Compare Executive MBA Programs

At Neeley, we know you have a number of Executive MBA programs to choose from in addition to our own – both in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and across the nation. We make it easy for you to compare the top ranked programs side-by-side with the charts below. Explore the strengths and benefits of each to find the best fit for you.

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DFW Programs

Class Profile

School TCU (Neeley) SMU (Cox) Rice UT-Austin
(McCombs)
UT-Dallas Baylor UT-Arlington

Average Age

38

37

41

36

39

36

38

Average years of Work Experience

18

15

17

13

14

12

16

Ethnic Minorities

24% total

19% underrepresented

37% total

16% international

63%

40%

59%

Women

24%

20%

24%

22%

37%

30%

29%

Class Size

30-35

70

62

67

NR

36

20-30

*  "Total" typically refers to Asian American, African American, Hispanic American and Native American. "Underrepresented Minorities" typically refers only to African American, Hispanic American and Native American.

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Program Format & Location

School TCU (Neeley) SMU (Cox) Rice UT-Austin (McCombs) UT-Dallas Baylor UT-Arlington

Program Duration

18 months
5 semesters

21 months
5 semesters

22 months

<24 months

22 months

21 months
5 semesters

15 months
4 semesters

Class days/months

4
Fri-Sat
alternate weekends

4
Fri-Sat
alternate weekends, some half-day Fridays

4
Fri-Sat
alternate weekends, plus four week-long executive forums

4
Fri-Sat
alternate weekends

3
Saturdays only

4
Fri-Sat,
one weekend per month

4
Fri-Sat
alternate weekends

Program Emphasis

“Developing agile, strategic leaders”

“Enhance your ability to think globally, plan holistically and implement strategically”

“The development of individual leadership, strategy, and decision-making skills”

“Broad business management knowledge and skills”

“Strategy for performance transformation”

“Expand your strategic vision and leadership skill set”

“Combines intellectual study with real-world, global-business savvy”



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Curriculum

School TCU (Neeley) SMU (Cox) Rice UT-Austin
(McCombs)
UT-Dallas Baylor UT-Arlington

# of required courses

19

22

NR

12 plus electives

21

20

14

Leadership/ Career  Program

Yes

-Students are assigned a leadership coach for the entire program to develop and execute a Personal Leadership Action Plan
-Students receive a subscription to Ivy Exec for 2 years.

Yes

-One-on-one career coaching
-Executive-level professional development workshops
-The Associate Board Mentor Program
-Networking events
-CareerShift online job search

Yes

-Strategy & Leadership: Foundations
-Strategy & Leadership: Leading Change
-Custom Executive Coaching

Yes

-Seminars with industry leaders
-Micro-consulting projects
-One-on-one coaching with seasoned business professionals

Yes

Executive coaching

Yes

Career and executive coaching

Yes

-Professional LinkedIn optimization
-Executive resume services
-Career transition services
-Executive coaching
-A professional development workshop series

Is an international trip required?

Yes
A 10-14 day trip at the beginning of summer session is the cornerstone of the Global Environment in Business course

Yes
During second year, visiting two countries

Yes
Mandatory international forum

Yes

Yes

Yes
10-day international trip.

Yes
Two weeks in China



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Financial

School TCU (Neeley) SMU (Cox) Rice UT-Austin
(McCombs)
UT-Dallas Baylor UT-Arlington

Tuition &  Fees

$109,000
$2,500 deposit included in full tuition price

$120,150 
PLUS $2,800 nonrefundable deposit

$125,000 $5,000 deposit included in full tuition price

$129,500 
$2,000 deposit included

$85,000

$88,000
$2,000 deposit included

$74,500
PLUS $1,500 nonrefundable deposit 

What is included (trip, textbooks/ materials, meals on class days, etc.)?

