Hear from alumnus Scott Boatwright, who leveraged what he learned in the program to turn around a $20 billion business.

What does it cost?

The program fee includes tuition, class materials, additional certificates, assessments, leadership and career coaching, mentoring, and more. See the Tuition tab below for more details.

How long will it take?

Duration: 17 months starting every fall

Format: Cohort, classes every other weekend, Friday 5:00-9:30 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Where can I take classes?
Buckhead Center (200 Tower Place)

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Priority #1 Deadline: April 1, 2022

Executive MBA

Melody Paris, admissions director

For 40 years, Robinson’s EMBA program has helped business professionals develop the skills they need to lead with confidence.

Feel Good about Your Investment

Financial Times has named Robinson’s EMBA #1 in the Southeast among public universities. CEO Magazine ranks us in the top 20 worldwide, and Ivy Exec includes us in its global list of the top 50 EMBA programs. Plus, per U.S. News & World Report, Georgia State is the #2 most innovative university in the country.

Robinson’s EMBA offers the best value in the market. Based on a 2020 survey conducted by Financial Times, graduates from Robinson's EMBA program earn a 37% salary increase on average three years after completing the degree.

Prepare for What's Next

Maximize your leadership potential with our award-winning personalized leadership program, which includes one-on-one executive coaching and 360-degree feedback. The EMBA program received the 2020 PRISM award for coaching excellence.

Sharpen Your Skillset

Over the course of the program, you will develop the confidence and agility to tackle complex issues. You also will hone the ability to build superstar teams and integrate the different functional areas of business. At no additional cost, you will earn a Six Sigma Green Belt Certification as well as certificates in change leadership, data analytics, and fintech.

Make an Impact Now

You will learn new concepts and gain skills you can bring back to your job on Monday. In the spirit of experiential learning, you often will be asked to prepare business plans, marketing audits, and financial reports for your company as part of class assignments.

Expand Your Business Network

Through various opportunities like the Robinson EMBA Leadership Exchange program, CEO Netweavers EMBA mentor program, EMBA Alumni Network, Women’s Leadership Forum, and membership to the World Affairs Council of Atlanta, you will expand your network and develop crucial industry connections.

Program Highlights

Start Leading Now

  • Work with a professional leadership coach to create and implement a development plan based on your 360-degree assessment
  • Take leadership courses that reinforce and support your growth throughout the program
  • Partner with an EMBA alum or current student through the Leadership Exchange Program for support and career advice
  • Connect with a mentor provided through CEO Netweavers for EMBA students
  • Build your brand with our dedicated EMBA career coach

Broaden Your Global Business Perspective

  • Learn from faculty who are “pracademics,” bringing real-world business experience into the classroom
  • Experience a market-responsive curriculum designed to prepare you with the tools needed to solve today’s business challenges
  • Maximize your professional value with GSU certificates in fintech, change leadership, and data analytics plus a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
  • Embark on an international business residency, where you will do a deep dive into the cultural, political, and economic conditions that impact business. You will work on a consulting project with an international business partner in the host country.

Amplify Your Network

  • Connect with one of the most diverse EMBA classrooms on the market. Robinson EMBA students typically represent 15+ industries and a broad range of functional areas of expertise. Most Robinson EMBA students enter the program with significant experience managing people, projects, or assets.
  • Join the EMBA Alumni Club as soon as you are accepted. Participate in personal and professional growth networking activities.
  • Follow in the footsteps of EMBA alumni—our 1,400 graduates lead top global firms including Cox Communications, Salesforce, The Coca-Cola Company, McKesson, Delta Air Lines, The Home Depot, IBM, and successful startups.

Nationally Top-Ranked EMBA Program

  • For 2021, Poets & Quants ranked our EMBA 35th in the nation as well as the #1 public EMBA program in Georgia. Read More
  • CEO Magazine ranks us among the top 20 EMBA programs worldwide, and Ivy Exec includes us in its list of the top 50 EMBA global programs.
  • We also received the 2020 PRISM award for coaching excellence.

Program Details

The EMBA staff is happy to schedule time with you to review your resume, discuss your potential as an applicant, and answer questions about the program. Please contact Melody Paris, admissions director, at mparis@gsu.edu or 404-413-7182 to request a meeting.

Application Requirements

  • 4-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited university*
  • Minimum of six years of professional work experience post undergraduate degree
  • Some experience managing people, projects, or assets
  • Online application and $100 application fee
  • GMAT or GRE score not required - though mandatory for applicants without a four-year degree
  • College transcripts
  • Resume
  • Personal Interview - A personal interview is required.
  • References - You will be required to provide three professional references in the online application.

Learn more about the application process and what you will need to apply.

*Highly qualified students (10+ years of professional work experience) who have not completed a bachelor’s degree may be considered. Contact Melody Paris at mparis@gsu.edu or 404-413-7183 to discuss.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis and are accepted until the cohort is full or classes begin.

