EMBA Degree Details
Ottawa University’s Executive Master in Business Administration consists of 42 total credits - 36 coursework credits and 6 executive practicum credits.
Coursework credits are earned through core courses, concentration courses, as well as a capstone course. The core and capstone courses each require a practicum (work experience) of a minimum of 5 hours per week each semester (16 weeks) in order to earn the executive practicum credits. This means the practicum requirements are completed throughout the duration of the two-year program.
Core Courses (Executive Practicum required for each)
- BUS 7000 Organizational Behavior and ;Theory
- BUS 7200 Value Systems & Professional Ethics
- BUS 7500 Managerial Economics
- BUS 7600 Managerial Finance
- BUS 7800 Management Accounting
Each student enrolled in the EMBA program chooses and completes one of the following concentrations that is comprised of six courses.
- Business Data Analytics
- Health Care Management
- Information Technology
- Operational Effectiveness
Capstone Course (Executive Practicum required)
The capstone course is BUS 8500 Graduate Seminar: Business Policy and Strategy. In this program capstone course, participants develop a major case study of business administration issues, programs and policies in a current organization, drawing from and utilizing concepts, theories, and skills developed in previous courses. Completion of all core courses and advisor approval are required before taking the capstone course.
Considered a course all its own (BUS/IT 8701/8702 Executive Practicum), this requirement is completed in conjunction with required courses throughout the degree program. Led by a faculty member, it is a seminar which requires students to work in a training position related directly to their concentration. Students must complete a minimum of 5 contact hours per week with the employer during the course of each semester’s practicum (16 weeks).
Curricular Practical Training
F-1 students enrolled in Ottawa University’s EMBA program must have Curricular Practical Training (CPT), which is temporary authorization for practical training directly related to a student’s major field of study. CPT allows students to complete the executive practicum requirement of the EMBA (described above).
OU international students are required to maintain eligible CPT employment for the duration of their study with Ottawa University. CPT is requested and approved by the Executive Practicum instructor and authorized by the Ottawa University International Programs office in accordance with F-1 regulations. CPT may be part-time (20 hours or less per week) or full-time (more than 20 hours per week). Students are required under the terms of their degree to work no less than 5 hours per week. To remain eligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT), another type of work authorization for F-1 students, international students must have either part-time CPT or fewer than 12 months of full-time CPT.
NOTE: The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) defines employment as any type of service for which a benefit, including academic credit, is received. Therefore, even if a student will not be getting paid, s/he should obtain CPT authorization before commencing an internship, Co-Op, practicum or field placement.
Preparatory Course Requirements
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 help you navigate your degree requirements.