About the USF Executive MBA
The USF Executive MBA program is an intense program with a fast pace that minimizes time out of the workplace. Students begin the program in August and move through the program as a cohort, completing the degree requirements in just 21 months.
The program includes an overseas experience during the summer between the first and second year. Because EMBA students take all of their classes together from day one - and travel together as a cohort - they build friendships and a tight network that lasts well beyond graduation day.
The Executive MBA comes with a great support system. Executive MBA students are busy people who don’t want to hassle with registration, buying books, or administrative tasks. Our staff handles these chores so that students can focus on their jobs and studies.
Who is it for?
The USF Executive MBA is designed for mid- and senior-level managers, executives, and entrepreneurs. Students typically have 10+ years of work experience under their belts, much of it in management, leadership, or ownership roles.
The class schedule is formatted to allow students to continue working while they pursue their studies – in fact, the expectation is that they will remain employed in a position that allows them to apply what they are learning while they complete the program.
Because of this, student interaction is different in the Executive MBA. By bringing their current and prior experience into the classroom, these accomplished students enrich one another’s learning experiences. USF’s well-credentialed faculty lead lively conversations and real case discussions that contribute toward a 21-month experience that is unlike any other.
Our alumni call the Executive MBA an exhilarating and intense experience, one that changed the way they think about leadership, global business, problem solving and team building. They say they haven’t been able to duplicate the learning experience elsewhere.
A schedule that works with your work
Students in the USF Muma Executive MBA program are able to earn the degree with minimal disruption to their work schedules. Classes start in August, kicked off with a two-day orientation session and a three-day residency that provides concentrated instruction and a chance to get to interact with classmates, faculty, staff, and, for some segments, significant others. After that, classes meet on alternating weekends, usually on the first Friday/Saturday of the month and on a Saturday two weeks later.
Access to leaders you admire
Leaders have a keen awareness of the importance of making connections and asking questions of people they respect - and USF offers Executive MBA students access to leaders they want to know. And when it comes to finding those people, well, there are few places better to do so than on the USF campus.
Thanks to the monthly Distinguished Speaker Series, students dine alongside and learn from Fortune 500 executives, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and international business leaders. Speakers share business lessons, talk about the failures and mistakes that they’ll never make again, and share life lessons gleaned from personal experience. These monthly sessions are a favorite for alumni who frequently return to campus to sit in on the lectures and to enjoy lunch with current students beforehand.
An international experience built around global business
An international trip is one of the memorable highlights of the EMBA program. A required component of the curriculum, this trip takes students inside a variety of companies and industries abroad where local business leaders give an overview of the economic, political and cultural factors that influence global business opportunities and practices.
The trip takes place during the summer between the first and second year of the program. Most recently, EMBA students have traveled to China, but prior classes have visited Brazil, South Korea, or Costa Rica. Students travel to two cities in the destination country and tour multi-national firms like Nielsen, IBM, Walmart, or KPMG to see how challenges discussed in the classroom play out in different markets. Leaders from these companies serve as guest lecturers. Faculty who travel with the group spark conversations that bridge the classroom and the international boardroom.
Spouses frequently take part in the international trip; sightseeing ventures are arranged for them while Executive MBA students head out on corporate tours.
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Last updated November 12, 2018