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

First-Year Course Sequence
Strengthen your foundation and begin you leadership development journey

You take three courses concurrently in any given term throughout the program. The first-year curriculum begins with the core business fundamentals. Parallel to your coursework, you participate in the Leadership Development Program, a customized combination of leadership-building courses, workshops, and one-to-one executive coaching opportunities designed to help you identify and achieve your individual leadership goals.

To learn more about Executive MBA specific courses, please see the EMBA course details.  You can also view a timeline of the 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.

Second-Year Course Sequence
Gain an enterprise-wide perspective though electives and action-based learning

The second-year curriculum shifts toward strategic thinking and the enterprise-wide perspective. The year kicks off with Ross' signature Executive Multidisciplinary Action Project (ExecMAP) course – a 14-week immersive experience where you and a team apply critical thinking to solve a complex issue for a sponsoring organization. Through ExecMAP, students consult with partner organizations on projects designed to apply critical thinking to solve a complex issue. Site visits and travel vary by project. 

Between terms three and four in August of your second, you choose from two of three electives spanning marketing, finance, and entrepreneurship. Elective options are determined each year based on student demand and the current business climate.  Elective options offered in 2014 included Entrepreneurial VenturesStrategic Brand Management, and Global Finance.

Year two culminates with a comprehensive and overarching view of business  that synthesizes the strategic vision and business acumen necessary to navigate across boundaries, whether that means across cultures, organizational leadership, or competitive landscapes. As in the first year, students continue to progress along the parallel LDP track.

To learn more about Executive MBA specific courses, please see the EMBA course details.  You can also view a timeline of the curriculum.

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. 

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, current students, and sponsoring organizations. Sponsors include multinational corporations, small businesses and startups, international incubators, and nongovernmental organizations. Travel is required for some projects, but not all. 

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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