Executive MBA Curriculum

 Academic Calendars

Kick-Off Residency - Williamsburg, VA
First Semester: Business Basics
Accounting - Reporting & Analysis

2.5 credits


This course introduces the basic concepts of financial accounting necessary to generate financial statements and reports. It examines strategies used to master the economic subtleties of business, and provides the managerial skills needed to analyze and interpret financial statements for internal and external use.

Business Analytics: Data Visualization

1.5 credits


This course focuses on data analysis and how managers use data to make better business decisions. We will examine the role and application of statistics in the analysis of business problems including estimation, statistical measures, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, and regression models.

Marketing Management

2.5 credits


This course focuses on the problems of building an integrated marketing program in light of external forces, such as the consumer, the trade, the competition and the regulatory environment. Specific emphasis is placed on the marketing concept, the marketing mix, market definition and dynamics, segmentation and positions, and product/market evolution.

Leadership in an Uncertain Era

2.5 credits


This course is designed to improve your effectiveness as a manager by deepening your understanding of how organizations work. To succeed in the business world, you must (a) analyze organizational events and processes and (b) design and implement actions to increase organizational effectiveness. These critical leadership skills are even more important today, as organizations enter a period of enormous upheaval and change. The course begins with an intensive two-day leadership forum that focuses on heightening your awareness of leadership challenges and enhancing your ability to address them. As the semester continues, we build up that seminal experience by exploring how the structure, power relations, and culture of organizations shape and constrain the behavior of individuals within them. The course culminates in a project in which you apply both conceptual tools and leadership skills to events in your current organization.

Leadership Development Program

1.0 credit


A full-scale Executive Leadership Development Program that weaves a thread of executive development throughout the Executive MBA experience. By putting leadership and communication into practice, executive students will develop tools, strategies, and behaviors designed to elevate them to the next level in their careers. Highly-customized to the individual executive student's current situation and aspirations, each Leadership Development Program will include personalized action plans and goal-setting that they will advance alongside a personal executive coach. Student performance will be evaluated with a combination of presentations, deliverables, and coaching evaluations.

Second Semester: Decision Making
Accounting for Decision Making & Control

2.5 credits


This course continues the accounting series with cost accounting, activities analysis, profit planning and budgetary systems, cost allocations, transfer pricing, and performance evaluation.

Business Analytics: Data Analysis

2.5 credits


This course is designed to introduce students to basic modeling, analysis and simulation techniques. Emphasis will be placed on problem identification and formulation, sensitivity analysis and model construction. Spreadsheet tools will be used to solve business problems across various business functional areas.

Managerial Economics & Public Policy

2.5 credits


This introductory applied economics class examines the basic concepts and applications of demand and supply analysis. The course also explores topics of production and pricing in both domestic and international markets. Furthering the understanding of different market structures, this course focuses on the causes and consequences of market failures, the application of game theory to corporate decision-making, and the impact of technological change, international competition and government regulation.

Communication for Executives

1.5 credits


This course is designed specifically for the communication needs of executives. Building on skills and knowledge essential for successful communication, the course will focus on the value of effective managerial communication, provide an understanding of strategic organizational communication, and enhance speaking, writing, and other communication abilities.

Third Semester: Functional Expertise & Global Immersion I
Global Environment of Business

2.5 credits


This course focuses on how domestic and international product and financial markets operate. Students will develop expertise in applying models to generate qualitative forecasts of economic growth, interest rates, exchange rates and inflation. Through the analysis of case studies, the students will develop an understanding of policy decisions at the Federal Reserve and the effect that these policies have in the money and exchange rate markets.

Marketing Strategy

2.5 credits


This course focuses on the formulation of marketing strategy, including balancing market opportunities and threats with available resources and alternative responses, as well as analysis of markets, product and pricing strategies.

Financial Management

2.5 credits


This course is structured on the concepts and tools of valuation. It covers financial and project analysis, financial forecasting, risk and return, cost of capital, mergers and acquisitions, and valuation.

Operations & Supply Chain Management

2.5 credits


To achieve competitive advantage, managers must understand how to design and control products and services, as well as the systems for their delivery. To reach that understanding, this course focuses on issues of planning and control of complex products and services, managing quality and continuous improvement, and control of the supply chain.

Leadership Development Workshop


Required Global Immersion I - China Residency
Fourth Semester: Strategy & Change
Leading Change in Organizations

2.5 credits


Building on the concepts from Leadership in an Uncertain Era, this course examines the leader's role in diagnosing, anticipating, planning, implementing, and evaluating change within organizations. Case studies and group projects focus on organizational analysis, barriers to change, overcoming resistance to change, change intervention strategies and methods, and change evaluation.

Corporate Financial Policy

2.5 credits


Building on the topics in Financial Management, Corporate Financial Policy covers advanced topics in financial markets and strategy, including debt and equity management policy, financing, derivatives and risk management, and international finance.

Strategic Management

2.5  credits


This course is the study of the management of organizations with special focus on the roles and tasks of individual managers. The course deals with analyzing external and internal environmental forces; formulating organizational objectives; understanding the often conflicting needs and expectations of customers, employees, investors and other stakeholders; defining and appraising alternative courses of action; formulating and executing action plans; and establishing systems for monitoring and measuring results.

Managing Information Systems

2.5 credits


The course focuses upon strategic influence of information technology (IT) within organizations. Designed primarily for non-IT executives, the course will prepare for understanding of technological vocabulary, emerging technologies and how they enhance core business functions, and demonstrating the business value of IT investment. Practice based exercises will augment the learning experience through modeling IT choices and information utilization.

Leadership Development Workshop
Fifth Semester: Customized Electives & Global Immersion II *
Required Global Immersion II - Latin America or Europe

4.0 credits


An examination of the distinctive management issues that arise when firms are either contemplating or already doing business across international boundaries. This course requires the integration and application of knowledge and skills learned in earlier courses and also through on-th-ground experience in either Latin America or Europe. Locations each year is chosen based on what faculty's opinion of the location(s) that afford the biggest opportunities for learning at the time.

Legal Environment of Business/ Ethical Accountability

1 credit


In a world of increased global trade and commerce, this course focuses on understanding and managing the differing standards for everything from earnings to ethics. The course serves to help us better understand values, our accountabilities, and the impact of our decisions and actions in the workplace. To reach this understanding, issues of business ethics, business strategy and emerging technologies, and managing conflicting interests in a global economy will be discussed.

Leadership Development Capstone

2.0 credits

Communications Capstone

1 credit