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Our 22-month curriculum is designed to give you the immediate skills and tools necessary to propel you to the next level in leadership. We accommodate busy professionals with a variety of ways to take classes and learn. 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.

Our 22-month curriculum provides you with:

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Immediate skills and tools necessary to propel you to the next level in leadership  
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A world-renowned faculty instructing you on how to tackle business challenges head-on through the core curriculum
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Ways to customize your MBA experience with electives

Ways to customize your MBA experience with electives

We accommodate busy professionals by:

A variety of ways to take classes and learn
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Access to the same campus resources, faculty, electives and support — regardless of which scheduling option is chosen
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Flexible schedules

“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 and General Manager of US Small Merchant Client Management, American Express

Standard Program of Study


*EMBA Electives offered. There are many options for fulfilling your 16 units of elective credit. 

Learn More About Our Flexible Schedules   |   Learn More About Electives

Fall Winter Spring Summer
September–December January–March April–June June–September
Leadership Foundations
Data & Decisions
Organizational Behavior
Financial Accounting
Economic Analysis for Managers
Leadership Module 1
Optional Electives*
Marketing Strategy & Policy
Financial Policy for Managers
Leadership Module 2
Optional Electives*

Optional Electives*
August Elective* Block Courses
International Business Residential

Course Descriptions

Leadership & Managerial Skills

Leading individuals, groups, and organizations effectively is key to managerial excellence. Yet, for managers worldwide it has been shown to be the most difficult challenge in their career. This module is designed to help you meet this challenge by helping you to gain self‐awareness (to explore and assess) and to help you develop as a leader (to develop) with the aim to guide and empower employees in their journeys of change.

Economic Analysis for Managers

Focuses on analyzing the functioning of markets, the economic behavior of firms and other economic agents and their economic/managerial implications through a selected set of topics that are motivated by real-world observations of business operations. Topics to be covered include fundamental market forces, consumer and firm behavior under various market structures, sophisticated pricing strategies with market power, decision-makings under uncertainty/risk/information asymmetry, strategic interactions in game-theoretic situations and a variety of behavioral insights.

Macroeconomics & International Finance

Introduces macroeconomics with a strong emphasis on international finance and trade. Learn to develop simple models of the goods and services, asset, capital, and labour markets and apply these models to understand and interpret current and historical macroeconomic developments. Having both the theoretical framework and empirical knowledge in place will allow you to navigate uncertainty more precisely and confidently.

Corporate Finance

The module aims to provide a strong conceptual foundation for finance. Finance theories will be used to solve practical problems faced by financial managers. Key topics such as time value of money, portfolio risks, value bonds and stocks, cost of capital, non-technical fundamentals of cryptocurrencies and digital assets and blockchain-based methods of raising capital will be covered.

Marketing Strategy

To encourage strategic thinking about marketing, this module integrates theory and practice from the core disciplines of Marketing Strategy, Cross‐Cultural Consumer Behavior, Brand Management, Digital and Social Media Marketing and Analytics and Business Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility.

Competitive Strategy & Business Policy

The module concentrates on the strategic responsibilities of leaders and with a primary focus on what they do to achieve success. Proven valuable in practice concepts and frameworks that are rooted in the theory of strategy and management will be introduced. Key concepts relating to strategy, customers, competition, competencies, and the broader environment, will be combined with analysis of difficult choices senior leaders make to achieve their intent.

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

Familiarizes the manager with functions of accounting by focusing on the use of external financial reports for evaluating corporate performance and use of accounting information for internal planning and control.

Logistics and Operations Management

Introduces the functional areas of logistics and operations management, with a focus on more current developments and their strategic and managerial significance.

Data Analysis & Management Decisions

Studies statistical model building with emphasis on managerial interpretation of statistical summary data. The course also covers classic statistics through multiple regression analysis to support subsequent courses in finance and marketing.
Fall Winter Spring Summer
September–December January–March April–June June–September
Management Communication
Competitive Strategy & Business Policy  
Leadership Module 3
Optional Electives*
Introduction to Strategic Management Research (SMR)
Introduction to Business Creation Option (BCO)
Operations & Technology Management
Leadership Module 4
Optional Electives*
BCO/SMR (Concludes)
Leadership in Practice 
Leadership Module 5
Optional Electives*

Course Descriptions

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.
Tailor Your MBA With Electives and Specializations
UCLA Anderson offers various specializations that provide an opportunity to customize your MBA experience. You have the option to pick electives tailored to your professional goals and are designed to fit many schedules. Beyond Anderson, you can also take advantage of classes at other top graduate schools at UCLA.
Below are the electives typically offered on EMBA weekends and during the summer. Please note that a minimum of 4-units required during the summer session.
  • Entrepreneurship & Venture Initiation
  • Advanced Financial Policy For Managers
  • Venture Capital & Private Equity
  • Brand Management
  • Financial Modeling & Corporate Valuation
  • Business Law
  • Technology Management
  • Leadership Communication
  • Business Plan Development
  • Strategy and Structure of Corporate Buyouts
  • Customer Assessment & Analytics
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Macroeconomics
  • Business Strategy in Emerging Markets
  • Patterns of Problem Solving
  • New Product Development


Who You Will Be Learning From
UCLA Anderson students have access to world-renowned faculty. As experts and practitioners in their field, they bring real-world experiences and global perspectives to the classroom. Learn about some of the faculty who also teach in the Executive MBA program below.
Learn More about the EMBA Curriculum
Strategic Management
Research Capstone
Schedule Options
Lifelong Learning
Because you won't stop learning after graduation, we offer elective course auditing and Global Immersion privileges for EMBA alumni.
Elective Options

Alumni have the opportunity to audit various electives.
Global Business Experience
Alumni have the privilege of joining the International Business Residential and/or Global Immersion Program on a space-available basis.
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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.
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