You will be contacted if you are chosen for a personal interview. Please note: you do not have to fully complete the application in order to start the process. To be considered for a personal interview, simply fill out the biographical information, upload your resume, and click submit. You will be able to add transcripts and the remaining required documents later.

Executive leadership development and global competency are integral themes of Robinson’s EMBA program and “baked in” to each course. The curriculum touches all aspects of the enterprise as it pertains to today’s global markets and is designed to equip you with the vision and strategic thinking skills necessary to improve your organization as well as solve real business challenges.

  • Before classes begin, you will receive a series of self-assessments; complete an online accounting assessment; and attend a full-day accounting refresher course followed by Introduction to Executive Management, an intense introductory course that takes place over three days.
  • During Introduction to Executive Management, you will meet your teammates who will stay with you the entire 17 months. You will have the opportunity to meet your leadership coaches, evaluate your self-assessments, and engage in team-based case work.
  • The program culminates with a 2-week international business residency.

Earn the Six Sigma Green Belt Certification plus GSU certificates in Change Leadership, Data Analytics and FinTech while completing your MBA degree — at no additional cost.The Six Sigma Green Belt Certification and the GSU Change Leadership Certificate are built in to the Executive MBA curriculum (you must complete the Leading the Enterprise and Data Analytics courses with a B- or better). Plus, after completing your EMBA coursework, you will have the opportunity to earn two additional GSU certificates in Data Analytics and FinTech prior to graduation.

Six Sigma Green Belt: Conveniently built in to the EMBA curriculum is a Six Sigma Green Belt certification. All Robinson EMBA graduates learn, practice, and develop proficiency in the set of process improvement tools that underlie the Six Sigma methodology refined at companies like Motorola and GE.

Change Leadership: Today’s organizations are confronted constantly with the challenge of making changes in strategy, structure, and culture while facing a shortage of capable change leaders. Built in to our EMBA curriculum is a Change Leadership certification that reflects our graduates’ ability to effectively lead others through change.

Data Analytics: We are in the midst of an important and innovative disruption when it comes to the tools and techniques available for the analysis of data. This curriculum places EMBA students alongside graduate students in our MS in Analytics program to work on real data for real companies. EMBA students will learn statistical and computational methods for collecting, storing and processing data; identifying patterns in large datasets; predicting and interpreting the findings; and making data-driven decisions.

FinTech: The finance industry is undergoing rapid change due to technological innovation. To prepare leaders for the impacts of this change, our EMBA program provides an opportunity for students to be participants in the RCB FinTech lab. Here, students can develop an understanding of machine learning, blockchain and other technologies which are transforming financial services, insurance and real estate, and also learn how to leverage them for strategic advantage.

Semester 1

  • EMBA 8007 – Fundamentals of Accounting
  • EMBA 8025 – Financial & Cost Accounting
  • EMBA 8700 – Firms, Market and Context
  • EMBA 8000 – Introduction to Executive Management
  • EMBA 8800 – Executive Leadership and the Senior Management Team
  • EMBA 8015 – Leading through Strategic Communication
  • EMBA 8100 – Organizational Behavior for Executives

Semester 2

  • EMBA 8150 – Data Analytics and Decision Making
  • EMBA 8710 – Resource Based Management
  • EMBA 8200 – Legal and Ethical Environment of Business
  • EMBA 8010 – Strategic Digital Transformation
  • EMBA 8800 – Executive Leadership and the Senior Management Team

Semester 3

  • EMBA 8450 – Asset Valuation, Analysis and Selection
  • EMBA 8355 – Operations and Quality Management
  • EMBA 8430 – Negotiations
  • EMBA 8800 – Executive Leadership and the Senior Management Team

Semester 4

  • EMBA 8545 – International Marketing Practices
  • EMBA 8500 – Corporate Financial Policy
  • EMBA 8820 – Leading the Enterprise
  • EMBA 8425 – Global Markets and Transnational Strategy
  • EMBA 8510 – Entrepreneurship Experience

Semester 5

  • EMBA 8650 – International Management Practices (international residency trip)
  • EMBA 8800 – Executive Leadership and the Senior Management Team

Once accepted to the EMBA program, students will submit a seat deposit to hold their space. The remainder of the tuition will be divided into five payments that will be due at the beginning of each semester.

