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Executive MBA Student Testimonials

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FIU Business welcomes the class of 2015!

The FIU Executive MBA program is taking experienced executives and professionals to new heights. The program’s uniquely designed curriculum, focusing on leadership, global perspective, and innovation, has done well to attract the top directors and corporate leaders in South Florida. With an average of 18 years of experience, the newest class of EMBA students kicked off the program with an intensive immersion residency in the Florida Keys.

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Students gain global perspective through EMBA Consortium trip

The EMBA Consortium for Global Business Innovation is a defining and unique facet of the FIU Executive MBA. As part of the EMBA curriculum, students are able to select their choice of seven of the top international business schools in countries like Brazil, Russia, China, Turkey, South Africa or Italy. Our EMBA students experience a week filled with corporate visits, cultural activities and sessions led by top professors, providing first-hand global expertise in their preferred areas of business.

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Executive in Residence connects with Executive MBA students

For 20 Executive MBA (EMBA) students in the College of Business Administration at Florida International University (FIU), the chance to interact with global leaders is just one of the benefits of their program. But it’s a very important one. And when that global leader is Gustavo A. Cisneros, chairman, Cisneros Group of Companies—one of the largest privately held media, entertainment, telecommunications and consumer products organizations in the world—the insights gained by the group are impossible to quantify.

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Global. Experience-Driven. Transformative.

The Executive MBA (EMBA) program at Florida International University is an elite program for seasoned professionals who have already achieved significant business success.

You will enter the program a proven leader and emerge as a visionary one, with the global perspective and leadership skills to take your career and your organization to the next level of growth and profitability.

Our interdisciplinary, experience-driven curriculum is organized around four key decision-making areas:

  • Navigating in a global environment
  • Creating economic and social value
  • Processes that deliver economic & social value
  • Developing and implementing strategy

The 18-month EMBA program begins each July, and is designed for working professionals. Classes are held on alternating Saturdays at the Downtown on Brickell campus, in addition to online sessions.

Participation is by nomination or invitation only. To initiate the process:

   Send your Résumé for Evaluation 
   Call 1-855-FIU-EMBA (1-855-348-3622) for additional information
   Join us for our next Executive MBA Forum
   Start your Online Application

Nominate EMBA Candidate


What Sets Us Apart

  • Earn your EMBA in 18 months
  • Convenient hybrid format with Saturday and online classes
  • Cross-disciplinary curriculum with focus on team building, leadership and creative innovation
  • Weeklong residency in China, Brazil, Russia, Turkey, South Africa or Italy through the EMBA Consortium for Global Business Innovation
  • 360-degree leadership assessments with personal mentors and coaches
  • Brickell Avenue campus in the heart of Miami’s financial and international District
  • State-of-the-art environment with multi-media classroom, case study rooms and dedicated EMBA lounge.
  • Expand your network and build connections with over 40,000 FIU Business alumni
  • Career Services offers a range of support to enhance your career opportunities and expand your contacts


Our approach is a radical departure from traditional business school. Rather than teach subjects individually, we offer four interdisciplinary courses designed to help you sharpen leadership skills, cultivate nimble strategic skills, and develop your approach to creative innovation – all within a real world business context.

Leadership skills are gained through reflective analysis and exposure to:

  • Community business leaders
  • Case Study
  • Business challenges and projects

Your EMBA experience begins with a teambuilding residency featuring a series of dynamic decision-making and problem-solving exercises. From there you will embark on a journey that will prepare you for the next stage of your professional career.

FIRST YEAR - beginning each July

Residency One
  • Accounting and Finance Foundations
  • Teamwork, Leadership, and Personal Development

Theme I: Navigating in a Globalized World

Leadership Seminar I

Theme II: Creating Economic & Social Value

Leadership Seminar II

Theme III: Processes that Deliver Economic & Social Value

Leadership Seminar III

Residency Two


Theme IV: Strategic Analysis, Synthesis & Evaluation

Leadership Seminar IV

Theme V: Implementing Strategies

Residency Three 

Click here to view the Student Learning and Program Outcomes. 

The EMBA Class Profile

In the FIU EMBA program, you’ll join a diverse and dynamic cohort of working professionals from a wide range of industries. The relationships borne out of the FIU EMBA experiences are unlike any other – you will not only benefit from the critical perspectives of your peers as collaborators in the classroom, but also as professional colleagues, and likely, lifelong friends.

EMBA Class Profile
  • Average years of work experience – 17 years
  • Average age - 41 years old
  • Average salary - $152,000
  • International students (born outside the U.S) - 48%

Countries Represented Industries Represented
Ecuador Consumer Products/Retail
Haiti Education
Israel Finance
Italy Health Care
Nicaragua Media/Communications
Peru Military
Philippines Nonprofit
Spain Real Estate/Contruction
Switzerland Technology
United States Technology
Venezuela Transportation

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    EMBA Consortium for Global Business Innovation

    FIU’s Executive MBA is one of two programs in the United States selected for the EMBA Consortium for Global Business Innovation. This weeklong residency program is transformative, as you live and learn from different markets, teachers, colleagues, companies and cultures.

