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How do you help your students post-graduation, particularly if they plan on switching industries?

At RSM we have a Career Development Centre dedicated to our students that will guide all candidates through their career progress/transition. Specific activities aimed at career switchers are more geared towards Full-time MBA participants, yet all EMBA participants are free to tap into what is on offer by the Career Development Centre. We will help students to secure contact with others that managed to switch industries to learn from their experiences, try to connect them with partners within the industries they are targeting, conduct a gap analysis to see which competencies they need to work on etc.

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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

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Do you accept transfer of credits?

Transfer of credits is not possible at the RSM EMBA due to the nature of the programme, since Executive MBA participants begin their study at the same time, move through the curriculum together and complete the requirements for their graduation as a group. As a result, executive MBA students  build an extensive network of trusted colleagues as well as lifelong friendships.

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Monday, 2 June 2014

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Should EMBA ratings be considered the holy grail?

Absolutely not! The rankings are a good step as first orientation to ascertain which schools enjoy global brand recognition and are deemed important players in business education. It is important to look at various rankings (there are a lot out there!) and to make sure you understand the criteria and weightings of the rankings - this is normally publicly available. It is then important to also look at accreditations to make sure the schools you are targeting adhere to certain global quality standards as set by international accreditation bodies. 

Once you have drawn up a choice of schools you will be investigating further, a key step is to ensure that there is a fit between what you want and what they offer. It is crucial that you feel comfortable with the teaching philosophy, ethos and environment of a school - this is where you will forge lifelong relationships and invest major resources - you want to make sure it is a place where you are confident that you will thrive!

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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

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What is the class size?

The size of the cohort is approximately 100-110, which is divided into two groups.

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Thursday, 7 January 2016

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How are work groups created?

We carefully form work groups, with the attention to provide each team with a balanced combination of functional, experiential, educational and cultural diversity. The formed work groups of 5-6 people, are changed every term of the program in order to maximize the depth and breadth of learning and knowledge gained from other participants.

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Monday, 2 June 2014

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How much study time will I need outside of class?

Normally Executive MBA students will spend 15 - 20 hours per week outside of class hours.

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Thursday, 7 January 2016

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What is the application fee?

The application fee is a non-refundable €100 payment.

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Thursday, 7 January 2016

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What is the application deadline?

Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible as we have a rolling admissions process. For the Executive MBA programme starting in 2017 the deadline is on December 12, 2016.

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Thursday, 7 January 2016

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Most organizations will ask for a time commitment in return for sponsoring the MBA (i.e. stick around x yrs after EMBA). If you are not sure if you want to continue in the same organization, what do you suggest?

If an organisations is willing to sponsor you, they must see potential in you as an employee. Maybe part of your sponsoring conversation can be about more than only time and money - i.e. can they work with you on securing projects that will provide new challenges and in which you can implement your new EMBA knowledge? Can you discuss the areas you can grow into within the company post-EMBA? Would they be open to new ideas you bring? If you are absolutely certain that you do not want to commit to the requirements from your company when sponsoring the EMBA, you might want to start looking at self-funding. However, it is good to then still have a conversation with your employer to make sure in principle they will be supportive. It makes for a much more rewarding EMBA experience if your company is behind you. (Having said that, we do have students that embark on the programme and succeed with no company support.)

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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

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What is the difference between studying for an EMBA and taking a couple of executive courses? The latter is a much cheaper option but is an EMBA more worthwhile?

It is important to decide how much value you and the industry you’re in place on an accredited degree from a reputable institution. If you wish to receive an academic degree, a full EMBA is of course your best option. When it comes to a next step in your career, you are more often than not competing with candidates who have very similar profiles to you – an EMBA can then be a differentiating factor. The EMBA also means that you get to spend a year or two with a group of people that become a very strong network. With executive courses you will of course build up your network, but the interaction tend to be shorter and less engaging/exhaustive. You would also need to see what your academic  requirements are – an EMBA takes you in depth into all the business disciplines and takes you on a journey of self-discovery whilst being taught management and leadership. Executive courses are more specifically related to a certain field. It boils down to your specific reasons for wishing to pursuing further education and checking which options (EMBA vs courses) would suit these best.

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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

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How would you summarise the EMBA’s impact on an individual’s career?

At RSM we believe that the EMBA should be a transformational experience. That is why we do everything we can to ensure that the programme challenges the assumptions of our students and causes them to reflect on what they do and rethink some of their ways of working. Our Personal Leadership Development helps our students to build their strengths and mitigate their weaknesses. Innovative and creative teaching methods such as in-class exercises, simulations, group work, discussions, case studies, peer reviews and mentoring help them to develop deeper self-knowledge and identify practical ways to apply their knowledge. Executive MBA candidates have to apply themselves in real situations, they receive feedback on their performance, they re-examine their actions, and work on areas for improvement. This is about reflection, discovery, and application.

