Executive MBA

Electives

In the electives component of the program, you have the opportunity to personalize the program for individual development needs or career objectives. Depending on your choices, you will take from three to five elective courses.

  • Capstone Simulation (required) is built around a complex, multi-round simulation game that requires students to integrate concepts and tools from much of the EMBA curriculum. Student teams will compete in a market environment in which they will need to make financing, investment, pricing, production, product choice, channel, and marketing decisions. Supply chain relationships will require negotiations with other teams. Task allocations within teams will require effective teamwork and management. Historical data will provide a basis for modeling and statistical analysis. The class will culminate in presentations to a panel of judges who will value each company based on accumulated cash flow and future profit potential.
  • Global New Venture Challenge (optional) In this course, SELECTED student teams develop an innovative business; pitch the business to peers, faculty, and outside experts; and write a business plan. The course has three main goals: (1) to teach students how to analyze the business potential of innovative ideas and develop strategies to most effectively exploit new business opportunities; (2) to serve as a capstone course that requires students to draw upon frameworks and knowledge acquired in courses throughout the program and integrate them; and (3) to provide a rich group experience with an intensive focus on group/project management, delivering compelling presentations, providing thoughtful and useful feedback, and responding to such feedback. The course culminates in all‐day business plan presentations before faculty, staff, guests, and colleagues.

Elective Weeks

During the two-week elective block in the second year, you will complete between two and four of your elective courses. Actual electives offered vary from year to year, but usually include cutting-edge or advanced topics. Some courses will be organized into tracks.

Examples of past elective courses:

  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Investments
  • Marketing Strategy Simulation
  • New Product Development
  • Entrepreneurial Marketing
  • Marketing of Services
  • Power and Influence
  • Advanced Negotiations
  • Designing Strategy for the Global Firm
  • New Venture Strategy
  • Applied Game Theory
  • Governance
  • Organizations and Incentives
  • Global Economics
  • Money and Banking
  • Business, Politics, and Ethics