Academics

Our 22-month curriculum is designed to give you the immediate skills and tools necessary to propel you to the next level in leadership. From learning about how to tackle business challenges head-on through the core curriculum students can customize their MBA experience with electives. With flexible schedules to accommodate busy professionals you have a wealth of options to learn from world-renowned faculty and have access to the same campus resources, faculty, electives and support — regardless of which scheduling option you choose.

“UCLA Anderson EMBA has developed a program and schedule offering that makes it possible for me to have an enriching MBA experience and balance my demanding career. The monthly schedule empowers me to stay connected with my classmates and the Anderson community. I love that I’m being challenged with the same academic rigor as any other Anderson MBA student; the educational experience has not been eroded by an abbreviated on-campus schedule.”

Therese Banks (’19)
Vice President of Large Market Client Group, American Express

 

Standard Program of Study

 
Fall Winter Spring Summer
YEAR September–December January–March April–June June–September
1st
Leadership Foundations
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Data & Decisions
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Organizational Behavior
Financial Accounting
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Economic Analysis for Managers
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Leadership Module 1
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Optional Electives*
Marketing Strategy & Policy
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Financial Policy for Managers
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Leadership Module 2
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Optional Electives*
Optional Electives*
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August Elective* Block Courses
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International Business Residential
2nd
Management Communication
(Elective*)
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Competitive Strategy & Business Policy  
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Leadership Module 3
-
Optional Electives*
Introduction to Strategic Management Research (SMR)
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SMR
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Operations & Technology Management
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Leadership Module 4
-
Optional Electives*
SMR (Concludes)
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Leadership in Practice 
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Leadership Module 5
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Optional Electives*

1st YEAR

Fall

September – December

Leadership Foundations
-
Data & Decisions
-
Organizational Behavior

Winter

January – March

Financial Accounting
-
Financial Policy for Managers
-
Leadership Module 1
-
Optional Electives*

Spring

April – June

Marketing Strategy & Policy
-
Economic Analysis for Managers
-
Leadership Module 2
-
Optional Electives*

Summer

June – September

Optional Electives*
-
August Elective* Block Courses
-
International Business Residential

2nd YEAR

Fall

September – December

Management Communication
(Elective*)
-
Operations & Technology Management
-
Leadership Module 3
-
Optional Electives*

Winter

January – March

Introduction to Strategic Management Research (SMR)
-
SMR
-
Competitive Strategy & Business Policy
-
Leadership Module 4
-
Optional Electives*

Spring

April – June

SMR (Concludes)
-
Real-World Challenges that Leaders Face
-
Leadership Module 5
-
Optional Electives*

*These are the electives offered on the EMBA schedule. There are many options for fulfilling your 12 units of elective credit. LEARN MORE

 

Course Descriptions

 

Year 1

Leadership Foundations I Managing and working with people, with emphasis on motivation and development of individuals, leadership and interpersonal relationships and group dynamics in complex organizational settings.
Data Analysis & Management Decisions Survey of statistical model building, with emphasis on managerial interpretation of statistical summary of data. Classical statistics covered through multiple regression to support courses in finance and marketing that follow. Fundamental approaches to decision making under uncertainty.
Organizational Behavior Introduction to organizational behavior for executives, including but not limited to optimal decision making, fostering motivation, and other topics on psychology of leadership. Lecture, discussion and experiential applications of course concepts.
Financial Accounting Introduction to fundamental financial accounting methods and procedures, with emphasis on financial statements. Provides basis for firm understanding of "language of business" — accounting.
Financial Policy for Managers Modern financial management deals with decision making under uncertainty for corporate financial management, portfolio investment decisions, financial institutions and international financial management. Focus on learning sound theoretical tools and applying them in casework.
Leadership Foundations II Exploration of leadership strengths and weaknesses, with emphasis on individual leadership and organizational change. Readings, cases, decision simulations, peer coaching and discussions.
Marketing Strategy & Policy Strategic marketing decisions, including development of marketing objectives and strategies and implementation of these strategies through pricing, channel, promotion and new product decisions.
Economic Analysis for Managers Policy-oriented problems in antitrust, tax securities, and environmental regulation. Concepts of microeconomic theory illustrated. Topics include traditional antitrust regulations, new trends in antitrust, private versus government antitrust, securities regulation, environmental regulations and a business firm's optimal response to regulation.
International Business Residential Focuses on doing business globally. Includes on-campus sessions and an intensive week of study in another country with a blend of lectures, guest speakers, panel discussions and company site visits. Exposure to economic, legal and political environments, major industries and businesses, local culture, key historical events and many aspects of conducting business internationally.

Year 2

Management Communication (Elective) The purpose of this course is to improve your management communication skills, primarily in the areas of presenting and communicative persuasion.
Competitive Strategy & Business Policy  Study of general management task of forging a corporate competitive strategy. Emphasis on economics of business rivalry within a variety of industrial settings and implications of changing environments on business strategy. 
Leadership Foundations III Further exploration of leadership strengths and weaknesses, with emphasis on individual leadership and organizational change. Readings, cases, decision simulations, peer coaching and discussions.
Strategic Management Research (SMR) Preparation of strategic overview of selected company entailing collection and analysis of primary and secondary data, including (but not limited to) interviews of corporate executives, corporate financial and marketing data, industry reports and customer and competitor interviews and/or surveys.
Operations & Technology Management Analysis of strategic and operating policies and decisions for systems that produce goods and services. Examination of role of comprehensive planning, inventories, scheduling of resources, distribution systems and system location. Comprehensive operating problems.
Strategic Management Research (SMR) — Continuation Further research and analysis of one strategic issue facing selected company and identified in course 470B. Presentation of final reports and evaluation of student efforts by corporate personnel.
Leadership in Practice Addresses practical decision-making challenges leaders face when confronting decisions alone and in groups. Students learn to recognize cognitive biases in themselves as well in others and gain skills to re-calibrate group dynamics in order to achieve better results. These skills are taught experientially through participatory simulations and post-hoc analyses. Examines a range of ethical considerations in business decisions involving the individual, corporation, society and international business. Analysis of cases for classroom presentation and discussion.
 

Explore Who You Will Be Learning From

 

Iris Firstenberg

Adjunct Professor
Management and Organizations

Miguel Unzueta

Professor
Management and Organizations

Elisa Long

Assistant Professor
Decisions, Operations and Technology Management

Cassie Mogilner-Holmes

Associate Professor
Marketing

Dylan Minor

Visiting professor
Strategy

Terry Kramer

Adjunct Professor, Faculty Advisor, Strategic Management Programs
Decisions, Operations and Technology Management

Nicole DeHoratius

Visiting Adjunct Professor
Operations Management

Sebastian Edwards

Henry Ford II Distinguished Professor
Global Economics and Management

 

UCLA Anderson Faculty Cutting Edge Research

 

Each year, our faculty members publish papers in leading scholarly journals, receive recognition for research excellence, provide leadership in and beyond UCLA, and serve as inspirational teachers and mentors. Read their work below.

 

https://www.anderson.ucla.edu/news-and-events/podcasts/how-the-world-works

How The World Works with Warren Olney

 

Tune in to podcast episodes with Warren Olney and key UCLA Anderson faculty members, where they uncover relevant and fascinating aspects of business and how we work. Stream easily, below.

 
 

 

Learn More about the EMBA Curriculum

 

Leadership
Development

Strategic Management
Research Capstone

Flexible
Schedule Options

 

Lifelong Learning

 

Because you don’t stop learning after graduation, we offer elective course auditing and Global Immersion privileges for EMBA alumni.

Elective
Options

Global Business
Experience