Compare Executive MBA Programs

The Neeley Executive MBA program recognizes that prospective students have a number of choices available to them in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The charts below provide Executive MBA candidates with a quick snapshot of five executive MBA programs in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Each program has its strengths and benefits for students and alumni. This information is provided to help prospective students make an executive decision and determine which program is the best fit for you.

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

22 months

21 months
5 semesters

21 months
5 semesters

15 months
4 semesters

# of class days per month

4
Fri-Sat
alternate weekends

4
Fri-Sat
alternate weekends

4
Fri-Sat
alternate weekends

4
Fri-Sat
alternate weekends

4
Fri-Sat
alternate weekends

4
Fri-Sat
alternate weekends

4
Fri-Sat
alternate weekends

Do students attend class for a full-day on Fridays?

Yes

No
Students attend class for a half-day either in the morning or afternoon

Yes

Yes

Yes

No
Friday class days start at 2:30pm and end at 6:30pm
Saturday 8:00am - 5:00pm

No
Friday class days start at 1:00pm and end at 8:00pm

Program Format

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

Lockstep cohort, with elective options

Lockstep cohort, with elective options

Lockstep cohort, with elective options

Lockstep cohort

Lockstep cohort

Lockstep cohort

# of cohorts per class

1

2

1

1

1

1

1

Program Emphasis

“Developing agile, strategic leaders”

General Management with an emphasis on Finance & Strategy

“Focuses on experiential, integrated learning.”

“The program is about teaching the power of ideas to enhance what you know and how you perform.”

Strategic Frameworks

Enterprise Transformation

“To develop accomplished leaders with integrity, purpose a desire to contribute and who are mindful of their impact on the community”

“A solid, real-world program that works with the financial and scheduling realities of your busy life.”

Location

TCU Campus

SMU Campus

Rice Campus

UT Campus in Austin

UTD Campus

Cooper Aerobics Center in Dallas

Santa Fe Railroad Station in downtown
Fort Worth

Is the program accredited with a recognized governing body?

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Approximate Class Size

30-35

80-90

59

68

40

36

25

* Data compiled from respective EMBA Program websites and The Economist on 3-10-17

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Curriculum

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

# of required courses

19

21

22 classes, 4 semesters
+9 workshops and seminars

14 classes

22

22

14

# of credit hours required to graduate

49

48

N/R

42

53

48

37

Is a Leadership or Career Development Program offered as part of the required courses?

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.

No

Yes

There is a Leadership and Strategy Executive Forum that consists of 5 days, targeting development of an executive mindset.

Yes

Provides an evolving experience in a new function or industry, as well as improves communication skills and help to keep students ahead of the curve through the provision of executive coaching hours.

Yes

Students are assigned an executive coach for 5 semesters to help the student learn as much as possible from the EMBA program and from working in student teams; to identify the student's strengths and weaknesses and to develop the person in relevant areas; and to focus on career development issues unique to the individual.

No

Students have access to an executive coach through partnerships with two executive coaching firms. Students have the option to engage a coach during the program as part of their career development.

Yes

Students participate in a Career Assessment Program that features a strategic assessment that helps students determine how to best use their degree in the marketplace

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
A 9-day international trip. 

Yes

Yes

Yes
Two trips are required. A 4-day trip and a 10-day trip to destinations in Europe, Asia or South America

Yes
Two trips are required. One 5-day trip to Washington D.C. and a 10-day international trip.

Yes
A 15-day trip to China is required during the 4th semester of class.

* Data compiled from respective EMBA Program websites and The Economist on 3-10-17 

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Financial

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

Application Fee

$100
Waived for applicants with military experience

$100

$200

$200

$300

$100

$150

Class Entering Fall 2015 Tuition & Deposit Fees

$104,000
$2,500 deposit included in full tuition price

$118,375
$2,800 deposit included in full tuition price

$120,000 with an enrollment deposit of $2,000

$113,410 with an enrollment deposit of $2,000

$85,000
No deposit  required

$89,000
$2,000 deposit included in full tuition price

$74,500
$1,500 deposit included in full tuition price above

Is the cost of the required international trip(s) included in the tuition and fees?

Yes
Includes air travel, group meals, hotel stays and travel during the 2-week study abroad.

Roundtrip air travel to/from DFW, meals that are not with the entire class and hotel incidentals are not included.

Yes
Includes roundtrip air travel as well as company visits, group meals, hotel stays, and travel during the excursion

Yes

Yes, foreign travel insurance, lodging, and most meals during the international Seminar

Yes
Roundtrip air travel, meals that are not with the entire class, and hotel incidentals are not included

Yes
Roundtrip air travel is included in the 5-day trip to D.C. Air travel is not covered for the trip to Asia. Most meals and lodging are covered for both trips.

Yes
Some meals are not covered

Are textbooks and class materials included in the tuition and fees?

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Are meals on class days included in the tuition and fees?

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

What else is included in the tuition and fees?

  • A leadership coach for the entire program and assessment from Korn/Ferry, CPP and SDI
  • Wall Street Journal subscription
  • All TCU student benefits including access to the state-of-the art recreation center and TCU library
  • All classes are recorded and published to a secure site for students
  • All classes are recorded and published to a secure site for students
  • Access to the SMU Business Information Center
  • Parking
  • Privileges at Fondren Library
  • Guest speaker series
  • Six hours of elective course work
  • Access to career management advisors and recruiting events
  • Dedicated program staff and IT support
  • Workshops, one-on-one executive coaching
  • Access to McCombs alumni network
  • An executive coach for the entire program
  • Membership to the Coopers Aerobics Center
  • Free health exam
  • Access to wellness seminars
  • Access to career and job search services offered by Baylor Career Services via online sources and partner firms
  • Receive a graduate certificate in Asian business studies upon graduation from the program

* Data compiled from respective EMBA Program websites and The Economist on 3-10-17 

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Class Profile

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

Average Age

38

37

41

31-45

39

36

39

Average years of Work Experience

18

15

19

8-22

17

12

16

Average salary

$181,069

$127,979

$128,353

$156,353

N/A

N/A

N/A

Minimum Required Years of Work Experience

8

8

N/A

17

8-10

5

5-7

Minimum Required Years of Management Experience

5

Not specified
Candidates must occupy mid to senior level management or ownership position

N/A

10

Not Specified
Candidates must demonstrate management, P&L management, and international experience

Not Specified
Seeking experienced candidates who understand the challenges of managing people

4

*  Data compiled from respective EMBA Program websites and The Economist on 2-15-17

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