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Executive MBA


“We’ve got really great academic experts at OU combining their knowledge with real-world experts from the business world. That really is one of the program’s strengths. Bringing that into a small group setting enriches collaboration and discussion. It’s really a well-kept secret.”

Dr. Christopher Milback, MD, MBA
Vice Chair, Clinical Operations, Beaumont Health System
Chief, Family Medicine and Community Health, Beaumont Hospital, Troy
Associate Professor, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
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The Executive MBA at Oakland University is a premier graduate business program designed exclusively for experienced professionals from a variety of specialized backgrounds to further develop their leadership skills and advance their business knowledge in a concentrated format.

An academically rigorous program, The Executive MBA supports the executive management education requirements of well-qualified and broadly experienced technical, engineering, and clinical professionals.

Analytical, Action Oriented, and Integrated

The Executive MBA from Oakland University offers:
  • An effective and focused leadership and team building orientation
  • A rigorous academic program concentrated on developing analytic competences
  • Specializations that focus on distinctive knowledge
  • Integrative projects for practical application of concepts and tools to real world business problems
  • Tailored and adapted electives that allow for the pursuit of individual interests and cutting edge content
  • Award winning university faculty combined with exceptionally accomplished executive instructors provide unparalleled learning opportunities
  • Cohort based approach for building lasting professional relationships; networking and team building

Pursue Knowledge and Achieve Results

Often experienced professionals focus on their clinical, technical or engineering skills and may not have fully developed their management expertise and leadership skills. The Executive MBA program at Oakland University offers the opportunity for professionals to fulfill their aspiration for the pursuit of knowledge, and combine it with the very practical skills needed to improve strategic planning and execution. In order to develop a deeper knowledge in specialized areas, concentrations in Healthcare Leadership and Information Systems Leadership allow for intensive inquiry and analysis in a way that helps to augment business capabilities. As they learn, Executive MBA students are able to immediately apply both functional and managerial skills in their careers.

“It catapulted me. I would learn something Friday and Saturday, and on Monday I was successfully using what I had just learned.” 

Allison Brauer, Executive MBA  2012


Unique Specializations

Oakland University’s School of Business Administration was the first in the State of Michigan to offer an Executive MBA program with specializations in healthcare leadership and information systems leadership. Our depth of experience provides the foundation for an academically rigorous program that develops leaders who are able to work across functional boundaries and produce superior results.


Program Structure

The Executive MBA is a 21-month program delivered in a cohort structure, and begins in the fall term. Each new class takes their core program together. In the third semester, electives towards each concentration begin to be taken separately as a sub-group. This approach leverages the wealth of knowledge within each class to enhance the learning experience.

Designed as a progressive program, the Executive MBA courses are scheduled sequentially to provide balance between personal, professional, and educational priorities. Classes meet on late Friday afternoons and Saturdays on alternate weekends during the regular academic year.


Exceptional Students

The typical class has a great deal of professional and personal diversity within the healthcare and information systems fields.  Students in the Executive MBA program often hold advanced technical, engineering or clinical degrees, and have an average of 15 years of professional experience. They are either mid-career executives who are preparing for senior management roles, or senior executives looking to enhance their skills and effectiveness.



Students emerge from the Executive MBA program with a broader perspective of business, and the tools to increase their professional impact. Graduates join an elite group of alumni who are leaders in their organizations, have an advantage in their management capabilities, and build a professional network that lasts a lifetime.



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Healthcare professionals from a variety of specialized areas are directly responsible for leading health delivery organizations.  Yet, since they have been focused on their area of expertise, they often haven’t had the opportunity to develop their leadership and management skills.  The Executive MBA with a specialization in Healthcare Leadership at Oakland University helps to develop effective leaders who strengthen our healthcare systems. 

