Executive Master of Business Administration

The Ken Blanchard EMBA program combines Ken Blanchard's globally successful, leadership principles with the rigor of a challenging executive-level graduate business education. With a focus on leadership, the Ken Blanchard EMBA program is designed for those in leadership positions including managers, business owners, administrators, and board members.

The curriculum design allows for EMBA students to complete the degree program in about a year.Business classes are held online with intensive leadership curriculum occurring in three, four-day residencies scheduled throughout the program. Unlike traditional MBA programs in which classmates come and go, the Ken Blanchard EMBA is a lock-step cohort program. This means students will work with the same classmates throughout the program, allowing them to experience a richer journey, which fosters a greater exchange of ideas, deeper discussions, and the development of professional friendships that last well beyond graduation.

Unlike a traditional MBA degree, that covers general management topics, the Ken Blanchard EMBA stimulates discussion and thinking centered on becoming a more effective executive or leader within the organization in which the student is employed. Students routinely share how they have taken the principles discussed in class and applied them immediately in their current positions in business or the community. The learning is invaluable and relationships are enhanced as students share, encourage, and coach each other.

The Ken Blanchard EMBA stands apart from other programs because it begins and ends with leadership. A lifetime of Ken Blanchard's captivating work on leadership is integrated throughout the curriculum. "Leading Self," the first module, provides an introspective look at the individual leader and uses a variety of proven self-assessment tools to assist student-executives in identifying areas for further leadership development. The journey continues with a mid-curriculum module on "Leading Others," where students consider the power of relationships toward productivity in teams and business units. The final module examines "Leading Organizations" by influencing at the strategic level to impact performance. In addition to a world-class faculty, students receive instruction and guidance from current industry executives as well as expert practitioners from The Ken Blanchard Companies, including Drs. Ken and Margie Blanchard.

Executives considering the Ken Blanchard EMBA program should have at least five years of leadership experience. However, this experience does not have to be in business leadership; leaders across all industries—including health care, government, education, and nonprofit organizations—will benefit from this program.

Program Disclosure

Category Non-Traditional Traditional
Books & Supplies (Per Program) $1,045 N/A
Tuition & Fees (Per Program) $47,350 N/A
Room & Board (Per Program, If Applicable) $3,285
On Time Graduation Rate 81% N/A
Median Private Loan Debt $0 N/A
Median TIV Loan Debt $38,400 N/A
Median Institutional Financing Plan Debt N/A N/A

Program SOC

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  3. Room and board costs may be higher or lower depending on housing and meal plan choice. This number is based on an average for students on campus.
  4. Some Non-Traditional programs may be offered on the ground campus or on-line.
  5. N/A identifies that a program is not offered in that modality or that fewer than 10 students graduated within the reported timeframe.
  6. Tuition and Fees for each program are based on current rates. Future Tuition and Fee Rates may vary. Tuition was calculated using the number of credit hours in the program times the current tuition rate and includes the Graduation Fee. Full time students enrolled at a program taken at the main campus include a Student Activity Fee, charged every semester. Online programs include a one time Learning Management Fee. Some programs may also include additional fees based on course materials.
  7. On-time graduation rates and median loan debt are based on students who graduated in the 2011-2012 award year.
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