Executive Master of Business Administration
Realize your significance in our transformative program.
You’ve been working hard in your industry, conquering the responsibilities of your position before promotions elevated you to another set of challenges. But now, something seems missing. Maybe an advancement of position, an increase of insight, or even a change of careers entirely is needed. A transformative educational experience is necessary in order to add to your repertoire of knowledge.
Executive M.B.A. students at Stetson are part of a dynamic and immersive program designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of working professionals. Students hone their leadership abilities and strategic thinking skills, leaving our classrooms ready to conquer any challenge that arises. Students don’t need to wait until the end of the program to see results—skills learned in class on Saturday can be implemented at work on Monday, meaning that the student, their work and their education are improved all at the very same time.
Over the course of our 18-month program, students meet at the Stetson facilities in Celebration, Fla. every other weekend on Fridays and Saturdays, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., in order to accommodate their busy work schedules. Each class is considered a cohort, with students beginning and ending the program together. Each cohort consists of no more than 25 students, allowing for intimate class discussions and networking.
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Our challenging curriculum will provide you with the advanced knowledge necessary to excel in the dynamic business environment and open the doors you seek to a fulfilling and rewarding career.
Hands-on Experience with Investors
Executive MBA students put “hands-on learning” to the test. This team of students, dubbed “Cohort 13”, donned their gloves — and big data analysis — and went to work for two restaurants established in sunny California.
Sawyer, a kitchen and bar, and Kettle Black, a rustic Italian restaurant, are both located on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, Ca. The restaurants were selected to provide the students with a geographically and topically different perspective (from past semester projects). The investor was open to the idea of working with students and providing information and insight necessary to allow the students to conduct a thorough analysis.
The students enrolled in an Accounting and Managerial Decision-Making class began by analyzing industry information from the IRS Statistics of Income database (“Big Data” analysis). They applied what they learned and provided advice and recommendations to one of the restaurants’ principal investors, which included budgeted costs of implementation and other non-financial implications.
According to the students, "We were excited to work on a real-life scenario with a real company. We took this as a challenge like it related to our jobs and what our customers would want and expect from us…we were very happy we were able to add value to their restaurants and we were able to learn using a real life example."
Our leading faculty members of the School of Business Administration are highly regarded among students. Among other awards, members have been selected as Teacher of the Year, Service Provider of the Year and Researcher of the Year.
- Yiorgos Bakamitsos, Ph.D., Northwestern University; Associate Dean
- Charles Brandon, Ph.D., University of Georgia
- Jon Carrick, Ph.D., University of Glasgow
- Giovanni Fernandez, Ph.D., Florida International University
- Kelly Hall, M.S., Stetson University
- Matthew Hurst, Ph.D., University of Central Florida
- Neal P. Mero, Ph.D., University of Florida; Dean
- Madhu Rao, Ph.D., University of Toronto
- Ram Subramanian, Ph.D., University of North Texas
- Joe Woodside, D.B.A., Cleveland State University
- Alan Green, Ph.D., Cornell University; Department Chair of Economics
When alumni bring their fresh knowledge, skill and ambition into the office, coworkers and higher-ups notice. That’s why our program leads to career advancement, increased opportunity and a higher salary. Alumni work for a variety of organizations.
Kim Tuttle, EMBA '16, Instructor of Computer Information Systems, Oklahoma Panhandle State University
This program is life changing. The bond that will be created among your cohort is stronger than that of blood family and the memories you make along the way will last a lifetime. Stetson's EMBA program is so much more than the educational piece of learning the ins and outs of the ever changing business world, but you will also dig deep inside yourself to start growing as a leader and developing your leadership style. The leadership journey you are about to embark on is like none other. You will only get out of this program, what you put into it. Blood, sweat and tears are the minimal requirements!
Marissa Zerbo Condello, EMBA '16, Senior Pricing Analyst, The Walt Disney Company
The Stetson Executive MBA is a transformational experience that is life changing. The program teaches practical business acumen that can be applied immediately to the work place. It focuses on developing your leadership practice within both your personal and professional life to live fulfilled guided by your core values.
Jennifer Small, EMBA '10, Corporate Vice President, The Grove Student Counseling Services Inc.
Stetson University's EMBA program is a stand-out for those considering an EMBA that is fully accredited and academically rigorous for a multitude of reasons. The professors are all outstanding, talented, and committed. The wonderful support of the program staff, hassle-free class registration, books pre-ordered and hand-delivered, the great classroom setting, and the many other unique benefits all streamlined the logistical elements. Faculty and staff clearly go to great lengths to make their students' environment comfortable and well-equipped to focus on learning. While the program is demanding, the effective arrangement of the courses allows classmates to manage and maintain a full-time career. The EMBA's cohort class style also offers the ideal venue to create a foundation of lifetime colleagues and friends. I am confident in saying that we will all be able to leverage what we learned from the EMBA throughout our varied future paths and careers.
During the program, each EMBA cohort takes a trip together to an international location to observe foreign industry, including both local and multinational businesses. The trip takes place after fundamental coursework has been completed so that differences in application across the diverse business disciplines can be appreciated. As opposed to a classroom, business practices and environments are studied in real time.
For example, on the 2016 international trip, the program consulted for Taskworld, a Thai company. The client requested assistance with helping their project-based software reach a critical mass of users. The students were involved in in-depth assessments of given industry and market contexts, appraisals of key issues, reviews and valuations of strategic options, recommendations and considerations for implementation and stakeholder management.
Graduates often cite in their exit interviews that the international trip was one of the most rewarding experiences of their time in the EMBA program—an experience that facilitated bonding between the cohort members. Destinations are chosen based upon the size and diversity of the industry of the city as well as the overall economic climate of the country. Prior locations include Turkey, Hungary, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Dubai and South Africa.