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The Executive MBA

Elliott Hall, Room 427
275 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
(location map)
(248) 370-2059
emba@oakland.edu

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School of Business Administration
Graduate Business Programs

The Executive MBA

Elliott Hall, Room 427
275 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
(location map)
(248) 370-2059
emba@oakland.edu

Give to OU
School of Business Administration
Graduate Business Programs

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About the EMBA

Program Overview

Designed for working professionals already in or aspiring to leadership roles, the weekend Executive MBA at Oakland University boosts your career momentum while allowing you to maintain your life. With a laser focus on essential business concepts and global perspective combined with proven leadership courses, the rigorous curriculum includes topical issues, C-suite presentations and professional development components.

The OU EMBA Advantage

Business essentials to hone your management skills combined with an intense focus on globalization, leadership and professional development that will elevate you to leadership roles. Topical courses address current and future issues and challenges facing business. It all begins with a three-day business boot camp/orientation where you and members of your cohort build a common foundation of business concepts and take part in teambuilding activities.

Business Essentials

Master core business competencies with courses that build on your professional expertise and strengthen your understanding across all disciplines. From financial and managerial accounting, data analytics for executives, global supply chain and more, you’ll gain the tools and knowledge to develop transformational insights and strategies.

Leadership and Professional Development

Learn to lead confidently as you maximize your leadership potential through the EMBA’s exclusive leadership and professional development curriculum. Courses that emphasize leading people, bargaining and negotiations, ethics, overcoming team dysfunction, negotiation, 360 evaluations and strategic management as well as executive seminars with professional development staff are all part of the Oakland EMBA experience

Global Immersion

Gain greater international understanding through courses that deepen your knowledge of the global economy, its challenges and opportunities. Learn how organizations can effectively manage operations in an interconnected environment. Enhance your education with a short, optional faculty-led study abroad trip where you interact with international business leaders and policymakers.

Format

Through Oakland’s weekend EMBA program, you’ll cultivate the exceptional leadership skills and essential cross-disciplinary business knowledge necessary to catapult your team, organization and career to new heights.

  • Rigorous curriculum includes business core, leadership development, topical issues, C-suite presentations and professional development
  • 21-month program, including two-month summer break
  • Meets Friday afternoons and Saturdays on alternate weekends to support the lifestyle of busy professionals
  • Fully inclusive program, cost includes all course registrations, textbooks, electronic resources, course materials, and required special events or workshops
  • Meals are provided during regular sessions including breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks/coffee breaks, and occasional group dining excursions
Class Profile

In Oakland’s Executive MBA program you’ll learn alongside experienced colleagues whose professional and personal diversity add valuable perspectives to classroom discussions and projects. The majority of students are mid-career executives preparing for senior management roles or senior executives enhancing their skills.

  • Average 15 years professional experience
  • 48% hold advanced degrees
  • 38.5% female; 61.5% male
  • Overachievers who expect excellence and value learning

In our most recent cohorts, students held positions as Marketing, IT, Business and Sales Senior Managers and Directors, Engineers, Medical Professionals (physicians, medical directors, nurses, pharmacists) Lawyers, Entrepreneurs, as well as Vice Presidents and C-suite Officers.

Our students hail from organizations such as: General Motors, Beaumont, McLaren, Comerica, Henry Ford Health System, Computer Sciences Corporation, AT&T, Robert Bosch, FCA and Ford.

Networking

Networking is all about who you know. The network you build with the members of your cohort, professors, business leaders and alums you meet as part of your Executive MBA program at Oakland University will serve as a strong and valuable professional and personal resource that will stand the test of time.

The collective wisdom from the accomplished colleagues in your cohort means you’ll have a built-in go-to resource when you need to analyze, strategize and brainstorm successful approaches to any business scenario. The strong bond you form in the program results in experienced professionals who are invested in each other’s success.

According to LinkedIn, 80% of professionals consider networking important to career success, and more than 60% believe their professional network gives them more opportunities. The opportunities your Oakland EMBA network delivers has no limits.

Advantage

With an Oakland EMBA you will:

  • Gain a broad business perspective
  • Be empowered with new tools to increase your professional impact
  • Cultivate management and leadership capabilities
  • Build a professional network that lasts a lifetime

In addition, investing in the advanced education of high potential employees results in immediate and long-term return for your organization, including:

  • Immediate on-the-job application
  • Improved team cohesiveness and communication
  • Enhanced strategic thinking, problem-solving and critical thinking
  • Advanced knowledge and skills without interrupting career

Employers know finding and keeping top-flight talent is essential in a competitive business environment. Developing high-potential employees reaps benefits in areas like innovation, retention and succession planning. Employers build their organization’s leadership pipeline, increase its effectiveness and secure its future success when key employees enroll in Oakland University’s Executive MBA program.

News & Recognition

Recognition

News

Entrepreneurial lawyers empowered with essential leadership and business skills

Liz Halabu, Owner, Birmingham Title Agency, Clear Title Agency and American Title Agency; and Attorney and Partner, Halabu Law Group, EMBA student

Peter Halabu, Attorney and Partner, Halabu Law Group; and VP, Commercial Accounts, Birmingham Title Agency

Leadership and business emphasis of Oakland EMBA is catalyst to realize corporate career aspirations

Denis Jordao, Senior Product Engineer, GM and EMBA student; and Fernanda Turco, GM Marketplace Manager and EMBA student

McLaren COO credits Executive MBA for accelerated career advancement

Casey Kandow, EMBA ’13, COO, McLaren Greater Lansing

Henry Ford MD becomes better administrator with Executive MBA

Sam Mossallam, M.D., EMBA ‘16, Vice President and Medical Director, Henry Ford Health System

Executive MBA enhances vision, strategy, achievement for Chief Nursing Officer

Shawn Levitt, EMBA ‘16, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Detroit Medical Center

Changing healthcare industry landscape inspires pursuit of Executive MBA

Sharelle Brown, EMBA ’15, Director, Pharmacy, McLaren Oakland Hospital