University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

Walton
Executive MBA

With constantly evolving business requirements, employers need professionals with broad knowledge of how various business functions fit together.

Our Executive MBA program will expand your expertise in core business fields so you can draw critical connections that impact your organization.

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Our program is built around your life and career. With face-to-face class days organized just one Saturday per month, the Walton EMBA is designed to accommodate your busy schedule as a working professional.

Strong connections with Fortune 500 companies in our region put you within reach of a powerful network of business leaders so you can advance your career.

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Courses and Schedule

What coursework is required for this degree?

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Work/Life Balance

Can I fit this in my schedule?
What is the time commitment?

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Just the Facts

How Much? How Long?
Who can enroll?

How Do I Apply?

Admission to Walton College masters programs is selective. Enrollment in each program is limited. 

Current Student Listing

Wondering who you’ll meet in class? Get to know our current students.

Just the Facts: Walton Executive MBA

Program Length

2 Years

Part time schedule: 6 hours of coursework per semester. Students attend class just one Saturday each month.

Start Date

Fall

New cohorts begin each Fall Semester for the Executive MBA program.

Admissions Info

Do I Qualify to Enroll?

Complete your undergraduate degree and meet additional requirements. View Requirements

Entrance Test

GMAT or GRE

Students may be eligible for a GMAT/GRE test waiver with a 3.2 undergraduate GPA or 3 years of professional work experience. Please review our master's admissions policies.

Application Deadline

July 1

Total Program Cost

$47,854

Out of State: $47,854
International: $47,854
Healthcare Executive MBA: $55,410
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Financial Assistance

Paying for College

Scholarships, Graduate Assistantships, and Financial Aid

Class Profile

Current Students

View a listing of current Walton Executive MBA Students.

News and Notes: Walton MBA Insider

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Congratulations to Walton MBA Faculty Awards Winners

The 2021-2022 Walton College Faculty Awards have been announced! The recipients were selected based on nominations, their current curriculum vitae and a personal statement that includes teaching evaluations, student comments, sample assignments, summaries of recent research publications, citation counts, grant awards and program innovations.

May 4, 2022 | By Lori Speer

Tina Winham

Alumna Tina Winham Makes a Positive Community Impact

Walton EMBA Program alumna Tina Winham graduated with her MBA in 2018 and currently works as the Walmart lead at Conair in the Hair Beauty Accessories division. With over 15 years of experience overseeing multi-million dollar budgets, Winham has extensive experience with operations, sales and marketing efforts for several major global brands.

May 4, 2022 | By Taylor Poe

Willard J. Walker building

Custom Tracks Through the Walton MBA

Students are specializing their graduate school experience by developing custom degree plans. In this business climate, niche talents can find their place to shine. Currently, the University of Arkansas’ Walton MBA program offers five different career tracks in entrepreneurship and innovation, retail marketing, supply chain management, financial management and data analytics.

April 27, 2022 | By Heidi Rolf

Students at networking event

Walton MBA Students Make Connections at Networking Event

The Walton MBA programs teamed up with Walton Career Services to host a networking event for students prior to the Walton College Spring Business Fair. The event included 51 companies, and all expressed an interest in hiring MBA students. Many second-year students attended the event actively seeking employment, and first-year students made connections with representatives for internships or full-time positions after graduation.

April 2, 2022 | By Ontario West

University of Arkansas campus

Walton MBA Ranks 11th out of 600 programs for ROI by the Wall Street Journal

Few words are heard as often in Walton as “value.” It often seems like one of those words you just cannot escape. You may hear about it with regard to Walton’s EPIC values, the Blockchain Center of Excellence’s research on the “Internet of Value,” the value-added services that the Supply Chain Management Research Center provides, or in everyday classroom discussions.

February 23, 2022 | By Ryan Sheets

The Northwest Arkansas Community

Join a supportive and engaging community located in the vibrant business network of Northwest Arkansas, with over 300 Fortune 500 companies with a presence in the region.

Business leaders and Walton College alumni are closely connected to the college and the Executive MBA, not just during your studies, but throughout your career.

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Courses and Program Schedule

First Year Classes

Late Summer/Orientation 2 hours
Fall Semester 6 hours
Spring Semester 6 hours
Summer Semester 6 hours

Second Year Classes

Fall Semester 6 hours
Spring Semester 6 hours
Summer Semester 6 hours

View more details in the Executive MBA Program catalog listing.

Program Highlights

Because the Walton College is located in the heart of the retail industry, we have designed our Executive MBA curriculum with a strong foundation in the value chain and the consumer-packaged goods industry.

We focus on applications-based learning through cases and projects that can be quickly applied to your current workplace. By organizing around the value chain, the Walton EMBA blends theory with analysis of real-world business solutions.

Opportunities to grow don’t end with the classroom. Students will enhance their understanding of the business and cultural environments of prominent emerging markets through overseas projects in Global Business. EMBA students also participate in our award-winning entrepreneurship program, professional development with industry experts, and networking with extraordinary corporate connections.

Executive MBA
Healthcare Career Track Option

The Healthcare career track is designed for students who wish to develop specialized expertise in health care administration, blended with best practices from other industries, as they complete a full MBA degree.

The healthcare course offerings are designed and will be delivered by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in partnership with the Walton College. This program is specifically designed for physicians and other clinicians who wish to prepare themselves for managerial roles and for individuals interested in moving into healthcare management as well as for those who realize the need for specific healthcare expertise to benefit them in their current roles.

In order to provide our students with the necessary scope in healthcare administration studies, this track includes two additional classes and therefore incurs an extra cost. Please see Cost and Funding for details.

Work-Life Balance

When trying to decide if getting your MBA is the next step to furthering your career, what often comes to mind is the time commitment. How can you take the leap into a program without the confidence that it won’t derail the life and career you’ve worked so hard to build?

We know you don’t have time to stop the rest of your life while you get your degree, so we designed the Walton Executive MBA to fit into your busy schedule. Our part-time program balances classroom instruction with online learning activities. With face-to-face class days organized just one Saturday per month, you can plan your schedule up to a year in advance. Our faculty make sure you know your assignments well ahead of time, giving you the ability to plan around your work schedule.




Saturday Class Dates

Spring
2022
Summer
2022
Fall
2022
Spring
2023
Summer
2023
January
15
May
21
August
27
January
21
May
20
February
12
June
11
(EMBA only)
September
24
February
18
June
17
March
5
June
18
(ISYS only)
October
8
March
11
July
8
April
2
July
9
October
29
April
1
July
29
April
30
July
30
December
3
April
29
 

* Students admitted to the professional programs in the Walton College are required to attend a multi-day orientation prior to the start of scheduled courses. Dates to be determined. Please contact gsb@walton.uark.edu for more information.

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