Executive MBA Curriculum | Weatherhead School at Case Western Reserve University

Weatherhead Executive MBA students aspire to leadership roles within organizations. Through curriculum developed by some of the world’s foremost business experts, you will expand your capacity for leadership and strengthen your knowledge of how business works.

Sample EMBA Curriculum

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Executive MBA Program Structure

The EMBA program is delivered over five semesters, or 21 months. Both fall and spring semesters are comprised of 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 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, life-long 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 Executive MBA curriculum 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 Weatherhead EMBA 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.

Weatherhead’s Executive MBA Application Project

Weatherhead’s EMBA degree program includes an in-depth application project that 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.

International Study Experience

Weatherhead Excecutive MBA Program 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.

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.

Review the general bulletin for additional information and find essential admission information, such as application requirements, deadlines, and program start dates for Weatherhead’s Executive MBA degree program.

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