School of Business Administration

Elliott Hall, Room 427
275 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
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Executive MBA

Advance with an Executive MBA

Accelerate your pursuit of innovative leadership and business concepts alongside accomplished peers and expert faculty. The Executive MBA at Oakland University is a premier graduate business program designed exclusively for experienced high-potential professionals, featuring:

  • Rigorous curriculum
  • Leadership and professional development
  • Global immersion

Unleash your full potential, increase your professional impact and prepare to advance. New cohort begins each fall.

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Overview

Designed for working professionals already in or aspiring to leadership roles, the Executive MBA at Oakland University boosts your career momentum while allowing you to maintain your life. With a laser focus on essential business concepts and global perspective combined with proven leadership courses, the rigorous curriculum includes topical issues, C-suite presentations and professional development components.

Advantages

Executive MBA Advantage
Business essentials to hone your management skills combined with an intense focus on globalization, leadership and professional development that will elevate you to leadership roles. Topical courses address current and future issues and challenges facing business. It all begins with a three-day business boot camp/orientation where you and members of your cohort build a common foundation of business concepts and take part in teambuilding activities.

Rigorous Curriculum
Accelerate your career and business acumen by building a solid understanding of the business fundamentals involved in every discipline. From financial and managerial accounting, data analytics for executives, global supply chain and more, you’ll gain the perspective necessary to develop transformational insights and strategies.

Leadership and Professional Development
Learn to lead confidently as you maximize your leadership potential through the Executive MBA’s exclusive leadership and professional development curriculum. Courses that emphasize leading people, bargaining and negotiations, ethics and strategic management as well as executive seminars with professional development staff are all part of the Oakland Executive MBA experience.

Global Immersion
Gain greater international understanding through courses that deepen your knowledge of the global economy, its challenges and opportunities. Learn how organizations can effectively manage operations in an interconnected environment. Enhance your education with a short, optional faculty-led study abroad trip where you interact with international business leaders and policymakers.

Program Structure

  • Fully inclusive 21-month program, including two-month summer break
  • Meets Friday afternoons and Saturdays on alternate weekends to support the lifestyle of busy professionals
  • Rigorous curriculum includes business core, leadership development, topical issues, C-suite presentations and professional development

Accomplished Faculty
Award-winning university faculty and accomplished executive instructors provide unparalleled learning.

Exceptional Students
Students in Oakland’s Executive MBA program are typically 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.


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.

Each student is required to complete 39 credit hours of coursework. The curriculum is divided into four components to meet the following objectives:

  • Provide foundational knowledge of key business disciplines
  • Develop leadership skills through coursework and professional development activities spread throughout the program
  • Offer a global perspective through coursework and optional international experience
  • Offer insights on the most current and relevant business issues

Preparatory Work and Program Launch (1 credit)
On-line preparatory work/tutorials will be provided for those students who wish to review quantitative skills and obtain a basic introduction to business concepts prior to the program launch. The program launch will be a four-day orientation/boot camp that will include teambuilding and communication, and an introduction to business concepts.

Business Core (22 credits)
The business core includes the functional areas of business such as financial and managerial accounting, data analytics for executives, economics, marketing, finance, global supply chain and operations management, and business information systems.

Leadership Development (9 credits)
Leadership development starts day one during the “program launch” and is emphasized throughout the program. Courses in leading people and organizations, bargaining and negotiations, law, ethics, and strategic management will be offered.

Topical Discussions (6 credits)
The topical courses for the Fall 2018 cohort (Class of 2020) will include the following three courses:

  • Privacy and Security
  • Lean Leadership
  • Managing Innovation and Change

Professional Development (1 credit)
This skills-based course develops students' leadership and professional skills with the help of group and individual coaching sessions, assistance with resume reviews and applications for senior level opportunities. The program also includes a series of executive seminars and interactions with professional development staff.

Alumni
Testimonials

“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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“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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“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

How to
Apply

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

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 and their work experience.

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)
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 15 for fall admission. This program admits only in the fall term of each year.

Program Costs

The tuition for students admitted to the Executive MBA program in Fall 2018 is $42,500 plus a $1,000 non-refundable enrollment deposit. The $1,000 deposit is due when accepting admission, and five additional payments of $8,500 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.

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.


When are the information sessions?
Information session for the Fall 2018 cohort will take place on the following date:
  • Saturday, June 23, 2018, 9:30 am - 11 am (Stinson - 234 Elliott Hall)
Please call (248) 370-2059 or write emba@oakland.edu for more information.

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 to complete their elective 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 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 2018 is $42,500 plus a $1,000 non-refundable enrollment deposit. The $1,000 deposit is due when accepting admission, and five tuition payments of $8,500 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.



Who are the students?
The typical class has a great deal of professional and personal diversity.  Students in the Executive MBA program often hold advanced 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.