Executive MBA Curriculum

The EMBA curriculum delivers insights across the spectrum of business and management foundations. Leadership courses examine the issues leaders face from initial concept to final implementation of organizational value creation. Many assignments can be applied directly to your company, while the capstone strategy course is integrated throughout the program, culminating with a strategic analysis of your organization.

Our entrepreneurial approach to learning at the W. P. Carey School of Business utilizes a variety of teaching methods, including case studies, role plays, and simulations, to ensure you develop high-level skills and confidence across the major business disciplines. The Executive MBA curriculum also emphasizes ethical, high-impact leadership, developing and sustaining a competitive advantage, how to interpret and use data for decision-making and the requisite soft skills needed for senior leaders.

Intellectual rigor, exposure to diverse industries, practices and ideas, and interaction with world-renowned faculty and exceptional students make the W. P. Carey EMBA a transformational experience that can fundamentally change the way you think, act, and lead.

Integrated course design

The EMBA curriculum is both balanced and integrated, meaning that each course works in relation with the others, building your knowledge and competencies over the course of the program. By focusing on how different disciplines inform decisions that leaders must make, you’ll discover how to manage and leverage competing interests across business units to influence

The design of the EMBA curriculum extends beyond classes and assignments. Even in the admissions process, your potential teammates are carefully screened to ensure that every EMBA student brings both the experience and motivation to be an effective contributor to discussions and learnings throughout the program.

Strategy capstone

A unique feature of the W. P. Carey EMBA program is a strategy capstone that gives you the opportunity to address business challenges in your own organization. Just as the core curriculum builds on itself as the program goes, a strategy capstone is woven through each quarter, rather than being offered at the end of the program. This highlight of the EMBA program not only encourages strategic thinking and a way to deploy newly acquired knowledge in all courses but it also allows you to closely examine your business and current role in a more tactical way.

Executive MBA core courses

Discover how economic events and transactions are communicated through the financial reporting process and learn how to read, analyze, and interpret financial reports.

Identify how individual and group behavior and organizational processes influence outcomes.

Examine quantitative information, decision-driven use of information and data, and decision modeling processes.

Apply microeconomic analysis in areas of supply and demand, production, cost, and pricing.

Focus on the use of accounting information for internal planning, decision-making, and performance evaluation.

Explore how the marketing function is managed and how to develop strong marketing strategy, with emphasis on how to understand a superior value proposition, articulate independent influences, and comprehend biases.

Examine risk analysis, valuation, capital, budgeting, cost of capital, and working capital management.

Learn to deal with uncertainty and ambiguity, to use power and persuasion, to use different decision styles in different circumstances, and to lead organizational transitions through changing environmental circumstances.

Improve your skills in the art of negotiation through simulations involving multi-party, multi-issue negotiations.

Travel to the Arizona Capitol and Washington, D.C. to see how businesses participate in the public policy process.

Use a case-oriented approach to apply finance theory to issues such as financial risk management and the use of derivative instruments, international finance, exchange risk, and modern portfolio management.

Address real-world ethical dilemmas by examining ethics and social responsibility for the individual, the organization, and its stakeholders.

Analyze the important policy and cultural differences across countries that are encountered as trading opportunities expand.

Learn the tools of strategy and policy formulation, emphasizing the integration of decisions in the functional areas to help your organization gain and sustain competitive advantage.

Continued in Quarter Seven and Quarter Eight.

Explore conceptual foundations of operations, procurement and logistic functions for all types of organizations to deliver enhanced customer and economic value.

Identify, evaluate, value, and create entrepreneurial opportunities through a series of cases and discussions on topics covering various phases of venture development

Develop a managerial approach to the new hallmarks of IT in organizations: innovation, data-driven decision-making, and collaboration.

Build on lessons covered in Leadership I.

Shape your global perspective with sessions abroad, highlighting differences in doing business in distinct cultures.


As an EMBA student, you can personalize your degree to meet your career goals. Electives offered exclusively in the EMBA — as well as those offered across other W. P. Carey MBA platforms — add depth and diversity to your experience, honing your skills or developing new strengths. An elective course is required in Quarter Four and is optional in Quarter Eight. Designed exclusively for Executive MBA students, elective content is dynamic and may change based on student and alumni feedback, changing trends in the workplace, and employer and industry needs.

EMBA electives change every year. Sample EMBA electives include Leadership Strategy and Systemic Innovation. Cross-platform electives allow you to take a deeper dive in areas such as marketing, healthcare management, finance, and supply chain.

EMBA schedule

Executive MBA classes meet on ASU's Tempe campus for one in-residence weekend per month. The intensive weekend includes both Friday and Saturday, with Friday overnight lodging provided. Live virtual course content will also be delivered on one additional Saturday per month, for a four-hour time block, allowing you greater flexibility to meet course commitments while still balancing work and life. Small classes of fewer than 50 students allow you to network with peers, faculty and alumni from the program as you develop lifelong business and personal relationships.