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The Broad Executive MBA is unlike any other part-time MBA program. What separates us from the pack? Simple—it all comes down to our unique team-based approach, robust curriculum, convenient schedule and world-class faculty. You get a nationally recognized, AACSB-accredited education in an integrated, compact program. It will challenge your assumptions, expand your insight and develop you into a better leader.

Program Format

With classes held every other Friday evening and Saturday, the Broad College Executive MBA offers a flexible schedule that fits your life. The program is specifically designed for busy professionals striving to balance work, home and other obligations. This robust and flexible part-time MBA is compressed into just 20 months.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner is provided the hour before courses begin, providing students with dedicated time to connect with their classmates. Technology is used to enhance the learning experience and to ensure that in-class time is interactive. Extended breaks in December and July/August allow students an opportunity to reflect on the learning and re-energize themselves.


  • 20 months (including breaks)
  • Executive-style classes meet every other weekend on Friday evening (6 p.m.-10 p.m.) and all day on Saturday (8 a.m.-5 p.m.)
  • Kick off your experience in late summer at a two-day orientation
  • Program begins with a seven-day intensive academic residency in East Lansing in September
  • Students choose either East Lansing or one of our international destinations for their global residency week

Class of 2021 Academic Calendar

Learn from the Experts

The Broad Executive MBA’s world-class faculty is nothing short of exceptional. Consisting primarily of full-time Broad College faculty, our first-rate Executive MBA professors are leading experts in their fields. They consistently demonstrate a passion for connecting relevant research to practical application, and value the opportunity to share their expertise with our high-caliber students. Most are top researchers and many have received prestigious teaching awards.

Executive MBA students taking notes during a lecture.

Curriculum Structure

The Broad Executive MBA’s rigorous curriculum is designed to sharpen your business expertise and give you a competitive edge in your career. Throughout these dynamic courses, you’ll obtain the essential business knowledge, real-world skills and insights you need to excel in the workplace and contribute to your company’s bottom line.

The 45-credit-hour Master of Business Administration (MBA) includes approximately 30 executive MBA courses. Most EMBA courses are 1.5 credit hours and consist of four compressed four-hour sessions that leverage technology to get the most out of in-class time.

Key content areas include:

Enhancing managerial skills

Analyzing the organization

Analyzing the organization’s environment

Managing change and innovation

Developing strategy in a global environment

Current issues in business

Course Descriptions

Our diverse set of courses focus on a wide range of subject matters, from strategy, leadership and management, to marketing, accounting, finance and supply chain management. Courses on information systems, business law and global perspectives are also incorporated into the comprehensive business curriculum.


  • Customer and Competitor Analysis

    1.5 CREDITS

    This course views marketing as both a general management responsibility and an orientation of an organization. Deals with the development, evaluation and implementation of marketing management in complex environments. Topics include forecasting demand, understanding customer behavior and segmenting markets.

    View full course description at the Office of the Registrar.

  • Marketing Systems

    1.5 CREDITS

    The purpose of this course is to provide students with the necessary tools and concepts to think strategically about marketing management and make effective marketing decisions. This course focuses on the means by which a firm links itself to the market in selling products and services. Traditionally, this involves product line management, pricing strategies, distribution systems and marketing communications–the four basic “P’s” of the marketing mix.

    View full course description at the Office of the Registrar.

  • Mergers and Acquisitions

    1.5 CREDITS

    Cross-functional perspectives on current and emerging business topics of strategic concern to executives.


  • Organizational Analysis

    1.0 CREDIT

    Faculty-supervised independent analysis of the internal processes and structure of the organization in which the student currently works. The focus of the project is on writing a case analysis describing the organization, identifying a critical problem area, and proposing a solution and plan of action using skills learned in Managerial Skills.

    View full course description at the Office of the Registrar.

  • Strategic Management I and II

    3.0 CREDITS

    The strategy of a firm is the set of decisions it makes concerning how it will achieve superior performance and hence create value for shareholders. This course focuses on identifying and analyzing the internal and external sources of competitive advantage available to the firm, and on developing strategies to access these sources of profitability.


Leadership and Management

  • Ethics in the Workplace

    1.5 CREDITS

    This course examines the ethical aspects of individual and corporate decision making and provides practical resources for making ethical decisions within the business context. The course applies a variety of approaches to ethical decision making and various ethical theories to cases.

    View full course description at the Office of the Registrar.

