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Executive Master in Business Administration (EMBA w/ CPT) | Graduate Degree Program

Executive Master in Business Administration (EMBA w/ CPT)

Executive Master of Business Administration

As one of Ottawa University’s newest and fastest-growing graduate programs, the Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) degree is specifically designed with professional students in mind. This 100% on-ground program is structured with a weekly workplace-practicum component coupled with a requirement that students attend classes on campus either in Kansas City, Phoenix or Milwaukee one weekend every eight weeks.

Providing students an avenue to help them excel further in their field, the innovative Executive MBA is integrated with the Blackboard Learning Management System and requires students to be on campus one weekend every eight weeks. As part of the workplace practicum, all assignments, discussions, activities, projects and homework in the EMBA are focused around the student’s current employment. This allows them to apply what they are learning in the classroom to real-world, professional training.

The central focus of OU’s EMBA is unlike other MBA programs in that its uniquely designed curriculum provides students with opportunities to network, learning from multiple employment environments and perspectives, and to internalize learning through practical application, combining current real-time experiences with classroom theory, creative testing, analysis, modeling and research. Students are expected to compare and contrast personal and current work experiences with those of other students in the courses, while applying new concepts to the workplace to improve practice and extend knowledge.

Five EMBA Concentrations

The 42-hour (36 coursework + 6 practicum), two-year program includes six contact weekends per year. Students choose one of five concentrations, which include:

Curriculum for Ottawa’s EMBA consists of five core courses, six concentration courses, a capstone course plus the workplace practicum component. Designed for mid-career and senior level executives, who seek global, practical and relevant experience that focuses on leadership, teamwork and cross-cultural collaboration.

Why Earn an Executive Master of Business Administration Degree?

“The EMBA can further impact your career through the leadership skills it builds. Managers are leaders, but executives are responsible for leading much larger teams, and the differences between the two are pronounced. EMBA programs present huge value for executives looking for executives. An EMBA can show superiors that you’re one of them, and of course connections and perceptions have an invaluable influence on career prospects.” - Michael Desiderio, Executive Director, Executive MBA Council

For curriculum and course descriptions, download a program overview.

Enroll in Ottawa University’s Executive MBA program to learn from our faculty with extensive global marketplace experience. To learn more about OU’s EMBA degree program, contact us today.

Business Administration (EMBA w/ CPT) is offered at the following locations.

  • Overland Park, Kansas
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Brookfield, Wisconsin

Education and Qualifications for Business Managers

Persons interested in becoming administrative services managers should have good leadership and communication skills and be able to establish effective working relationships with many different people, ranging from managers, supervisors and professionals, to clerks and blue collar workers. They must be able to coordinate several activities at once, quickly analyze and resolve specific problems, and cope with deadlines.

Career Outlook for the EMBA

Students who enter Executive MBA programs often do so after working in their business career for a decade or more, with five or more years of managerial experience. A small percentage of EMBA graduates may choose to switch careers or start new ventures, however the majority leverage the degree as an effective way to jump to the next level in their current careers.

In considering some of the roles EMBA holders often fill, and the median incomes of each role, PayScale reported in September 2020 that the average salary and bonus package for EMBA graduates rose from a start of $155,848 to $181,965. Common roles and median salaries for EMBA graduates include Chief Executive Officer ($228,379), Chief Financial Officer ($162,817), Director of Operations ($121,522), Marketing Director ($129,571), Chief Operating Officer ($168,071), Vice President of Operations ($153,192), and Operations Manager ($82,293).

Executive Master in Business Administration Classes

Core Courses

BUS 7000 Organizational Behavior and Theory

Examines human behavior as it impacts the work organization. Includes theoretical foundations of motivation, group dynamics,leadership, decision-making, satisfaction and performance.

Executive Practicum course also required.

BUS 7200 Value Systems & Professional Ethics

Studying personal and corporate value systems and decision making. Investigation of personal beliefs, purposes and attitudes, and their effects on self and others. Examines the ethical dimensions of organizational structures and practices.

Executive Practicum course also required.

BUS 7500 Managerial Economics

Applying economic theory to managerial decision making. Emphasis on both quantitative and qualitative application of microeconomic principles to business analysis.

Executive Practicum course also required.

BUS 7600 Managerial Finance

Applying the theories and tools used in financial decision making. Topics include present value and capital budgeting, financial analysis and forecasting, market efficiency, and capital structure.

Executive Practicum course also required.

BUS 7800 Management Accounting

Explores the use and application of accounting information for planning, control and decision making. Topics include cost analysis and allocation, budgeting, and behavioral aspects of accounting systems.

Executive Practicum course also required.

BUS 8500 Graduate Seminar: Business Policy and Strategy

Capstone course in which participants develop a major case study of business administration issues, programs and policies in a current organization. Draws from and utilizes concepts, theories, and skills developed in previous courses.

Prerequisite:  Completion of all core courses in the Executive Master of Business Administration program or approval of advisor.

Executive Practicum course also required.

BUS/IT 8701/8702 Executive Practicum(s)

Students participate in a seminar led by a faculty member.  Students are required to work a minimum of 5 hours per week in a training position related directly to their concentration.  Coursework in the seminar is directly tied to the performance of activities of a regularly scheduled employee in the field of their concentration and students must complete a minimum of 90 contact hours with the employer during the course of the practicum and its continuation (16 weeks).

EMBA Prerequisites

A prospective EMBA student who has not satisfied the preparatory course requirements should take at least one undergraduate accounting course and one economics course with a minimum letter grade of “C” for each, or complete the MBA Math course. The prerequisite course(s) must be completed prior to enrolling in BUS 7500 Managerial Economics and BUS 7800 Management Accounting. Note that BUS 7500 and BUS 7800 are also prerequisite courses for the BUS 7600 Managerial Finance course. Your Student Services Advisor will advise you about how to enroll in the MBA Math course should you require it.

For complete curriculum and course descriptions, download a program overview.

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University Accreditation

Ottawa University, as a whole, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Specific degree programs within our institution have also been accredited by relevant bodies within the field:

We are proudly recognized for our commitment to student excellence by the following designations:

Why Choose Ottawa
Almost all courses in Ottawa University’s programs are available online and accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. We make it easy for you to transfer credits in order to help keep tuition costs down. We also offer courses in accelerated 8-week terms in order to reduce your time to completion. These are just a few of the reasons why we are proud to be the best, fastest, and most affordable option locally in the Kansas City, Milwaukee, and Phoenix areas, as well as serving students nationally through our online degrees.

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