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Emerging Leaders MBA Program

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The Mount's Emerging Leaders Master of Business Administration (ELMBA) is an intensive program designed for aspiring leaders ready to expand their managerial responsibilities, deepen their leadership skills, and broaden their professional networks.

This one-year program is a transformative experience focusing on self-assessment, managerial growth, and leadership development. The curriculum targets key business skills, with an emphasis on practical applications, to ensure that graduates gain effective problem-solving and decision-making skills.

Admission Requirements

Candidates for admission into the ELMBA program must have completed a Bachelor’s degree* and must satisfy the following criteria:

  • 3.00 minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA)

  • 3 to 5 years of relevant, professional business experience (résumé required)

  • A letter of recommendation from a senior leader within the applicant’s employment/service organization 

  • Essay in at least 250 words: Describe your leadership experience to date, your academic and professional goals, and how applying to this program will help you fulfill your needs. Please tell us what you hope to gain and what you believe you will contribute to this experience.

*If an applicant does not hold a business or related degree, prerequisites may be required.

Program Details

Students are expected to take time during the week to complete their course work, occasionally completing assignments and projects for one course while starting another. Distinguished faculty teach all courses and provide students with a successful business leader in the field as a mentor for each course. The curriculum is similar to our traditional MBA with a few notable differences:

  1. The two elective courses in the traditional MBA will be filled with a Leadership in Organizations course and a Capstone Seminar in Leadership course.

  2. A leadership mentor, an executive in the field, will be assigned to each course in the program to assist the faculty member and to provide an external leadership perspective.

  3. Cohort class structure provides a one-of-a-kind networking experience for student leaders and mentors

Classes meet two weekends per month (Friday afternoon/evenings and Saturday) at the Frederick Campus.

Applications are accepted year-round. Classes begin for each cohort in August.

Employers interested in developing a strategic partnership with the Emerging Leaders Program are welcome to contact Deborah Powell, Director of Graduate Business Programs at the Richard J. Bolte, Sr. School of Business at (301) 447-5396 or via email at

16300 Old Emmitsburg Road | Emmitsburg, MD 21727
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Frederick Campus | 5350 Spectrum Drive | Frederick, MD 21703
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