Foundation Courses
Each student is required to complete the following 29 credit hours of foundation coursework:

EMBA 504      Statistical Methods

EMBA 512      Financial and Managerial Accounting

EMBA 521      Managerial Economics

EMBA 530      Teambuilding, Leadership & Communication

EMBA 531      Human Resources Management

EMBA 535      Strategic Management

EMBA 537      Integrative Capstone Project

EMBA 540      Operations Management

EMBA 545      Information Systems

EMBA 550       Legal and Ethical Issues

EMBA 560       Marketing Management

EMBA 570       Financial Management


Elective Courses
Each student will be expected to complete 10 credit hours of elective coursework in Healthcare Leadership. The interest and experience of the cohort will be considered in selecting the electives.

Healthcare Leadership Elective Courses

HCM 527        Health Economics

HCM 531        Human Resources Management

HCM 604        Current Issues in Healthcare

HCM 606        Quality Improvement in Healthcare

HCM 62          Government Policy in Healthcare

HCM 625        International Comparisons in Healthcare

HCM 633        Managing Cultural Diversity

HCM 634        Hospital Administration

HCM 635        Transforming the Healthcare Organization

HCM 636        Contract and Negotiation in Healthcare

HCM 638        New Ventures in Healthcare

HCM 642        Facilities Planning and Evaluation

HCM 643        Project Management in Healthcare

HCM 645        Managing Technology in Healthcare

HCM 646        Data Warehousing in Healthcare

HCM 661        Healthcare Marketing and Consumer Satisfaction

HCM 670        Hospital Finance and Managed Care

HCM 680        Special Topics in HCM

HCM 690        Independent Study

EMBA 637      Entrepreneurial Leadership

EMBA 680      Special Topics in HCM/ISL




Integrative Capstone Project

Integrative thinking is critical for senior executives and management consultants to effectively address business problems.  The objective of the integrative capstone project  is for the Executive MBA student to demonstrate their ability to integrate knowledge drawn from multiple functional areas to address business problems.  In doing so, participants will also realize the value of blending knowledge from theory and practice.




“Oakland University’s EMBA program has brought me up to a certain level of polish that has had profound benefits on my career. I had the healthcare experience, but I needed the business component. I got it through OU’s EMBA program.”

Donna Mimikos, Executive MBA 2007

“I was able to apply the entire breadth of the classes, as a package, to the real world quickly. The projects I worked on for class increased my visibility right away.”

Allison Brauer, Executive MBA 2012




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Information Technology professionals have often focused on developing their technical expertise, and haven't had the opportunity to develop their leadership and management skills. The Executive MBA with a specialization in Information Systems Leadership at Oakland University develops effective leaders who are able to strategically align the IT infrastructure and processes with the mission of the organization.

Foundation Courses
Each student will complete the following 29 credit hours of foundation coursework:

EMBA 504      Statistical Method

EMBA 512      Financial and Managerial Accounting

EMBA 521      Managerial Economics

EMBA 530      Teambuilding, Leadership & Communication

EMBA 531      Human Resources Management

EMBA 535      Strategic Management

EMBA 537      Integrative Capstone Project

EMBA 540      Operations Management

EMBA 545      Information Systems

EMBA 550       Legal and Ethical Issues

EMBA 560       Marketing Management

EMBA 570       Financial Management

 



Elective Courses
Each student will complete 10 credit hours of elective coursework in Information Systems Leadership.  The interest and experience of the cohort will be considered in selecting the electives.

Information Systems Leadership Electives 

ISL 604           Strategic Positioning of IT and Visioning Leadership

ISL 606           IS Strategy and Information Economics

ISL 618           IS Strategy and the Future of Work

ISL 620           IS Strategy and Enterprise Architecture

ISL 625           IT Governance

ISL 630           Global Sourcing Strategies for IT

ISL 632           Data Mining

ISL 638           IS Security Fundamentals

ISL 640           IS Security Management and Cases

ISL 641           Privacy and IT

ISL 643           Intellectual Property and IT

ISL 680           Special Topics in ISL

ISL 690           Independent Study

EMBA 637      Entrepreneurial Leadership

EMBA 680      Special Topics in HCM/ISL

 



Integrative Capstone Project

Integrative thinking is critical for senior executives and management consultants to effectively address business problems.  The objective of the integrative capstone project  is for the Executive MBA student to demonstrate their ability to integrate knowledge drawn from multiple functional areas to address business problems.  In doing so, participants will also realize the value of blending knowledge from theory and practice.




