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What the Top EMBA Programs Offer Outside the Classroom
Once you’ve narrowed down your short-list of schools to apply to and start looking at the top five executive MBA programs, all are exceptional in academic rigor and their well-respected faculty. How can applicants distinguish which would best fit not only their academic pursuits, but their lifestyle as well? Remember, what happens in the classroom is only one aspect of a top EMBA program. Read on to learn how experiences outside the classroom set each of the top five EMBA programs apart.
The Wharton School
Wharton caters its many extracurriculars toward three main areas: leadership, social impact, and entrepreneurship. To exercise leadership, Wharton created Wharton Leadership Ventures, which takes students on a journey into the outdoors for a hands-on learning experience to master teamwork and leadership abilities. Last year alone, nearly 1,000 Wharton MBA students participated. If entrepreneurism is more your flavor, the Wharton Venture Initiation Program (VIP) provides students with resources to build their own startup venture. And finally, for those who value philanthropy and volunteerism, there’s the Social Impact Student Club or the Wharton International Volunteer Program, where students travel to developing countries to make a sustainable impact on local non-governmental organizations.
In addition to these opportunities, Wharton offers over 100 clubs on its Philadelphia campus alone. You might find interest in the Wharton Wellness & Yoga Club, the Chocolate Club, Veterans Club or Fight Night. If there’s a slim chance that none of these meet your interests, each year’s clubs are formed based on student interests — so if you can’t join it, create it!
Columbia Business School
At Columbia, extracurricular activity is characterized by student leadership. For example, the Student Leadership and Ethics Board is composed of first- and second-year MBA and EMBA students who work with alumni, faculty and students to create programs focused on ethical decision making and just leadership.
In addition to this, over 100 clubs at the Ithaca campus are student-led, including the Green Business Society, the Micro-Brew Society or the Columbia Finance Organization – all of which are open to any Columbia University student.
Apart from the broad range of student clubs and the regular series of fun and educational events, Columbia executives thrive in leadership and community service. Popular community service activities include the Small Business Consulting Program, where businesses partner with students to receive guidance in problem solving, and Community Action Rewards Everyone (CARE), which teams students up throughout the year to serve on special community service projects.
Sloan School of Management
Sloan is unique in that its MBA and EMBA students reside in one campus. As a result, these classes team up to lead some of the largest events of its kind in the United States. For instance, student-led clubs such as the Venture Capital Private Equity Club or the MIT Media & Entertainment Club attract a huge population of future business leaders who exercise their leadership and build their network by holding conferences and local engagements.
Still, even more events are led by the student government and academic departments. Last year, the student-led MIT Sloan Sports Analytics conference brought over 1,000 attendees. The MIT Gaming Conference represented one of Sloan’s biggest student-led events as well, attracting over 400 students and professionals in the gaming industry for a four-day event.
Booth School of Business
Booth often pulls students together outside the classroom through competitions. Students participate in challenges throughout the year, including the Venture Capital Investment Competition, IPO Challenge, and Social New Venture Challenge. However, one of the most popular competitions at booth is the New Venture Challenge, sponsored by Booth’s own Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship. Since 1996, the New Venture Challenge has helped launch over 90 companies through funding, including Braintree and Bump Technologies. Competitions at Booth not only give executive students a leg up in adding to a repertoire of impressive accomplishments; it teaches executives to work as a team and use each person’s skill sets to pull together excellent results.
Kellogg School of Management
One of the key areas that sets Kellogg apart outside of the classroom is philanthropy. Kellogg students value the concept of giving back. Kellogg Volunteers (KVOL) promotes volunteerism by identifying and encouraging outreach for volunteer opportunities for Kellogg students, as well as providing any support necessary to volunteers regardless of their location. As one of the top EMBA programs in the country, the opportunities explored inside the classroom only skim the amount of opportunities that can be found outside the classroom.
Additionally, Kellogg offers opportunities for students to build on their interests from outside the classroom no matter their location. From the Evanston campus, executive students are exposed a variety of student-led clubs including the High-Tech Club, Net Impact Club and Consulting Club. Although the clubs are based on the Evanston campus, all resources are available to all Kellogg students.