EMBA – Program Overview

Designed for full-time working professionals with significant personal and professional responsibilities, the UTA Executive MBA program combines rigorous intellectual study with professional development programing and a one of a kind global business experience to be the foundation upon which you will build the rest of your career.

Fundamental Difference Between Executive MBA and MBA

Despite both programs leading to the MBA degree, an Executive MBA program differs from a traditional full-time MBA program in some fundamental ways:

  • The format of the program is designed to meet the needs of experienced mid-career working professionals who are looking to advance their careers while simultaneously balancing their professional and personal/family responsibilities.
  • In contrast, a traditional full-time MBA program serves the needs of full-time students with less professional experience who are generally establishing their business careers.
  • Participants in Executive MBA programs are demographically different from Full-Time MBA program students.  They generally are established, mid-career professionals with, on average, 10 – 15 years of professional experience which includes managerial responsibility.
  • The UTA Executive MBA program is specifically designed for today’s busy executive. The delivery logistics and schedule of the program cater to the specific needs of working professionals.   The duration of the program is rigorous and condensed and is completed in 15 months. Classes generally meet on alternate Friday afternoons and Saturdays.
  • Executive MBA students enjoy an immediate return on investment in that they can immediately apply what they have learned on class weekends at work following Monday.

Curriculum

  • The UT Arlington Executive MBA curriculum provides students with the fundamental business knowledge and skills that are the cornerstone of the MBA. Given the level of professional experience that students bring to the program, however, the program can move quickly from fundamentals to higher levels.  This provides students with managerial knowledge and skills that are immediately actionable and can make an immediate impact in their careers.
  • The program is cohort and team-based with an emphasis on current case studies, providing you with an optimum opportunity to practice high-level decision making in a collaborative environment.
  • The courses are taught in modular sequence*, beginning with a cohort orientation, and culminating with the two-week international business immersion experience 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 also includes (subject to change):

Semester One

EMBA 5201 – Leading and Motivating in a Culturally Diverse World. (2 credit hours)
Strength-based leadership recognizes 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 5304. Making Strategic Decisions with Financial Data. (3 credit hours)
A review of the fundamentals of accounting measurement principles and practical analytical skills needed to manage the resources of a firm. Exposure to the fundamentals of financial statement analysis with a focus on profitability, liquidity, solvency and risk management. Reporting incentives and disclosure requirements are explored within this framework.

EMBA 5223 Business Law and Negotiations. (2 credit hours)
This course introduces students to the effects of international, federal and state law on relationships with investors, employees, customers, suppliers, and competitors. Legal entity structures, contract principles, and negotiations are covered. Class discussion emphasizes how the legal environment affects management decision processes.

EMBA 5302. Business Economics and Competing in the Global Economy. (3 credit hours)
The major economic concepts that can be applied in business are studied, including trade, demand analysis, pricing strategy, cost issues, managerial applications, and theory of the firm. Macroeconomic issues and other critical economic trends are covered.

 

Semester Two

EMBA 5303. Optimizing Quality and Process with Accounting Information. (3 credit hours)
Tools for cost management to meet strategic and tactical organizational goals are examined. Emphasis is on leveraging accounting information for decision making, strategic management, and for the control of processes and organizations.

EMBA 5308. Marketing and Customer Value Creation. (3 credit hours)
This course focuses on marketing 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 even desirable. Customer management strategies to build marginal buyers into valued customers are also covered.

EMBA 5309. Accessing Global Capital Markets. (3 credit hours)
Successful access to capital markets, both domestic and foreign, is essential for a thriving firm. In order to deploy capital effectively under risk and uncertainty, leaders must be able to assess business opportunities and decide how to obtain funding. This course provides the tools and background necessary to ensure that managers are aware of, and comfortable with, the range of procedures in modern financial management: understanding the securities available in modern financial markets and how to issue or invest in them; the mechanics of how securities are traded; and the process of capital budgeting.

Semester Three

EMBA 5221 Strategic Human Resource Management. (2 credit hours)
This applied course examines how firms use human resource management to enhance organizational capabilities and achieve strategic objectives. The course details how the acquisition, deployment, assessment and retention of an organization’s workforce impacts productivity and firm performance in various contexts. Current topics are covered, including managing diversity in the workforce, managing millennial and Generation Z team members, and the application of human resource analytics.

EMBA 5225. Business Analytics for Managers. (2 credit hours)
Today’s decision makers must leverage cutting-edge business analytics for competitive advantage. This course introduces widely-used quantitive tools, decision modeling techniques, and business analytics frameworks. Case studies illustrate the use of data-centric decision processes and prepare students to “ask the right questions” as leaders and decision makers.

EMBA 5205. Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethical Issues. (2 credit hours)
eaders face many challenges that arise from rapid growth, personal wealth, and stockholder/stakeholder pressures. This course explores such issues with emphasis on the impact of ethics on managerial decision making, creating ethical environments for employees, establishing expected norms of behavior, and topical issues such as environmental sustainability, and the consequences of unethical behavior.

EMBA 5307. Designing Global Supply Chains for Competitive Advantage. (3 credit hours)
This course focuses on the coordination and integration of global logistics, purchasing, operations, and market channel strategies. Issues in managing global supply chains include forecasting demand and technology and market growth; likelihood of regulation or political instability; which activities to do in-house as opposed to outsourcing; global facility location; and managing a geographically dispersed supply chain including the relationships with vendors.

Semester Four

EMBA 5206. Managing Information Technology and Innovation. (2 credit hours)
Students learn how to manage information technology from a strategic perspective, and how to design and deploy new IT-enabled products and services. Students are introduced to process-centric methods for deploying new information technologies, and to best practices for designing and managing product innovation processes.

EMBA 5413. Experiencing the Global Environment: International Project. (4 credit hour)
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 are able to provide an experience like no other program of its kind can offer.

EMBA 5210. Competitive Strategy and Entrepreneurship. (2 credit hours)
This course broadens student perspectives on strategy and competitive advantage. The strategic vision is developed for mature businesses and entrepreneurial startups. Conceptual tools associated with industry dynamics and the assessment of core competencies are presented. Students learn how to evaluate key competitors to formulate and implement winning strategies.

EMBA 5111. Professional Communication. (1 credit hours)
Professional writing and presentation will be explored and practiced throughout the program. Lectures are provided by experts in business communication.

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

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