“The Executive MBA program with an IS Leadership concentration at OU is tailored to provide aspiring senior IS executives insights into the planning and governing aspects of the changing application portfolio with appropriate IS talent to enhance the capability of IS leaders to deliver value to organizations.”

John Crary, Vice President of IT, American Red Cross



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Application Information

Admission to the Executive Master of Business Administration program is selective and depends on several elements, including scholarship, achievements, experience and the ability to communicate effectively.

Admission Requirements

The requirements for admission to the Executive MBA program include:
  • A minimum of seven years experience in a field related to one of the concentration areas
  • An undergraduate degree in any discipline
  • An interview with the program faculty directory or the program coordinator

  • Two recommendations

  • Official GMAT scores (for those not holding a graduate degree)



How to Apply

  • Application for Admission from Graduate Study
  • Supplemental SBA-EMBA application form and/or resume
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Interview with program faculty directory or program coordinator
  • Two recommendations
  • Official GMAT scores (for those not holding a graduate degree)
Applicants who meet the specific requirements listed below may be waived from the GMAT and/or Supplemental Program form as part of the program requirements for admission. Waivers are never guaranteed and must be approved by the Graduate Admissions Committee in the School of Business Administration. Minimum requirements for waiver consideration include:
  • An advanced degree (masters or higher) and/or
  • A combination of strong academic record and significant managerial experience
  • Approval of the program faculty director or program coordinator
  • A personal interview with the program coordinator may also be required
Learn about our GMAT preparation courses at Oakland University.


Admission Deadlines
All application materials for the Executive MBA must be received by July 31 for fall admission. This program admits only in the fall term of each year.


Applications are considered by the Executive MBA admissions committee. In making admission recommendations, the committee assesses the potential of applicants for success in the master's program by examining their undergraduate records, their GMAT scores, their responses to questions on the supplemental application and their work experience.



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How can I get more information?

Please contact the Executive MBA program team via emba@oakland.edu or by phone at (248) 370-2059.


How is the program structured?

Hands-on learning methods, with a focus on integrative thinking, include analysis of real business cases, working in learning teams and participating in business simulations. Special courses created around business issues, execution of strategies, and delivery methods to meet unique needs of the participants.


What is cohort and what are the benefits?
A cohort is a group of students who take the core classes together, then split off into elective classes to complete their concentration requirements. The cohort structure enhances the classroom environment, commitment to the program and the resulting learning experience. This format leverages the wealth of knowledge within each cohort group.

What are the admission requirements?

See the How to Apply tab for details about admissions requirements.


    What is the application process?
    See the How to Apply tab on this page for steps in the application process.

    Do I need to take the GMAT?

    The GMAT is required for those applicants who have not completed a graduate degree in any field. 

    Applicants who meet the specific requirements listed below may be waived from the GMAT and/or Supplemental Program form as part of the program requirements for admission. Waivers are never guaranteed and must be approved by the Graduate Admissions Committee in the School of Business Administration. Minimum requirements for waiver consideration include:

    • An advanced degree (masters or higher) and/or
    • A combination of strong academic record and significant managerial experience
    • Approval of the faculty director or program coordinator 

    Learn about our GMAT preparation courses at Oakland University.


    When are the information sessions?
    Information sessions for the Fall 2015 cohort will take place on the following Saturdays from 9:30 am - 11 am:
    • February 7, 2015
    • March 7, 2015
    • April 11, 2015
    • May 16, 2015
    • June 20, 2015
    Please call (248) 370-2059 or write emba@oakland.edu for more information.

    What are the semester dates?

    Fall 2014
    September 3, 2014 - December 13, 2014

    Winter 2015
    January 6, 2015 - April 28, 2015



    Who are the students?
    The typical class has a great deal of professional and personal diversity within the healthcare and information systems fields.  Students in the Executive MBA program often hold advanced technical, engineering or clinical degrees, and have an average of 15 years of work experience.  They are either mid-career executives who are preparing for senior management roles, or senior executives looking to enhance their skills and effectiveness.