    Participants select one of the following partner schools for their weeklong residency:

    • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - COPPEAD Graduate School of Business
    • Moscow, Russia – MIRBIS Moscow International Higher Business School
    • Chongqing, China - School of Economics and Business Administration, Chongqing University
    • Istanbul, Turkey - School of Management, Sabanci University
    • Cape Town, South Africa - University of Stellenbosch Business School
    • Bologna, Italy – Bologna Business School, University of Bologna
    • Cranfield, United Kingdom – Cranfield School of Management
    • Silicon Valley, California, USA – The Lucas Graduate School of Business, San Jose State University

    Learn more at our EMBA Consortium on Business Innovation website

    Ready to Take the Next Step?

    Admission Requirements

    To be eligible for consideration to our Executive MBA program beginning in July of each year, you must:

    • Have a minimum of eight years of work experience, five of which need to have been in a managerial role (managing people, budgets, projects).
    • Meet the general university requirements for admission to a graduate degree program.
    • Be in good standing with all previously-attended colleges and universities.
    • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

    Application Process

    Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

    Ideal candidates for the Executive MBA program are highly motivated individuals who want to accomplish even more than they already have. Only those applicants who have submitted complete application packets will be considered.  Meeting the minimum requirements is not a guarantee of admissions.

    Prospective students do not need to wait until they have all of the materials together to apply.  Submit your online application now and the rest of the materials as you complete them.

    To apply for the program:

    1. Please click here to initiate your graduate application. Select “Create a new user Account”
    1. Enter the program name Executive MBA in the online admission form. 
    1. There is a non-refundable application fee of US$30.00.

    Requirements/Required Documents:

    1. Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and/or universities.  Transcripts must be sent directly to:

      FIU – Executive MBA
      Florida International University
      1101 Brickell Avenue
      Suite S-1000
      Miami, FL 33131 
      • If the official transcripts are not in English, a second copy of the transcript must be evaluated by an official translation agency and sent to our mailing address above. Visit the University Graduate School’s website for more information.
      • Official proof of degree: A notarized copy of the original diploma is required if the degree is not posted on the official transcript
      1. Current Resume - detailing your chronological professional experience, and dates of earned degrees.
      2. Statement of Purpose - document of no more than two pages outlining your objectives for pursuing this graduate degree program
      3. Two Recommendation Letters from employers, faculty or professional associates
      4. Formal interview with Executive leadership, to be scheduled by admissions manager
      5. For those whose native language is not English, submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS.) Must have a minimum score of 213 on the computer-Based TOEFL (CBT), 550 on the paper-based TOEFL (PBT), or an 80 on the internet-based TOEFL (iBT). Applicants taking the IELTS must score a minimum of 6.53 overall. To obtain information about the TOEFL exam, please contact the English Language Institute 305-348-2222, or visit When requesting the official scores, please refer to the Florida International University Institution code 5206. To obtain more information about the IELTS, visit
      6. Please submit citizenship and immigration document to our offices as outlined below:

    Type of Citizenship/Residency Status

    Documentation Required

    Native-born U.S. Citizen

    No residency documents required

    Naturalized U.S. Citizen

    Copy of passport

    Lawful Permanent U.S. Resident

    Copy of permanent resident card

    Resident or Citizen of any other Country

    This program meets the requirements for international student visa guidelines and can accommodate students who require an F-1 Visa. Additional documents are required. Please contact our office for details.

    1. Prospective students claiming Florida residency for the purposes of tuition must complete the Florida Residency form/Affidavit and submit appropriate supporting documents prior to an admissions decision. If you have not submitted valid and complete documentation prior to admission, you will be classified as out-of-state during the admissions process.

      Prospective students claiming residency must submit two (2) forms of evidence to substantiate the Florida Residency form/Affidavit. Each form must not be expired, and must demonstrate one full year of Florida residency prior to the beginning of your intended first term.

      Accepted documents include:

      • Florida driver’s license
      • Florida vehicle registration
      • Florida vehicle title
      • Florida voter registration card
      • Declaration of domicile in Florida
      • Proof of purchase of a permanent home in Florida
      • Transcripts from a Florida high school for multiple years
      • Proof of permanent full-time employment in Florida (via employee letter)
      • Benefit histories from Florida agencies or public assistance programs

      If you do not have two of the listed items, please visit the FIU registrar's website to find alternate forms of accepted evidence: Please contact the office of Graduate Admissions for any alternate documentation inquiries:

      Modesto Maidique Campus
      Office of Graduate Admissions
      Location: PC 231

    Fees & Financing


    Tuition for our Executive MBA Program is $65,000 for Florida residents and $70,000 for non-residents and international* students. Students pay for courses at the beginning of each semester. All fees are subject to change. A $1,500 nonrefundable professional development fee is due upon acceptance into the program. The remaining balance is payable on a semester basis based on the University’s Academic Calendar deadlines. Those who leave the program receive no refunds. Tuition does not cover transportation, airfare, some meals or visa processing fees for the international residency.

    For information on International Student financing & fee requirements, please click here .

    Financial Aid

    For more information please visit our Financial Aid page.