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 FM 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.
- Employees from other communities may also apply and will be given due consideration
- Have a minimum of seven years of experience, preferably with at least three years in an FM position
- Undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year college
- Grade Point Average of 2.6 on a four-point scale
- Strong potential for promotion
- Commitment to complete the 24 month program
Exceptions may be made for GS-11 applicants with strong command endorsements.
Next Cohort Details
Civilian Executive MBA Degree Program Information (PDF)
Memorandum for Distribution - AY2014 (PDF)
Cohort Dates: 1 APR 2014 - 25 MAR 2016
Class Times: East=Tuesday West=Wednesday
Orientation: 3-7 March 2014 (Monterey, CA)
Deadline for Application: NLT 17 JAN 2014
Board Notification of Acceptance: 31 JAN 2014
Selectees Acceptance Due to EMBA Program Office: NLT 4 FEB 2014
Spring Instruction Begins: 1 April 2014
To apply for admission to the Civilian EMBA program, complete the following steps:
STEP 1. Prepare documents:
- Complete the Applicant Letter. Sample Application Letter (PDF)
- Secure a letter of EMBA enrollment support from your Commanding Officer. Note: the program requires one day of release time (Wednesday) per week to attend classes. Sample Command Endorsement Letter (PDF).
- Secure your undergraduate transcripts/graduate work (if applicable).
STEP 2. Send documents from STEP1 in a single submission to EMBA program office using e-mail attachments (PDF preferred) or via FAX packet to 831-656-3630
STEP 3. Complete the NPS EMBA application online.
STEP 4 . Finally mail your official, sealed transcript to:
Director of Admissions (Official Transcripts)
1 University Circle (He-022)
Monterey, CA 93943
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 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 ranks. 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.
Which group of Civilians is the EMBA for?
First priority is the FM 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. Employees from other communities may also apply and will be given due consideration.
What does the EMBA cost?
The EMBA is a part-time graduate degree program that is fully funded by the Navy. EMBA students only pay for course books and materials. All tuition is covered, and the individual applicant’s command bears the cost of the one-week TDY trip to NPS in Monterey, CA (travel, per diem, and miscellaneous expenses) for orientation and the first course in Managing Teams.
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. The application process requires that you submit a letter requesting entrance to the program, with an accompanying forwarding endorsement from your commanding officer. The command endorsement is needed to ensure that the command recognizes that you will be attending EMBA classes one day each week during normal working hours, and that TDY funding will be required to pay for the orientation trip to NPS that is required at the start of EMBA studies. The application letter, command endorsement and accompanying transcript can all be submitted by fax or e-mail.
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 25 students. NPS generally keeps the number of sites (individual Video Tele-Education classrooms which link back to NPS) down to four for each cohort. Each EMBA cohort goes through all classes together as a learning team, which means eight quarters of instruction over a 24 month period. For example, if you were to begin classes in the Fall Quarter - October 2012, your cohort would complete classes and graduate at the end of the Summer Quarter. - September 2014. You take two classes each quarter, during duty hours one day each week for the duration of the program.
Is the EMBA program accredited?
The NPS Graduate School of Business and Public Policy has the distinction of being one of only a few institutions in the world to have its graduate management programs 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).
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, all applicants for each cohort are screened by a team of faculty. Using the application criteria (degree, grade point average and seniority, and requested cohort site (existing location or new site). The selection committee identifies candidates as selectees, alternates, or non-selects. The selectees are then notified by email with a follow-up priority delivery letter and course materials for the NPS orientation that will begin approximately one month later.
When are the next EMBA cohorts being started and where?
The next EMBA cohorts are being planned to start classes in October 2012 (The one week orientation and two-credit class at NPS, will be scheduled in September 2012).
What days are normally used for EMBA instruction?
Normally, classes are scheduled Tuesday through Thursday. Classes generally run between 0800-1600 PST. (When 4 credit courses occur later in the program, classes will start at 0700 PST to accommodate those students on the east coast.) To avoid most Federal holidays, Mondays and Fridays are not scheduled for EMBA classes.
What do I do if I have to miss a class for TDY?
The NPS faculty teaching in the EMBA will work with students to accommodate those who have to go TDY for training or other operational commitments. Any class that a student misses is available on the video streaming website the same day, so a student can review the material that was covered and listen to the in-class discussion that took place. Potential EMBA students must recognize, however, that frequent absences from class to meet mission 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.
Is there a service obligation in connection with the EMBA?
If selected for this program, candidates shall sign a continued service agreement that obligates them 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.
If I am interested in applying for the EMBA, what should I do?
The application process requires that you submit a letter or e-mail requesting entrance to the program, with a forwarding endorsement from your commanding officer. The command endorsement is required to ensure that the chain of command has approved attending classes one day each week during normal working hours, and that command TDY funding will be available for the orientation trip to NPS required at the start of studies. The application package (letter, command endorsement, and required supporting undergraduate transcripts) can be submitted by fax or email to the EMBA Program Office. A copy of your official transcript must be sent to the NPS Registrar’s Office.
If you are interested in applying, complete the on-line Application Form. With this application in hand, the NPS staff will be able to gauge interest in all locations, and will contact applicants to assist them in the application process. New EMBA cohorts are planned to be formed annually and a memorandum will be issued announcing each new cohort. Additional program information is also provided on the NPS EMBA web page .
What is the cost for the orientation week in Monterey?
Commands are responsible for funding TDY travel to Monterey. Lodging has been secured at the Navy Lodge in Monterey, CA. Current rates are $ 76.00/night. Standard procedure for the one week orientation: Students check in on Sunday & depart after Noon on Friday.
Does the GI Bill pay for the cost of the one week orientation?
NPS is not authorized to accept GI Bill funding.
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. As is the case with most executive MBA programs, the NPS offering brings students into a cohort and requires that they take a set line-up of courses together. In the NPS EMBA, we have a total of 57 credit hours, and that equals two classes per quarter for eight quarters. There is no option of “validating” courses.
What is the dress code for class?
The attire is BUSINESS CASUAL. The appropriate uniform for military personnel may be worn but civilian attire is strongly encouraged. 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.)