Boise State University’s Executive MBA program has earned high marks in an independent exit survey of its graduates by the international Executive MBA Council. About 96 percent of the graduates gave the overall program the highest possible rating. The average for participating schools worldwide was 83 percent.
Moreover, Boise State’s program achieved these high standards during its first session. The Executive MBA Council, an organization comprised of Executive MBA programs worldwide, hired an outside firm to conduct the exit survey with Boise State’s 2008 Executive MBA graduates, the first to graduate from the 3-year-old program.
Graduates noted in the survey that after completing the program they are more creative, more strategic in their problem solving and decision-making, higher contributors to their company’s success and overall more effective leaders.
“We worked on solving real business issues,” said Greg Hanmer, an IT director with Hewlett-Packard, adding that he and fellow EMBA participants examined HP’s forecasting and supply chain processes and outlined opportunities for material savings. “The program gave us the academic tools we needed in today’s business environment and access to business professionals throughout the valley.”
More than 65 percent of Boise State’s Executive MBA graduates thus far have received promotions or otherwise advanced their careers as a result of their participation in the program.
“Our EMBA participants and their organizations have seen very rapid returns on their investment,” said Kirk Smith, associate dean of Boise State’s College of Business and Economics and director for the Executive MBA program. “Most have recovered their investment, and more, before they’ve even completed the 21-month program.”
Boise State’s Executive MBA program began in September 2006 and is Idaho’s first program. It is unique in that it was created in partnership with a consortium of local businesses in an effort to meet the current and future needs of the business community. The program is designed specifically for middle- to senior-level professionals who wish to obtain a master’s in business administration on a schedule that minimizes disruption of work and personal pursuits.
The program is now enrolling for fall 2009. Classes will begin in September and students will earn an MBA degree in 21 months of part-time class attendance. An informational open house is scheduled from 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 29 in The Loft on the fifth floor of the Stueckle Sky Center on the west side of Bronco Stadium. Those planning to attend should e-mail email@example.com or call (208) 426-4034 to reserve a space. Additional details about the program can be found online at http://emba.boisestate.edu.
The Executive MBA Council is a non-profit association of universities and colleges that offer Executive MBA programs. It currently includes more than 200 colleges and universities that administer 300-plus programs in more than 25 countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.emba.org.