Georgia residents: $76,500 ($73,000 tuition + $3,500 international trip fee)
Non-Georgia residents: $79,500 ($76,000 tuition + $3,500 international trip fee)

Program tuition covers*:

  • Tuition and fees
  • Required class materials
  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (upon successful completion of EMBA 8355)
  • Change Leadership certificate (upon successful completion of EMBA 8820)
  • GSU fintech certificate
  • GSU data analytics certificate
  • One-on-one personalized executive leadership coaching
  • Lifelong access to EMBA career coach
  • Access to CEO Netweavers mentoring program
  • Personal leadership assessments
  • Three-day executive leadership immersion
  • EMBA-specific workshops and alumni networking events
  • Membership to the World Affairs Council of Atlanta
  • 50% discount off Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification and project management certificate
  • EMBA program-dedicated staff
  • Refreshments during class times
  • Access to Tower Place 200 facilities/parking
  • Graduation regalia, reception, and fees

*The international trip fee covers the cost of a shared room, transportation to required visits, intra-country flights, two cultural visits, some meals, and more. The international trip fee does NOT include flights to and from the trip, visas, or incidentals. These amounts are estimates as of March 2021 and are subject to change.

Scholarships and Resources

EMBA Resources

State and local government employees and non-profit organization employees receive a $5,000 tuition scholarship. We also offer a $5,000 multi-employee scholarship if more than one person from the same company/organization attends the program. For more information, contact Melody Paris at mparis@gsu.edu.

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How to Pay for Your MBA
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Robinson EMBA students experience an average salary increase of 18% by completion of the program.

This data reflects an average EMBA cohort.

  • Average years of work experience: 15
  • Average years of management experience: 10
  • Average salary (pre-program and includes non-profits): $156,000
  • Female Students: 42%
  • Male Students: 58%
  • International Students: 25-30%
  • Average Age: 41
  • Percentage of students with graduate degrees: 12%

Robinson's EMBA program is designed for mid- to senior-level professionals who are seeking to broaden their understanding of business and develop more effective leadership skills.

  • Students will be globally competent citizens who demonstrate the ability to integrate functional areas of business to solve complex problems.
  • Students will be capable of building and leading high-functioning teams.
  • Students will be able to derive value from data by developing the ability to identify, obtain, and analyze relevant data to make recommendations for high-quality solutions.

Check our list of frequently asked questions for additional information.

We Welcome the Military

Georgia State enrolls more veterans and military-connected students than any other University System of Georgia institution. Georgia State ranked #6 in the nation in Military Times’ 2021 “Best for Vets” college survey.

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On average, EMBA students report an 18% salary increase by graduation. Based on a 2020 survey conducted by Financial Times, graduates from Robinson's EMBA program earn a 37% salary increase on average three years after completing the degree.

Countless companies have benefited from EMBA graduates' knowledge and expertise over the past 40 years. Here are just a few of them:

Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
The Coca-Cola Company

Cox Media Group
Delta Air Lines
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

InterContinental Hotels Group
McKesson Corporation
Siemens Energy
Turner Broadcasting System

Meet Your EMBA Faculty

Beatty D’Alessandro

An Executive MBA is Career Rocket Fuel - Debunking the Myth of Entering the C-Suite from a former CFO/CIO

Jennifer Sherer

The Value of Thinking Like an Entrepreneur

Nate Bennett

Faculty Director, EMBA program; Co-Author, The Role of the COO and Your Career Game: How Game Theory Can Help You Achieve Your Professional Goals

Pete Eisemann

Professor Emeritus; H. Talmage Dobbs, Jr. Professor Emeritus of Teaching Excellence

vincent giovinazzo

Professor Emeritus

beverly langford

President, LMA Communication Inc.
Author, The Etiquette Edge: Modern Manners for Business Success

satish nargundkar

Assistant Dean for Professional and Flexible MBA Programs

denish shah

Barbara and Elmer Sunday Professor of Marketing; Director, Social Media Intelligence Lab

Jennifer Sherer

Director, Entrepreneurship & Innovation Institute

rob williams

Senior Fellow, Center for Ethics and Leadership; Organizational Development Consultant; Executive Coach

Spotlight on Success

kay mcfarlin

TIAA Charitable 
Kay McFarlin, class of 2016

ron rich

Polytron Inc.

Ron Rich, class of 2018

kat cole

group president
Focus Brands

Kat Cole, class of 2010

raj choudhury


Raj Choudhury, class of 2015

EMBA Program News

Distinguished Alumni AwardsTwo Robinson Alumni to Receive 2021 Georgia State Distinguished Alumni Awards
John M. Dyer and Donna A. Lee, both graduates of the Executive MBA program at the J. Mack Robinson College of Business, will receive 2021 Georgia State University Distinguished Alumni Awards at a dinner on Friday, Oct. 22 at The Biltmore, 817 West Peachtree St. NW.
Laura HowellEMBA Alumna Establishes Scholarship for Undergraduate Women Who Excel in Both Business and Sports
Laura Howell played NCAA Division I golf and understands how tough the transition to the workforce for student-athletes can be. The scholarship she established empowers female business majors to focus on academics and move forward in their careers.
EMBA_GraduatesPoets & Quants Ranks Robinson College EMBA as Top Public University Program in Georgia
The Executive MBA at Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business is the top public university EMBA program in the state, according to rankings released by Poets & Quants on May 24.


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