The Executive MBA Experience

The Executive MBA Program is rigorous, so it is no surprise that the most frequently asked questions of our alum are “How did you manage the competing priorities of work, home and school?” and “How much time outside of the classroom did you devote to study, teamwork, and coursework?” The secrets to successfully managing priorities while in the program include establishing a routine, communicating regularly with faculty, and working with the strengths of your team. Most students indicate that they dedicate an average of about 20 hours per week to coursework and study. Some are likely to find the extra time early in the morning or late in the evening. The need to balance work, family, and coursework is a challenge that you will share with many of your colleagues in the program. The attention and time you decide to give to each for the duration of the program varies from individual to individual. Are these decisions difficult? Most definitely. Are the results worth it? Our alumni believe that they are.

Each day you will hear fresh perspectives on a business issue or learn a new skill that you can apply to your organization. You will find that the days seem to fall into a pattern that allows you to plan your time efficiently.  Below is an example of what your day on campus, as an Executive MBA student, might look like:

7:30 a.m. Enjoy a catered continental breakfast upon your arrival to campus.
8:30 a.m. Strategic Market Planning class starts off with a discussion of customer segmentation using the Barco Projection Systems case.
10:00 a.m. Grab another cup of coffee. Check emails. Share an informal follow-up discussion with Professor Ring about the Barco case.
10:30 a.m. Global Environment of Business class discussion of business cycle models using a recent Wall Street Journal article on current economic growth prospects.
Noon Enjoy a catered lunch. Check in at home. Take a brisk walk with a few other student colleagues. Review notes for afternoon classes.
1:30 p.m. Financial Management class begins with discussion of dividend policy. Take quiz.
3:00 p.m. Afternoon break. Take a solo walk and mentally review for the final class.
3:30 p.m. Financial Accounting mid-term exam is returned. Class continues with a discussion of the first half of the John Deere case.
5:00 p.m. Classes end for the day. All students are provided an overnight accommodation at a local hotel in Williamsburg on Friday nights. Classes begin again on Saturday morning at 8:30 AM and conclude by 5:00 PM.

But class time, as important as it is, is only part of the overall Executive MBA experience.  Through the program, you will:

  • network with fellow students (three different Executive MBA classes over the course of your program) and faculty every time you are on campus
  • meet with industry leaders and experts during in-class sessions and expanded networking opportunities
  • receive VIP invitations to special Business School-related forums, alumni events, and other programming outside of the classroom that will enhance your learning experience
  • expand your global scope through international residencies  that will include studying in the classroom in China  and meeting with a variety of business leaders and governmental officials in several cities across the globe

At William & Mary, being an Executive MBA student means that you are immediately connected to a robust community of leaders—a community that will continue to grow and an experience that will continue to enrich you long after your coursework is complete and your have walked across the graduation stage.