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Executive MBA curriculum

The objective of the W. P. Carey Executive MBA is to broaden and refine your management skills and thinking, enabling you to contribute more substantively to your organization and society. Our comprehensive approach equips you with:

  • Business fundamentals, proficiency, and confidence
  • Analytical, data-driven problem-solving skills
  • Strategic leadership skills and exposure
  • Competitive advantage through unique understanding of public policy process here and abroad

What sets W. P. Carey apart

Breadth and depth of experience

Industry-experienced professors bring real-world examples and insights into your classes. Significant professional experience among your diverse peers means richer understanding of concepts, immediate application of learning, and a high-caliber network.

Exposure to latest management thinking

Gain deeper insights into management strategy through exclusive industry exposure. Off-site company visits, guest speakers from government and industry, alumni feedback panels, and a comprehensive curriculum provide you with incredible depth of management exposure.

Leverage policy for competitive advantage

Sarbanes-Oxley and the Affordable Care Act, significantly impacting the way organizations operate and compete, it is important to have the knowledge and foresight to navigate the political landscape. Our program framework will help you understand the public policy process, experience what it’s like to work within it, and offer you the unique opportunity to connect with legislators and lobbyists.

Personalized insights for optimum development

Each Executive MBA student is different in their professional background, experience, and goals. W. P. Carey is where business is personal® — and that commitment is exemplified by our approach to your career development. Dedicated career services coaches, experienced in addressing the needs of executive students, as well as external executive coaches will work one-on-one with you to plan and address your career and professional development.

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.

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.

Executive MBA core courses

Financial Performance Reporting

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

Organizational Theory and Behavior

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

Decision Statistics

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

Managerial Economics

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

Managerial Accounting

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

Marketing Management

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.

Managerial Finance

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

Leadership I

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.

Business Strategy and Public Policy

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

Advanced Finance

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.

Ethical Issues for Managers

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

Globalization, Business, and Markets

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

Strategic Management

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.

Operations and Supply Chain Management

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

Business Intelligence

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

Leadership II

Build on lessons covered in Leadership I.

International Practicum

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.