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UTA's Executive MBA curriculum is constantly updated to provide students with actionable information for immediate impact. Our approach is student-team based and emphasizes current case studies--providing opportunities to practice high-level decision making in a collaborative environment.

Recent course updates emphasize timely and relevant topics like workforce diversity, business analytics, strategic human resource management, entrepreneurship, and innovation.

Fourteen courses are taught in sequence*, beginning with a cohort orientation, and culminating with the two-week China immersion trip in the final semester. Classes meet for two weekends per month, typically alternating, over 15 months: Friday 1‑8 p.m., and Saturday 8 a.m.‑5 p.m.

The EMBA curriculum combines intellectual study with real-world, global-business savvy, and is a cornerstone upon which you can build the rest of your career.

Semester One

EMBA 5201 - Assessing Leader Style, Behavior and Results (2 credit hours)
Strength-based leadership recognizes that there are many different aspects of leadership, such as an individual’s personality, skills, experience, creativity, personal integrity, initiative, emotional intelligence and environment. Participants will explore their own strengths (and challenges) and the impacts these have on their personal leadership style.

EMBA 5302 – International Political Economy and Global Business (3 credit hours)
This module provides a detailed review of world economic development and international managerial economics. Multinational trade, international finance, and country economic development are critically examined using a comparative perspective, including gateways and barriers to entering country markets.

EMBA 5304 – Making Strategic Decisions with Financial Data (3 credit hours)
Practical analytical skills needed to manage the financial and tangible resources of a firm are presented. Students gain exposure to the fundamentals of asset valuation models, financial forecasting, risk management, capital structure alternatives, cash flow management, reporting and disclosure issues, liability identification, and equity development.

EMBA 5211 – Competing in a Global Environment (2 credit hours)
With an ever-growing number of industries becoming global in scope, managers are being increasingly challenged to manage strategies within a global perspective. This course provides participants with the skills, knowledge and sensitivity required to successfully manage organizations and organizational units within a multinational environment.

Semester Two

EMBA 5303 – Optimizing Quality and Process with Accounting Information (3 credit hours)
Modern tools for meeting the competing challenges of organizational cost minimization are explored within an environment that demands near-perfect quality standards. Emphasis is on leveraging accounting information for decision making, strategic management, and for the control of processes and organizations.

EMBA 5312 – Building High Performance Teams (3 credit hours)
One of the most difficult challenges business leaders face is developing talented managers into a high-performance executive team. This becomes even more critical in a multinational environment. This module focuses on the strategic management of human resources for building effective teams, retaining high performers, and managing people for gaining competitive advantage. In addition, working with teams requires strong negotiation skills. The course will cover techniques and tools for effective negotiating.

EMBA 5309 – Accessing Capital Markets for Global Operations (3 credit hours)
Effective utilization of capital markets, both domestic and foreign, is essential for a thriving firm. Leaders must be able to assess relative benefits and costs of both short- and long-term sources of expansion capital, not only within their home markets but also within the context of global markets. Evaluation of, and access to, foreign capital markets requires an understanding of characteristics of international financial instruments, the operation and structure of foreign capital markets, and fundamentals of measurement and management of foreign exchange exposure.

EMBA 5308 – Creating Customer Value (3 credit hours)
This course focuses on strategies and tactics to create customer value and build long-term relationships to meet organizational goals. Students are exposed to tools that enable managers to understand the ever-changing marketplace and then build an effective marketing strategy to meet corporate goals. Not all customers are profitable or perhaps desirable. Customer management strategies to build marginal buyers into desired customers are also covered.

Semester Three

EMBA 5307 – Designing Global Supply Chains for Competitive Advantage (3 credit hours)
Students learn how to analyze logistics problems on a functional, business, and companywide basis and gain an understanding of the organizational structures used in logistics, how to select a multinational location site, how to configure global-scale facilities, and ways to develop international sourcing networks.

EMBA 5206 – Building an Intelligent and Innovative Enterprise (2 credit hours)
Students investigate an organization’s effort to build an intelligent and innovative enterprise, how to deploy strategic information technologies (IT), and how to launch IT-enabled new products and services. Students explore how strategic IT can help the organization to become structurally more competitive and culturally more innovative through the development of knowledge management systems.

EMBA 5310 – Developing Strategies for Competitive Advantage (3 credit hours)
This course seeks to broaden students’ perspectives of competitive strategy and encourage development and understanding of how firms create and reinforce a competitive advantage in the marketplace. Conceptual tools associated with the understanding of industry and industry dynamics are explained with the assessment of core competencies. Students learn how to evaluate key competitors in the formulation and implementation of “winning” strategies.

Semester Four

EMBA 5413 – Experiencing the Global Environment: International Project (4 credit hours)
A key factor in understanding how a business may operate in the global marketplace is to understand the culture, business practices, laws and regulations, and logistical challenges that exist in another country. This is particularly true for one as important to the world economy (let alone the U.S.) as China has become. The class will travel to China and participate in a two-week immersion into the cultural and economic aspects of how business is conducted there. Through our extensive network that has been developed through the graduates of our China EMBA program, we deliver an extraordinary experience unrivaled by any other Executive MBA program in the U.S.

EMBA 5192 – Special Topics in Asian Business (1 credit hour)
Topic/issue presentations and discussions contained in a seminar that examines state-owned enterprises, foreign-invested firms, and private business organizations in China.

EMBA 5205 – Understanding the Ethical Dimensions of Business (2 credit hours)
Leaders face many challenges. Not the least of these are the challenges that rapid growth, personal wealth, and stockholder/stakeholder pressures place on executives. This course explores these issues with emphasis on the ethics of managerial decision making, creating ethical environments for employees, establishing expected norms of behavior, and the consequences of unethical behavior.

*Course sequence and content subject to change by EMBA administration.

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