Each Saturday of the 16-month Suffolk Executive MBA Program, seasoned professionals arrive on campus, ready to be fully engaged. They are committing part of each weekend to learn how to be better leaders.

Leadership is at the core of our EMBA, with projects and seminars that train you to think globally and lead across organizations. The curriculum is challenging, taught by faculty with exceptional academic credentials and professional experience.

Outside the classroom, you’ll apply your skills to real-world scenarios. In residential seminars, you’ll perform strategic analyses within global businesses in a variety of industries. Your studies culminate with an individual capstone project. You’ll graduate a critical thinker, adept at making tough decisions.

Our program transforms people and careers. The curriculum is divided into a series of 4 semesters that logically build upon each other.

Curriculum

Executive MBA Program Degree Requirements

Suffolk’s Executive MBA offers a fully integrated approach to learning with an emphasis on leadership. Residential seminars emphasize self-awareness, leadership, policy, and global business. Case studies, lectures, experiential learning, and simulations are emphasized in a team-centered environment.

  • 18 courses (51 credits)
  • Convenience of Saturday schedule with online learning (with exception of Residential Seminars)
  • Students move through the curriculum as a cohort
  • Capstone field research project tailored to your individual career goals

Suffolk’s Executive MBA features a cluster-based curriculum. Course content and subject areas are represented below.

Curriculum Semesters

Semester 1 Managing People and Organizations (12 Credits)

  • EMBA-600 Self Aware Leader Seminar

    Credits:

    1.50

    Description:

    As an introduction to the Executive MBA Program, this seminar emphasizes how personal leadership style and self-awareness influences both team dynamics and performance outcomes in the context of a business simulation, during which students address strategic and operational issues.

  • EMBA-610 Organizational Behavior

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    We are all members of a variety of organizations - the companies where we work, families, student bodies, special interest groups, sports teams, political groups, religious groups, etc. Our experiences as organizational members may range from highly satisfying and productive to stressful, unproductive, and unhappy. Likewise, organizational performance itself may run the gamut from highly successful to ineffective and inefficient. Most people in corporations do not fail to advance their careers because they lack accounting skills, a finance background, or because they haven't learned to build their own websites. More often, they fail to advance because they lack the management skills necessary to function effectively in an organizational setting. The concepts taught in this course are the foundation for those skills that are a prerequisite for being a successful manager and leader. The field of Organizational Behavior (OB) attempts to explain and predict, and influence how people and groups act in organizations. It involves the systematic study of the behaviors, processes, and structures found in organizations. OB provides the basis for sound management practice. The general purpose of this course is to help you acquire and practice the knowledge and skills essential to managing people and organizations. This knowledge is essential to those whose career goals include achieving leadership positions in an organization.

  • EMGOB-855 Conflict and Negotiation

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Emphasizes the theory and skills of win-win negotiation. Students assess their own negotiation styles, analyze the process of negotiation and apply theory-based skills for integrative problem-solving approaches to negotiation. The course utilizes a mix of teaching tools, including readings, lectures, cases, exercises, videotapes and role-playing.

  • EMGOB-860 Leadership & Team Building Seminar

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Conducted in Miami, Florida, this seminar develops and refines organizational leadership skills by combining classroom activities and a physical challenge to create an intense team experience based on integrating theory and practice.

  • EMGES-801 Business Opportunities

    Credits:

    1.50

    Description:

    Feasible opportunities can occur in existing or new business organizations. However, what is a feasible opportunity? What are the differences in identifying, planning, and executing new business opportunities within existing (corporate entrepreneurship) or new entities (new venture creation/startups)? In this course, you will begin the opportunity recognition process by understanding how creativity can generate business ideas for assessment and validation for business potential. You will validate the opportunity through business planning techniques, as well as understand the constraints created by an existing corporate culture where resources may be abundant or scarce (in the context of return on investment, corporate synergy, recognition in the marketplace, incremental and/or radical innovation potential, etc.), or where organizational structures, politics, etc. restrict or enhance the ability to launch new opportunities. For new ventures, you will validate the opportunity's ability to generate sustainable profit, growth, and capital, in a landscape where innovation and failure are prevalent.

