Executive MBA Curriculum

As an Executive MBA student, you'll be immersed in a cohort-based program where you'll study and collaborate with other executives from corporations and businesses from across Kentucky and the region. The UK-UofL Executive MBA program will take you through 46 credit hours in 20 months:

  • 4 hours in accounting
  • 4 hours in economics
  • 4 hours in finance
  • 4 hours in marketing
  • 2 hours in quantitative methods
  • 20 hours in management (business strategy, organizational dynamics and behavior, negotiations, entrepreneurship, operations, and global management strategies)
  • 8 hours from special topics covering relevant and contemporary subjects designed to keep the course work cutting-edge
Executive Masters of Business Administration Curriculum

Year 1

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3

This course is the initial module of the UK-UofL Executive MBA program. The purpose of the course is to provide a framework of competitive analysis and competitive advantage upon which functionally oriented courses in the program may build. The course provides an overall picture of the analysis, activities and decision-making situations facing a company’s top management team. The focus is on top management decisions relating to the external environment and internal issues. The course presents practical experience in recognizing what information is important, sifting it for relevance, and employing the knowledge for the competitive benefit of the firm.

In this course students will examine the basic economic concepts of supply and demand, elasticity, and the horizontal and vertical boundaries of the firm. We will also examine market structure, competition, commitment and pricing strategies. All of these tools will then be used to understand the economics behind Porter’s five forces. Emphasis will be placed on how these concepts are applicable to the students’ work environments.

Marketing Management I

Leadership occurs when individuals engage in counter-cultural actions that other people choose to follow because they are creating unique new possibilities in the world and others are following them in their creative efforts. The purpose of this class is to help students to begin to increase their capability to pursue creative action in their organizations and inspiring others to participate.

This course will cover the fundamental topics and subject matter related to statistics up through multiple regression modeling. A strong emphasis will be placed on how to use statistics. This will be accomplished through student analysis of real world data sets.

In this course we will apply economic theory to managerial decision making and analysis. We will employ many of the traditional tools of microeconomics and see how they can be used to evaluate practical business problems. We will study markets and market structure, competitive markets, monopoly and pricing with market power, and oligopoly, rivalry, and strategic behavior. We will pay particular attention to the strategy of firms in the marketplace.


Year 1

Term 4 Term 5 Term 6

The goal of this course is to introduce you to the fundamental concepts of financial accounting. The focus of this course will be on training you to be a knowledgeable consumer of accounting information, rather than a producer of such information. In particular, the emphasis will be on the uses and limitations of financial accounting information.

Marketing Management II

The course objective is to familiarize students with the key aspects and challenges of the global business environment. The course will review the main principles of international trade and investment; discuss the impact of global competition on the US economy and business. Students will be encouraged to conduct independent analyses of global markets, focusing on opportunities for US-based firms.

Business intelligence (BI) is an umbrella term that encompasses technology tools, architecture, and methodologies, which enable the collection, integration, analysis, and presentation of business information. The primary purpose of BI is to support better business decision-making at all levels in an organization. This course explores the strategic use of BI (and to some degree information technology in general) to support organizational goals and increase organizational performance. It provides concepts and frameworks to help understand the interactions among business challenges, opportunities, and information technology. It conveys an appreciation for the extraordinary scale and complexity of the information needed to manage effectively and demonstrates how decision models can serve to organize this information and provide tools for analyzing and improving the decision process.

This course focuses on strategic cost management (SCM), the primary purpose of which is to support better business cost and profit decision-making at all levels of the firm. This course explores the strategic use of cost information and reporting. We will use these three key tools of strategic cost management— value chain analysis (external firm environment), strategic positioning analysis, and cost driver analysis—to demonstrate how these cost elements when linked to the firm’s product market strategy lead to a sustainable competitive advantage for firms and increased firm performance. This framework provides concepts to help understand the interactions among business challenges, opportunities, and information technology. The analyses of SCM practices of leading firms (guided by instruction) will be used to illustrate effective cost management tools.

This course will examine tools and concepts in financial management, focusing on the concerns and methods of analysis employed by corporate financial managers. Topics include ‘net present value’ mathematics, basic stock and bond valuation, capital budgeting decisions and project evaluation, the historical risk and return record, the use of asset pricing models to estimate the cost of capital, and pro-forma financial statement analysis to plan for future financing needs.


Year 2

Term 7 Term 8 Term 9
Business Globalization Study Trip

The course will present advanced tools and concepts in financial management. Topics will include capital budgeting, payout decisions, capital structure choice, risk management, and the role of behavioral economics in corporate finance.

Operations Management
Special Topics Corporate Entrepreneurship

Year 2

Term 10 Term 11 Term 12

How do you manage people effectively in organizations? The purpose of the course is to increase your effectiveness and skill in observing, understanding and managing behavior in organizations. It is a course in applied behavioral science that will selectively survey ideas and frameworks from the social sciences (psychology, social psychology, sociology) and explore their implications for management practice.

Special Topics Special Topics
Strategic Management Special Topics Negotiations
  Commencement May

Classes hosted at University of Louisville and may be taught by either UofL or UK faculty

Classes hosted at University of Kentucky and may be taught by either UK or UofL faculty