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Executive MBA Program

Join Silicon Valley Elite Leadership. Innovate with Impact.

Kumar Sarangee, Director of the Executive MBA program, explains the 4 key competencies that Executive MBA graduates develop

The Executive MBA program, ranked 13th by US News & World Report in its 2022 Best Graduate Schools, is designed specifically for seasoned executives with 10 or more years of managerial experience.

Become the entrepreneurial executive that Silicon Valley secretly desires.

Our newly redesigned program is built on foundations that C-Suite covet: a) Innovative & Entrepreneurial Mindset; b) Strategic Leadership; c) Analytical Aptitude; and d) Cross Functional Execution.

Meet our Executive MBA Industry Group here.

Program Experience:

Fast track your career through professional communication workshops, career development training through Graduate Career Services and individualized mentorship.

Experience a blend of personal branding with executive coaching offered by stellar Silicon Valley executives. This program includes group workshops as well as customized 1:1 sessions.

Leverage a global action learning experience by engaging with international business and innovation experts via company visits and executive interactions. Study innovation, entrepreneurship, strategy & operations of dynamic multinational firms.

Customize our flexible program by taking cross-disciplinary electives tailored to your requirements.

Utilize the relevance of our program by actively participating in bootcamps on innovation, leadership & decision making; workshops on mindfulness, technology management, & legal fundamentals; simulations on entrepreneurship and branding. Projects are realistic such as capstone where you will develop business plans and make presentations to angel investors and venture capitalists.

Interact with multiple Silicon Valley leaders and stellar executive panels throughout the program to accelerate your path to leadership.

Attend multiple networking events and utilize our vast network of alums who are successful Silicon Valley executives to advance your career.

Program Overview

 

20 Month Program: 5 Terms
 
 
 
Diverse cohort with
an average of 30-35 students
 
 
 
Classes meet every other weekend
 
 
 
Fri: 5-9pm
Sat: 8:45am-5pm
 
 
 

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Class Profile

 

Average Age

41 

Gender

62% M | 38% F 

Average Years of Work Experience

17

Industry

Software/Tech

Healthcare & Biotech

Consulting & Services

Finance & Banking

Consumer Packaged Goods

Government & Federal

Semi Conductor

Companies    

Apple

Google

Amazon

KPMG

Abbott

VMWare

Cisco

Job Titles

CFO

Senior Director - Marketing

VP - Operations

CEO

VP - Program Delivery

VP - Corporate Development

VP - Product Development

 

Tuition and Financial Aid

 

Merit Scholarships
 
Available 
 
$111,715
 
Tuition (2021-22) 

Inclusive of tuition, books, meals and parking during academic terms, international in-country travel, and accommodations for a mandatory international trip

Federal and Private Loans
The University Financial Aid Office can help in locating and applying for these types of aid. For information on Federal loans and the FAFSA click here. For questions about loans contact the One Stop office at (408) 551-1000 onestop@scu.edu.


Scholarships
All applicants to the Executive MBA program are considered for scholarships, which are merit-based. Awards are based on professional accomplishments and outstanding scholarship. The Graduate Business Office does not award need-based scholarships.

Curriculum

Our practical, hands-on curriculum is taught by stellar faculty and distinguished Bay Area practitioners. 

 

Term 1

Leadership for Dynamic Environments: The program begins with a three-day residential weekend taught by Dr. Barry Posner, an internationally renowned leadership expert. In this intensive weekend seminar students receive 360-degree feedback about themselves as leaders, learn about and develop skills related to the practices of exemplary leaders, and determine action plans for improving themselves as leaders back in their workplaces. The weekend also helps orient students to setting personal goals, working effectively in small groups, and expanding their learning processes. (3 units)

Strategic Management: Strategy is inherently dynamic. This course focuses on the processes by which managers position their businesses to create and sustain an advantage relative to rivals in the face of uncertainty, rapid change, and competition. Strategy involves understanding the utility of different choices and tradeoffs -- choosing what not to do is as important as choosing what to do. As a result, the course will expose you to frameworks and concepts for analyzing a firm's environment and competitive position to inform the strategic decision making process. By uncovering the factors that make some strategic positions strong and viable, we shall develop the ability to evaluate the effects of changes in resources & capabilities, industry forces, macro-environmental forces, and technology on industry structure and firm behavior and, in turn, on a firm's opportunities for creating, capturing and sustaining superior profits relative to rivals. (4 units)

Analytics: Focuses on building the foundations upon which every cutting-edge BA application is built: statistics and mathematical optimization. Students learn about computational algorithms and software that are essential to implementation. Students will also engage in the crucial steps such as asking meaningful questions, structuring a framework in which their answers are to be pursued, and extracting actionable insights from numerical findings. (6 units)

