Executive MBA

Executive MBA

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Suffolk's 16-month Executive MBA Program, designed for mid-career and senior-level professionals, blends a Saturday class schedule with four travel seminars.

Suffolk's Executive MBA Program is designed to promote an educational experience focused on integrated management theory and global leadership.

Self-Aware Leader Seminar -As an introduction to the Executive MBA Program, this two-day off-campus seminar emphasizes how personal leadership style and self-awareness influences both team dynamics and performance outcomes in the context of a business simulation during which students address strategic and operational issues.

Leadership and Team Building Seminar -Conducted in Florida, this seminar develops and refines your team leadership skills. It combines classroom activities with the experiential, competitive challenge of team sailboat racing creating an intense team experience that integrates theory and practice.

Washington Policy Seminar -Conducted in Washington, D.C., this one-week immersion provides first-hand exposure to the link between public policy development and organizational strategy. Students are briefed by lobbyists, regulatory agencies, national associations, think tanks and other organizations that influence policy development.

Global Business Seminar -Students gain critical economic, political, and cultural perspectives on doing business globally via a one-week immersion in Europe, Asia, or Latin America. Through company visits with senior management at international organizations, students will be briefed on the current challenges of global business and participate in "flash consulting" exercises where they develop and present strategic recommendations to these companies.

Executive MBA Program Degree Requirements

 

Suffolk’s Executive MBA offers a fully integrated approach to learning with an emphasis on leadership. Residential seminars emphasize self-awareness, leadership, public policy, and global business. Case studies, lectures, experiential learning, and simulations are emphasized in a team-based environment.

  • 12 courses and four travel seminars (45 credits)
  • With the convenience of a Saturday schedule students move through the program together in a cooperative and supportive cohort environment, often on team projects and in study groups.
  • Students move through the curriculum as a cohort
  • The capstone class requires students to develop and implement a project driving business process improvement, or creating growth in their organizations. This often results in individual career advancement as well as high-impact benefit to student employers.

Suffolk’s Executive MBA course content and subject areas are represented below.

EMBA Curriculum

 

Semester 1 (12 credits)

Credits:

1.50

Description:

As an introduction to the Executive MBA Program, this seminar emphasizes how personal leadership style and self-awareness influences both team dynamics and performance outcomes in the context of a business simulation, during which students address strategic and operational issues.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

We are all members of a variety of organizations - the companies where we work, families, student bodies, special interest groups, sports teams, political groups, religious groups, etc. Our experiences as organizational members may range from highly satisfying and productive to stressful, unproductive, and unhappy. Likewise, organizational performance itself may run the gamut from highly successful to ineffective and inefficient. Most people in corporations do not fail to advance their careers because they lack accounting skills, a finance background, or because they haven't learned to build their own websites. More often, they fail to advance because they lack the management skills necessary to function effectively in an organizational setting. The concepts taught in this course are the foundation for those skills that are a prerequisite for being a successful manager and leader. The field of Organizational Behavior (OB) attempts to explain and predict, and influence how people and groups act in organizations. It involves the systematic study of the behaviors, processes, and structures found in organizations. OB provides the basis for sound management practice. The general purpose of this course is to help you acquire and practice the knowledge and skills essential to managing people and organizations. This knowledge is essential to those whose career goals include achieving leadership positions in an organization.

Credits:

1.50

Description:

Feasible opportunities can occur in existing or new business organizations. However, what is a feasible opportunity? What are the differences in identifying, planning, and executing new business opportunities within existing (corporate entrepreneurship) or new entities (new venture creation/startups)? In this course, you will begin the opportunity recognition process by understanding how creativity can generate business ideas for assessment and validation for business potential. You will validate the opportunity through business planning techniques, as well as understand the constraints created by an existing corporate culture where resources may be abundant or scarce (in the context of return on investment, corporate synergy, recognition in the marketplace, incremental and/or radical innovation potential, etc.), or where organizational structures, politics, etc. restrict or enhance the ability to launch new opportunities. For new ventures, you will validate the opportunity's ability to generate sustainable profit, growth, and capital, in a landscape where innovation and failure are prevalent.

Prerequisites:

EMBA Students Only

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Across the realms of business, non-profits, & government agencies most top level managers are seeking ways to help solve the complex challenges brought on by changes in demographics, consumer sentiment, economic variability, and new technologies. Design thinking offers both processes and methods of problem solving that are proving to be very effective in solving these types of organizational challenges. This course will explore the nature of design thinking and examine how it is being used for competitive advantage. You will learn a new way of thinking about complex problem solving that results in robust solutions. The course will be both conceptual and practical with various experiential learning opportunities.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Conducted in Miami, Florida, this seminar develops and refines organizational leadership skills by combining classroom activities and a physical challenge to create an intense team experience based on integrating theory and practice.

