The flexibility of Saint Joseph’s University's top-ranking MBA program allows you to take classes at your own pace — on campus in Philadelphia, online or both.
Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA)
Saint Joseph’s University now offers the most accelerated, customizable one-year Executive Master of Business Administration program in Philadelphia. This transformational journey can be completed in just 12 to 16 months (3 to 5 semesters) and may be tailored to a variety of specializations. Earn your EMBA, plus a professional certificate in an area of your choosing.
A minimum of five years of professional experience is required, and candidates should demonstrate leadership as well as a proven record of high performance.
What Sets Our Program Apart
Saint Joseph’s Executive MBA program is regularly recognized by top organizations and business publications. Recently, the program was listed among the tier-one institutions for Executive MBA programs worldwide by CEO Magazine in their 2023 Global MBA Rankings report. It has also been recognized once again in U.S. News & World Report’s rankings for graduate programs as one of the top 25 Executive MBA programs in the nation.
The Executive Mentor and Engagement Series provides the opportunity to attend guest lectures and take part in working sessions with top CEOs, CFOs and COOs from across the region. You will also have access to one-on-one sessions with an experienced executive coach who will help develop and enhance your leadership style.
The EMBA program incorporates an international residency which gives students a deeper understanding of the managerial, political and cultural concepts that influence and drive international business.
In addition to the core curriculum, you can stack a specialized certificate onto your EMBA that is tailored to your career goals. Experience the EMBA cohort model through 12 core courses, plus three online electives of your choosing to earn an EMBA + 1 Certificate. Through the combination of EMBA’s cohort model and the online electives, you will develop a professional skill set grounded in ethics, teamwork and leadership.
Choose from the certificate options below and add value to your EMBA experience:
Saint Joseph's EMBA faculty are experts in their fields, bringing theory, practice and relevance to the classroom. Our small, dynamic classes allow for discussion, reflection and collaboration.
We’ve designed our EMBA program for the working professional. Flexibility is built-in so you can balance work, family and all the other commitments of a busy life. Classes meet online one evening each week as well as one weekend per month (Friday/Saturday) from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If you are traveling from outside of the Philadelphia region, a hotel room will be provided, and breaks are scheduled between each semester.
Academic advising, customized support and career counseling are all part of our commitment to your education. The Leahy Advising Center is available to assist you in every step of your EMBA journey, providing the resources and support to ensure your lifelong career success. Additionally, the Career Center offers a host of resources such as resume review, interview prep, on-campus career fairs and interviews, workshops and networking events.
What Can You Do With an EMBA?
EMBA graduates have gone on to pursue executive-level positions as:
- Chief Financial Officers (CFOs)
- Chief Executive Officers (CEOs)
- Chief Operations Officers (COOs)
- Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs)
Affordable tuition options start at $2,368 per credit.*
*Tuition rates are subject to change each academic year. This rate applies to all students accepted by Saint Joseph's University after June 1, 2023. Tuition and fee rates for students accepted prior to June 1, 2023 differ. Pricing does not include room and board, health insurance or any professional, clinical or transportation fees. Visit our Tuition & Fees page or contact us for more information. Tuition and fees include: textbooks; instructional materials; lodging (for those traveling from outside of the Philadelphia region); the global residency costs; parking permits; student ID; library and computer lab fees; breakfast and lunch on class days, networking opportunities and executive coaching.
Financial aid may be available to you to help offset the cost of your degree. Explore your options on our Financial Aid page.
Have you completed a year or more of service with a recognized service organization? You may be eligible for our mission discount.
Alumni of Saint Joseph's are eligible to receive 10% off the cost of this program through our alumni discount.
Check with your employer to see if they are an Edcor or a Bright Horizons EdAssist member, which may entitle you to a discount on graduate programs.
Note: discounts cannot be combined.
Saint Joseph’s University is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the gold standard of business school accreditation.
Saint Joseph’s is a Yellow Ribbon school that accepts GI education benefits. Our Office of Veterans Services can help you access and understand your benefits.
Graduate assistantships are offered on a limited basis. Please contact the program director for availability.
Why Study an EMBA in Philadelphia?
Saint Joseph's EMBA model is the first and only in Philadelphia that allows you to fully customize your experience. Our stackable certificate model lets you choose from 10 specialization options in addition to the core EMBA courses. Additionally, Saint Joseph’s offers the fastest Executive MBA program in Philadelphia, helping you secure your EMBA in as little as one year.
Our faculty and students are closely connected to the business and cultural networks in Philadelphia, the nation's sixth-largest city. They work at the dozen+ Fortune 500 companies, global corporate headquarters, family-operated enterprises and non-profit organizations that call the city home. They are entrepreneurs giving back to the city and leaders moving our community into the future. Saint Joseph’s will be your campus, but Philly will be your classroom, your network and the backdrop for your career.
To be considered for admission you must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution and have earned an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
- Apply online.
- Submit official college transcripts from all colleges attended.
- Submit a personal statement.
- Submit resume.
- Submit two letters of recommendation.
Visit our Graduate Admission Information page to learn more about admission requirements, key deadlines, additional requirements for international students and how to submit your application.
Graduate applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. This means applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. New students may enroll in courses during the fall, spring or summer semesters.
- Fall: August and October
- Spring: January and March
- Summer: May
If you’re applying as an international student, you must provide proof of English Language Proficiency and Certification of Finances along with your application. Check the graduate admission page for more information about the application process and additional requirements for international students.
Frequently Asked Questions
An EMBA stands for executive master of business administration. It is designed for senior executives, managers and directors who seek to enhance their leadership skills and knowledge in financial management, investment analysis, data analytics/data science, marketing and more.
12-Month: A rigorous, accelerated program designed for students with at least five years of professional experience and an undergraduate degree in business.
16-Month: Designed for professionals with at least five years of work/managerial experience who studied an undergraduate major outside of finance and accounting.
- 12-month program: 30 credits and three semesters
- 16-month program: 36 credits and four semesters
MBA Foundations ensure you have the body of knowledge required to participate in the EMBA program. These 100% online competency modules should be completed at the beginning of your studies and can be taken at your own pace.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the median annual salary for chief executives is $179,520. Graduates of Saint Joseph's EMBA program have gone on to pursue careers with Vanguard, Wells Fargo, Penn Medicine, VWR International and more.