Managing Organizations and Teams: Regardless of your particular industry, functional role, or technical expertise, as you advance in your career, your time will increasingly focus on managing, motivating, and communicating with individuals and teams in your workplace---and on designing jobs, reward systems, and entire organizations for accomplishing these tasks. Indeed, organizational leaders estimate that they can spend up to of 30% of their time focusing on interpersonal issues. This course is concerned with understanding the behavior that takes place within organizations to help you become a more influential leader and to increase the effectiveness of both you and your organization. It focuses on helping you better understand the nature and dynamics of social behavior as they relate to performance in real-world business settings, and draws heavily on research from the fields of psychology, social psychology and sociology. Using a combination of case analyses, videos, exercises, and field projects, the course relates existing theory and research in the social sciences to organizations by reviewing basic concepts about interpersonal, team, and organizational behavior. (3 units)

 

Term 2

Economics and Global Business: The macroeconomic and global economic environment in which businesses operate can profoundly influence firm performance. This course helps managers understand the determinants of national output, income, and expenditure, employment and unemployment, inflation, interest rates, financial crises, international movements of capital, exchange rates, and many other macroeconomic variables. Economic models are utilized to explain how these variables are interrelated and to predict how they change over time, enabling managers to make well-informed decisions important to the success of their businesses. The course has a strong empirical component and utilizes economic data extensively to examine recent and historical economic events to illustrate how the models work. Emphasis is placed on the role of government policy (fiscal, monetary, and regulatory) in promoting economic growth, reducing the output loss and unemployment associated with recessions, controlling inflation, preventing or mitigating the consequences of financial crises, and reducing inequality. The course stresses the importance of the global economy to U.S. businesses and covers the international linkages among countries in goods and financial markets, including the determinants of exchange rates, the current and capital account balances, and international debt. (3 units)

Financial Accounting: Accounting is the language of business. Every day businesses and markets generate data that must be quickly and accurately captured and reported for use by decision makers. This course introduces the roles, concepts, legal requirements and impacts of financial reporting. We cover the basic financial statements and the analysis and recording of transactions, with a focus towards interpretations of reported results. By the end of this course, students should be able to demonstrate a specific working knowledge of the following course objectives: The impact on accounting of a changing regulatory environment, globalization and politics, including the role of the SEC and international standard setters; The accrual basis of accounting, including the double entry accounting system for recording business transactions and adjustments, as well as the key issues in the timing and recording of revenues and expenses; The application of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), an introduction to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), and how GAAP is used to prepare, explain and analyze the primary financial statements; The ability to perform a financial analysis and make investment and lending decisions using a set of corporate financial statements. (3 units)

Finance: This course covers valuation and how valuation is used to make corporate business decisions. It goes into the details of building financial models for decisions ranging from undertaking a new product to acquiring a company. It also covers the determination of funding needs, sources of funding, and general capital structure policy.

 

Term 3

Marketing Strategy: Marketing has a rich and multifaceted role in the modern organization. It is charged with focusing on the customer, providing value and recapturing value for the firm. Strategic marketing management involves determining which customers an organization should serve by analyzing customer needs, segmenting the market selecting a target segment and then determining the 4p's (Product, Pricing, Promotion and Place) for the chosen segment. Product managers, channel leaders, sales leaders and CMOs are some of the stakeholders involved in this process. Today's marketers have an increasing amount of data available to them and the modern practice of marketing involves effectively using this data to inform decision making. This course provides information necessary for an experience executive to develop a working knowledge of marketing. Going beyond the fundamental 4P's of marketing the course also introduces the rigorous lens of the three C's---the customer, competitors and the company. The course also emphasizes data driven marketing and the idea the customers are heterogeneous in their needs. (3 units)

Managing Operations, Technologies and Supply Chains: The objective of this course is to consider the operations of a supply chain from a managerial perspective. It focuses on improving the performance of the firm and its supply chain through coordination among multiple sites, functions, and economic factors (customers and suppliers). Students learn to design and implement both cross-functionally, within the firm, and across an industry value chain among interacting firms. These strategies include optimizing supply chain facilities, coordinating information and material flows, managing supplier relations, and managing customer order fulfillment processes. (6 units)

Business Ethics: This course is an introduction to business ethics that focuses specifically on the kinds of ethical issues that managers typically encounter. Course topics include the psychological factors that influence moral decision-making, normative approaches for dealing with ethical issues in management, and application of these concepts to cases describing real life ethical dilemmas managers have faced in a variety of organizational and environmental settings. (2 units)

