Full-Time MBA vs Executive MBA

MBA programs come in various formats. In addition to the full-time MBA, there’s also a part-time MBA, executive MBA, distance learning MBA and so on. MBA applicants often get confused about these myriad options.


MBA course covers differents management subjects like accounting, marketing, finance, project management etc. These are skills that are required for executive-level managers.

EMBA is for experienced managers who have some exposure and experience in these varied domains. Since EMBA students are already in executive-level positions, there are no introductory courses. An EMBA program is composed of core classes for a focused and defined curriculum that helps current managers obtain skills that can better them as leaders in their field. This ends up saving time and money.

Entry requirements

Average Age

Students generally go for an MBA right after their graduation or after gaining experience of a couple of years. So the average age for an MBA program is 22 to 30. The average age of candidates going for EMBA is generally 32 to 38 years when they reach mid-level management.

Career advancement

An MBA degree in your CV helps you negotiate a higher salary. If you are an MBA from an esteemed B school, you get an easy foot in the door to most good multinational companies.

Many professionals after reaching mid-level management feel the need to go through classroom study. In that case, the EMBA course adds to their qualifications and opens avenues for growth and promotion.


An executive MBA (EMBA) generally tends to be much more expensive than a regular MBA from the same institution. Most companies also reimburse the cost of EMBA. Some businesses offer incentives for their employees to earn advanced level degrees. This can come in the form of paying for tuition (fully or partially) or guaranteeing a bonus upon graduation.

In 2009, 32% of companies completely reimbursed employees for the cost of their EMBA degree. Some studies also claim that the actual payback period of an EMBA is 17 months only.

The average annual salary for those doing an MBA from a renowned B-school is USD 90000 whereas the average annual salary for an EMBA is 164,845.


The biggest downside of EMBA is that the kind of a ‘complete MBA experience’ that a full-time MBA offers would be lacking. The social life and the networking opportunities that form an integral part of a full-time MBA program would not be possible on a similar scale due to limited time availability.  The time spent in the class is much less and the interaction with your peers would not be as much as a full-time MBA could offer.

However, the greater work experience of your batch mates would translate to a rich learning experience through interactive sessions. You develop hard and soft skills required to grow exponentially in your career.
Here is the sneak peek of the Executive MBA programs offered by Top B-Schools in India:


Institute program offered Course Duration (months) Course Fees (INR) Exam
ISB PGP MAX 12 28,70,000 GMAT
IIM Ahmedabad PGPX 12 27,00,000 GMAT
IIM Bangalore EPGP 12 20,07,500 GMAT
IIM Calcutta PGPEX 12 14,00,000 GMAT
IIM Kozhikode EEPGM 24 7,50,000
SP JIMR PGEMP 21 6,20,000
MDI Gurgaon NMP 15 6,59,000 CAT
NMMIS EMBA 15-24 - -

Distance Learning MBA

This is a means of obtaining an MBA without having to attend the program on the campus. This could be done through various correspondence courses, online course material and discussions, teleconferencing and videoconferencing.

The advantage of this model is that these courses can be completed from the comfort of our home and while continuing our current profession. Some of these programs also offer flexibility in terms of their course structure.


What is the career scope after distance MBA?

Distance MBA program helps in career advancement as it broadens your knowledge base and provides you with business concepts, problem-solving skills and a better understanding of various business statements.

For those seriously looking at a complete shift in career, choose a program that can help you make this transition. The brand name of the university or college would be something recruiters might be interested in.

Where can I do a distance MBA program in India?

We’ve named a few of the distance learning programs that provide management education though there are many more that can be added to the list.

These include IGNOU, Sikkim Manipal University(SMU-DE), Symbiosis, ICFAI, MIT, XLRI, Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Annamalai University, NMIMS, Amity and Welingkar.


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