For many people, the deciding factor between picking a standard, full-time MBA vs. a part-time executive MBA (EMBA) comes down to how best to juggle classes with the responsibility of a day job. In addition, many mid-career professionals will choose the executive MBA because they don’t want to or can’t stop working, and the program is better geared towards their life stage.

Beyond the difference in full and part-time MBA programs, the main trade-off between the two types of programs is the less-immersive experience of pursuing an executive MBA. While that doesn’t mean that EMBA candidates still won’t learn a lot and make connections, there is something to be said about the full-time immersion of a traditional MBA program. So, if both the MBA and EMBA are accredited, which is more impressive and which is the better choice? Read on to find out the main differences between the two and, more importantly, which is likely to matter more to you in your career.

It’s important to note that neither an MBA nor an EMBA guarantees job security. However, both should equip a student with important skill sets, a valuable business network, and some prestige that comes with a higher degree; the preference ultimately comes down to the student’s flexibility in timing and money.

How Working Professionals can benefit from EMBA 

This degree bags you greater chances of getting recruited. Companies opt for candidates with such educational certification as they possess the working experience as well as the required knowledge.

No entrance Exams are Mandatory if anyone wants to apply for EMBA. In certain establishments where the Entrance exam is compulsory, expect a lower score for admission.

One can pursue it alongside your regular job. You don’t have to sacrifice your day job for your higher learning. Although, some people take this opportunity to take a break from their employment and fully dedicate their time to learning and upgrading themselves. Later after completion of the course, they seek for a job profile – higher than their previous one.

The best part about taking on this course is that – It has no Age-enrollment Limit. Anyone with a passionate spirit to learn can come and get themselves admitted to the University. Any managerial professional with 2-5 year of work experience can do an EMBA program. However, the exact requirement varies from one institute to another.

The duration of EMBA varies from 1-5 years. They are offered in different modes like-Full time, Part-time, Distance education, Weekend or online classes.

Top EMBA Institutes in India

The IIMs offer EMBA course, but they are not your only option. Let’s take a look at the institutes apart from IIMs that offer Executive MBA programs in various modes:



Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS) is a renowned brand and ranks among the top educational institutes of India. BITS offers Work Integrated Learning Programmes (WILP) that are designed for employed professionals in various Engineering and IT industries, to enhance their academic qualification while gaining significant professional experience.

BITS WILP is more like a distance learning program and is suitable for all those working professionals who are not willing to sacrifice their job for an additional degree. After completing this course you will earn the prestigious BITS tag, and definitely have better chances of getting a better job, pay hike or promotions.

Courses offered: MBA in Consulting Management, MBA in Manufacturing Management, MBA in Finance and MBA in Quality Management.

Mode of delivery: Combination of Online & Offline

Eligibility: BE/B.Tech/M.Sc or equivalent with minimum 1-2 years relevant industry work experience.

Duration: 2 years

Fee range: 1.5 lakhs-2 lakhs

2. NMIMS Global Access School For Continuing Education

With a legacy of 34 years, Narsee Monji Institute of Management Studies has grown to become one of the top B-schools in India. The college follows a rigorous selection procedure, which includes a Written test and Personal Interview. Candidates can also appear for the selection procedure with their valid GMAT score of 600 & above or with a score of 200 & above in NMAT by GMAC. The Executive MBA from NMIMS is an on-campus course offered in Mumbai, Shirpur, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad campus.

Getting the NMIMS tag will definitely help and add value to your career in the long run. The EMBA program offered by NMIMS is quite flexible. You can either complete the course on a fast track 15 months or 24 months. One also has the choice take a module one week and take the next week off enabling you to balance work and personal commitments.

Institute Type: Deemed University

Program offered: Executive MBA

Mode of delivery: On campus

Eligibility: Graduation from a recognized University in any discipline with minimum 5 years of work experience in executive or supervisory capacity.

