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The Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) program is a 24-month, part-time, non-resident distance learning program. Courses are delivered via online technologies with synchronous interaction between faculty and students, bringing classes to the students and permitting students to continue supporting the mission of the command. Because classes meet during work hours on Navy time, students must have the full support of their Commanding Officers before being admitted into the program.

Students enter the program as a cohort, taking classes together and completing the program as a group. Typically, a cohort numbers about 25 students, from which student teams are formed. Students participate in classes one day per week, approximately 6-7 hours per day during regular CONUS duty hours.

The EMBA program starts with a required one-week residency session at the NPS campus in Monterey, CA prior to the first quarter of classes. This week includes an orientation and a graduate-level course on management of teams. A second week of resident instruction will be scheduled during the second year of the program. Other than these two visits to NPS in Monterey, students complete all instruction from their home locations. 

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Students will receive instruction via online educational software tailored for distance learning. EMBA online classes will be synchronous, with faculty teaching every session in real time.

Admission to the EMBA is now available to applicants in any geographic location, regardless of the number of applicants in a location. Education will be ‘team based’ via virtual teams.

The EMBA program will be delivered in a hybrid mode, with 15 of 17 courses delivered via synchronous online technology, and two week-long courses delivered in-residence at Monterey, CA (one course per year).

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The EMBA degree requirements are met by completing a total of 56 graduate credit hours over eight quarters which include:

  • 44 credit hours of defense-focused core EMBA courses
  • 12 credit hours of specialized DoD financial management and acquisition courses

All students must remain in “good academic standing” as defined by NPS criteria throughout the EMBA program. Upon successful completion of the EMBA program, students are awarded an Executive Master of Business Administration degree granted by the Naval Postgraduate School. Military students receive a defense-focused financial subspecialty code 3100P.

EMBA students take two courses per quarter and attend class during normal work hours. Classes meet one day per week for approximately 6-7 hours, depending upon course units. In addition to weekly class time, the typical EMBA student spends, on average, 15-20 hours per week on class readings, assignments and projects.

Students are required to pay for their own course texts and materials. Students must have access to a computer with high-speed internet and audio-video capabilities to accommodate online-course delivery with synchronous interaction between instructors and students.

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All Applicants:

Applications for the EMBA are accepted from both Military and Civilian applicants.  To be considered for the EMBA program, all applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university
  • Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.6 or above on a four-point scale
  • At least one college-level mathematics course
  • Commitment to complete a 24-month program

In addition to the above criteria for all applicants, both military and civilian applicants have the additional criteria listed below.

Military Applicants:

  • Rank of Rank of O-4 and senior, O-3 by waiver (granted at EMBA Selection Board; no waiver form needs to be completed by applicant)
  • Department Head Tour completed or middle-level management experience (Division Officer experience may qualify)
  • The Command must positively endorse the applicant’s application for the EMBA participation and certify that the applicant is competitive for promotion to the next higher rank.

Civilian Applicants:

  • Minimum grade level of GS-12 (or the full performance equivalent) for federal employees
  • Minimum of seven years of professional experience
  • Strong potential for promotion
  • Defense contractor applicants should contact NPS Admissions for additional admissions eligibility criteria: admissions@nps.edu.

Some waivers may be granted to the above criteria on a case-by-case basis.

DON Military students are mission funded. DON Civilian students from FM&C within select 500 job series (501, 505, 510 & 511) are centrally funded by FM&C. All other civilian students and military officer students from branches of the Armed Forces other than the Navy must be funded by their commands. For students funded by their commands, the cost is $2250 per course ($38,250 total for the program). EMBA Tuition Letter (pdf) The program cannot accept the GI Bill or TA funding. All students are responsible for funding texts and materials. Students' commands are responsible for expenses (travel, lodging, per diem, etc.) related to the two one-week TDY residency requirements at NPS in Monterey, CA.To minimize TDY costs to students’ commands, lodging is arranged at a per diem rate at the Navy Lodge or Navy Gateway Inn and Suites when possible.

March and September

  • Cohort: 805-213
  • Cohort Dates: MARCH 2021- MARCH 2023
  • Class Days: East = Wednesday, West = Thursday
  • Residency Course: 22-26 MARCH 2021 (Monterey, CA)
  • Deadline for Applications: No later than 4 JANUARY 2021
  • Board Notification of Acceptance: 25 JANUARY 2021
  • Spring Instruction Begins: 31 MARCH 2021

The application requirements differ for Military and Civilians applicants. View the page best suited for your position:

EMBA Administration: emba@nps.edu, 831-656-2562 (general program information)
Program Manager: Christina Hart, Ph.D. cchart@nps.edu (finances, tuition, sponsors)
Academic Associate: Marco DiRenzo, Ph.D, msdirenz@nps.edu (academics, curricula)

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