    Who are the alumni?

    The Executive MBA program is an opportunity to join an elite group of alumni who are leaders in their organizations. Read articles about Executive MBA alumni below.

    Executive MBA stands out for couple’s career plans

    Collaborative experience, real-world experts adds value to Executive MBA program

    Executive MBA benefits alumnus in physician, leader roles

    Executive MBA alum applies business acumen, leadership skills to medical practice


    Who are the faculty?
    Courses are designed and taught by a combination of exceptional full-time faculty from OU's School of Business Administration and successful business leaders.

    Full Time Faculty Adjunct Faculty
    Joe Callaghan, Ph.D., J.D.
    Professor of Accounting
    David Chinsky, Dr.P.H., M.B.A.
    President, David Chinsky & Associates
    Gene Fliedner, D.B.A., M.B.A.
    Associate Professor of Production Operations Management
    Jonathan Schwartz, M.D., M.B.A.
    Medical Director of Managed Care, Henry Ford Medical Group
    Donna Free, MAcc, CPA
    Faculty Coordinator, Master of Accounting
    Faculty Coordinator, Executive MBA
    David B. Siegel, M.D. M.P.H.
    Senior Group Medical Director, General Motors Health Services
    Thomas Lauer, Ph.D.
    Professor of Management Information Systems 
    Ryan Spencer
    Vice-President, CIO, Takata
    Karl Majeske, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Quantitative Methods
    Todd Sperl
    Owner, Managing Partner, Lean Fox Solutions
    Karen Markel, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Management
    Mike Sugameli, J.D.
    Owner, Sugameli & Sugameli, PLC
    Sandra Pelfrey, M.B.A., C.P.A.
    Associate Professor of Accounting
    Jack Weiner, Ph.D
    President and CEO, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
    Rammohan Pisharodi, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Management
    Frank Cardimen, Jr.
    Retired President, Traffic Improvement Association
    Anandi Sahu, Ph.D.
    Professor of Economics
    Jonathan Silberman, Ph.D.
    Professor of Economics
    Mark Simon, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Management
    Rajeev Singhal, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor of Finance
    Janell Townsend, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Marketing

    Who is on the advisory board?
    Name  Title Company 
    Keith Enroth
    Senior Program Manager  Entertainment Publications
    James Forshee, M.D., M.B.A. Chief Medical Officer Molina Healthcare of Michigan 
    Donna Free  Faculty Coordinator/Advisor, Executive MBA  Oakland University
    Greggory Garrett  Managing Director   CGS Advisors, LLC
    Gregory C. Jamian President AmeriCare Medical Incorporated 
    Michael A. Mazzeo, PhD.
     Dean  Oakland University, School of Business Administration
    Jonathan Schwartz, M.D., M.B.A.
    Medical Director of Managed Care
    Henry Ford Medical Group 
    David B. Siegel, M.D., M.P.H. Senior Group Medical Director
    General Motors Health Services 
    Ryan Spencer Vice President & CIO Takata
    Subra Sripada Vice President & CIO  Beaumont Hospitals 
    Mohan Tanniru, Ph.D.  Professor, Management Information Systems
    Oakland University
     Janell Townsend, Ph.D.
     Program Director; Associate Professor of Marketing & International Business
     Oakland University
    Siva Velu  Vice President  CSC Covansys Corporation 
    Jack Weiner, PharmD President & CEO St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
    Doug Wiescinski Partner, Technology Consulting & Solutions Plante Moran 


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    Contact Us

    The Executive MBA

    (248) 370-2059
    emba@oakland.edu

    Janell D. Townsend, Ph.D.
    Faculty Director
    Associate Professor of Marketing and International Business

    (248) 370-2059
    townsend@oakland.edu

    Donna Free
    Faculty Coordinator/Adviser
    (248) 370-3287
    free@oakland.edu

    Debra Weeks-D'Souza
    Program Assistant
    (248) 370-2927
    weeksdso@oakland.edu