-Textbooks and class materials
-2 meals on class days
-Study abroad: some air travel, ground travel, group meals and hotel stays
-A leadership coach for the entire program and assessment from Korn Ferry, CPP and SDI
-Wall Street Journal subscription
-Access to the state-of-the-art recreation center and TCU library

-Academic cases
-Meals on class days
-Parking
-Use of the business library
-Lodging, some airfare and some meals associated with the required global trip

-Textbooks and program materials
-Light meals before classes
-Parking
-Privileges at Fondren Library

-Registration fees
-Digital case studies, articles, and textbooks for 12 core classes
-Lodging and meals of 3 Executive seminars in Austin
-Full access to University of Texas Libraries and library resources
-Foreign health insurance, lodging and most meals during the global residency
-Access to career management advisors and recruiting events
-MBA+ consulting projects, workshops and up to 8 hours of personal executive coaching per year
-Guest speaker series and access to student orgnizations

-Class materieals include textbooks, software licenses, business cases and access to web and video conferencing systems
-Breakfast, lunch and snacks on class days
-Parking permit
-Executive Coacting
-International Study Trip: hotel accommodations, ground transportation within countries, airfare between cities in between countries, the welcome reception, farewell dinner, breakfasts, lunches and hotel WiFi

-Books and instructional materials
-Meals and snacks each class weekend
-Executive coach
-Underground parking
-Expenses for all three residencies except your international trip airfare
-Concierge services (class registration, career coaching, special surprises)
-24/7 access to Baylor's Dallas Campus including conference rooms

-Orientation
-All textbooks, course binders and materials
-Breakfasts, lunches and dinners on class days
-Wireless facilities
-Free secure parking
-International trip: airfare to/from and within China, hotel and most meals, exclusive Asian Business Studies Certificate



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National Programs

Class Profile

School TCU (Neeley) Yale Berkeley U of Chicago Northwestern Arizona State U of Michigan U of Maryland UCLA U of Tennessee, Knoxville Cornell (NY)

Average Age

38

37

38

35-39

38

40

38

40

NR

39

36

Average Salary

$181,069

$191,875

$163,235

$169,886

$172,313

$133,428

$191,396

$136,994

NR

$160,678

$149,471

Average Work Experience

18

12

14

12-15

14

14.3

15

17

14

18

12

Required Work Experience

8

5

No minimum

No minimum

10

10+ preferred

10

8

8

5

5

Required Management Experience

5

NR

No minimum

No minimum

No minimum

5+ preferred

5

3

No minimum

NR

NR

Ethnic Minorities

24% total

19% international (minority info not available)

11 countries represented (minority info not available)

NR

38% total

3% international (minority info not available)

20% international (minority info not available)

51% total

2% international (minority info not available)

40-60% international (varies by program)

54% total

Women

24%

35%

38%

25%

26%

32%

27%

46%

34%

25-50% (varies by program)

27%

Class Size

30-35

71

72

90

55-75

37

124

30-40

140-150

29

70

*  "Total" typically refers to Asian American, African American, Hispanic American and Native American. "Underrepresented Minorities" typically refers only to African American, Hispanic American and Native American.

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Program Format & Location

School TCU (Neeley) Yale Berkeley U of Chicago Northwestern Arizona State U of Michigan U of Maryland UCLA U of Tennessee, Knoxville Cornell (NY)

Ranking

18

1

4

6

9

12

15

16

21

23

24

Duration

18 months
5 semesters

22 months

19 months
5 terms

21 months

24 months

21 months

21 months
5 terms

19 months
5 terms

22 months

11 months
4 residencies

22 months

Class days/ month

4
Fri-Say alternate weekends

4

6
Thu-Sat every three weeks

Varies: 
Chicago - every other weekend
Hong Kong and London - one full week each


Thu-Sun once a month (FL)
or
Fri-Sat every other week (IL)

4
Fri-Sat twice monthly

2
Fri-Sat once monthly

4
Fri-Sat every other weekend

3-5
Fri-Sat, some Sun every other weekend OR once monthly plus online instruction

Varies: 
Four 9-10 days residencies on campus (varies)

4
Sat-Sun every other weekend

Full day Fridays?

