Executive MBA Program
About the Program
Master of Business Administration (MBA): 51.0 quarter credits
The Executive MBA is designed for working professionals with a minimum of 7-10 years of experience including two years in management functions. Executive MBA students have an average of 15 years of professional experience. The program stresses strategic thinking, working effectively in a team environment, and leadership. Analytical and problem-solving skills are interwoven through the coursework. There is a strong emphasis on the international aspects of doing business in the 21st century.
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:
- 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 15-30 students) who begin and complete the program together. Students actively learn from faculty, as well as fellow classmates. 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.
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. In addition, the program includes off-campus learning during the summer months at the end of the first year of program. To close the program, students participate in a capstone 10-day international residency.
For additional information about the program, visit the Executive MBA web page.
The EMBA program has separate admission procedures. A personal interview is required. Students admitted to the program have, on average, 15 years of 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:
Executive MBA Program
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 of three to five members, working on as many as 20 different assignments throughout the program. Both orientation sessions involve team building exercises in which students work together to achieve common goals.
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. The fifth and final module, Strategic Leadership, is designed to assist students in discovering and focusing their individual talents to increase leadership ability.
This module is designed to develop skills and an understanding of social, political, economic and legal foundations and trends essential to organizations. Specific courses include:
- Measuring and Maximizing Financial Performance
- Principles of Macro and Micro Economics
This module is designed to build a solid core of advanced business learning, this module will expose students to the latest academic trends from our internationally recognized research faculty. Specific courses include:
- Managerial Accounting
- Corporate Finance
- Decision Making for Business
- Marketing Strategy and Planning
- Operations Management
- Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Governance
- Managerial Economics
This module is designed to develop planning skills and an understanding of constantly emerging technological trends. Specific courses include:
- Managing Technological Innovations
- Strategic Information Technology Management
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:
- Leading High Performance Organizations
- Strategic Management
- International Business Management
- International Residency Seminar
Leadership and Executive Workshop Coaching
Throughout the program, guest lecturers will speak to students on various topics, including negotiations for leaders, sustainability, high impact communications, and building high performance teams.
Executive Leadership Coaching
Students work individually with an executive coach during and beyond the 20-month program to design and implement a personal career development plan.
Major advances in the technologies used in the corporate world are being constantly matched by upgrades on campus. LeBow College classrooms and seminar rooms are designed as professional-quality settings for student discussions and presentations.
Centers of Excellence are catalysts for research and innovation, think tanks for nationally significant trends and issues, and incubators for opportunities in business and integration among disciplines. LeBow's Centers of Excellence provide students with meaningful experiential learning and impact the performance of business in our region and around the world.
- Center for International Business and Economics
- Center for Corporate Governance
- Sovereign Institute for Strategic Leadership
- Laurence A. Baiada Center for Entrepreneurship in Technology
- Center for Research Excellence
- Center for Teaching Excellence
The LeBow Network sponsors forums, lectures and events. These events enhance the educational experience and provide opportunities for students to meet and interact with fellow professionals
Student organizations such as LeBow Graduate Student Association (LGSA) and Drexel Women in Business (DWIB) make the LeBow experience more comprehensive.
Leonard Pearlstein Business Learning Center
Housed in the Center for Corporate and Executive Education in the state-of-the-art Leonard Pearlstein Business Learning Center at 33rd and Market, the Executive MBA program is LeBow's accelerated and integrated program designed to enable experienced professionals to leverage valuable work experience to maximize their leadership potential.
Made possible by a generous gift from George Krall '58 and his wife, Lois, the Center features the latest in classroom decor and technology, flexibly designed to comfortably accommodate business professionals.
Thanks to the gracious generosity of Drexel Trustee Melba Pearlstein and her family, LeBow students now have the distinct advantage of learning the intricacies of business in an ultramodern facility that combines high technology classrooms with a sophisticated corporate learning environment.
The Pearlstein Center includes:
- State-of-the art classrooms, flexibly designed to comfortably accommodate executives in classroom instruction.
- A multi-purpose room for breakout sessions, buffet lunches, or an additional classroom.
- A workroom where students may send/receive faxes, photocopy materials, prepare and revise classroom assignments and presentations.