Duration: 15-24 months

Fee range: 5 lakhs


Symbiosis Institute of Business Management has been conducting the EMBA course for over two decades now, so it goes without saying that they have expertise in delivering this course. The selection of students for this course is on the basis of an entrance exam followed by a personal interview. The classes are conducted on-campus every Saturdays and Sundays by the eminent professors of Symbiosis themselves. Symbiosis also offers an exhaustive list of Post Graduation distance learning courses for more details click here.

The overall review of SIBM EMBA is very good. SIBM EMBA course has a perfect blend of professionals from diversified fields and areas. Also, the lecturers are very knowledgeable and professional when it comes to helping out students.

Institute Type: Autonomous

Program offered: Executive MBA (general MBA)

Mode of delivery: On campus

Eligibility: Graduation from any discipline with minimum 3 years of work experience.

Duration: 30 months

Fee range: 4.5 lakhs

4. Welingkar Institute Of Management

Prin. L.N.Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research (WeSchool) is one of the leading Business schools in Asia, with impeccable accreditation and recognition from various national & international organizations. Over the last few years, the institute is promoting its distance education program and opening up new study centers across the country.

The hybrid form of education by Welingkar is slowly gaining popularity due to the flexibility and convenience they provide to students. This program has a perfect blend of modern and traditional teaching techniques. The course material and course content is sent to students through web and print media. Some of the online learning techniques used are-Virtual classroom facility, WeLectures, E-learning toolkit, e-book, Experiential learning programs, WeTube, Industrial visits, Newswise Services etc.

There are also Personal contact programs to promote peer interaction and answer queries related to the curriculum in person. If you are a fan of online learning then this course is for you.

Institute Type: UGC, NAAC Affiliated

Program offered: Post Graduate Diploma in Management-Hybrid Learning Program

Mode of delivery: Both online & offline

Eligibility: Graduation from any discipline with minimum of 3 years of work experience.

Duration: 2 years

Fee range: Less than 1 lakh

6. Goa Institute of Management (GIM)

Goa Institute of Management is a well-renowned business college offering Masters, Post Graduate, Part-time and PhD courses in management. This program is approved by AICTE and provides the full content of a rigorous MBA program. Candidates will be selected on the basis of their overall performance in Goa State Entrance Test or XAT/CAT/CMAT followed by an interview. The course is conducted every Saturdays and Sundays.

When it comes to management education, GIM is an institute that is definitely talked about. The college is equipped with expert faculty and an amazing infrastructure. However, since it’s a Part-Time, on-campus course it would be suitable for only those living in and around Goa.

Institute type: Goa University

Program offered: Post Graduate Diploma in Management-Part Time

Mode of delivery: On campus

Eligibility: Graduation from any discipline with minimum 3 years of work experience.

Duration: 3 years

Fee range: Approx. 4 lakh

6. MDI

MDI Gurgaon is one of India’s top notch B-schools known for its quality of education and the academic rigor. The course is aimed at including strategic thinking, decision-making and problem-solving abilities, group/team spirit, entrepreneurial and leadership capabilities.

The selection for this program would be based on a written test conducted in MDI campus followed by Interview. The PGPM course is currently offered twice a year (Viz. April and October). The classes will be held on campus on every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

MDI Gurgaon is one of the finest institutions in India with excellent infrastructure facilities. The PGPM Part-Time is a rigorous course and requires a lot of hard work & dedication. Recently, the program has been made flexible in terms of the duration of completion. Although the original duration is the course is 3 years, in exceptional cases the program can be completed within 5 years.

Institute type: Autonomous

Program offered: Post Graduate Programme in Management (Part-time)

Mode of delivery: On campus

Eligibility: Bachelor’s degree in any discipline with minimum 3 years of work experience.

Duration: 2 years

Fee Range: Rs 9 lakhs

Summing Up

Executive MBA Programs are designed to provide the necessary lessons of a regular MBA program to someone with in-depth industry knowledge. EMBA programs are usually taken up by business leaders or those with ample experience in their specific industry. Such a program usually provides the lessons of a regular MBA degree in a more flexible manner and also adds leadership training to the module. So, if you are someone seeking a higher executive level job then applying for an EMBA is probably your best choice.

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