Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Executive MBA program?


The Executive MBA program is designed for fully employed professionals who want to complete an MBA degree on a part-time basis. Designed for managers and professionals who have at least five years of full-time professional work experience, it consists of courses similar to the full-time MBA program but is unique in reflecting and focusing on the management experience of its students.

Obtaining a degree through the Executive MBA program requires a year-round commitment for two years.

What are the requirements to get into the program?


  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited university or college.
  • Five year minimum of full-time managerial work experience (average is 11 years).
  • A grade point average above 3.0 is required for graduate study at BYU. The average GPA for admitted applicants is 3.4
  • Competitive GMAT score (generally scores above 560 are competitive; average score for admitted applicants is 614).

Are prerequisite courses needed before entering the program?


There are no prerequisite courses required for application to the program. Online courses through My Educator are required as part of the New Student On-Boarding Process for all admitted applicants.

What are the application deadlines?


Please see the Admissions at a Glance.

How do I apply?


Click here to begin your application. 

Curriculum Structure


The Executive MBA program is a 56 credit hour program spread over a 24 month period. The program is considered a “lockstep” program—a structured curriculum that all students take together. Executive MBA courses begin in the fall each year. The Executive MBA program builds a strong general management foundation. The experience and knowledge that more senior participants bring to the Executive program adds another dimension to the learning environment.

Please see the Curriculum Schedule for additional information.

What type of work experience do I need?


The BYU Executive MBA program seeks diversity of background and interest from a wide range of corporations, public institutions, and non-profit organizations, as well as professional fields, such as medicine and law. We look for seasoned professionals with a minimum of five years post-baccalaureate work experience. Admitted applicants have an average of ten years work experience. Part-time, summer work, or LDS mission experience is not considered when calculating qualifying work experience. We consider applications from a broad range of industry experience; no particular career path is required.

How important is the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)?


The GMAT is one uniform assessment tool we have to predict academic potential for success in many of the core classes that are part of the MBA curriculum. We have found there is a strong correlation between a student's GMAT score and his/her ability to succeed academically. If you think you may have trouble with the GMAT, we recommend you study one of the review texts available in many bookstores or enroll in a formal GMAT preparation course. We require the GMAT unless you have significant senior-level management experience with a demonstrated proficiency in technical business skills involving accounting or finance and a strong undergraduate academic record or other outstanding academic credentials such as a graduate degree with a significant quantitative component. Applicants must submit a completed MBA application and request the waiver as a separate paragraph in the personal statement of intent explaining why they qualify for the GMAT waiver. 

The highest score will be used for evaluation of admissions. GMAT scores are valid for five years. Information about the GMAT can be found at www.mba.com/mba.

How should I prepare for the GMAT?


Please see the GMAT Preparation web page.

Tuition and Financial Aid


The BYU Executive MBA program is one of the most affordable options for a top-tier Executive MBA program. BYU is owned and operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and significant portions of university operating costs are paid with the tithes of church members.

Tuition is $45,000, separated into six payments of $7,500. This cost includes tuition, books and the foreign business excursion. Tuition is the same for students who are not members of the Church.

Student loans are available through the university’s Financial Aid Office. MBA loans are also available by Sallie Mae and the Graduate Management Admission Council by contacting www.salliemae.com. There are no scholarships available for the Executive MBA program.

When and where are the classes held?


Please see the Schedule and Locations web page.