Frequently Asked Questions - Administrative, Technical, and Admissions

Academic Questions

Administrative Questions

Technical Questions

Admissions Questions

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How many students do you plan to enroll in the next class?
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We plan to enroll 25-30 students in the next entering class. Six full-time Lubin School faculty members will support the EMBA program throughout the two-year course of study. Collectively, this team has knowledge and experience in the major disciplines of business to assure a multidisciplinary approach to each project. All six faculty members will review individual and team progress on the internet daily and will communicate with project teams and individual students frequently.

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Q: What are the dates of the residencies?
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You can click here, to view the residency calendar for the next class. In general they will be spaced 10 to 12 weeks apart beginning with an orientation residency in mid-August.

The orientation residency schedule will be seven days from Saturday to Saturday. The remaining residencies will be 3 days, beginning at 10:00 am on a Friday and concluding by 4:00 pm on Sunday.

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Q: What happens if I cannot attend one of the residencies?
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Residencies are an integral part of the EMBA program. You should plan to attend all residencies. In case of a medical or similar emergency, the faculty will schedule a separate evaluation period.

By missing a residency you will adversely affect the presentation your project group delivers. Even more critical, you will have difficulty integrating with the group assigned to the next project. The faculty strongly believe that the work started on a new project during a residency is as critical to its success as is the opportunity for project groups to learn to work together effectively.

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Q: What happens if I cannot participate in one of the projects?
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There is no comparable experience to participating in a project. Participation in all projects, taken in proper sequence, is required to complete the EMBA program. Collectively, the projects completed during the program will require significant mastery of all the disciplines of business. The projects are designed and sequenced so that each project extends the knowledge and skills you acquired in prior projects and develops new capability you will need for future projects.

To interrupt this cumulative learning process or to lose the benefits from one of the projects would interfere with your ability to complete future projects and to contribute effectively to future project teams.

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Ondre Clark (Unilever) and Nik Taskar (Nano Crystal Lighting) celebrate Chinese New Year at a class dinner in nearby Chinatown

The Pace EMBA lets you focus your attention on just one course at a time.

[James Gould]
"Teaching in the EMBA program is the most enjoyable experience of my Pace teaching. Why you ask? Reasons are; first students are highly motivated having excellent business backgrounds and desirous of learning. Second, the project-based curriculum structure (unique to the Pace program) provides a holistic application of course content (theory) to real problems. Traditional curriculum structure (one course at a time) does not integrate course material in a holistic manner. Third, the cohort program structure enables students to create life-long personal and professional contacts. A fourth (and final reason) is the bond between professors and students. Again something usually not possible in traditional MBA programs. In the Pace EMBA program you are with the same group of faculty and students for the entire program. You get to know students and the students get to know you."

Dr. James S. Gould
Professor of Marketing

Q: Are EMBA program course credits transferable to other MBA programs?
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The institution to which you could want to transfer credits has the option to accept or reject any transfer request. Many AACSB accredited schools will accept a limited number of transfer credits from another AACSB accredited school.

A more complex and problematic issue is for a school to determine for what courses the transfer credits will substitute. Since each EMBA project includes material from several disciplines, some schools may have difficulty assigning transfer credits to specific courses.

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Q: Where will residencies be conducted?
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The residencies will be conducted at the Pace University Downtown Conference Center in the Wall Street area of lower Manhattan and meals will be provided.

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Q: What are the living accommodations during residencies?
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The living accomodations are in a first-class hotel within walking distance of the campus. Each student has his/her own room.

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Q: Why should I stay in your living accommodations during residencies?
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The major reason is that you may find it convenient and desirable to do so. The residencies are intense experiences with early morning starting times and late evening ending times. Travel to accommodations, such as your home, a further distance from campus could interfere with the planned residency learning experiences.

In addition, we expect some project groups may want to work outside the scheduled residency hours and some students may want to network outside the school. A common residence for all EMBA participants facilitates these activities.