Semester 2 Analytical Skills for Decision Making (15 Credits)

  • EMBA-622 Operations & Data Analysis

    Prerequisites:

    Take EMBA-600 EMBA-610 EMGOB-855 EMGOB-860 EMGOB-900;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Introduces students to operations management in the services, manufacturing and distribution industries while covering statistics and quantitative analytic tools relevant to all functional areas. Applications include: supply chain management, total quality management, forecasting, inventory planning and control, project planning and management, risk analysis, process design, and human resources issues in a global economy. Analytic tools for these applications include descriptive statistics and graphics, uncertainty assessment, inferences from samples, decision analysis and models, and regression analysis.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • EMBA-630 Economic Analysis for Managers

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course develops the basic tools for microeconomic and macroeconomic analysis with emphasis on business decision-making and the impact of economic policy on organizational performance and competitiveness with respect to global business.

  • EMBA-640 Corporate Financial Reporting and Control

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Deals with the structure and information content of the three principal financial statements of profit-directed companies: the income statement, balance sheet, and statement of cash flows. It develops skills in the use of accounting information to analyze the performance and financial condition of a company and to facilitate decision-making, planning and budgeting, and performance appraisal in a managerial context. Students with no prior background in accounting complete a programmed instruction in the mechanics of double entry accounting at the start of the course.

  • EMBA-650 Value Based Financial Management

    Prerequisites:

    EMBA 620, EMBA 630, and EMBA 640 OR EMBA 720

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Introduces the basic principles of corporate finance. The main focus of the course is on fundamental principles such as time value of money, asset valuation, and risk and return trade-off. Topics covered also include cost of capital, capital budgeting, and capital structure.

  • EMBA-770 The Washington Policy Seminar

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Conducted in Washington, D.C., this seminar provides a first hand exposure to the linkage between public and economic policy and its impact on business strategy development and execution. It includes meetings with key members of Congress, the Administration, lobbyists, the media, and other organizations that may influence policy development.

Semester 3 Understanding the Global Marketplace (12 Credits)

  • EMBA-660 Marketing: Challenge of Managing Value

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Marketing is changing -- constantly driven by dramatic technology developments, globalization, and evolving consumption values, practices, and lifestyles. This course covers marketing themes, theories, and trends that are critical for superior business performance in the 21st century. In this course, we examine current marketing theory as it is being shaped by forward-thinking academics and new developments in business practices. This course provides students with a strong foundation in marketing principles and practices.

  • EMBA-780 Managing in the Global Environment

    Prerequisites:

    Complete EMBA core courses

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Taking place internationally, as part of the International Seminar, this course introduces students to the fundamentals of the global business environment and the cross-cultural factors that affect management practice in this environment. Topics covered include economic environment, free trade and regional integration, foreign direct investment, exchange rate determination and relevant government policies, the decision to go international, and the multinational firm and its business functions.

  • EMGIB-850 Global Travel Seminar

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The seminar is designed to develop student's awareness, understanding and knowledge of managing in an international context. The format will consist of several preparatory sessions, at Suffolk and an intensive one week seminar outside the United States. Topics will include, but are not limited to, managing cultural and structural differences, geo-political-economic considerations, international human resources and strategic management issues.

  • EISOM-851 Supply Chain Management

    Prerequisites:

    Executive MBA students only;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    A supply chain is the network of organizations that collaborate to transform materials, and distribute final products to customers. No company can do better than its supply chain. If designed and managed properly, supply chains are a crucial source of competitive advantage for both manufacturing and service organizations. Effective management of supply chains is a tremendous challenge for most firms which, paradoxically, can also be a great opportunity. Supply chain improvement and innovation have become even more pressing with shrinking product life cycles, expanding product and service variety, and intensifying market competition. For managers in operations and marketing, this course introduces the fundamental principles and techniques for effective management of supply chains. For managers in accounting and finance, this course presents methodologies for assessing supply chain impacts on firms' performance.


