MBA Programs and Executive MBA Programs sometimes have a similar curriculum, but the class format and admission requirements vary.
Typically, the applicants to an Executive MBA Program must have a minimum of five years professional work experience. Executive MBA Programs are designed to meet the needs of upper level managers. Candidates are often evaluated based on what they will bring to the program. In most cases, taking the GMAT is not required.
MBA Program applicants are not required to have professional work experience, but they must take the GMAT. An MBA degree is essentially a general management degree.
Class format also differs between the two programs. In an MBA Program, students usually choose the classes they will take each quarter. In an Executive MBA program, students often complete classes in a step-lock method, attending courses with the same classmates for the duration of the program.