EMBA Students

Overview of the students in the Smeal Executive MBA Program.

Students in the Penn State Smeal Executive MBA Program are driven to succeed and poised to take the next steps in their careers. With a typical minimum of at least six years of post-undergraduate work experience and managerial or team leadership experience, Smeal students come from various industries including consulting, financial services, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and manufacturing. Individuals joining the program have diverse backgrounds in fields such as marketing, engineering, operations, finance, IT, sales, and more. Organizations represented by students in the program include some of the largest companies in the world as well as smaller firms.

"The best part of the Smeal Executive MBA Program is the camaraderie, enthusiasm, and support from my fellow classmates and the professors."
Jeffrey A. Krisciunas '11, Principal Partner, Lion's Share Management Consulting Company

Working Together

The Smeal EMBA Experience spurs collaboration, interaction, and deeper engagement. With teamwork as a critical aspect of the program, you will work throughout the first year alongside the same small group of fellow students on a variety of deliverables including papers, business case analyses, and presentations. At the start of the second year, you'll join a new team. With a focus on teamwork, you benefit from the diverse wisdom and talent of your colleagues.

Demographic Snapshot

  • Average Age Range: 35-45
  • Average Years Work Experience Range: 10-20
Class of 2019 Statistics 
Percentage of Female Students 34%
Average Age 37
Percentage with a Graduate Degree 20%
Percentage of International Students 17%