All of this lead to well-rounded individuals that start carrying themselves differently in the workplace. They go through a lot of (positive!) change, and it shows. We hear from our participants that, before long, they start getting more new projects coming their way, they start to be involved in more strategic initiatives/decisions, they start to lead and/or to lead more people and, ultimately for some, this brings about career progression and change. 

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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

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Can I concentrate in a specific area like finance or marketing?

The Executive MBA programme has been specifically designed to offer a broad and solid understanding of all the functional areas of global business. The first year of the programme concentrates on the development of analytical skills and critical thinking and consists of two semesters. The second year is devoted to leadership issues. Each semester as a distinctive theme. The curriculum of RSM’s Executive MBA specialisations are adapted and modified continuously to reflect the latest global trends.

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Monday, 2 June 2014

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What will the impact on my career be?

Broad and comprehensive knowledge of all the workings of an organization; a global view of business and its opportunities; extensive new and lucrative networks; real knowledge of how to lead and build teams of diverse individuals. All of these ensure our graduates are prepared for a senior management position with all its challenges and responsibilities. Employers of our Executive MBA graduates regularly confirm the value of RSM’s Executive MBA in terms of improved in-company performance.

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Monday, 2 June 2014

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What are the topics of the In-Company project?

There are no specific topics, participants can choose any topic they think is relevant to their work and it can be in any function (strategy, marketing, HR, IT etc) 

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Monday, 2 June 2014

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I am from abroad, where can I stay in Rotterdam?

There are quite a few options in the city of Rotterdam (https://en.rotterdam.info/visitors-info) . RSM suggest the Novotel Hotel which is a short walk to the RSM campus. Our EMBA candidates will be able to use the RSM corporate rate. In addition we have negotiated a special price of ≈ 75.00 per night (free parking and free WIFI use in the entire hotel is included, breakfast is not included)

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Thursday, 3 March 2016

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I am not a Dutch citizen, do I need a visa? Is the school going to apply for me?

Any EU passport holder will not require a visa, any other passport holders need to check here. RSM will provide you with any necessary documentation for the Visa issuance but will not apply on your behalf.

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Monday, 2 June 2014

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Who are the professors of the RSM EMBA programme?

Our professors have extensive educational and/or business experience and come from a multinational background. Meet some of the faculty here.

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Monday, 2 June 2014

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Who are the EMBA interviewers? What if I am not located in the Netherlands?

Normally you will be interviewed by one of our EMBA alumni or a senior staff or faculty of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. If an alumni is located and willing to conduct the interview in your area then this will take place in your region, otherwise you will need to travel to the RSM campus.

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Tuesday, 24 June 2014

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What is an executive MBA programme (EMBA)?

An executive MBA programme allows experienced professionals to obtain a post experience master’s degree in business administration while working full time. The curriculum allows executive participants to benefit from the diverse experiences of their classmates as well as the faculty. Classes are scheduled every other week in order to accommodate the busy schedule of a working professional.

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Monday, 2 June 2014

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Why an Executive MBA programme?

Designed for experienced and globally oriented professionals, RSM’s Executive MBA programme will prepare you for senior management challenges and responsibilities via an intense and international professional development experience. The same depth of knowledge and global network of teaching faculty is offered as in RSM’s acclaimed International Full-Time MBA programme, but packaged in a 22 month format that will allow you to maintain your career momentum, while bringing real benefits to your company.

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Monday, 2 June 2014

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Is the GMAT an admissions requirement?

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) can be requested by the Admissions Committee as part of the evaluation process if deemed necessary. This will be evaluated on a case by case basis and will be communicated individually if and where applicable. 

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Monday, 2 June 2014

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What is the financial investment for the Executive MBA programme?

The tuition for the Executive MBA programme starting in 2017 is €49,000 (to be split in 3 instalments over 3 fiscal years). The programme fees include tuition, some of the course materials and required EMBA textbooks. The cost of the two study tours is included in your programme fees, however each participant is responsible for travel arrangements to and from the destination as well as some meals and personal expenses. Participants are strongly advised to own a laptop. The cost is not included in the programme fees.

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Thursday, 3 March 2016

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What are your admission requirements?

We require a minimum of 4 years of full time professional work experience with a university degree or equivalent, however please contact Mr. Vasileios Zaravellas directly for further information at: vzaravellas@rsm.nl or by phone at +31(0)10 4081718.

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Monday, 2 June 2014

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How long are the study tours and where am I going to travel to?

Each study tour is one week long where you will have the opportunity to expand your understanding of business in a significantly different socio-economic and cultural environment. A typical week abroad consists of lectured, in class discussions and visits to local enterprises to gain an in depth view of the local business and social culture. In previous years groups have gone to such diverse locations as Brazil, China, United States of America, Portugal and South Africa.

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Thursday, 7 January 2016

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How long does it take to hear if I am accepted into the programme?

Normally the admissions process can take 4-6 weeks. It all depends on your schedule and of that of your interviewer. 

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Monday, 2 June 2014

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