To be considered for the EMBA program, each applicant should meet the following criteria; exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis:
- Minimum grade level of GS-12 (or the full performance equivalent)
- First priority is the Financial Management community; generally employees in a 501, 505, 510, or 511 job series assigned to a comptroller or financial office, or those assigned to a business financial management position.
- Have a minimum of seven years of experience, preferably with at least three years in an FM position
- Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited four-year college
- Minimum Grade Point Average of 2.6 on a four-point scale
- Complete two pre-calculus classes, grade “B” or better
- Strong potential for promotion
- Commitment to complete the 24 month program
Next Cohort Details
Civilian Executive MBA Degree Program Information (PDF)
Memorandum for Distribution - AY2013 (PDF)
Cohort Dates: 29 SEP 2015 - 29 SEP 2017
Class Times: East=Tuesday West=Thursday
Orientation: August 31 - SEP 4, 2015 (Monterey, CA)
Deadline for Application: NLT 10 JUL 2015
Board Notification of Acceptance: 24 JUN 2015
Selectees Acceptance Due to EMBA Program Office: NLT 28 JUL 2015
Fall Instruction Begins: 29 September 2015
To apply for admission to the Civilian EMBA program, complete the following steps:
STEP 1. Complete the NPS EMBA application online.
STEP 2. Send official, sealed transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate schools attended to:
Director of Admissions (Official Transcripts)
1 University Circle (He-022)
Monterey, CA 93943
STEP 3. Prepare supporting documents:
- Complete and sign the Applicant Letter. Sample Application Letter (PDF)
- Secure a signed letter of EMBA enrollment support from your supervisor. Note: the program requires one day of release time per week to attend classes. Sample Endorsement Letter (PDF).
- Secure a Participation Agreement (PDF) from your supervisor. We recommend routing with your Endorsement Letter for signature.
STEP 4. Submit supporting documents:
- Submit signed Endorsement Letter and Applicant Letter to the EMBA program office using e-mail attachments (PDF preferred) or via fax to 831-656-3630.
- Submit signed a PDF copy of the signed Participation Agreement to the Admissions Office via email to firstname.lastname@example.org via or fax to 831-656-2891.
Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs
What is the EMBA program all about?
The overriding goal of the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Executive MBA Program is to educate the DoN civilians to make strategic decisions under conditions of uncertainty. The EMBA program was developed to meet the professional education career needs of the Navy’s future leaders and those applicants who plan to continue their careers through the senior executive service. In the EMBA’s two-year course of instruction, students will acquire the latest Defense-focused knowledge and management skills in financial management, acquisition, program management, policy-making, and change management. The program is designed to build on the management skills developed during early careers, and then leverage those real-world experiences into an executive graduate degree program which delivers the critical analytical and decision making skills needed to address the resource management challenges facing the Navy’s senior leadership.
Is the EMBA program accredited?
The NPS Graduate School of Business and Public Policy is accredited by both the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the premier accrediting association for schools of business, and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Who is the Civilians EMBA's target audience?
First priority for selection to participate in the Civilian EMBA program is the Financial Management community; generally employees at a GS-12 level and above in a 501, 505, 510, or 511 job series assigned to a comptroller or financial office, or those assigned to a business financial management position. Employees from other federal communities may also apply and will be given due consideration.
What are the prerequisites for admission?
To be eligible for the EMBA, you must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a grade point average of 2.6 or better and completed two pre-calculus classes with a grade “B” or better. The application process requires that you submit an Applicant Letter verifying your eligibility and ability to complete the program, with an accompanying Endorsement Letter from your supervisor. endorsement letter is needed to ensure that your organization recognizes that you will be attending EMBA classes one day each week during normal working hours, and that funding will be required to pay for the mandatory on-site Management of Teams course and orientation at the NPS campus in Monterey, CA at the start of the program.
Is it possible to transfer any credits from another institution into the EMBA program?
There is no mechanism (or charter) to transfer any credits from another institution into the EMBA program or to validate courses. Students must successfully complete all courses in the program in order to be awarded their degree from NPS.
Is there a service obligation in connection with the EMBA?
If selected for this program, candidates incur a continued service obligation for service following completion of the program (or after dropping out of the program if benefits were used) for a period computed in accordance with DON guidance related to time and cost factors.
How are EMBA selections made and when do applicants find out if they are selected?
For each annual cohort rollout process, NPS encourages all interested candidates to apply as early as possible. Approximately six weeks before classes commence, applicant’s overall application package is screened by the EMBA Selection Board. The board identifies candidates as selectees, alternates, or non-selects. All applicants will be notified regarding their selection status following the final selection decisions. Selectees will receive additional information regarding the program, including a packet of information and materials for the on-site course and orientation..
What does the EMBA cost?
The EMBA program has a tuition funding option available through the Department of Navy’s FMH Office for eligible, selected applicants in the Financial Management community in the 501, 505, 510, or 511 job series. Applicants outside of these job series or from other Federal agencies may be able to receive tuition funding from their individual employers. Information regarding current tuition rates and schedules is available through the EMBA Office. The program cannot accept GI Bill or TA funding.
Textbooks, course materials and travel costs are not included in the cost of tuition. Students are responsible for purchasing their own text books and course materials. Individual applicants’ commands encouraged to pay for the expenses (travel, lodging, per diem, etc.) related to the one-week trip to NPS in Monterey, CA for the mandatory on-site Management of Teams course and orientation.
What is the cost for the orientation week in Monterey?
Individual applicants’ commands should pay for the expenses (travel, lodging, per diem, etc.) related to the one-week trip to NPS in Monterey, CA for the mandatory on-site first course and orientation. The EMBA Office makes every effort to hold a block of affordable local rooms for students at the Navy Gateway Inns & Suites or at the Navy Lodge in Monterey, CA. Students are expected to arrive the Sunday before the start of orientation and depart after completion, either Friday evening
How are the classes organized and how long do they last?
EMBA students are accepted into the program on an annual basis as members of a “cohort” of approximately 25 students. NPS generally limits the number of participating sites to no more than four for each cohort. Each EMBA cohort will participate in all classes together as a learning team throughout the eight quarters of Students take a one-week course on-site at the NPS campus in Monterey, CA, followed by two classes each quarter at their sites’ video teleconferencing location, one day each week for the duration of the program.
What days are normally used for EMBA instruction?
Classes are scheduled for Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays starting at either 0700 or 0800 Pacific Time and are delivered in a block of either 8 or 9 hours, depending upon the credit hours for each course.
What is the dress code for class?
The attire is BUSINESS CASUAL. Slacks and trousers, skirts, blouses, sweaters and polo shirts are acceptable. (Jeans and denim, sandals, slippers, t-shirts, athletic shoes, and shorts are not acceptable for class wear.)
What do I do if I have to miss a class?
The NPS faculty teaching in the EMBA will work with students on a case by case basis to accommodate those who are required to be unavailable for a class. Potential EMBA students must recognize, however, that frequent absences from class to meet work requirements are not compatible with the instruction methodology of the program and should not apply if they are not confident that their work schedules will support the required commitment to classes and the necessary preparation beforehand.