The Weekend Executive MBA curriculum begins with core courses that form a common foundation for you and your peers. You will build your leadership and team skills as you complete projects with your study team. To maximize productivity, the Weekend Executive MBA program blends in-person learning with asynchronous, online coursework — providing more time for meaningful discussion and shared perspective with faculty and your peers during class weekends.
Leadership courses are integrated into the core curriculum, and additional leadership courses, assessments, and development opportunities are woven throughout the program experience. The leadership curriculum is specifically designed for mid- and senior-level executives with high potential careers and is designed to help you refine, improve, and strengthen your personal leadership style.
During the final 10 months of the program, you will take 12 to 13 electives from a wide array of course options, including global opportunities such as the Global Entrepreneurship Lab. Electives are your chance to customize your academic program to suit your career objectives and interests. Select courses that will help you climb the corporate ladder, shift to a new career focus or build a business. Few top executive MBA programs offer more curriculum flexibility or elective options.
As a Weekend Executive MBA student, you’ll also have the opportunity to select from several concentrations that help you build knowledge in a particular focus area to support your career goals.
Concentrations are optional, and you can choose to take electives in any discipline to create a custom curriculum that fits your personal and professional focus. The four concentrations offered in our Weekend Executive MBA program are:
Finance: Topics explored include: corporate financial strategy, mergers and acquisitions, global financial markets, health care economics
Marketing: Topics explored include: marketing strategy, marketing analytics, innovation and design thinking, storytelling with data
Strategy and entrepreneurship: Topics explored include: strategy and business innovation, managerial decision making, entrepreneurship – launch and discovery, global leadership
Strategy and leadership: Topics explored include: strategy and business innovation, managerial decision making, leading in the middle, global leadership, negotiations
During the Executive MBA program core, each term has an outcomes-based theme, ensuring you build a relevant and deep skillset that will act as the foundation of your MBA experience.
You can keep your MBA current by taking Executive MBA elective courses in Chapel Hill for a nominal fee. This benefit is offered throughout your career and many of our alumni use it to strengthen their skills in a particular area to prepare for a new role or career transition.
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