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2022-2023 Graduate Studies Bulletin 
    
2022-2023 Graduate Studies Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Executive Master of Business Administration, EMBA


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Dr. Dominique Outlaw, Director of the Executive MBA Program, 516-463-5083

The Frank G. Zarb School of Business  offers an Executive MBA program (EMBA) for those individuals who hold middle to senior-level management positions in private industry, government, and the not-for-profit sector. It is organized to allow working managers the opportunity to continue their professional commitments while simultaneously participating fully in a lockstep MBA program that is 11 months in length. The program is designed to be delivered in a hybrid format with asynchronous online courses and five on-site classes on Saturdays, either on-campus or in New York City. The program begins with an on-campus two-day initial residency and culminates with an international experience through the one-week Global Practicum trip.

Students will be trained in five main themes to help garner the skills needed to excel in their careers: leadership, analytics, resource management, innovation and investments, and strategy. At the end of each online learning module, students will apply their knowledge of each theme through one-day, in-person residencies. These consist of consulting projects on campus, in conjunction with the Center for Entrepreneurship, and executive-directed discussions on current global business topics in New York City.

Transfer between the regular Master of Business Administration, MBA , and the EMBA program is not permitted because they are separate and distinct programs. 

Students are admitted into the program in the fall semester only.

Objectives of the Executive MBA Program


The EMBA program is specifically designed for professionals who seek higher-level responsibilities at a wide variety of organizations.  With a broad-based management curriculum that is application driven and an exposure to the full scope of various business functions, the EMBA program focuses on skills that can be readily applied.

Admission Criteria


Applicants for admission to the Executive MBA program (EMBA) must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. No particular course of undergraduate study is required for admission to the EMBA program nor are other prerequisites required prior to admission. Applicants must provide a current resume that documents a minimum of seven years of progressive full-time professional work experience, at least half of which should be in a managerial capacity. Criteria that are evaluated in the context of the EMBA admission process include:

  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended
  • A resume that includes managerial and professional experience
  • An essay that provides insights into one’s managerial responsibilities, work ethic, philosophy on contemporary business, and motivation for deciding to enroll in our program
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • An interview conducted with a member of the EMBA Admissions Committee

The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is not required for admission to the EMBA program.

Statute of Limitation


The EMBA program is structured as a lockstep program wherein students begin in early September and graduate 11 months from the date of their enrollment. Under extenuating circumstances, students may be granted a leave of absence from the program and be permitted to resume study at a later date. This may be done only upon documentation of the extenuating circumstances leading to the request for leave and then only with the written approval of the Graduate Programs Office. In no case will an EMBA student be permitted to complete the degree in excess of five years.

Program Requirements – Semester Hours: 41


The course of study in the EMBA program includes representation from all of the functional areas of business and provides a strategic and integrated approach to various issues in business. The program is divided into five integrated themes culminating in the mandatory global capstone.

The Integrated Themes across multiple business areas provide a team-taught environment where students receive a cross-disciplinary treatment of the subject areas. Experiential learning forms a key component in the in-person sessions where students work on business cases and company-sponsored projects to apply the concepts to practice. The program and courses are structured as follows:

Theme 1: Leadership - How does effective leadership drive organization success?


Incorporating the Executive Coaching component, included in the EMBA program, students will study leadership while learning about their own leadership style. Topics include leadership strategies and theories, ethics and legal issues, negotiation and conflict resolution strategies in a global setting, and the importance of self-awareness in developing one’s leadership skills.

Theme 2: Analytics - How do you incorporate analytical tools and accounting/financial reporting information in your business decisions?


Students will learn how to apply cutting-edge models to make data-driven decisions from a managerial perspective. Topics include financial reporting, accounting basics, analytical models, predictive techniques, and spreadsheet-based modeling tools.

Theme 3: Resource Management – How do you evaluate and manage an organization’s resources in terms of its financial, marketing and operations resources?


Students will discover how to efficiently utilize resources to make strategic marketing and operational decisions while managing market constraints. Topics include concepts in finance and economics, marketing and advertising, operations, and the supply chain.

Theme 4: Innovation and Investment - How do you evaluate an organization’s strategies for innovation?


Students will learn how to evaluate strategic alternatives incorporating aspects related to innovation, sustainability, and financial investment. Topics include sources of innovation, strategies for exploiting innovations, the business environment facing innovation including competition and the rate of technological change, sustainable strategies, and socially conscious strategies.

Theme 5: Strategy - How do you develop an overall business strategy from a multifunctional perspective?


Students will learn how to develop a business strategy by examining critical issues that managers face across the globe. Topics include information technology, domestic and international conflict management, negotiation, and ethical and legal considerations. 

Global Capstone


The Global Capstone is the mandatory global practicum component that completes the program.  Students will travel to a different country for a hands-on, experiential learning experience to immerse themselves in new business environments and apply the integrated concepts learned in all five themes.

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