Executive MBA

Experience an Exceptional MBA

Executive Coach Regina Romero meets with Executive MBA student David Frerichs.

The STEM-designated Executive MBA program is designed to develop sharp business acumen, strategic decision making, and the ability to leverage emerging technology. The program brings accomplished executives together to exchange insights, build relationships and gain a holistic understanding of modern business challenges through the lens of diverse perspectives.

This program is intended for high-potential leaders on a trajectory toward significant leadership and C-suite roles seeking to enhance their readiness for impending executive responsibilities. Participants are required to have:

  • A minimum of 8 years of progressive professional experience
  • A minimum of 3 years of management experience

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Start Date
January 2025

Program Duration
16 Months

Days on Campus
Average 3 Days
Per Month


Executive MBA for a Day

Immerse yourself in the essence of Smith's EMBA program at EMBA for a Day. Engage with students, alumni, and faculty, explore career coaching services, and attend a finance case analysis led by Dean's Professor of Finance, Michael Faulkender. Experience the unique aspects of this degree firsthand – secure your spot now and take the first step towards advancing your career.

The Smith Executive MBA is the only program in the region that takes a holistic approach to all three criteria for executive positions: personal actions, team functions and business, strategic and financial acumen.

What You Will Learn

  • Frameworks and principles of strategic leadership that will allow you to confidently steer organizations through uncertainty and volatility
  • Effective communication and negotiation skills to build strong relationships with stakeholders and foster an inclusive, productive, and efficient workplace culture
  • Foundational understanding of business functions coupled with hands-on experience, with a strong emphasis on implementation and execution, preparing you to address real-world challenges 
  • Strategies and methods to leverage data and technology to drive efficiency, productivity and innovation
  • Best practices to manage people and processes, and build networks of influence
  • An executive mindset that enhances your executive presence and increases your capacity to navigate complex challenges and opportunities

Your Purposeful Leader Journey

What is it you want to accomplish in your life and career, and who do you need to enlist to accomplish it? Leaders can harness market principles to make great things happen, but not alone – so how do you create win-win collaborations within teams, within organizations and across organizations?

The Smith EMBA program will challenge you to take a purposeful approach to your career journey. Robust executive assessments help you understand your capabilities and increase your self-awareness. A certified executive coach will help you create your personal leadership development plan - a customized road map with actionable steps and measurable benchmarks to expand your skills and drive your growth.

See a sample of the previous cohort's Purposeful Leader Journey roadmap.

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Program Highlights

World-Renowned Faculty

Learn from expert faculty who are deeply connected to the region's business leaders, policy-makers and influencers 

Accomplished Peers

A think tank environment with industry consultant access

Purposeful Leader Journey

Become the architect of your own unique career journey

Personalized Career Development

Work with a personal executive coach, a career coach and a federal and veterans affairs liaison

New York City Residency

Gain new insights through classes, site visits and networking events on-location in NYC

Capstone Projects

Apply program learnings to a consulting project specific to your organization, and drive immediate, on-the-job impact

Industry Speakers

Guest sessions and panels from industry experts to stay abreast of the current  business landscape

Global Immersion Course

Optional international study available in Winter Term

Manageable Schedule

Only 26 days away from work over 16 months

Learn from Influential Faculty

Anil Gupta

Named by The Economist as one of the world’s top thinkers on emerging economies; frequently speaks at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos.

Michael Faulkender

Served as Asst. Secretary for Economic Policy at the U.S. Department of Treasury; led the implementation of the Paycheck Protection Program to combat the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rajshree Agarwal

Leads the Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets; is a senior contributor at Forbes providing insights for leading purposeful lives; expert on strategy and innovation.

Cristian Dezsö 

Expert on human capital issues; research focuses on gender pay gap and female leaders, with groundbreaking insight into how women-led hedge funds embrace risk-taking.

Rebecca Ratner

An expert on consumer behavior, she went viral when her research on the pleasures of going out alone made national news and resonated across America.

Executive MBA Alum Insights

"I was making a transition from clinical medicine to leadership, and this program has changed the way I approach problem solving and given me opportunities to advance my career in healthcare. I’ve been amazed -- I use skills I gained in the program every single day, from ethics issues to global supply chain issues to employee satisfaction and negotiation skills."

Dr. Dawn Walton, EMBA ’20
Vice President of Medical Affairs
Holy Cross Hospital, Germantown, Maryland

"I wanted professors who were in tune with real-world needs and applications. The professors were always open to taking time to talk, not just in class but outside of class. I still email professors now if I have a question. The program put all the pieces together in a way that was really an eye-opener for me."

Alex Attumalil, EMBA ’20
Deputy Chief Information Security Officer
Under Armour

"One of the most helpful aspects was the commitment to growing students’ leadership skills and capacity. Executive coaching was immensely helpful for me as I was exploring career growth and leadership opportunities. The sense of camaraderie, faculty support, and learning environment were worth the time and investment."

Sylvia Bugg, EMBA ’12
Chief Programming Executive & General Manager, General Audience Programming
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)

"The EMBA program taught me a lot about being a global business leader but more importantly, taught me a lot about myself. I have used the lessons learned in the program to be a better leader, father, husband, and human being. There was much more value to this program than just business and economics. I use what I learned every day."

Aaron Demory, EMBA ’19
Chief, Information Security and Technology

"My cohort introduced me to a world of intriguing and thought-provoking perspectives. They challenged me to reconsider what I initially believed to be differences among us, and I realized that those perceived differences were aspects of the human experience that were just as true as my own."

Latrice Wilson, EMBA ’21


Am I a Fit?

Are you ready to drive change and make a positive impact for your organization? Ready to learn in a think tank environment with industry experts who also happen to be your classmates? Ready to take a purposeful approach and invest in your development as a leader? Then you are the right fit for the Smith Executive MBA. An admissions representative would be happy to give you a personal résumé evaluation, schedule a one-on-one consultation to provide individualized feedback on your candidacy, or schedule your visit to an Executive MBA class.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The EMBA was designed to accommodate executives with significant professional and personal commitments. On average you will spend 3 days a month attending classes, one Friday and two Saturdays. Hybrid options are available when other obligations prevent you from attending in person. Expect to spend approximately 8 hours per week in self-paced modules, readings, projects and group work outside of scheduled class time. In addition, there are on-campus residencies at the beginning and end of the program.

Executive MBA tuition for January 2024 is $136,806 and includes a $2,000 nonrefundable deposit. Tuition is all-inclusive and covers all courses, books and required materials, student and administrative fees, parking, accommodations, and breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack. There is no differentiation between in-state and out-of-state tuition. Tuition is charged in five installments (once per semester). The $2,000 nonrefundable deposit is deducted from the first tuition bill of the program.

Cohort Size

Women (2023)

Military/Veterans (2023)


The Smith School is now accepting applications for the cohort that begins in January 2025. Application deadlines fall on the 15th of the month May through November. July 15th is the scholarship priority consideration deadline.

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Upcoming EMBA Events

Admissions, Info Session

Executive MBA Info Session

Tuesday, June 18, 2024
6:30 PM EDT
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Admissions, Info Session

Executive MBA Info Session

Thursday, July 11, 2024
12:00 PM EDT
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