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Executive MBA General FAQ

How is this dual degree program different from other Executive MBA programs?

This program is distinct in its focus on wealth and asset management in addition to being tailored specifically for financial services professionals. In addition, the collaboration between Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business, HEC, the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Lausanne, and the Swiss Finance Institute, all leading institutions in business education, has resulted in a truly unique, high-quality curriculum delivered in both the United States and Europe for an international mix of executives.

Is a bachelor’s degree in business required to join the program?

While an undergraduate degree is required, it need not be in business administration. While many students in the program have degrees in engineering or business administration, some have degrees in medicine, law, foreign affairs or other areas.

Am I too experienced to benefit from this dual degree program?

This dual degree program is designed for highly qualified professionals. Participants typically have between 10 and 15 years of experience in their fields, but others may have more or less experience, particularly if they are in career transition.

Can I join the program without employer sponsorship?

Yes. While the majority of our students receive some support from their organization, financial sponsorship from your employer is not a requirement. It is important, however, that your employer understands the program structure and guarantees the time away from work needed to complete the program.

What is the format of the program?

The program consists of 6, two-week sessions alternating between Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA and Lausanne, Switzerland. The 6 classroom sessions are two weeks long, six days a week. Two courses are taught in parallel each week: one course on 6 mornings and the other on 6 afternoons. Between the classroom sessions, participants engage in readings, case studies and group projects, many of which are distance-learning facilitated.

What degrees do I receive and are they recognized?

You will receive an EMBA in Asset and Wealth Management from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University and an EMBA in Asset and Wealth Management from HEC, the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Lausanne.

How much time should I expect to set aside for homework while not in residency?

Most participants spend 10 to 15 hours per week in studies between the classroom sessions.

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What is the length of the program?

The program is 20 months long. It begins in May of a given year and ends in January, two years later.

Can I join the program mid-way through a cycle?

No. Because the modules build upon each other, and because participants form important professional and social bonds, all participants must begin and end in the same cycle.

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