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Columbia Business School Launches New Saturday EMBA Program

Beginning in May 2011, Columbia Business School will add a new executive MBA (EMBA) program to its offerings, one that meets on Saturdays and requires that participants spend almost no time away from the office, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The new program will be unlike typical EMBA programs, which are held every other Friday and Saturday and require significant time away from work. CBS hopes it will help draw a greater range of students, including professionals from industries in which taking time off from work to obtain the degree would have a negative impact, such as private equity, hedge funds and trading, the Journal reports.

The Saturday EMBA is not geared toward career changers, Ethan Hanabury, Columbia’s senior associate dean for degree programs, told the Journal. “Certainly there will be [people] who get to business school and the experience opens up new possibilities, but the program is designed for people looking to advance within their organizations,” he said.

CBS’s decision to launch this new program is not in response to declining demand for the regular EMBA format, Hanabury told the Journal. “We think there is a large and diverse enough marketplace for both types of programs,” he said. “We feel that with this particular program there is a group of individuals that we are missing and the market is missing,” he continued.

To read Hanabury’s full interview, click here.

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