Semester 2 (12 credits)

Prerequisites:

Take EMBA-600, EMBA-610, and EMGOB-855

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces students to operations management in the services, manufacturing and distribution industries while covering statistics and quantitative analytic tools relevant to all functional areas. Applications include: supply chain management, total quality management, forecasting, inventory planning and control, project planning and management, risk analysis, process design, and human resources issues in a global economy. Analytic tools for these applications include descriptive statistics and graphics, uncertainty assessment, inferences from samples, decision analysis and models, and regression analysis.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course develops the basic tools for microeconomic and macroeconomic analysis with emphasis on business decision-making and the impact of economic policy on organizational performance and competitiveness with respect to global business.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Deals with the structure and information content of the three principal financial statements of profit-directed companies: the income statement, balance sheet, and statement of cash flows. It develops skills in the use of accounting information to analyze the performance and financial condition of a company and to facilitate decision-making, planning and budgeting, and performance appraisal in a managerial context. Students with no prior background in accounting complete a programmed instruction in the mechanics of double entry accounting at the start of the course.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Taking place internationally, as part of the International Seminar, this course introduces students to the fundamentals of the global business environment and the cross-cultural factors that affect management practice in this environment. Topics covered include economic environment, free trade and regional integration, foreign direct investment, exchange rate determination and relevant government policies, the decision to go international, and the multinational firm and its business functions.

Semester 3 (12 credits)

Prerequisites:

Take EMBA-622, EMBA-630, and EMBA-640

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces the basic principles of corporate finance. The main focus of the course is on fundamental principles such as time value of money, asset valuation, and risk and return trade-off. Topics covered also include cost of capital, capital budgeting, and capital structure.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Marketing is changing -- constantly driven by dramatic technology developments, globalization, and evolving consumption values, practices, and lifestyles. This course covers marketing themes, theories, and trends that are critical for superior business performance in the 21st century. In this course, we examine current marketing theory as it is being shaped by forward-thinking academics and new developments in business practices. This course provides students with a strong foundation in marketing principles and practices.

Prerequisites:

Take EMBA-622

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Focuses on using information systems (IS) and information technology (IT) for a competitive advantage. Explores the impact of IS and IT on the internal and external environments of organizations. Introduces students to the opportunities and challenges of managing IS and IT to meet the needs of business executives, managers, users, and partners. Students discuss readings and learn from technology presentations to examine decisions pertaining to selection of IS and IT intended to maximize benefits while minimizing costs and risks of implementation.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Conducted in Washington, D.C., this seminar provides a first hand exposure to the linkage between public and economic policy and its impact on business strategy development and execution. It includes meetings with key members of Congress, the Administration, lobbyists, the media, and other organizations that may influence policy development.

Semester 4 (9 credits)

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course explores multidisciplinary analytical techniques and case analysis as strategic management tools to assist executives in successful navigation of an increasingly complex, evolving, and highly competitive business environment in which ethical, legal, economic, and regulatory forces are continuously reshaping the global marketplace both to create and limit competitive opportunities.

Prerequisites:

Take EMBA-600, EMBA-610, and EMGOB-855

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students develop a multifunctional general management perspective, integrating and applying knowledge and techniques learned in the core courses of the EMBA program. Students also learn about the principal concepts, frameworks, and techniques of strategic management; develop the capacity for strategic thinking; and examine the organizational and environmental contexts in which strategic management unfolds. Students achieve these course objectives through a variety of learning activities, such as case studies, computer simulations, examinations, project reports, and experiential exercises.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Are you ready to leverage your knowledge and experience into substantial business opportunities? Are you prepared develop a strategy and accept the inherent risk with implementing new innovation? In this capstone course, you will utilize the executive program's business opportunity foundation and executive curriculum, leveraging your experience and individual motivation to develop, pitch, and implement your personally-designed project. You will define your project, develop an implementation plan and related executive summary, leading to pitching your opportunity to your selected peer group who serve as a project stakeholder. This two-semester capstone may be directed towards your current organization or within new venture.

EMBA Learning Goals & Objectives

Learning Goals Learning Objectives

Be able to effectively apply analytical and critical reasoning skills to solve organizational challenges.

(Analytical Reasoning)

  1. Identify the problem and related issues.
  2. Identify key assumptions.
  3. Generate salient alternatives.
  4. Examine the evidence and source of evidence.
  5. Identify conclusions, implications, and consequences.

