MBA Programs - Terry College of Business - University of Georgia
Terry College of Business - University of Georgia


Take your knowledge and network to the next level.

Executive MBA Curriculum

As one of the world’s most highly ranked Executive MBA (EMBA) programs, we understand that you need the best knowledge, the best experts, and the best courses. We designed our curriculum to:

  • Hone your leadership abilities for career advancement.
  • Deepen your understanding of business theory, strategy, and processes.
  • Connect you to a distinguished global network.

Benefits of Our Approach

You will interact with the best of the best – other executives who are dedicated to advancing their businesses and their careers. The EMBA curriculum gives you access to:

  • Experienced and highly qualified professors who are leaders in their field.
  • A cohort model—all students go through the same program together—and a personally assigned professional executive coach.
  • A blend of theory, practice, and examples pertinent to real-world business problems.
  • Online learning blended with traditional learning for flexibility and convenience.

Curriculum - Core Courses, Electives and Certifications

The Executive MBA core curriculum emphasizes strategic thinking and business results for the next step in your career. Students then select two electives to focus on areas relevant to their role or industry. You will complete 48 credit hours comprised of 16 courses. Students also have the opportunity to pursue certificates in Workforce Diversity and /or a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification. 

Time Commitments

Our intensive program will integrate with your busy professional life. You will:

  • Complete the curriculum in 18 months.
  • Participate in:

    • 2 weeklong residencies at the University of Georgia Athens Campus. 
    • 21 weekend sessions at the Terry Executive Education Center in Buckhead.
    • A 12-day international residency.
    • Courses delivered by a mix of classroom instruction and online learning tools.


Organizational Behavior & Leadership

Focuses on the development of fundamental leadership skills, such as self-awareness, strategic thinking, creating a motivating environment, empowerment and delegation, managing change, and team processing. A key objective is to provide participants with a full evaluation of their current leadership style and potential and, by interacting one-on-one with a personal leadership coach, to develop an individualized action plan for improving and broadening leadership capability.

Economic Analysis for Business Leaders

Introduces the basic tools of microeconomics and macroeconomics to analyze management decisions and competitive strategies of firms in a market economy. Microeconomic concepts of supply and demand, production, cost, and market structure are combined with macroeconomic issues related to fiscal and monetary policy to form a solid understanding of the relationship between the structure and performance of the business firm and the economic environment in which it operates.

Analytical Tools for Decision Making

Enhances the analytical skills of business managers who must make decisions based on quantitative data, in particular in environments characterized by significant uncertainty. Topics of study include sampling, estimation and inference, regression, simulation, decision analysis, and constrained optimization.

Financial Accounting and Reporting

Addresses the basic concepts that underlie the preparation and use of accounting information utilized in the preparation of financial statements for shareholders and other external users. Topics of study include concepts of accounting (such as cash vs. accrual), the format and content of financial statements, and interpretation of corporate annual reports.

Managerial Finance

Considers the responsibilities, concerns, and methods of analysis employed by corporate financial managers, and the role of financial markets and institutions in the modern economy. Topics of study include capital structure, dividend policy, asset evaluation, capital budgeting, risk analysis, and portfolio theory.

Marketing Management

Explores the foundation of strategic and tactical decision-making in marketing through intelligence gathering, environmental analysis, positioning of market offerings, and market segmentation. Topics of study include marketing management thinking, analyzing customers and competition, positioning strategy, product development, relationship logistics, and integrated marketing communications.

Mergers & Acquisitions (Elective)

Provides students with background and knowledge to assess, understand, interpret, and evaluate merger and acquisition transactions. Topics of study include a framework for considering merger and acquisition transactions, a practical and theoretical basis for assessing M&A deals, and the analysis, review, and discussion of past M&A failures and successes.

Operations Management

Examines how operational processes can be designed and managed to ensure that goods are produced and services delivered in a timely manner with the cost and quality characteristics required by customers. Emphasis is place on effective decision-making to determine how people, facilities, inventories, and information can be managed to create and maintain competitive advantage for the firm. Topics of study include process analysis, operations planning and control, total quality management, and operations strategy.

Information Technology and Strategy

Explores the strategic use of information technology to support organizational goals and increase organizational performance. Provides an executive’s guide to information technology and network computing, as well as models for identifying strategic opportunities. Addresses issues important in creating and implementing an information strategy.


Focuses on processes for negotiating and resolving practical and ethical conflicts encountered in business environments. Emphasis is placed on achieving outcomes that are based on legitimate data, satisfy all parties’ interests, and include realistic and operational commitments. The role effective communications in building the desired relationship is also stressed.

Leading Evolving Organizations

This course takes students through the stages of an organization's existence and its corresponding leadership needs, plus looks at specific situations such as leading in crisis. The course will focus on identifying and building leadership skills, and enabling students to match organizational life stage to leadership style, facilitating appropriate career choices.

Strategic Management

Combines elements of traditional corporate strategy with principles of large-scale organizational change to produce an overview of strategic management as an organic process for adapting the firm to its changing environment. Topics of study include practical issues related to mental frameworks and human behavior, environmental and competitor analysis, and change implementation.

Legal and Regulatory Environment of Business

Creates an enhanced level of awareness of many legal issues that directly impact the way that leaders conduct business. The course is designed to develop an understanding of legal and regulatory topics to gain an appreciation for the role of effective business/government relationships. Topics of study include legal institutions, contracts, public law, employees, and international law.

Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation

Examination of the new venture process from idea generation to startup to harvest. Emphasis is placed on the generation of a complete business plan for a new product or service. Topics include entrepreneurial leadership and infrastructure, assessment of viability, business plan development and presentation, and entrepreneurial finance.

Service Operations Management (Elective)

Explores best practices in the service sector by analyzing leading-edge firms and the strategies they employ to create and maintain competitive advantage. Emphasis is placed on the close coordination of marketing and operations in the design and implementation of service delivery processes. Topics of study include the importance of developing both human and technical skills among employees who represent the most critical point of contact between the service organization and its customers, and the role of technology in changing the nature of the service delivered and/or the way in which the service is delivered.

Executive Capstone

This course will begin with a quick review of overarching topics in Strategic Management followed by completion of a business simulation.


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