Cleveland Clinic-Weatherhead Executive MBA Curriculum | Weatherhead School at Case Western Reserve University
Weatherhead School of Management EMBA curriculum

The Cleveland Clinic-Weatherhead Executive MBA at Case Western Reserve University program is delivered over five semesters in 20 months. Each fall and spring semester comprises four 3-day visits. These visits take place once a month, Thursday through Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The summer semester is delivered abroad through the weeklong International Study Experience.

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The Cleveland Clinic-Weatherhead EMBA is a lock-step cohort program. A new EMBA cohort begins each September.

Participants self-select learning teams, which represent essential study partnerships over the course of the program as well as invaluable resources for networking and organizational support. Learning teams often grow as close as a second family, with members establishing impactful, lifelong relationships. Team members go on to be each other's mentors, advisers and even employers. Learning teams meet weekly outside of the classroom, either face-to-face or remotely, to achieve course objectives and enhance the learning experience. In addition, faculty often host optional study and review sessions, which are also recorded for virtual access.

Executive Coaching Component

The Cleveland Clinic-Weatherhead EMBA emphasizes a unique, personalized approach to learning, with a focus on self-awareness as the key to becoming an effective leader. Each candidate in the program is assigned an executive coach who helps him or her take full advantage of the academic experience while providing guidance as he or she develops as an individual and leader.

Application Project

The Application Project integrates design practices in management education. Each student spends a semester exploring his or her organization for a “design opportunity”—an opportunity to create value by deploying resources and capabilities in new ways. Students assume leadership responsibility and, with the support of a team of peers in the program, execute a design project that generates a return for the organization.

The Weatherhead School of Management’s Executive Education Program (EMBA) International Study Experience

Each EMBA cohort chooses its destinations for the trip, which typically occurs around mid-June and lasts about 8 to 10 days. During the summer semester, students travel abroad for a portion of the program during which faculty reinforce business fundamentals through a global lens. Weatherhead faculty and experienced professionals from institutions and organizations worldwide coordinate hands-on activities with global and local entities, as well as in an academic setting, in the region selected for that year’s study experience.

Students explore the nature of global leadership and operations while improving their understanding of the role of culture in business and society. They return to their own organization with a renewed commitment to employ the knowledge, skills and holistic perspective developed during their experience abroad to benefit their colleagues at home.

The Class of 2021 will travel to Rwanda and Ethiopia. Students generally visit two different countries as part of their tour. Previous cohorts have traveled to such destinations as Spain, Morocco, Greece, South Africa, Argentina, Vietnam, China, Sweden, Latvia, Germany, Switzerland, Turkey, Japan, South Korea, London, Milan, Ireland, Scotland, Hungary and Romania.

Sample EMBA Curriculum

  • Year One

  • Year Two

    • Fall Semester

    • Spring Semester

      • EMBA 479 – Leading Change: Society
      • EMBA 442 – Innovation
      • EMBA 478B – Leading Design in Organizations
      • EMBA 476 – Corporate Governance and Dialogues in Healthcare
      • Cleveland Clinic Dialogues in Healthcare Leadership

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The Weatherhead School of Management's Executive MBA (EMBA) is in affiliation with the Cleveland Clinic