Semester 4 The Firm and Its Environment (12 Credits)

  • EMBA-670 Information Management for Competitive Advantage

    Prerequisites:

    EMBA 620

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Focuses on using information systems (IS) and information technology (IT) for a competitive advantage. Explores the impact of IS and IT on the internal and external environments of organizations. Introduces students to the opportunities and challenges of managing IS and IT to meet the needs of business executives, managers, users, and partners. Students discuss readings and learn from technology presentations to examine decisions pertaining to selection of IS and IT intended to maximize benefits while minimizing costs and risks of implementation.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • EMBA-680 Managing in the Ethical & Legal Environment

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course explores multidisciplinary analytical techniques and case analysis as strategic management tools to assist executives in successful navigation of an increasingly complex, evolving, and highly competitive business environment in which ethical, legal, economic, and regulatory forces are continuously reshaping the global marketplace both to create and limit competitive opportunities.

  • EMBA-800 Strategic Management

    Prerequisites:

    core courses

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students develop a multifunctional general management perspective, integrating and applying knowledge and techniques learned in the core courses of the EMBA program. Students also learn about the principal concepts, frameworks, and techniques of strategic management; develop the capacity for strategic thinking; and examine the organizational and environmental contexts in which strategic management unfolds. Students achieve these course objectives through a variety of learning activities, such as case studies, computer simulations, examinations, project reports, and experiential exercises.

  • EMBA-899 Program Capstone

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Are you ready to leverage your knowledge and experience into substantial business opportunities? Are you prepared develop a strategy and accept the inherent risk with implementing new innovation? In this capstone course, you will utilize the executive program's business opportunity foundation and executive curriculum, leveraging your experience and individual motivation to develop, pitch, and implement your personally-designed project. You will define your project, develop an implementation plan and related executive summary, leading to pitching your opportunity to your selected peer group who serve as a project stakeholder. This two-semester capstone may be directed towards your current organization or within new venture.

Seminars

Self-Aware Leader Seminar: As an introduction to the Executive MBA Program, this seminar emphasizes how personal leadership style and self-awareness influences both team dynamics and performance outcomes in the context of a business simulation, during which students address strategic and operational issues.

Leadership and Team Building Seminar: Conducted in Miami, Florida, this seminar develops and refines your team leadership skills. It combines classroom activities and a physical challenge to create an intense, team experience that's based on integrating theory and practice.       

Washington Policy Seminar: Conducted in Washington, D.C., this seminar provides first-hand exposure to the linkages between public and economic policy development and its impact on business strategy development and execution. It includes meetings with key members of Congress, the Administration, lobbyists, regulatory agencies, the media, and other organizations that may influence policy development.

Managing in the Global Environment: This seminar is an opportunity to experience the global business environment first-hand in Europe, Asia, or Latin America. The seminar includes a comprehensive examination of the economic, political, and cultural perspectives of doing business in the global community, and it exposes students to strategic issues through an experiential learning process.

Calendar

EMBA New Student Orientation: Friday, September 11, 2015

Fall 2015 Semester: September 12-December 11, 2015

No Saturday classes: Oct. 10, 31; Nov. 28; Dec. 5

  • 9 Saturday sessions
  • 2 Friday sessions (October 16 and 23)
  • Off-site Self Aware Leader Seminar: Oct 7-9
  • Off-site Leadership and Team-Building Seminar: Nov. 30-Dec. 5   

Spring 2016 Semester: January 9-April 30, 2016

No Saturday classes: March 5

  • 16 Saturday sessions
  • Off-site Washington Policy Seminar: March 6-10

Summer 2016 Semester: May 7-August 29, 2016

No Saturday classes: July 2

  • 16 Saturdays sessions
  • Off-site Global Travel Seminar: June 11-19

September 10-December 17, 2016

No Saturday Classes Nov. 26

  • 14 Saturday sessions
  • Program Capstone presentations: Dec. 17

While we make every effort to let you know of any calendar changes, we reserve the right to change the academic calendar as necessary.

 

Lifelong Learning

As a graduate of our Program, you may audit any Executive MBA course without tuition. We are happy to welcome you back to Suffolk to update and refresh your business or leadership skills, inform you of current business trends, and reconnect you with faculty and friends