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2015-2016 Graduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Coles Executive MBA

Contact: Allison M. Keefe, Director
Office: Executive and Graduate Business Center, KSU Center, Suite 431
Phone: 470-578-4469
Fax: 470-578-9088
Web address:

The Coles Executive MBA (EMBA) is designed for working professionals with a strong desire to advance their careers. In only 18 months, approximately one weekend an month, Coles EMBA provides the strategic business and leadership skills needed to achieve personal and professional success. Coles’ cutting-edge global teaming experience, program-long executive coaching, and customized integrated curriculum are just a few of the differences that lead to its internationally ranked and accredited status. Be a commanding business leader with a Coles Executive MBA.

Requirements for Admission to Coles Executive MBA

Admission to the Coles Executive MBA Program is based on a competitive process which includes consideration of the following:

  • Completed Executive MBA application.
  • Baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited in a manner accepted by Kennesaw State University (See “Admission Criteria for Applicants Without an Undergraduate Degree” below).
  • Official transcripts.
  • A minimum of seven (7) years of relevant post-graduate professional experience as evidenced by a current resume.
  • Two letters of recommendation speaking to leadership, teaming, and/or other professional qualifications.
  • Completion of an interview with the appropriate Coles EMBA Recruitment Director.

*International applicants have additional requirements; see Graduate Admissions  section of this catalog.

Program Fees

The cost for the 18-month program is $56,500.00. This fee includes a nonrefundable deposit of $500 which is due upon acceptance to the program. The remaining $56,000 is prorated over the entire program. Contact the EMBA Admissions Office for complete details and all items included in the tuition amount.

Transfer Credit

The Coles Executive MBA is a cohort based, lock-step curriculum program. Students enrolled in the Coles Executive MBA program will not be given program credit for courses taken at other institutions.

Grades in Graduate Courses

Expectations for satisfactory graduate level student performance are detailed in the Academic Policies section of this catalog.

Petition to Graduate

Each EMBA student must petition to graduate at least one semester prior to completion of program requirements. Petitions to graduate will be processed and sent to each student by the EMBA programs office for student completion.

Admission Criteria for Non-Degree Student

The Coles EMBA Admissions Office at Kennesaw State University will consider a limited number of applications from individuals without an undergraduate degree based on the following (in addition to the other requirements outlined above):

  • Ten years of significant business experience.
  • An acceptable GMAT score.
  • A minimum of 60 semester hours of undergraduate course work from an accredited institution.
  • A panel interview with three faculty members which results in a favorable recommendation by all three.
  • Final review and approval by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
  • Students admitted to the EMBA program without an undergraduate degree shall number no more than 5% of the final class headcount.


Program of Study

The Executive Master of Business Administration program in Kennesaw is made up of core courses. All students must complete the 48 credit hours of prescribed core EMBA courses that are offered as a part of the cohort program.