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AGSM Launches Executive MBA Program

New UCR Program Puts Executives on Fast Track to the Top

Candidates can earn an MBA through the A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management in 22 months while working full-time and attending Friday and Saturday classes at UCR’s Palm Desert Center.

(November 17, 2008)

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UCR's A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( – The fast track to upper management has gotten a bit faster with a new Executive MBA program being offered by UCR’s A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management. Classes, held on Fridays and Saturdays at UCR’s Palm Desert Graduate Center, accommodate the work schedules of executives as they develop their career path and allow them to earn a degree in 22 months.

The new Executive MBA program, which is accredited through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), is designed for experienced managers, professionals, entrepreneurs, or senior leaders who want to advance their career and take their organization to the next level. Practical applications will benefit managers in health care, supply chain, financial services, high technology, engineering, life sciences and other business and technical organizations that are abundant in the Inland region. In contrast to AGSM’s full-time MBA program, the EMBA is specifically designed for more experienced managers who are ready to make the transition from functional manager or practicing professional to general manager. The program is also especially relevant for businesses and other organizations seeking a means for developing their next generation of leadership.

“The Inland region is an epicenter for future growth industries,” said AGSM Dean David Stewart. “Many local companies service the global economy, which provides tremendous opportunities for managers and professionals who want to make a difference. With our new Executive MBA program, we take full advantage of the many emerging regional resources so that EMBA students practice Monday what they learn on Friday and Saturday.”

Stewart and Assistant Dean Jack Gregg both bring experience in launching new MBA programs and other innovative programs to UCR with an understanding of the demands of such programs on students.

“Work life balance is key to the success of any challenging MBA program designed for top talent,” Gregg said. “It is important to consider the impact on work, family, and long-term career success when designing a new MBA program. We needed to build in a range of student support services because a UC degree is not for everyone – a high achiever who is part of this new EMBA program has a lot going on in her or his life so we had to bake in the support.”

Weekend residency and meals, where students will have the opportunity to interact with faculty members, business executives and fellow students and an international trip, are features of the program.

Gregg added that the program requires students to bring their professional experience, their ability to collaborate and a strong intellectual curiosity to the classroom where team learning is important for projects, presentations and research.

“We owe much of the success of AGSM to our response to student demand for innovative programs that combine cutting edge scholarship with real-world business practices,” said Stewart.

For information on enrolling in the Executive MBA program, contact Gary Kuzas (951) 827-6200. (

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