Not everyone can take two years off work to go back to school full-time. Executive MBA (EMBA) programs let professional women pursue a master’s in business administration while juggling busy personal and professional lives. Some programs require monthly on-campus visits, and some are 100 percent online, while others take a global approach. Thinking about boosting your earning power by furthering your education? These notable programs show just how varied your options are.
* A joint program at New York’s Columbia University and the London Business School lets you spend time on two campuses—alternating weeks once a month in New York and London—and gives you access to two alumni networks. emba-global.com
* Looking for an EMBA program with a STEM focus? The Executive MBA Program at the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Martin Tuchman School of Management offers a 16-month online program with some weekend on-campus sessions. management.njit.edu/academics/graduate/emba
* The IMM Global EMBA program at Purdue University Krannert School of Management gives students a chance to interact with managers facing similar challenges to their own. Women made up only 29.7 percent of EMBA students in 2016. But they outnumbered men 52 percent to 48 percent in this program in 2017. Gender parity gives women “a ‘majority’ experience in study groups, project teams, and discussions that is elusive for them in the executive workplace,” says David Schoorman, Krannert’s associate dean for executive education and global programs. krannert.purdue.edu/executive/emba/IMM-Global-EMBA
* The Online Executive MBA program at Washington State University, run through the university’s Carson College of Business, is 100 percent online, making it convenient for any location or circumstance. onlinemba.wsu.edu/executive-mba
* Ranked by TheBestSchools.org as the top on-campus executive MBA program in the country, the MBA Program for Executives at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School can be completed in 24 months. Students attend the Philadelphia or San Francisco campus every other weekend and in the second year spend a week at an international location. executivemba.wharton.upenn.edu