Creativity: Creativity is one of the most important skills needed for tomorrow's workforce. It is necessary for effective problem solving, developing successful strategies, and driving innovation. Organizations must be creative and innovative to survive. This experiential course will explore creativity in the business context and the implications for individuals. We will focus on exercises and activities designed to enhance creativity of managers so that can they can use non-obvious techniques to break down business problems and craft new and innovative solutions. Students will learn about and apply creative thinking tools, explore and develop their own creative processes, and collaborate in team creative problem solving. (1 unit)

International Residency

Term 4

New Venture Creation: The objectives of this course are to provide an opportunity for a person to evaluate his or her own abilities and goals in regard to new business venturing opportunities and develop an analytical framework for evaluating new business opportunities. A person can engage in this activity by buying an existing enterprise, starting a new firm, or participating in such activities in a larger, parent company. In these cases, it is necessary to make an analysis of existing and potential markets, competition, and the marketing strategies which may be employed. An analysis of people and facilities requirements also is essential, and ultimately all of the plans for the enterprise must be converted into a detailed financial plan. Another objective of this course is to understand the challenge of developing viable revenue projections based on a coherent market logic. This market logic usually involves the need to combine several market opportunities into a "sensible but compelling" profit and loss projection. review some of the special operating problems of new enterprises including the problems of survival in the early years, maintaining growth in an orderly fashion, and maintaining momentum as the market in which the entity competes approaches maturity. Class time will be devoted about equally to a discussion of cases and concepts and presentations by guest lecturers who have had experience in business venture creation. Speakers will include entrepreneurs, risk capital investors, venture capitalists and selected Leavey School faculty. (4 units)

New Product Innovation and Management: The development, management and marketing of new and innovative products and services (or offerings) are critically important for the success of organizations, whether they are startups or large organizations. However, this endeavor is fraught with risk and uncertainty due to which many new offerings fail in the marketplace, despite a huge expenditure in money, time and resources by firms. Hence, managers need to develop a comprehensive understanding of the design, development, management and marketing of new and existing offerings in various contexts such as high tech, B2B, B2C, services, SaaS, electronics, hardware etc. In this course, we focus on state of the art quantitative and qualitative tools and techniques which are utilized by innovative companies in managing products and services. It is especially tailored for professional managers who are interested in new product development & innovation, product management & marketing as well as product strategy consulting. It is also designed to help current and aspiring entrepreneurs make better strategic and tactical decisions for their offerings. (4 units)

 

Term 5

Strategy and Business Model Innovation: Strategic leaders of the twenty-first century must continually redefine industries, recreate offerings and strategy, and rejigger operations to remain relevant. This course provides students with the tools for navigating dynamic competitive environments with strategic innovation for both young firms and established firms. The emphasis is on how to develop and implement a robust innovation strategy and how to align the innovation strategy with business and corporate level strategies. Experiential exercises such as case discussions, simulations, and role-playing help prepare students to lead an innovation revolution in their organization. (2 units)

Negotiations: We negotiate every day: with potential employers, coworkers, roommates, landlords, parents, bosses, merchants, service providers, spouses, and even our children. What price we want to pay, how much we want to be paid, who will do the dishes, all of these are negotiations. Yet, although people negotiate all the time, most know very little about the strategy and psychology of effective negotiations. Why do we sometimes get our way whereas other times we walk away feeling frustrated by our inability to achieve the agreement we desire? Negotiation is the art and science of securing agreements between two or more interdependent parties. It is a craft that must hold cooperation and competition in creative tension. The purpose of this course is to understand the theory and processes of negotiation as it is practiced in a variety of settings. Largely experiential, the course will provide you with the opportunity to develop your skills by participating in negotiations and integrating your experiences with the principles presented in the assigned readings and course discussions. (2 units)

Corporate Entrepreneurship: Business leaders of the twenty-first century must continually redefine industries, recreate differentiators, and rejigger operations to remain relevant. This course provides students with the tools for navigating dynamic competitive environments and innovation challenges. The emphasis will be on the organizational capabilities, culture, systems, and structures needed to align with strategic imperatives, to embed innovation throughout the organization, and to support corporate transformation. Experiential exercises such as case discussions, role-playing, and debate help prepare students to lead an innovation revolution in their organization. (1 unit)

Electives

Sustaining Impact as a Leader: Closing Residency. (3 units)

 

Executive MBA Faculty

ACCOLTI PROFESSOR OF LEADERSHIP

Barry Posner

PROFESSOR, MANAGEMENT

Tammy Madsen

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, FINANCE

George Chacko

PROFESSOR, INFORMATION SYSTEMS & ANALYTICS

Andy Tsay

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Meet with us in an Advising Appointment or view our updated and relevant curriculum as you consider the MBA program that connects best to Silicon Valley.

 



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Toby McChesney

DIRECTOR, GRADUATE PROGRAMS

Sivling Lam

FACULTY DIRECTOR, EMBA PROGRAM

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