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Q: Can you arrange for special food menu needs?
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We can accommodate special menu needs but we need to know in advance of the orientation residency.

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Q: What is the program tuition?
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The EMBA program tuition is $78,000. This is payable in 10 installments, including one installment due before the first residency. Tuition and fees cover the cost of tuition, room, board, and all required textbooks. It does not include several student expenses, including: transportation, computer hardware, communications services (phone, internet provider, etc.) and incidental, research, or optional materials. Also it does not include the Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office software packages.

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Q: What financial aid is available to students in the program?
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Students are eligible for federally assisted student loans and from private sources. See section "Financing your EMBA".

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Q: Where can I get more information about Pace University?
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The most convenient source of information about Pace University is its Web site: www.pace.edu that has great depth of information about past, present, and future of the institution. You can also call the admissions office (212/346-1323) or external relations office (212/346-1996) to request literature about the university or any of its schools or programs.

To obtain further information about The Lubin School of Business, you can visit the Web site at www.pace.edu/lubin, or contact the Lubin School's Office of External Relations and Communications at (212) 346-1993.

If you have specific questions about Pace University please send them to the Webmaster for the University webcontent@pace.edu. If you have specific questions about the Lubin School of Business, e-mail them to lubin@pace.edu. If you have specific questions about the EMBA program, e-mail them to jsholes@pace.edu.

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Q: What computer experience and capability must I have?
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We expect EMBA students to be proficient with Microsoft Windows and a universal internet browser. We expect some proficiency with Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint.

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Q: What computer hardware and software will I need?
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Students are required to have a Pentium laptop computer with Microsoft Office, Windows and a Web browser. Your laptop computer should have a Pentium processor, sufficient memory and storage to support the program software. You should also have reliable internet access through modem or other facilities with at least 56 kbps transmission speed.

For the EMBA program, we will standardize on Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office Professional, and Internet Explorer. We will specify versions of these programs in the near future. (Currently, we are testing some of the latest versions.) Blackboard, a courseware system designed and distributed by Blackboard, Inc will be the major communication interface among students and faculty. Blackboard resides on a dedicated Pace University server and you will be able to access it with Netscape Communicator or Internet Explorer. For additional information on Blackboard, see www.blackboard.com/.

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Q: What computer hardware and software does the program provide?
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The School will provide a number of educational software products that will be required to complete the course of study.

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Q: Do you have a help desk for technical questions?
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Yes, we will have technical help available for phone and e-mail consultation. Although we do not expect to provide 24x7 coverage, we do expect to provide about 12-hour coverage and maximum 12-hour response times for EMBA students. Also, vendors supplying much of the software used in the program have 24x7 help desks.

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Q: Can I transfer credits from another MBA program?
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No, the EMBA program is fundamentally different in orientation and methodology from most other MBA programs. Collectively, the projects completed during the program will require significant mastery of all the disciplines of business. It would be difficult to determine how to apply transfer credits to substitute for all or parts of one or more projects.

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Q: Why must I be subjected to an individual interview for admission?
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A personal interview with two EMBA program faculty will provide an opportunity for both you and us to determine whether the program is appropriate for you. During a structured interview you and the faculty will explore how the program fits with your background, experience, skills, career aspirations, learning style, and life style. See "EMBA Faculty Interview (and Why We Do Not Require a GMAT)"

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Q: What prerequisite education is required for admission?
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You must have earned a bachelors degree from an appropriate institution. Your degree can be in any field and you need not have completed any specific courses.

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Q: Will you consider GMAT scores if I submit them to the program?
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We are willing to consider GMAT scores but we do not require them of EMBA program applicants. If submitted, they will not be the primary basis for determining admission.

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Q: Will you accept students with less than 5 years of experience?
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We may accept applicants with less than five years of business experience who can demonstrate an unusual level of responsibility, accomplishment, sophistication, and maturity. If you feel you qualify under these exceptions, please apply to the EMBA program and we will discuss your circumstance during the interview.