Effectively articulate the role of ethics in management.

(Ethics)

  1. Identify conflicts of interests and pressures that could lead to unethical conduct.
  2. Understand what kinds of questions are helpful to ask oneself when confronting an ethical dilemma.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to identify and take into account the interests of different stakeholders.
  4. Understand how business strategies that facilitate “doing good” can be made consistent with profitability.
  5. Understand that what is legal may not always be ethical and that what is ethical may sometimes not be legal.
  6. Appreciate that ethical norms vary across different countries and cultures.

Indicate an understanding of how culture, economic and political issues differ across countries.

(Global Awareness)

  1. Articulate fundamental challenges of global business.
  2. Analyze financial impacts of operating a global business.
  3. Apply the analysis to global management situation.
  4. Identify challenges of an international workforce.
  5. Demonstrate cultural awareness of external constituents.

Be able to effectively communicate in oral form.

(Oral Communication)

  1. Organize the presentation effectively.
  2. Deliver the presentation with attention to volume, clarity, grammatical correctness and precision.
  3. Develop the topic.
  4. Communicate with the audience.
  5. Use communication aids effectively.
  6. Summarize the presentation.
 

Be able to effectively communicate in written form.

(Written Communication)

 
  1. Develop a topic with supporting details.
  2. Organize written communication effectively and logically.
  3. Use correct word choice and effective sentence structure.
  4. Employ normal conventions of spelling and grammar.
  5. Provide examples and supporting evidence.
  6. Communicate accurate quantitative information.
 

Assess their personal leadership style, qualities and abilities while at the same time indicating a plan for moving forward in their professional development to enhance their career paths.

(Leadership)

 
  1. Describe leadership and fellowship theories and use them to analyze a variety of situations.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to conceptualize why and how the theories function through the analysis of human behavior.
   
   

Advising

If you have questions regarding the Executive MBA Program, please contact Michaele Morrow, PhD, CPA, Director of the Center for Executive Education, at 617-973-5387 or by email.

EMBA Graduate Course List

Credits:

1.50

Description:

As an introduction to the Executive MBA Program, this seminar emphasizes how personal leadership style and self-awareness influences both team dynamics and performance outcomes in the context of a business simulation, during which students address strategic and operational issues.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

We are all members of a variety of organizations - the companies where we work, families, student bodies, special interest groups, sports teams, political groups, religious groups, etc. Our experiences as organizational members may range from highly satisfying and productive to stressful, unproductive, and unhappy. Likewise, organizational performance itself may run the gamut from highly successful to ineffective and inefficient. Most people in corporations do not fail to advance their careers because they lack accounting skills, a finance background, or because they haven't learned to build their own websites. More often, they fail to advance because they lack the management skills necessary to function effectively in an organizational setting. The concepts taught in this course are the foundation for those skills that are a prerequisite for being a successful manager and leader. The field of Organizational Behavior (OB) attempts to explain and predict, and influence how people and groups act in organizations. It involves the systematic study of the behaviors, processes, and structures found in organizations. OB provides the basis for sound management practice. The general purpose of this course is to help you acquire and practice the knowledge and skills essential to managing people and organizations. This knowledge is essential to those whose career goals include achieving leadership positions in an organization.

Prerequisites:

Take EMBA-600, EMBA-610, and EMGOB-855

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces students to operations management in the services, manufacturing and distribution industries while covering statistics and quantitative analytic tools relevant to all functional areas. Applications include: supply chain management, total quality management, forecasting, inventory planning and control, project planning and management, risk analysis, process design, and human resources issues in a global economy. Analytic tools for these applications include descriptive statistics and graphics, uncertainty assessment, inferences from samples, decision analysis and models, and regression analysis.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course develops the basic tools for microeconomic and macroeconomic analysis with emphasis on business decision-making and the impact of economic policy on organizational performance and competitiveness with respect to global business.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Deals with the structure and information content of the three principal financial statements of profit-directed companies: the income statement, balance sheet, and statement of cash flows. It develops skills in the use of accounting information to analyze the performance and financial condition of a company and to facilitate decision-making, planning and budgeting, and performance appraisal in a managerial context. Students with no prior background in accounting complete a programmed instruction in the mechanics of double entry accounting at the start of the course.

Prerequisites:

Take EMBA-622, EMBA-630, and EMBA-640

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces the basic principles of corporate finance. The main focus of the course is on fundamental principles such as time value of money, asset valuation, and risk and return trade-off. Topics covered also include cost of capital, capital budgeting, and capital structure.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Marketing is changing -- constantly driven by dramatic technology developments, globalization, and evolving consumption values, practices, and lifestyles. This course covers marketing themes, theories, and trends that are critical for superior business performance in the 21st century. In this course, we examine current marketing theory as it is being shaped by forward-thinking academics and new developments in business practices. This course provides students with a strong foundation in marketing principles and practices.

