Virginia Tech's Pamplin College of Business is launching an executive MBA program in the Washington, D.C. area in February.

The 18-month, accelerated program is designed for senior-level professionals and adapted to their work schedule, said Pamplin Dean Richard E. Sorensen. "It combines the resources of Virginia Tech's Blacksburg campus with the convenience of location in the Washington metropolitan area."

;Classes, which begin Feb. 6, will meet Friday afternoon and evening and continue all day Saturday every other weekend. The overall program focuses on ethical and entrepreneurial leadership in a global environment and strategic management of information technology. Students will participate in a 10-day, faculty-led program abroad designed to explore international business practices, the global political and regulatory environment, and the effect of cultural differences on business. All courses will be led by faculty members who are experienced in teaching and interacting with executives and relating course material to business situations.

The program will meet accreditation requirements and graduating students will receive the master of business administration. Prospective students must have at least eight years of professional management experience, a college degree, previous coursework in quantitative analysis and a working knowledge of computer applications.

Virginia Tech currently offers a full-time MBA program in Blacksburg and a part-time program at its Northern Virginia Center in Falls Church and five other sites across the state. The executive MBA program, Sorensen said, will serve a new constituency of managers "with significant experience who seek a shorter, more intense MBA program, small classes with peers from a range of industries, and a high level of facilities." For more information on the executive MBA program, please visit its web site:http://www.emba.cob.vt.edu/.

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