBA is an AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accredited program. Pamplin College of Business is one of only 5% of business schools internationally accredited by this prestigious, international accreditation body. Read more about the AACSB accreditation.

How can an EMBA benefit me?

  • 18-month program with minimal disruption on your work and personal life
  • Increase your opportunity for career growth. Over 60% of students earn a promotion during or within six months after graduating from the program
  • Enhance your business acumen
  • Gain confidence in your strategic thinking and leadership skills
  • Increase your opportunity for career growth
  • Make a positive impact at your workplace
  • A stimulating learning environment to gain knowledge from top rated professors and the industry diverse perspective of your colleagues
  • An investment in your future career that represents success in a highly competitive environment

Who can I contact to learn more about the program?

  • Maureen O. Hall
  • Executive Director
  • EMBA Program
  • 703-538-3757-Direct line
  • Jessica Loving
  • Assistant Director
  • Student Affairs
  • 703-538-3746-Direct line


What is the EMBA program's cost and what does it include?

A: Tuition for the Pamplin 18-month EMBA Program is $85,500 (in-state or out-of-state).

Accepted Semester Cost
Fall 2016 $85,500*
*Subject to change
Accepted Semester Fall 2016
Cost $85,500*
*Subject to change

The tuition covers

  • Required academic materials
  • Technology package (software)
  • Meals and snacks during class time
  • Parking
  • Residency lodging, some meals, and internal transportation (the international round-trip airfare not included)

If I have military benefits am I able to use them for the program?

A: Yes. The Executive MBA program will accept the Post-9/11 GI Bill. For additional questions about military benefits, please contact the Virginia Tech Office of Veterans Services.

  • Office of Veterans Services MC 0548
  • 810 Washington Street SW, Suite 130
  • Blacksburg, VA, 24061
  • Phone: (540) 231-5815

Is financial aid available?

A:Financial aid is available through Virginia Tech’s Office of University Scholarships and Financial Aid. EMBA students are eligible to borrow up to $20,500 in unsubsidized federal Stafford loans each academic year. Federal Grad PLUS loans are also available to EMBA students, which can cover the remaining balance of the tuition. (Please note that loans are not available to students accepted under a provisional or Commonwealth status in their first semester of study.)

If you are a US Citizen or Permanent Resident and would like to apply for financial aid, please be sure you have included your (the student’s) correct social security number (SSN) on the admissions application. If you did not provide your SSN, please contact the Graduate Admissions office for instructions to have it added to your application. You can reach the Graduate Admissions Office by calling 540-231-8636 or by email

Important items to consider:

  • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the application for federal student loans and is available January 1st at
  • You may file the FAFSA before you receive the admissions decision.
  • You may file the FAFSA with estimated tax figures if you have not submitted your federal tax return.
  • While there is no specific deadline for graduate students, we recommend you submit the FAFSA by early May to give us time to process your financial aid.
  • You should check with the EMBA office regarding any possible scholarships or assistantships. Our office only processes student loans for graduate students. Visit the financial aid website for additional information,

For additional information please contact:

  • Stephanie Breeding
  • Financial Aid Specialist
  • Phone: 540-231-5179
  • Office of Veterans Services MC 0548
  • 810 Washington Street SW, Suite 130
  • Blacksburg, VA, 24061
  • Phone: (540) 231-5815

Are scholarships available, if so, how do I apply?

A: The Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business has partial merit-based scholarships (ranging from $2,000 to $4,500) available to assist working professionals earn their MBA while continuing their careers. No additional paperwork is required for consideration. Scholarship funds will be applied evenly across the six EMBA installment payments. All applications received by the May deadline for Fall will receive priority consideration. Recipients will be selected by the Admissions Committee.