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Executive MBA

The Executive MBA at Oakland is a premier graduate business program designed exclusively for experienced professionals. Offered in a cohort structure, the fully inclusive 21-month program meets Friday afternoons and Saturdays on alternate weekends to support the lifestyle of busy professionals. Students in Oakland’s Executive MBA program are often mid-career executives preparing for senior management or senior executives looking to enhance their skills.

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Overview

Designed for professionals with a variety of specialized backgrounds, including technical, engineering and clinical, students emerge from the Executive MBA program with a broader perspective of business and the tools to improve strategic planning and execution which will increase their professional impact.

UNIQUE BENEFITS
  • Concentrations that focus on distinctive knowledge
  • Relevant electives allow for the pursuit of individual interests and cutting-edge content
  • Integrative projects for practical application of concepts and tools to real-world business problems

ACCOMPLISHED FACULTY
Award-winning university faculty and accomplished executive instructors provide unparalleled learning.

EXCEPTIONAL STUDENTS
Students in Oakland’s Executive MBA program are often mid-career executives preparing for senior management or senior executives looking to enhance their skills. Our students have an average of 16 years professional experience, and 62% hold an advanced degree.

PROGRAM STRUCTURE
The Executive MBA is a 21-month program, including a two month summer break, delivered in a cohort structure, and begins in the fall term. Each new class takes their core program together. In the third semester, electives begin to be taken in sub-groups. This approach leverages the wealth of knowledge within each class to enhance the learning experience.

Contact Us
The Executive MBA
(248) 370-2059
emba@oakland.edu
Curriculum

The Executive MBA program features hands-on learning methods, with a focus on integrative thinking, 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 meet unique needs of the participants.

Foundation Courses

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

EMBA 5040      Statistical Methods

EMBA 5120      Financial and Managerial Accounting

EMBA 5210      Managerial Economics

EMBA 5300      Teambuilding, Leadership & Communication

EMBA 5310      Human Resources Management

EMBA 5350      Strategic Management

EMBA 5370      Integrative Capstone Project

EMBA 5400      Operations Management

EMBA 5450      Information Systems

EMBA 5500       Legal and Ethical Issues

EMBA 5600       Marketing Management

EMBA 5700       Financial Management


Each student will also complete 10 credit hours of elective coursework, which could include topics such as data mining, entrepreneurial leadership, contract and negotiation, and more.


Integrative Capstone Project

Through the integrative capstone project the Executive MBA student demonstrates 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.

Concentrations

Executive MBA students can choose to pursue concentrations that focus on distinctive knowledge.

Healthcare Leadership

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.


Healthcare Leadership Electives

HCM 6040        Current Issues in Healthcare

HCM 6060        Quality Improvement in Healthcare

HCM 6240        Government Policy in Healthcare

HCM 6250        International Comparisons in Healthcare

HCM 6330        Managing Cultural Diversity

HCM 6340        Hospital Administration

HCM 6350        Transforming the Healthcare Organization

HCM 6360        Contract and Negotiation in Healthcare

HCM 6380        New Ventures in Healthcare

HCM 6420        Facilities Planning and Evaluation

HCM 6450        Managing Technology in Healthcare

HCM 6460        Data Warehousing in Healthcare

HCM 6610        Healthcare Marketing and Consumer Satisfaction

HCM 6700        Hospital Finance and Managed Care

HCM 6900        Special Topics in HCM

HCM 6970        Independent Study

EMBA 6370      Entrepreneurial Leadership

EMBA 6900      Special Topics in HCM/ISL


Information Systems Leadership

In the contemporary business environment, within every industry, an organization’s information system is a key structural component. The Executive MBA with a concentration in Information Systems Leadership is designed for ambitious IT professionals who want to master and profit from understanding business concepts and hone their leadership skills.


Information Systems Electives

ISL 6040           Strategic Positioning of IT and Visioning Leadership

ISL 6060           IS Strategy and Information Economics

ISL 6180           IS Strategy and the Future of Work

ISL 6200           IS Strategy and Enterprise Architecture

ISL 6250           IT Governance

ISL 6300           Global Sourcing Strategies for IT

ISL 6320           Data Mining

ISL 6380           IS Security Fundamentals

ISL 6400           IS Security Management and Cases

ISL 6410           Privacy and IT

ISL 6430           Intellectual Property and IT

ISL 6900           Special Topics in ISL

ISL 6970           Independent Study

EMBA 6370      Entrepreneurial Leadership

EMBA 6900      Special Topics in HCM/ISL

 

People
Alumni

“We’ve got really great academic experts at Oakland University combining their knowledge with real-world experts from their business world. That really is one of the program’s strengths. Bringing that into a small-group setting enriches collaboration and discussion.”
Chris Millback, MD, MBA
Senior Plan Medical Director, HealthPlus of Michigan
Executive MBA 2010
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“The cohort structure is one of the program’s best assets. I appreciate the wide range of topics, the mix of university professors, the experts who come in from different universities to teach, and the diversity of the student body.”
Marc Brauer, MBA
PLM Systems Manager, General Motors
Executive MBA 2014
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“As a nurse, I had the healthcare experience, but needed the business component. I got it through Oakland’s Executive MBA.”
Donna Mimikos, MBA
Master Trainer
Michigan Primary Care Transformation Project, University of Michigan
Executive MBA 2007

“The theoretical basis for many concepts that I have encountered in the workplace are now being clarified which allows me to proactively apply them in practice.”
Shawn Levitt BSN, MHSA, RN
Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Detroit Medical Center
Executive MBA 2016
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“I’m pursuing my Executive MBA to better understand business management. This degree will add credibility to my work as a physician executive.”
Usamah (Sam) Mossalam, MD
Vice President and Medical Director of International Initiatives, Henry Ford Health
System
Executive MBA 2016
<<full story>>

