Executive MBA Program

Master of Business Administration (MBA): 51.0 quarter credits

About the Program

The Executive MBA program is designed for experienced professionals with a minimum of 7 years of experience including two years in management functions. Executive MBA students have an average of 15 years of professional experience. The program stresses leadership, strategic thinking, and working effectively in a team environment.

The Executive MBA of LeBow College is an accelerated program designed to help experienced professionals leverage valuable work experience to maximize leadership potential. The Executive MBA Program is closely aligned with the needs of students and the business community. The program aims to produce business leaders who:

  • communicate effectively as leaders;
  • are skilled at innovative thinking;
  • can convert ideas into actions;
  • understand global business and management;
  • can make informed and ethical decisions.

The program is designed for students to learn within a small group (typically 20-30 students) who begin and complete the program together. Students learn from faculty as well as fellow classmates in a dynamic, interactive environment. Networking is a crucial part of the Executive MBA experience. Executive MBA alumni form a close-knit and engaged community.

The curriculum is distinct from that of a traditional MBA, which emphasizes knowledge a practitioner needs; the Executive MBA Program focuses on what decision makers need to know. Leadership workshops and executive coaching are interwoven throughout the 20-month program.

Program Delivery

The Executive MBA Program begins each September with a three-day immersion phase in which students spend a concentrated period working with fellow students and laying the foundations for subsequent coursework and collaboration. The program meets one Friday and two Saturdays to minimize time away from the office and home while keeping students on a steady path to completion in 20 months. One week per month is an on-line or project week. To close the program, students participate in a capstone 10-day international residency.

 Additional Information

For additional information about the program, visit the Executive MBA web page.

Admission Requirements

The EMBA program has separate admission procedures. A personal interview is required. Students admitted to the program have an average of 15 years work experience and significant potential for advancement in their organizations. A minimum of 7 years of professional experience (including 2 years of management) is required. Students must be admitted to the Executive MBA program to register for EMBA cohorted classes. For further information, please contact:

Charlotta Thunander
Associate Director
Executive MBA Program
215.895.0314
cthunander@drexel.edu

About the Curriculum

A major strength of the LeBow Executive MBA program is the focus on leadership development. At the core of this instruction is a team-based learning approach. Designed to help enhance the transfer of experiences, each student will progress through the program in diverse teams. During orientation, students participate in team building exercises in which students work together to achieve common goals. Throughout the program, students earn credits towards a Leadership Certificate sponsored by the LeBow Institute for Strategic Leadership.

The Executive MBA is closely aligned with the needs of students and the business community and centers around four relevant and comprehensive modules. Starting with Enterprise Management, the program follows a sequential plan of study, building upon material learned from each of the previous modules. Students explore and apply the core business disciplines of finance, economics, and accounting. In the second year, students take strategy-based classes that require the application and synthesis of knowledge gained earlier in the program. At the end of the program the learning focuses on global business management, including a 10-day international residency.

Foundation Courses

This module is designed to orient students to business concepts, applications and decision making in accounting, finance and economics. Specific courses include:

  • Managing the Total Enterprise (business simulation)
  • Measuring and Maximizing Financial Performance
  • Principles of Macro and Micro Economics

Functional Core

This module is designed to build a solid core of advanced business learning, and will expose students to the latest academic trends from our internationally recognized research faculty. Specific courses include:

  • Managerial Accounting
  • Corporate Finance
  • Business Statistics
  • Marketing Strategy and Planning
  • Operations Management
  • Managerial Economics

Technology Management & Business Analytics

This module is designed to develop planning skills and an understanding of constantly emerging technological trends. Specific courses include:

  • Managing Technological Innovation
  • MIS: Strategic Alignment
  • Fundamentals of Business Analytics

Strategic Leadership


This module is designed to help professionals increase their leadership ability by exposing them to the latest self-assessment tools, industry best practices and strategies. Specific courses include:

  • Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Governance
  • Strategic Management
  • International Business Management
  • International Residency Seminar

Professional Leadership

  • Leadership & Professional Development
  • Special topics courses on leadership such as team dynamics, building and leveraging networks, ethics, and leading in dynamic environments.

Executive Coaching

Students work individually with an executive coach during and beyond the 20-month program to design and implement a personal career development plan and reinforce leadership skills.

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