Program Structure

The Executive MBA core coursework gives you a thorough and rigorous grounding in the fundamental disciplines of business, taught through the latest research insights, real world projects and industry case studies. The curriculum focusing on four key drivers of business growth: strategic innovation, information technology, analytic decision-making, and collaborative execution, equipping you with skills and agility to effectively compete in today's digitally driven world.

  • Begins every September and takes only 21 months to complete
  • Attend classes 7 consecutive quarters including one summer
    • Each quarter consists of 4 class weekends
    • Classes meet on Friday from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • 3 off-site experiential residential courses
    • Responding to Dynamic Times, September in first year
    • Global Business, Mid program
    • Executive Leadership, June in second year

Core Courses

  • Responding to Dynamic Times, Thinking Strategically in Organizations (Residential)
  • Organizational Behavior for Executives
  • Economics for Executives
  • Statistics for Executives
  • Financial Reporting for Executives
  • Marketing for Executives
  • Managerial Finance for Executives
  • Global Immersion & Prep Sessions (Residential)
  • Operations Management for Executives
  • Competing with Digital
  • Strategy Management for Executives
  • Capstone Executive Leadership (Residential)


The Merage School is unique in providing a sequence of three off-site learning residentials, including an international experience which is invaluable in today's global environment.

Opening Residential: Responding to Dynamic Times: Thinking Strategically for Executives
Scheduled prior to your first regularly scheduled class weekend, this experience is designed to introduce you to being a student again.

  • Held at a business-class hotel in Orange County.
  • Topics include organizational design, organizational culture and power, group processes, competitive analysis, corporate strategy, and business ethics.
  • Instructive methods include case study analysis, group presentations, and group-based teamwork.

International Residential: Global Business II
A highlight of the EMBA program, the international residential takes a thematic approach to exploring global business. You will have the opportunity to experience global business first hand from a corporate, academic and cultural standpoint. Recent international residentials have been held in Thailand/Myanmar, India and Israel.

  • Held for 6 days. Students stay in four- and five-star business-class hotels in major urban centers.
  • Typical topics include: major issues faced by US companies overseas, investment climate, banking and finance, supply chain management, manufacturing, technology, government, marketing, and economic transition in emerging economies.
  • Senior-level executives from US and foreign-based companies discuss the challenges they face. Company tours follow most on-site presentations by executives.
  • Optional cultural events may include visits to museums and historic sites of interest.

Closing Residential: Executive Leadership
This residential provides a 360-degree evaluation of each student and allows you to reflect on what you have learned, how you have developed professionally, and how you will shape your future as a leader and executive.

  • Held at a Southern California retreat hotel.
  • Provides a clear perspective on your skills as a leader.
  • Presents a variety of tools to continue to develop your leadership capabilities.
  • Prepares you to take control of your career by creating an explicit career action plan.

Note: All program costs, speakers, events, transportation, and hotels are included in your tuition, with the exception of your round-trip airfare for the international residential. We make the arrangements for your accommodations for all three residentials.

Specializing Your MBA

During your final quarter in the EMBA program, you will have the opportunity to tailor your MBA to your interests through a variety of electives spread across different academic areas. You may also choose to enhance your MBA by completing one of our specializations.



The EMBA Program includes five special topic elective courses. If your schedule allows, additional classes are available via cross-enrollment in other Merage School MBA programs, expanding your opportunity for topic choice. Elective courses are offered in the areas of:

  • Accounting
  • Economics/Public Policy
  • Finance
  • Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Operations and Decisions Technologies
  • Organization and Management
  • Real Estate
  • Strategy

In addition, you will have the opportunity to take three Leadership/Communication Modules to enhance your skills.

MBA Specializations

Digital Transformation: The specialization in Digital Transformation prepares students to lead their organizations to success in the digital economy. Digital technologies are appreciating in power at incredible rates and changing the business environment in profound ways. Digital Transformation is the reinvention of businesses to reflect the digital world. The economics of the digital world are fundamentally different from those of the physical world, and imply new rules of competition. They change business strategy, structure and practices in profound ways. Students will learn how to analyze technology-enabled change broadly and how to leverage digital technologies across businesses, from the perspective of both incumbents and startups. Completion of the MBA specialization requires 4+ academic courses and participating in the Center for Digital Transformation’s annual Road to Reinvention conference.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship: The Beall Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship provides students with academic and practical training so that they gain a solid understanding of launching and/or growing a business in today’s competitive environment. The specialization in Innovation and Entrepreneurship prepares students who are either planning to or have already embarked on a career as an entrepreneur (innovating to form new companies) or an intrapreneur (innovating within existing companies). Through participation in the Merage School New Venture Competition and completion of key electives focused on Entrepreneurship and Innovation, students earn the MBA specialization in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Real Estate and Urban Development: The Center for Real Estate provides world class resources and research to future leaders and entrepreneurs working in real estate. To that end, the Center focuses on the pursuit of emerging best practices in the real estate profession. The MBA specialization in Real Estate and Urban Development provides students the practical skills and theories needed to succeed in an ever-changing marketplace. It takes a holistic approach to real estate, drawing from the lessons of past cycles and current trends in order to best prepare students for their careers. Through successful completion of five academic courses focused on Real Estate, students earn the MBA specialization.


As an EMBA student, you join an exceptional learning community. Our professors are top scholars who have been educated at many of the nation’s most prestigious universities. They consult at Fortune 500 companies, advise global enterprises, and counsel executives at the highest levels. Our real-world practitioners include CEOs and senior leaders from global enterprises. You benefit from the same faculty and practitioners who teach in all the Merage School MBA programs.

Faculty recognition extends far beyond the classroom to include scholarly research that is published in top-tier academic publications. Rather than passing along old information, they create new knowledge, new business models, and bold new solutions. Merage School faculty offer you exceptionally high standards. The level of expertise, rigor and enthusiasm they bring to your education is second to none.

Learn more about the Merage School faculty.