Executive MBA



You will join your classmates from Chicago, London and Hong Kong for two consecutive weeks of elective courses at the Harper Center on the University of Chicago campus. Elective courses complement the general management curriculum by delving further into specific areas of study. Actual elective courses offered vary from year to year, but usually include cutting-edge or advanced topics.

Examples of past elective courses:

  • Advanced Cases: Deals and Projects

  • Advanced Cases: Projects and Deals

  • Advanced Negotiations

  • Building the New Venture

  • Commercializing Innovation

  • Corporate Valuation

  • Data Mining

  • Designing a Good Life

  • Entrepreneurial Finance and Private Equity I and II

  • Entrepreneurial Selling

  • Financial Derivatives

  • Governance

  • Investments

  • Marketing Strategy Simulation

  • Money, Banking and the Financial Crisis

  • New Product Development

  • New Venture Strategy

  • Platform Competition

  • Portfolio Management

  • Pricing Strategies

  • Power and Influence

  • Service Design and Delivery

  • Social Networks and Strategic Leadership

  • Strategic Investment Decisions

  • Technology Strategy


You will also choose an experiential, team-based course during your final quarter of study. These courses have been created for you as capstone courses and integrate the skills and knowledge gained throughout the program. Read below for detailed descriptions of each.

  • Integrated Strategic Management is a capstone course built around a complex, multi-round simulation game that requires students to integrate concepts and tools from much of the EMBA curriculum. Student teams will compete in a market environment in which they will need to make financing, investment, pricing, production, product choice, channel, and marketing decisions. Supply chain relationships will require negotiations with other teams. Task allocations within teams will require effective teamwork and management. Historical data will provide a basis for modeling and statistical analysis. The class will culminate in presentations to a panel of judges who will value each company based on accumulated cash flow and future profit potential.

  • Global New Venture Challenge In this course, SELECTED student teams develop an innovative business; pitch the business to peers, faculty, and outside experts; and write a business plan. The course has three main goals: (1) to teach students how to analyze the business potential of innovative ideas and develop strategies to most effectively exploit new business opportunities; (2) to serve as a capstone course that requires students to draw upon frameworks and knowledge acquired in courses throughout the program and integrate them; and (3) to provide a rich group experience with an intensive focus on group/project management, delivering compelling presentations, providing thoughtful and useful feedback, and responding to such feedback. The course culminates in all‐day business plan presentations before faculty, staff, guests, and colleagues.