Academic Experience

As an Executive MBA student, you will embark on a rigorous course of study that will help you build critical skills in the building blocks of business, with a focus on strategy and leadership. You will develop a deep understanding of best practices and cutting-edge theories. The curriculum has been designed for the experienced professional, like you, to shape students to be more effective as they continue to progress in their careers. Your first year includes a comprehensive study of business fundamentals and tools used by successful leaders. In the second year, you’ll build on those basics by adding the skills that every thriving leader needs. You’ll examine complex management challenges with a truly global focus—including a nine-day study abroad experience and the Global Team Project, a true capstone experience where you’ll bring everything together with students from the Carlson Global Executive MBA Programs in Vienna, Austria and Guangzhou, China.

I didn’t understand the true value of the cohort until I was here and my classmates and I were going through the program together.  

– - CEMBA Alum

Schedule and Timeline

Each class moves through the program together as a cohort, following set schedules. Current students and alumni routinely cite the cohort model of moving together through the program as one of the most valuable aspects of their experience.

From orientation to graduation, it takes about 20 months to complete the program. Classes are held Fridays and Saturdays, typically on alternate weekends, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and do not meet during the summer.  On a normal class day, you'll have class from 7:30-11:30 a.m., take an hour lunch break, and participate in a second class period from 12:30-4:30 p.m.

Sample Class Weekend

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HyFlex Course Delivery

The Carlson School Executive MBA program now offers classes in a HyFlex model, in addition to our traditional classroom model, allowing students to take more control over their classes and the journey of obtaining their degree. All CEMBA classes will be taught on campus and in person, with the capability for synchronous online participation for students who have chosen the HyFlex modality to join remotely. Students will be asked to attend in their primary mode, which they will indicate at the beginning of the program. 

Understanding Your Course Schedule and Schedule Options

  • Students can participate in face-to-face synchronous class sessions in person (in a classroom). For those choosing in-person, you can utilize the HyFlex modality when you are unable to make it to campus due to work travel, illness, or inclement weather.
  • Students can participate in face-to-face synchronous class sessions via videoconference (e.g. Zoom) For those choosing this option, in-person attendance will be required at several key program stages: Orientation, Immersion Week(s), Global Team Project, and the International Residency, and several others.

All students, regardless of the path taken, will engage in an authentic and collaborative learning experience with their classmates and instructors.

The Value of HyFlex Learning

Select programs at the Carlson School offer classes in a HyFlex model, allowing students to take more control over their classes and the journey of obtaining their degree.

New Student Orientation

At orientation, you'll get to pick up your laptop, course materials for the semester, take your official student photo, and get all of the important information you need to start the year off. You'll also, finally, meet all of your classmates in person! The day culminates in a networking happy hour with your new cohort and the second-year cohort of students.

Immersion Week

Held at the start of both years of the program, Immersion Week is an intense 4-5 day, live-in experience that kicks off the academic year with classes, workshops, and social events. During the first-year immersion week, you'll focus on team processes and leadership as you adjust to being back in school. During the second-year immersion week, you'll reconnect with classmates, get to know new first-year students, and dive back into academics.

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