Yes

Yes

Yes

NR

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Format

Lockstep cohort, with elective options (electives not required for graduation)

75% lockstep cohort, 25% concentrated on one of three areas of focus

Three terms covering 10 core courses; two terms covering electives; 25% of learning is experiential/
immersive

3-5 electives

18.5 core courses, 3.5-5.5 advanced courses and 4-8 electives (choice of 40+)

Alternating class weekends plus two class trips

Two extended residencies, one major field project, monthly weekends on campus and distance learning.

Lockstep cohort, alternating weekends anchored by two week-long residencies

NR

Online learning combined with four 9-10 day residencies on Tennessee campus or abroad

Every other weekend at conference center plus four residential sessions on campus

Emphasis

"Developing agile, strategic leaders"

"The nexus of business and society—asset management, healthcare, and sustainability"

"Rooted in four pillars: Leadership, entrepreneurship, strategy and finance"

"Empowering bold thinkers and inquisitive minds to challenge, innovate, and create lasting impact in the world"

"Commitment to growth, diversity, collaboration and game-changing leadership"

"Develop a strategic perspective and learn how policy shapes business decisions, and how companies half a world away can impact your organization"

"Rigorous general management education that focuses on a strategic approach to business issues and problem solving; as well as personalized leadership development"

"Builds systems thinking into an academically rigorous curriculum rooted in the realities of the marketplace"

"Adopt different ways of thinking"

"Three different programs offer emphasis in global supply chain, healthcare leadership and strategic leadership"

"A holistic view of how an organization works, applicable to students representing any industry or functional area of expertise, including entrepreneurship"

Location

TCU Campus, Fort Worth, TX

Yale campus, New Haven, CT

Berkeley-Haas Campus, Berekely, CA (except for immersions)

Chicago Booth campus, Hong Kong and London campuses (students choose a home campus for majority of program, but attend joint sessions at other campuses)

Miami, Florida or Evanston, Illinois

ASU Tempe campus, Tempe, AZ

Mix of distance learning and student choice of Michigan Ross campus in Ann Arbor or Intercontinental Hotel in Los Angeles

University of Maryland campus, College Park, MD

UCLA campus, Los Angeles, CA

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

HNA Palisades Conference Center in Palisades, NY for class weekends; Cornell University campus for residencies, Ithaca, NY.



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Curriculum

School TCU (Neeley) Yale Berkeley U of Chicago Northwestern Arizona State U of Michigan U of Maryland UCLA U of Tennessee, Knoxville Cornell (NY)

# of required courses

19

28

22 including electives and immersion modules

17 plus electives and LEAD

28

19 plus electives

24

18

26

NR

27

Leadership/
Career program

Yes
Students are assigned a leadership coach for the entire program to develop and execute a Personal Leadership Action Plan Students receive a subscription to Ivy Exec for 2 years

Yes 
Leadership Development Curriculum runs through the entire program. Students benefit from professional and career coaching including ongoing workshops, one-on-one advising, a job database and various networking opportunities

Yes 
Executive coaching, advising, job listings and job search services, resume posting, career fairs and networking events, and career management workshops and webinars

Yes 
Services include career workshops for a variety of critical skills; one-on-one coaching; a listing of job openings for alumni seeking new professional opportunities; and a resume book that is actively marketed to employers and recruiters

Yes 
Career coaching, career management workshops, self-assessment tools, job postings, alumni directory, video livrary, subscription to business databases

Yes 
Coaching sessions, workshops, online resources and career fairs

Yes 
360 assessment, one-on-one executive coaching, workshops, speaker sessions, team coaching

Yes 
360 assessment, executive coaching, multi-source feedback

Yes 
Self-evaluation, executive coaching, workshops, career change bootcamp, on-campus recruiting, peer coaching and teamwork

Yes 
Varies by program

Yes 
Workshops, webinars, alumni panels, executive coaching, career coaching, team coaching, career forums, networking, career advisory board, video library, job postings

Is an international trip required?

