The Michigan Ross Executive MBA Program is customized to account for your significant experience and expertise.

It takes a comprehensive, results-oriented approach to real-world problem-solving and decision-making — all at a senior level.

Our rigorous curriculum focuses on general management from a strategic perspective. In today’s complex economy, knowing how to devise and deploy the right strategy is key to establishing your leadership and delivering value to any organization. Whether you’re studying finance, marketing, or operations, the EMBA curriculum emphasizes high-level thinking within each major business discipline and provides you with the tools to turn classroom theory into real-world practice.

You will be taught by some of Ross’ most senior faculty members who have won multiple awards and are highly sought after experts in their fields of study. 

With your Ross EMBA education, you’ll make an immediate impact. You’ll gain the knowledge and insight to manage across units, synthesize diverse viewpoints, and make tough executive decisions. You’ll emerge with the practical know-how and broad perspective needed to ascend to senior management or excel in your current senior position.

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Curriculum

Curriculum Details
Strengthen your foundation with our MBA core courses

The Michigan Ross Executive MBA delivers a top-tier MBA curriculum using a hybrid model of on-site and online learning to suit your busy schedule. Once a month for 21 months, you will meet with faculty and EMBA classmates for on-campus residencies. The program will challenge you, and it requires a time commitment, whether on site or online. Exams are taken remotely, during a three-day Friday-Sunday window to provide flexibility.

Teams are assigned to facilitate the learning process and deepen your network.

EMBA on-campus residencies are typically held Friday through Saturday. Friday evenings are often used for group meetings, review sessions, speakers, and skill-building workshops.

In addition, EMBA students engage in extended, immersive residencies at the beginning of each program year. The program is divided into five terms, beginning in August, with commencement 21 months later in April/May. For more information, see the schedule.

 

Timeline

EMBA Curriculum 
 

Quantitative Skills Workshop

Participants whose analytical skills need refreshing are invited to take advantage of a quantitative refresher video lecture series provided the summer before the program begins. During the orientation residency, participants may attend an optional one-day Quantitative Skills Workshop with faculty lectures and small group breakout sessions led by teaching assistants. A second optional QSW session is held later in the first term.

Electives
Build on your core knowledge by pursuing individual interests

Elective courses are offered between terms three and four in August of your second year. You will have the ability to select two of three elective course options, determined each year based on student demand and the current business climate. Elective options offered in 2014 included Entrepreneurial Ventures, Strategic Brand Management, and Global Finance.

Ann Arbor and Los Angeles students take electives together during one week in Ann Arbor, providing a valuable opportunity for you to further expand your network. 

Action-Based Learning
Gain hands-on, high-impact experience with our signature ExecMAP course

The fourth term of the Ross EMBA Program is devoted to our signature Executive Multidisciplinary Action Project (ExecMAP) course, course. 

Over a period of 14 weeks, you will work with a team to apply critical thinking to solve a complex issue for a sponsoring organization. Project types include market entry strategies, strategic growth planning, new business ventures, complex financial modeling, product launches, and risk assessments. 

We develop our diverse list of projects each year by working with organizations throughout the U.S. and around the globe, building on existing corporate partnerships as well as projects developed in conjunction with EMBA alumni. Sponsors include multinational corporations, small businesses and startups, international incubators, and nongovernmental organizations. Travel is required for some projects, but not all. 

Learn about ExecMAP

Customized Leadership Development
Fulfill your potential with a leadership development plan tailored to your individual needs and goals

Personalized leadership development is an integral part of the Michigan Ross Executive MBA experience and a key differentiator among EMBA programs. Our unique Leadership Development Program (LDP) weaves together leadership-building courses, workshops, and one-to-one executive coaching opportunities to help you better understand your unique leadership style and prepare you for senior-level executive success.

Learn more about our Leadership Development Program

Residency & Remote Learning Model
A flexible format that allows you to integrate studies with your existing personal and professional commitments

The Ross EMBA Program’s unique blend of monthly on-campus residencies and distance learning will allow you integrate your studies with existing personal and professional commitments. 

During the monthly residencies, you will be immersed in a living-learning community where you will experience rich classroom discussions and debates, collaborative teamwork in small breakout rooms, and social interaction during meals and extracurricular activities.

Between residencies, you will stay engaged and connected via online collaborations, Mediasite lectures, streaming video, interactive case studies, team-based simulations, and online exams. 

For more information, see the schedule.