EMSc or EMBA?

Linking general management and communication

The difference between an Executive Master of Science (EMSc) – such as the EMScom – and an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) is that the EMBA will almost exclusively – as its name suggests – focus on themes linked to business administration and general management. In contrast, the EMSc will spend less time on business administration and more time on specific topics linked to its focus or specialization. In the case of the EMScom, one third of the curriculum covers general management and two thirds cover the wide range of subjects linked to corporate communication.

What is the difference between an executive master’s and a master’s degree?
As opposed to a graduate master’s degree (MSc or MBA), an executive master’s (EMSc or EMBA) is designed for managers and executives who already have substantial professional experience. Executive master’s programs allow participants to continue their careers and remain in full-time employment while simultaneously working toward their degrees as part-time students. Executive students are able to apply what they learn in the classroom to their work, bringing immediate results. Students also benefit from greater opportunities to learn from each other, as each participant will be bringing his or her own professional experiences to the classroom.

European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS)
The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System is a common grading system which calibrates and standardizes the grading of higher education institutions across the European Union and other collaborating European countries, with the ultimate goal of facilitating the transferring of grades and course credits between different institutions. A full-time student would need to complete 60 ECTS per academic year, which is equivalent to about 1500 to 1800 hours of study. USI Università della Svizzera italiana awards at least 60 ECTS (1800 hours of study) for the Executive Master of Science in Communications Management (EMScom), which corresponds to a full year of study.