Suffolk University will extend its globally-ranked Executive MBA Program to Arlington, Va., offering military personnel, Department of Defense civilian employees, and qualified military dependents in the Capital Region an opportunity to receive a quality education and enhance their professional careers.

Classes will begin in January 2011 at a site adjacent to Fort Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington, Va., a facility shared by the United States Army and Marine Corps.

“This is an extension of our existing Executive MBA program into a new market, one which we believe will provide significant opportunities and value for both students and Suffolk University,” said Michael Barretti, director of Executive Education and Life-long Learning at Suffolk. “Our initial activities are focused on achieving three simultaneous objectives: building brand awareness; strengthening existing relationships within the military education community; and recruiting a first cohort.”

Suffolk’s Executive MBA Program is ranked by the Financial Times as one of the top 100 EMBA programs worldwide. Entrance into the program requires a strong leadership background, making it ideal for today’s military leaders. There is no GMAT required and admission is based on academic record and leadership experience. The fully accredited program is delivered over 21 months through a blended learning model (weekend-only classes with a limited amount of on-line learning).

“The program’s curriculum is flexible to meet the needs and uncertainties of military life,” said Barretti, who served as an officer in the Marine Corps for 20 years and is a decorated Vietnam veteran, as well as a Suffolk Executive MBA alumnus. “Military personnel throughout the Capital Region will now have the opportunity to learn about business and prepare for life after the military in a learning environment that is convenient for them.”

Military students in the Capital Region will be taught by faculty members from Suffolk’s Sawyer Business School in Boston. These dedicated educators will travel from Boston to Arlington, Va., and back each weekend, providing students with the necessary knowledge needed to make the transition from military life to a professional business career.

United States Navy Lieutenant Christopher Sweatman, a member of the Suffolk EMBA Class of 2011, is impressed with Suffolk’s commitment to veterans and the University’s recognition of those unique skills that are acquired through military service.

“Suffolk’s Executive MBA Program is teaching me how to use those skills and strengths that I gained from my experience, as well as showing me how to incorporate new ideas that will help me become a more successful leader,” said Sweatman, an operations manager at Harpoon Brewing Company.

“If students in our EMBA Program are willing to accept a challenge, we promise them a professionally and personally rewarding experience that will last a lifetime,” said Barretti.