Executive MBA Curriculum

The courses for this 21-month Executive MBA program in Kansas City focus on building business skills and knowledge as well as personal and professional development.

Core Curriculum

Year 1 - Leadership Core

Fall

Accounting for the General Manager
Strategic Marketing Management
Analytics & Economics
Executive Development

Spring

Financial Management
Competitive Analysis
Global Markets
Leadership & Organizational Behavior

Summer

Strategy & Innovation
Business Intelligence
Executive Topics
Management of Teams

 

Year 2 - Leader Formation

Fall

Business Capstone
Leading Change
Executive Project I

Spring

Strategic Management
Worldviews and Ethical Principles in Business
Global Residency
Executive Project II
 

AC 7000. Accounting for the General Manager (3 credit hours)

This course examines accounting systems for executive decision making, including a general, theoretical description and analysis of the financial statements, how they relate to one another, and how information is presented for financial, managerial and tax reporting. The course uses current and actual companies to illustrate how theory and practice work and, at times, do not work.

MK 7000. Strategic Marketing Management (3 credit hours)

This course examines the processes executives use to create, communicate, capture, and sustain value in their organizations. Using the case method, students analyze a variety of companies in different industries in order to gain insight into the process of value creation, and to provide them with management tools for sustaining it. Students learn how to use a market opportunity analysis in order to choose the right customers to target, find the best distribution channels for their products, price to capture value, and manage customers for profit.

FN 7100. Financial Management (3 credit hours)

This course enables student to complete an accounting and finance project by assessing his or her own organization. Students also practice accounting and financial decision-making at a senior-management level using a financial simulation, cover the theories and tools, and develop the skills necessary to understand finance from a senior management/leadership perspective. The project and simulation will allow the student to practice and learn about all the finance functions including treasury and cash management, capital budgets, pro forma financial statements, capital structure, working capital and growth issues.

MG 7120. Leadership and Organizational Behavior (2.5 credit hours)

This course studies personal, social, technological, and organizational aspects of human behavior and examines effective leadership and management processes within organizations. The student will learn to integrate the cognitive, emotional, interpersonal, physical, moral and spiritual components of effective leadership. Competencies of leadership, communication, conflict management, and team development will be explored through experiential learning activities including simulations, cases and small group activities, and supplemented by various instruments.

EC 7000. Economic and Competitive Analysis (2.5 credit hours)

This course explores the interplay of managerial economics and strategic management. It is designed to provide students with an understanding of the competitive analysis tools underlying strategy formulation. Based on an analysis of the factors shaping the industry environment, firms assess their positioning relative to their rivals, and formulate strategies in order to achieve a durable competitive advantage. The course covers various topics in strategy formulation, such as product positioning and differentiation, diversification, vertical integration, scales and slope, pricing, strategic commitments, entry deterrence and creative destruction.

MG 7920. Worldviews and Ethical Principles in Business (2 credit hours)

This course is concerned with the general understanding and application of ethical principles in business. The aims of the course are to explain the nature of a worldview, and various philosophies of the human person, in order to provide an overall structure for an understanding of ethical approaches to business; to learn how to identify and apply these ideas both in life generally and in the business world; and to help students to clarify, develop and support their own worldviews in order to cultivate a moral compass in business practice and decision-making. Many related issues will be discussed along the way including moral objectivism vs. moral relativism, freedom and pluralism, morality and law, issues of liability and practice, and consumerism and materialism and their effects on society, and on our understanding of the human person.

MK 7900. Business Capstone (3 credit hours)

This capstone course gives students experience integrating the concepts of marketing, accounting, finance, supply chain, organization behavior, communication, leadership, ethics, information analysis and global awareness. Central to the course is a comprehensive simulation, international in scope, in which the students develop products, test-market products, develop business plans, secure venture capital, launch strategies, and monitor their performance. The simulation emphasizes the application, synthesis and integration of all functional areas for the successful development and execution of marketing strategy.

Leader Formation

Leading Change

Building on the leadership curriculum from the first year focused on self-awareness team management, students in the second year focus on practical application for how to lead change. Students will learn the essential skills – communication, gaining cooperation, and providing direction – for making change happen on projects and for organizational units. These are essential skills for managerial and executive action.

Strategic Management

Closely connected to the leadership outcomes is management development. Students will learn skills for planning, thinking strategically to exploit opportunities, and working through others. The Executive MBA program has partnered with  third-party firms that bring focused expertise on management and leadership competence and development. In addition, students will take part in both live case projects and case study analysis to hone critical thinking required of general managers.

Executive Projects

Each student in the second year will identify, plan, and begin implementation of a strategic/change project. These projects will allow students the change to apply tools of management involving analysis, but are significant projects that are tied to the leading change and general management framework taught in the second year. Students are provided coaching and other resources for them to focus and extend their effort that makes for significant outcomes that will improve results of the firm and lead to growth for the student.

Personal Reflection

A strong pillar of Jesuit education and a bedrock principle in the field of learning, students are required to reflect on their experiences to gain lasting insight and understanding. To help facilitate this, students will create their own worldviews that guide them to ethical leadership behaviors. In addition, our students gain reflection skills that they can apply as part of their professional lives.  The motto here is to “reflect and learn” during and after your academic program.