The business program at JU was established as a small division within the College of Arts and Sciences in 1967. Their programs were given the status of a College of Business in 1979 and the first MBA classes were offered in 1980 and first Executive MBA program in 1986.
The EMBA program is small by many business school comparisons, capped at no more than 20 students. Nonetheless, it has produced nearly 600 graduates since inception, and many of these individuals are now key business leaders within Jacksonville and around the world.
In May 2007, the EMBA Alumni Association was formed and membership offers the following:
- Networking opportunities with other graduates
- Information about employment opportunities
- Events and speakers of particular interest to business graduates
- Opportunities to influence the curriculum of the EMBA program
- All EMBA graduates are eligible for membership
- MBA graduates of Jacksonville University are eligible for an Associate membership. Associate members may not serve on the board of directors or chair committees. They may serve on committees and are eligible to participate in membership benefits and attend all membership events
- Current EMBA and MBA students are eligible for Student memberships. Student members may not serve on the board of directors or chair committees. They may serve on committees and are eligible to participate in membership benefits and attend membership events