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Business Administration, Executive M.B.A. (EMBA)

Seidman's dynamic graduate programs offer an education of exceptional value and impact for individuals aspiring to transform their careers and lead the businesses transforming our region.

The Executive MBA (EMBA) program offers an intentional learning opportunity in the context of everyday business situations for experienced professionals. The program is designed for organizational leaders who have set their sights on an executive leadership role.

Visit the program website for more information.

What to Expect

Learning experience. Individual and team-based learning, classroom and online instruction, exceptional networking with class cohort members, and applied learning and project-based opportunities. EMBA students meet on Friday and Saturday every other week at the GVSU Pew Campus downtown Grand Rapids over four semesters.

Cohort structure. All classes taken with the same group of students; enables strong peer learning and professional connections.

Executive MBA highlights. Individualized feedback based on a personalized leadership style assessment; corporate input to ensure relevance; individual coaching; international trip; two-semester capstone project with a local company.

Seidman College of Business Offers

Collaboration With the Community

Seidman maintains vibrant, synergistic relationships with area businesses, collaborating on career development and community-based projects.

Engaged and Engaging Faculty

Seidman faculty members consult actively with local and national businesses. This dynamic exchange helps keep students current and connected through a blend of theory and applied practice.


Accreditation through AACSB International, the premier business school accrediting organization, is a testament to quality. Seidman College is regularly recognized as a top business school, and our students excel in local, state and national educational competitions.


Seidman is accredited by the AACSB International. Visit their accreditation website for more information.

Location & Format

Classes for graduate students in this major meet downtown on the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus.

  • Face To Face

Skills Employers Want

As an Executive MBA student at Seidman, you will: gain the keen business acumen that will become your foundation for critical decision-making in your leadership role; expand your capacity for creative problem solving, critical thinking and analytical reasoning; enhance your proficiency in oral and written communication, teamwork and decision-making; and develop the abilities and qualities that are essential to your transformation into a successful, accomplished leader in the business world.

Admission Requirements

A bachelor’s degree and at least five years of significant professional experience are required for consideration. The GMAT is not required for admission. Final selection is based on prior academic performance, potential for leadership, and employer recommendation. Applicants must submit official documentation of all previous college course work, as well as a personal statement, recommendations, and a resume. Any undergraduate major is acceptable. No transfer credit is accepted for the Executive MBA program. An interview will be scheduled after your application has been submitted.

  • Completed graduate application for admission       
  • One-page essay/personal statement, speaking to your career goals or reason for pursuing this degree
  • $30 nonrefundable application fee (Waived if you have previously applied to Grand Valley this fee)
  • Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education previously attended
  • Current resumé

For more about the program, visit here

For More Information

Seidman College of Business
50 Front Avenue SW, suite 1031
(616) 331-7400

Graduate Admissions Office



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