Transforming high-potential managers into high-impact leaders

The Executive MBA program is specifically tailored for experienced managers and other professionals who are seeking leadership positions. Our integrated curriculum leverages local and global perspectives in a cohort-based, interactive, holistic program. The Executive MBA program provides participants with the opportunity to build their business acumen and enhance their leadership skills empowering them to have an increased impact on their organizations immediately and into the future.

Executive MBA faculty are experts in their field and form a group of both scholars and practitioners. Leveraging the cohort structure of the program, faculty facilitate learning by leading class discussions and application efforts where each participant adds value based on their work and life experiences. Topics covered are often on the leading edge of business where no right answer yet exists. Participants leave classes with a well- developed, actionable perspective on critically important business opportunities and issues, ready to lead and influence positive change in their organizations.

The class format enables participants to retain their current professional positions while pursuing graduate studies. Classes begin each September, and completion time is approximately 20 months. This includes an orientation in August, an In-Residence weekend in September and an international study trip in June. Class size is limited to provide a highly engaging and interactive classroom environment.

Completion of the 48-credit program leads to a Master of Business Administration. The school of Business at the University of Connecticut is accredited by the Association to Advance collegiate schools of Business (AACSB) International. Classes are held at the Graduate Business learning center in Hartford.

Program Philosophy

Why UConn’s Executive MBA Program? Accrediting agencies and comparative college reviews recognize the quality and value of UConn’s MBA programs worldwide. The program has been fully and continuously accredited since 1958 by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. UConn is consistently ranked the #1 public institution in New England by U.S. News & World Report, and the UConn School of Business ranks among the “Best B-Schools” in the nation according to Business Week.

UConn designed the Executive MBA Program to reflect the latest trends in management education from both content and teaching perspectives.  The program incorporates those areas that business leaders tell us are essential for future managerial success. These include:

  • Teamwork – The successful manager must be able to work effectively with others. Teamwork is an integral part of the Executive MBA curriculum. It is facilitated by small class size, study groups, group projects, and the development and improvement of interpersonal skills.
  • Quality – Quality is the concept that underlies all aspects of a successful organization’s operation. What quality means and how it can be incorporated into the organization is addressed throughout the curriculum and enhanced by periodic presentations from guest speakers.
  • The Global Economy – Every aspect of the curriculum emphasizes that we are now part of a global economy. Special consideration is focused on this concept through the Global Business Issues course which includes an International Trip where participants meet with foreign business, government, and academic leaders. The trip focuses on a comprehensive understanding of international business issues.
  • Communication Skills – The successful manager must have strong oral and written communication skills. A special workshop that encompasses these skills is included in the curriculum and is given during the In-Residence Week. In addition, oral and written projects are featured throughout the Program.
  • Technology – Program participants learn to put technology to work through the use of laptop computers and state-of-the-art, integrated software that is used for data analysis, word processing and graphic presentations. Communication between participants and faculty is expanded by an electronic mail system through the laptop computers.
  • Integration – Because Executive MBA Program participants bring a wide variety of skills and experience into the Program, students learn to view problems broadly, rather than relating them to a single function or industry. The Executive Management Project requires the application of this broad knowledge and skills to a subject of the participant’s choosing.