“The leadership focus allowed me to learn more about myself, my leadership style, my strengths and weaknesses, and propelled me to be a better leader in my organization.“
Natalie Pirkola, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist
Administrative Network, Inc.
Oakland Southfield Physicians, PC
Executive MBA 2016

“The knowledge we are gaining is very applicable to my work. I am already able to analyze accounting reports with a newly acquired layer of understanding.”
Steven Willcocks
Application Architect, ComSpec International Inc.
Executive MBA 2017

“It catapulted me. I would learn something Friday and Saturday, and on Monday I was successfully using what I had just learned.”
Allison Brauer, MBA
Executive MBA 2012
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Dr. Bassam Nasr
<<full story>>
Executive MBA 2007

Dr. Muhammad Haitham Al-Midani
<<full story>>
Executive MBA 2002


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 FacultyAdjunct Faculty
Joe Callaghan, Ph.D., J.D.
Professor of Accounting
Frank Cardimen, Jr.
Retired President, Traffic Improvement Association
Gene Fliedner, D.B.A., M.B.A.
Associate Professor of Production Operations Management
Gregg Garrett
CEO & Managing Director - CGS Advisors LLC
Donna Free, MAcc, CPA
Special Instructor of Accounting
David B. Siegel, M.D. M.P.H.
Former Vice President and Medical Director of the Great Lakes Health Plan
Tomas Giberson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership
Manjinder Sodhi, Sr.
Global IT Delivery Leader, General Motors
Frederick G. Hoffman, J.D.
Special Instructor of Management
Ryan Spencer
Vice-President of Information Technology, Yazaki North America, Inc.
Joy Jiang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Management, International Business
Todd Sperl
Owner, Managing Partner, Lean Fox Solutions
Thomas Lauer, Ph.D.
Professor of Management Information Systems
Prakash Srivastava, Ph.D.
Principal Consultant, Atos
Karl Majeske, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Quantitative Methods
Mike Sugameli, J.D.
Owner, Sugameli & Sugameli, PLC
Karen Markel, Ph.D.
Professor of Management, Chair, Department of Management and Marketing
Jack Weiner, Ph.D.
Retired President and CEO, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
Dean Mazzeo, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Business Administration and Professor of Finance
Mohan Tanniru, Ph.D.
Professor of Management Information Systems
Janell Townsend, Ph.D.
Professor of Marketing

Advisory Board
Name TitleCompany 
Keith EnrothSenior Program Manager Entertainment Publications
James Forshee, M.D., M.B.A.Chief Medical OfficerMolina Healthcare of Michigan 
Donna Free Faculty Coordinator/Advisor, Executive MBA Oakland University
Greggory Garrett Managing Director  CGS Advisors, LLC
Gregory C. JamianPresidentAmeriCare Medical Incorporated 
Michael A. Mazzeo, PhD. Dean Oakland University, School of Business Administration
Jonathan Schwartz, M.D., M.B.A.Medical Director of Managed CareHenry Ford Medical Group 
David B. Siegel, M.D., M.P.H.Senior Group Medical DirectorGeneral Motors Health Services 
Ryan SpencerVice President & CIOTakata
Subra SripadaVice President & CIO Beaumont Hospitals 
Mohan Tanniru, Ph.D. Professor, Management Information SystemsOakland University
 Janell Townsend, Ph.D. Program Director; Associate Professor of Marketing & International Business Oakland University
Siva Velu Vice President CSC Covansys Corporation 
Jack Weiner, PharmDPresident & CEOSt. Joseph Mercy Oakland
Doug WiescinskiPartner, Technology Consulting & SolutionsPlante Moran 
How to
Apply

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 professional experience
  • An undergraduate degree in any discipline
  • An interview with the program faculty directory or the program coordinator

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


How to Apply

The application process requires submission of the following:

  • Online Application for Admission from Graduate Study
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resumé - uploaded after online application is submitted
  • Two email addresses for individuals who will write your recommendations - added after online application is submitted
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended sent to OU
  • Official GMAT scores sent to OU (for those not holding a graduate degree)
Program cost for the 2016-18 cohort is $42,500.

 

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.

 

FAQ

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 a cohort structure 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.


How much does the program cost?
The total tuition for students admitted to the Executive MBA program for Fall 2016 is $41,500 plus a $1,000 non-refundable enrollment deposit. The $1,000 deposit is due when accepting admission, and five tuition payments of $8,300 are due at the beginning of each term.

The program is fully inclusive of all course registrations, textbooks, electronic resources, course materials, and required special events or workshops. Meals are also included during regular sessions including breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks/coffee breaks, and occasional group dining excursions.

Students may apply to receive Financial Aid by contacting Student Financial Services.

The School of Business Administration reserves the right to change tuition rates prior to the start of each cohort.


When are the information sessions?
Winter Information sessions for the Fall 2018 cohort will take place on the following dates:
  • Saturday, January 6, 2018, 9:30 am - 11 am (Stinson Center - 234 Elliott Hall)
  • Saturday, February 3, 2018, 9:30 am - 11 am (Stinson Center - 234 Elliott Hall)
  • Saturday, March 3, 2018, 9:30 am - 11 am (Stinson Center - 234 Elliott Hall)
Please call (248) 370-2059 or write emba@oakland.edu for more information.

What are the semester dates?

Fall 2016
September 9, 2016 - December 10, 2016

Winter 2017
January 6, 2017 - April 8, 2017

*Summer 2017
May 12, 2017 - June 24, 2017

*Summer semester for 2016 - 2018 cohort only



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.