Executive Program Curriculum
The overall curriculum builds cross-functional competencies and strategic perspectives and includes case analyses, business simulations, problem-solving discussion, team presentations, individual study, lectures, assigned readings, and distinguished guest speakers. Classroom discussions capitalize on the collective professional experience and knowledge of participants and experienced University of Iowa faculty.
The Executive MBA Program begins with a five-day Residency Week and ends 18-28 months later (depending on the program) with graduation ceremonies in May. Throughout the year, classes meet either on alternating Fridays and Saturdays with a three-month break in the summer between the first and second years, OR every other weekend on Fridays and Saturdays with the summer off.
The first year includes work in core areas such as quantitative methods, statistics, managerial economics, accounting, marketing, human resources management, ethics, and organizational behavior.
The second year includes the completion of tools and functional courses in operational management, an intensive business simulation, a 10- to 11-day international seminar, and a capstone course in strategic management.
Second-year departmental courses are specifically designed for the EMBA Program. Recent offerings have included courses in entrepreneurial process, negotiations, corporate finance, financial information and capital markets, e-commerce, and service marketing.