The Michigan Ross Executive MBA Program begins in August and spans 21 months. The targeted profile and
curriculum for the Ann Arbor and Los Angeles cohorts are identical.
First-Year Course Sequence
Students take three courses concurrently throughout the program. The first-year
curriculum begins with the core business fundamentals and includes such classes as
Evaluating Financial Performance,
Capital Allocation and Valuation,
and Business Analytics and Statistics. Parallel to MBA coursework, students participate in the
Professional Development Program (PDP), a personalized approach to leadership development that delivers a guided process of self-assessment and reflection. You will create your own customized plan through one-on-one coaching, 360-degree feedback, and other tools that focus on your unique attributes and skills.
Second-Year Course Sequence
The second-year curriculum shifts toward strategic thinking and the enterprise-wide perspective. Classes include
Financial Strategy, and
Leading Organizational Change. At the midpoint of the second year, students take two of three electives spanning marketing, finance, and entrepreneurship.
Year two culminates with a global-intensive unit that synthesizes the strategic vision and business acumen necessary to innovate through ambiguity and change. Executives emerge with the critical competencies to lead across cultures and continents.
As in the first year, students continue to progress along the parallel PDP track. Year two of the PDP offers a series of next-level skills workshops and seminars designed to ensure success in the executive ranks. Topics cover everything from
delivering dynamic presentations and working with boards of directors to interfacing with Wall Street and handling the media.
Executive Multidisciplinary Action Project (ExecMAP) Course
Through ExecMAP, students consult with partnering organizations on projects designed to motivate executive decisions upon completion: Should a new product or project be launched? Should the company enter a new market? Should an existing facility be expanded or relocated? At the end of the project, Ross EMBAs deliver data-driven results that can be implemented by the project sponsor. The ExecMAP course is offered at the outset of the second year of the program. Students bid on projects that align with their professional interests and goals. Site visits and travel vary by project.