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Originally published by Stetson University, June 2003

Stetson University will debut a new Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) degree program this fall at the Stetson University Center at Celebration. The program targets working senior-level executives who have several years’ successful business experience.

The 19-month program will begin its first class on September 15. A maximum 20 students will be able to enroll. The new EMBA program is fully accredited by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB International accredits the Stetson University School of Business Administration at both the undergraduate and graduate level in both business administration and accounting – a rare accomplishment in business education.

One of the things that will makes Stetson’s EMBA unique is a focus on inspiring innovation and managing change in business today. The program’s curriculum was developed in consultation with some of Central Florida’s most talented and imaginative executives, including those at Walt Disney Imagineering Inc. in Celebration.

How is an Executive MBA different from a traditional MBA program? While both are fully accredited, the MBA program requires a set of foundational business courses that students usually take in an undergraduate business program. The EMBA requires business experience, not necessarily an undergraduate business degree.

“The EMBA program accepts practical and successful accomplishments in lieu of some courses required by other MBA programs,” said Dr. Paul Dascher, dean of the School of Business Administration. “Students receive all the quality you would expect from Florida’s first business school, plus the opportunity to build a network with classmates and faculty members who are absolutely top notch.”

The program will feature 17 different classes in areas ranging from management to finance to marketing to accounting. Classes will meet every other Friday and Saturday to allow busy students plenty of time to plan business and personal time around the coursework. The group, or cohort, that begins this fall will conclude the program in the summer of 2005.

“Our beautiful new center here in the heart of Celebration is the ideal place for us to conveniently serve the Orlando metropolitan market,” said Dr. Ron Clifton, associate vice president/director at the Stetson University Center at Celebration. “Technology and a state-of-the-art learning environment are real advantages of this new EMBA program.”

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