The Zicklin Executive MBA (EMBA) program has been designed to provide qualified executive students with the tools and skills necessary to lead their companies or businesses, and instill in them the abilities to successfully manage risks and challenges in the evolving marketplace. Building on its historic strengths, the EMBA curriculum emphasizes decision making and value creation, while reinforcing the importance of sustainability and social responsibility. Working executives will be prepared for new challenges in the crucial areas of big data, data analytics, risk management, and the digital economy. The structure of this curriculum draws heavily on the areas of strength of the Zicklin School of Business faculty, and provides executives with a well-tailored program customized to their needs as business leaders in the 21st century.
- Program Credits: 48 credits
- Program Length: 20 months
- Saturday classes accommodate your career
- Learn from your cohort of experienced professionals
- Gain a global perspective with an 8-10 day international study tour
EMBA 37 Cohort Profile
The cohort model means you progress through the program with the same group of classmates. The cohort becomes the core of your network, affording many opportunities for career advancement. Students usually develop strong personal and professional bonds with their classmates that are sustained throughout life.
| Incoming Class of 2018 Demographics
|Late 20s – 40s|
|Avg. Years of Work Experience||12 years|
|Industries Represented||Healthcare 29%|
|Financial Services 21%|
50% of incoming students graduated with a liberal arts degree
|29% of incoming students hold an advanced degree|
You will begin your EMBA experience with Boot Camp, a series of refresher modules in Microsoft Excel and statistics that prepares incoming Executive Program students for their graduate business education.
For students without a business education or background, Boot Camp establishes core business fundamentals. Boot Camp can also be a valuable asset to students with a formal business background by helping refresh concepts you’ve previously learned.
Boot Camp is an excellent opportunity to reactivate your classroom learning skills and propel you into the full Executive Program experience.
Boot Camp classes meet three consecutive Saturdays beginning in late July.
First Trimester: Understanding the foundations of business
These foundational business courses cover three fundamentals areas of business and provide executives with essential tools and basic knowledge of what businesses do and how they work. Executive students who have taken courses in these areas previously in their undergraduate programs will find that they not only refresh and update their knowledge, but more significantly, gain new managerial-level perspectives.
- Managerial Statistics (3 credits)
- Marketing Management (3 credits)
- Financial Reporting (3 credits)
Second Trimester: Competing in a dynamic global economy
The competitive environment that surrounds business is increasingly challenging. Simply put, businesses aren’t local anymore. They face global competitors, sell to global customers, and partner with global suppliers. In this context, using information technology for competitive advantage and communicating with internal and external stakeholders are essential for success.
- Information Technology Strategy (3 credits)
- Strategic Business Communication (3 credits)
- Firms in the Global Economy (1.5 credits)
- Introduction to International Business (1.5 credits)
Third Trimester: Managing assets and human resources
Firms rely on financial, technology, and human resources to compete. Today’s leaders manage a complex array of financial assets and advanced technologies but should not forget that every organization depends on its employees. Courses in this trimester help executives develop the skills to manage and motivate people to share and support the firm’s goals, as well as the knowledge and abilities to manage assets and technological resources.
Corporate Finance (3 credits)
Overview of Business Law & Ethics (1.5 credits)
Business and Society Relationships (1.5 credits)
Managing People and Organizations (3 credits)
Fourth Trimester: Expanding the enterprise
Businesses grow by expanding their operations, securing additional funding, or acquiring other firms. They do so in the context of strict disclosure and regulatory requirements. The theme of this trimester is to identify areas of expansion for their firms internally through business operations or externally through mergers and acquisition given the limitations and opportunities of existing legal and ethical frameworks.
- Managing Business Operations (3 credits)
- Mergers, Acquisitions and Private Equity (3 credits)
- Business Consulting (3 Credits)
Fifth Trimester: Empowering leaders with strategic thinking
A key objective of the program is to help executives develop their strategic thinking to prepare themselves and their organizations for the challenges of the future. Courses in this trimester empower leaders with skills and knowledge to identify and develop strategic moves in established organizations or entrepreneurial business ventures.
- Strategy and Competitive Advantage (3 credits)
- Improv for Leadership (1.5 credits)
- Leadership Capstone (1.5 credits)
- Entrepreneurial Strategy (3 credits)
Sixth Trimester: Culminating experience
- International Study Tour (3 credits)
NOTE: The program reserves the right to make changes in curriculum and sequencing as needed.
The program’s Academic Director (AD) works closely with each faculty member on the content and design of the course to ensure it meets the program’s standards and goals. The AD also ensures that each course offering is well coordinated relative to others in the program so that an executive’s overall learning experience is as strong as possible.