Curriculum details for the Executive MBA, including timeline, course descriptions, and Leadership Development Program
Michigan Ross offers a world-class MBA in a flexible format that allows you to integrate studies with your existing personal and professional commitments.
Once a month for 21 months, you convene with faculty and classmates for on-campus residencies, typically held Friday through Saturday. Friday evenings are often used for group meetings, review sessions, speakers, and skill-building workshops.
In addition, you engage in extended residencies at the beginning of each program year. These residencies will integrate students in Ann Arbor and Los Angeles, offering expanded networking for members of each respective cohort.
Programming is divided into five terms. Ann Arbor and Los Angeles students follow the same basic schedule. The EMBA program begins in August, and commencement takes place 21 months later in April/May.
First-Year Course Sequence
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.
Second-Year Course Sequence
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.
Midway through the year, you choose from two of three electives spanning marketing, finance, and entrepreneurship. Year two culminates with a global-intensive unit that synthesizes the strategic vision and business acumen necessary to navigate across boundaries, whether that means across cultures, legal environments, or competitive landscapes. As in the first year, students continue to progress along the parallel LDP track.
The EMBA curriculum is designed to make the most of face-to-face learning during residencies and distance learning between residencies. You’ll be engaged – wherever you are – via online collaborations, Mediasite lectures, streaming video, interactive case studies, team-based simulations, and online exams. The distance learning environment is teamwork-driven, mirroring today’s global business environment. Ann Arbor and Los Angeles students will collaborate in integrated online learning communities.
The average weekly commitment is 20-25 hours per week, although this varies by individual and course. Exams are taken remotely; you enjoy the flexibility to take exams anytime during the three-day Friday-Sunday window.