Yes
 A 10-14 day trip at the beginning of summer session is the cornerstone of the Global Environment in Business course

NR

Yes 
One week in an international hub

Yes 
One week each at Hong Kong and London campuses

Yes - global campus 
Two electives taken at one of 7 global campuses over 5-6 days

Yes 
2 International and Washington DC trips

No, but international ExecMAP opportunities will be made available

Yes 
10 days, 7 months before graduation (not covered by tuition)

Yes 
One week in early September

Yes - two programs only

Yes



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Financial

School TCU (Neeley) Yale Berkeley U of Chicago Northwestern Arizona State U of Michigan U of Maryland UCLA U of Tennessee, Knoxville Cornell (NY)

Tuition & Fees

$109,000
$2,500 deposit included in full tuition price

$187,500
$7,500 non-refundable deposit included

$190,550

$194,000

$208,152

$86,200
$500 non-refundable deposit

$168,000
$5,000 non-refundable deposit included

$124,900
$2,000 non-refundable deposit included

$163,000
$2,500 non-refundable deposit included

$65,000-85,000 (varies by program)
$2,000 non-refundable deposit included

$182,708

What's included?

-Textbooks and class materials
-2 meals on class days
-Study abroad: some air travel, ground travel, group meals and hotel stays
-A leadership coach for the entire program and assessment from Korn/Ferry, CPP and SDI
-Wall Street Journal subscription
-Access to the state-of-the art recreation center and TCU library

-Textbooks and study materials
-Meals on class days
-Yale parking
-Lodging/ parking at the Omni New Haven Hotel during summer residencies and Friday evenings on class weekends.

-Books -Ebook reader
-Hotel accommodations
-Administrative fees
-Most meals in residence and on field immersions off-campus

-Course materials
-Access to teaching assistants
-Most meals, daily snacks
-Specific student activities
-Chicago program students: includes lodging for the residential weeks in Chicago and in London and Hong Kong
-Hong Kong and London campus students: includes lodging for any time spent away from their home campus

-Textbooks and course materials
-Three meals and snacks on class days
-Campus or hotel accommodations for core and electives
-Lifetime one-on-one career coaching
-Career workshops, networking and resources.
-Lifetime access to elective courses on an auditing basis

-Textbooks and other course materials
-Breakfast and lunch on most class days
-Accommodations, programming and inter-visit transportation on D.C, and international trips
-Parking pass
-Executive coaching
-24-hour access to team rooms, kitchen and lounge, and printers
-Admission to EMBA-exclusive networking and professional development events such as guest speakers, off-site company visits, and professional development sessions
-Admission to Economic Club of Phoenix events
-Subscription to The Wall Street Journal
-Graduation registration and regalia

-Textbooks and course materials, software, and communications needs
-Accommodations
-3 meals on class days, snacks/coffee breaks, and occasional group dining excursions
-All accommodations and meals during extended on-campus residencies
-International and/or domestic travel required for the EMBA MAP project course

-Books and reuired materials
-Student and administrative fees
-Parking
-Accommodations
-2 meals and a snack on class days

-Registration and student charges
-Books and software supplies
-Meals
-Parking
-Housing for on/off-campus residential
-International trip lodging and some meals

-Books and materials, including course-specific software
-Technical support for all software
-Local transportation to and from classes and special events during residence periods
-Breakfasts, lunches and most dinners

-Academic services
-Books and printed materials
-Room and meals for residencies in Ithaca
-Room for Saturday night and all meals for class weekends at HNA Palisades
-Lodging and some meals during the Global Business Study

App fee

$100
Waived for applicants with military experience

$225

$200
May be waived for military and nonprofit/public service employees

$175

$150

$70 domestic/$115 international
May be waived for military/citizen service

NR

NR

$200

$60

$200

Total cost (w/ commute)

$109,000

NR

NR

NR

$200,724.00

NR

$161,173

NR

NR

NR

NR



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