Prerequisites:

Take EMBA-622

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Focuses on using information systems (IS) and information technology (IT) for a competitive advantage. Explores the impact of IS and IT on the internal and external environments of organizations. Introduces students to the opportunities and challenges of managing IS and IT to meet the needs of business executives, managers, users, and partners. Students discuss readings and learn from technology presentations to examine decisions pertaining to selection of IS and IT intended to maximize benefits while minimizing costs and risks of implementation.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course explores multidisciplinary analytical techniques and case analysis as strategic management tools to assist executives in successful navigation of an increasingly complex, evolving, and highly competitive business environment in which ethical, legal, economic, and regulatory forces are continuously reshaping the global marketplace both to create and limit competitive opportunities.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Conducted in Washington, D.C., this seminar provides a first hand exposure to the linkage between public and economic policy and its impact on business strategy development and execution. It includes meetings with key members of Congress, the Administration, lobbyists, the media, and other organizations that may influence policy development.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Taking place internationally, as part of the International Seminar, this course introduces students to the fundamentals of the global business environment and the cross-cultural factors that affect management practice in this environment. Topics covered include economic environment, free trade and regional integration, foreign direct investment, exchange rate determination and relevant government policies, the decision to go international, and the multinational firm and its business functions.

Prerequisites:

Take EMBA-600, EMBA-610, and EMGOB-855

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students develop a multifunctional general management perspective, integrating and applying knowledge and techniques learned in the core courses of the EMBA program. Students also learn about the principal concepts, frameworks, and techniques of strategic management; develop the capacity for strategic thinking; and examine the organizational and environmental contexts in which strategic management unfolds. Students achieve these course objectives through a variety of learning activities, such as case studies, computer simulations, examinations, project reports, and experiential exercises.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Are you ready to leverage your knowledge and experience into substantial business opportunities? Are you prepared develop a strategy and accept the inherent risk with implementing new innovation? In this capstone course, you will utilize the executive program's business opportunity foundation and executive curriculum, leveraging your experience and individual motivation to develop, pitch, and implement your personally-designed project. You will define your project, develop an implementation plan and related executive summary, leading to pitching your opportunity to your selected peer group who serve as a project stakeholder. This two-semester capstone may be directed towards your current organization or within new venture.

Credits:

1.50

Description:

Feasible opportunities can occur in existing or new business organizations. However, what is a feasible opportunity? What are the differences in identifying, planning, and executing new business opportunities within existing (corporate entrepreneurship) or new entities (new venture creation/startups)? In this course, you will begin the opportunity recognition process by understanding how creativity can generate business ideas for assessment and validation for business potential. You will validate the opportunity through business planning techniques, as well as understand the constraints created by an existing corporate culture where resources may be abundant or scarce (in the context of return on investment, corporate synergy, recognition in the marketplace, incremental and/or radical innovation potential, etc.), or where organizational structures, politics, etc. restrict or enhance the ability to launch new opportunities. For new ventures, you will validate the opportunity's ability to generate sustainable profit, growth, and capital, in a landscape where innovation and failure are prevalent.

Prerequisites:

EMBA Students Only

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Across the realms of business, non-profits, & government agencies most top level managers are seeking ways to help solve the complex challenges brought on by changes in demographics, consumer sentiment, economic variability, and new technologies. Design thinking offers both processes and methods of problem solving that are proving to be very effective in solving these types of organizational challenges. This course will explore the nature of design thinking and examine how it is being used for competitive advantage. You will learn a new way of thinking about complex problem solving that results in robust solutions. The course will be both conceptual and practical with various experiential learning opportunities.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The seminar is designed to develop student's awareness, understanding and knowledge of managing in an international context. The format will consist of several preparatory sessions, at Suffolk and an intensive one week seminar outside the United States. Topics will include, but are not limited to, managing cultural and structural differences, geo-political-economic considerations, international human resources and strategic management issues.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Emphasizes the theory and skills of win-win negotiation. Students assess their own negotiation styles, analyze the process of negotiation and apply theory-based skills for integrative problem-solving approaches to negotiation. The course utilizes a mix of teaching tools, including readings, lectures, cases, exercises, videotapes and role-playing.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Conducted in Miami, Florida, this seminar develops and refines organizational leadership skills by combining classroom activities and a physical challenge to create an intense team experience based on integrating theory and practice.