  • Human Resource Management

    1.5 CREDITS

    It is quite clear that managers are a key extension to an HR department within an organization. As such, this course is geared toward managers with an emphasis on creating an understanding of various HR concepts and activities. These concepts include the role of the HR department and strategic HR management, recruiting and selecting employees, and career planning and employee development.

    View full course description at the Office of the Registrar.

  • Leadership Development

    1.0 CREDIT

    Faculty-supervised self-assessment and independent analysis of individual characteristics associated with effective leadership development. Project includes exercises that identify personal strengths important to developing one’s own leadership style, and then exploring ways to further capitalize these strengths.

  • Leading Teams
  • Managerial Skills

    2.0 CREDITS

    A case-intensive course on organizational behavior and teamwork. Course material focuses on thinking critically about organizational effectiveness and creating, maintaining and leading effective work groups in organizations.

  • Negotiations

    1.5 CREDITS

    The central issues of this course deal with understanding the behavior of individuals, groups and organizations in contexts with the existence of or potential for negotiation and conflict. Through a large number of negotiation exercises, the course will allow participants the opportunity to develop these skills experientially and to understand negotiation in useful analytical frameworks.

Global Perspective

  • The Global Marketplace (Education Abroad)

    3.0 CREDITS

    International education abroad experience involving aspects of the commercial, economic, cultural and political environments of dynamic country markets. Exposure to leading executives and government representatives of major trading partners of the United States. Provides a comparative framework for competitive strategy in a multicultural setting.

  • Macroeconomics for Managers

    1.5 CREDITS

    This course covers fundamental concepts of international macroeconomics to give students a global view of the economy. Discussions include measurement of key macroeconomic variables; observations of growth, inflation, the external sector, and monetary and fiscal policies in countries; and economic theories devised to explain these observations.

  • International Strategies

Finance and Accounting

  • Corporate Finance

    1.5 CREDITS

    This course takes the perspective of the corporate financial manager attempting to pursue strategies that increase shareholder wealth. Topics include measuring value, pricing bonds and stocks, the relationship between risk and return, and capital budgeting.

  • Financial Accounting Concepts

    2.0 CREDITS

    This course introduces the fundamentals of financial accounting from a user perspective. Topics include measurement, valuation, reporting concepts and issues, and analysis and use of financial accounting information for decision making.

  • Financial Statement Analysis

    1.5 CREDITS

    The goal of this course is to enhance the student’s expertise in financial statement analysis and in understanding the role of corporate governance in the stewardship of the firm.

  • Managerial Accounting

    1.5 CREDITS

    This course is designed to introduce how accounting data is used to make managerial decisions. Topics include accounting information for decision making and control, cost behavior patterns, activity-based costing, cost allocation, budgeting, transfer pricing and accounting controls.

  • Managerial Finance

    1.5 CREDITS

    While Corporate Finance emphasizes the investment decision (how firms should spend money), Managerial Finance focuses on the financing decision (how firms should raise money). Topics include the cost of capital, capital structure, valuation, issuing securities, derivatives and risk management.

Critical Thinking

  • Business Analytics
  • Critical Thinking for Innovation

    1.5 CREDITS

    Designed to explore aspects of entrepreneurship with a particular emphasis on creativity, idea development and business plan preparation. Develops the skills and competencies that facilitate creation and implementation of a particular business idea in the face of a dynamic and uncertain marketplace.

  • Legal Environment of Business

    1.5 CREDITS

    This course gives a broad overview of most legal areas faced in the business world. Topics covered range from the nature and source of laws affecting business operations to such legal areas as contracts, torts, intellectual property, securities fraud and bankruptcy. Human resources issues are also addressed.

  • Strategic Decision Making


  • Information Systems

    1.5 CREDITS

    The focus of the course is on analyzing and evaluating the business challenges required to make effective use of information technology. The course handles two main questions: how can we use IT to create value, and how can we manage the risks associated with IT investments?

  • Supply Chain Management I

    1.5 CREDITS

    Development of strategies within the supply chain using critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills. Examines key interrelationships among purchasing, manufacturing, operations and logistics management to enhance economic competitiveness.

  • Supply Chain Management II

    1.5 CREDITS

    As the second part of a two-course sequence in supply chain management, this course will focus attention on key topics that go beyond the scope of the first course. These will include supply chain strategy, managing service supply chains/operations, purchasing strategy, capacity and demand management, just-in-time systems, total quality management and global production, outsourcing and logistics.