The Notre Dame Executive MBA


South Bend Courses


Executive Integral Leadership

3.0 credits

In this life-changing course, learn to integrate the cognitive, emotional, interpersonal, physical, moral and spiritual components of an effective leader through assessments, simulation, cases and small group activities that enable participants to view themselves as leaders capable of fresh insights and equipped with practical tools.

FALL (First Semester)

Strategic Thinking

1.0 credit

Strategic Thinking provides the framework you need to develop an executive-level perspective, bringing "fundamental" courses to life as sources of information. You'll learn how to ask the right questions, develop and evaluate knowledge, and synthesize across functional disciplines so every course informs an executive perspective.

Evaluating Financial Performance

2.5 credits

Address the accounting process, including alternative methods for measuring and reporting; review the construction and interpretation of financial statements and the various ways that managers, investors and regulatory agencies analyze and use them.

Quantitative Analysis

2.0 credits

Become acquainted with today's widely used, key statistical techniques and their applications across many business disciplines. This course covers descriptive statistics, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, regression, and statistical process control using business applications to illustrate these concepts.

Introduction to Marketing

2.0 credits

Top executives must have an ability to analyze a firm, market dynamics and competitive positioning. This course is designed to help students garner these skills and know how capabilities can be built for a competitive advantage. After students develop an understanding of strategy and the analysis underlying it, they are then exposed to decision-making within the classic 4 P's of marketing: product, place (distribution), promotion, and price. Brand management strategies are studied to see its effectiveness over the life of a product.

Economics of the Firm

1.5 credits

Develops theoretical and quantitative models to define goals (e.g., profit vs. market share), the implications of pricing, and the effects of market structure on operations, strategy and behavior.

Managerial Writing

0.5 credit

The Managerial Writing course teaches our students to think critically and communicate clearly. The course extends our students' ability to develop logical, coherent and persuasive arguments to help them lead their organizations.

SPRING (Second Semester)


2.0 credits

Explore the ethical dimensions of business; apply normative ethical theories; examine stakeholders' relevance; simulate moral imagination; and analyze ethical leadership.


2.0 credits

Enhances negotiation preparation, strategy, and implementation skills and tactics within an analytical framework and interactive setting—using simulations, role-playing and case studies.

Corporate Finance

3.0 credits

Gain an overview of the role of the financial manager, analyze types of investing and financing decisions, and use a valuation model to measure the risk-return trade-offs of those decisions.

Management Accounting

2.0 credits

Presents advances in cost accounting and key inputs in designing cost systems; covers varying decision-making settings; examines activity-based and target costing and customer profitability analysis.

Global Macroeconomic Environment

2.0 credits

Establishes a foundation for understanding domestic and global economics, the context in which business functions; addresses interrelationships among goods and services, inflation, interest rates, oil shocks and government policy.

Operations / Supply Chain Management

2.5 credits

Operations/Supply Chain Management deals with the management of operations, the activities and processes that transform inputs into goods and services in an organization. The course examines the processes and capabilities organizations use to support their competitive priorities and organizational objectives. Students learn to attain excellence in operations in a global economy.

Intercultural Management

1.0 credit

This course examines the current and emerging issues challenging managers working in an intercultural environment. Through case studies, lectures, speakers and personal assessments, students learn what the elements of being a successful leader in a global context.


International Immersion

3.0 credits

The International Immersion provides a capstone experience to the first year of study, providing an opportunity to apply what has been learned in a global setting. The students undertake the international field study at the end of their first year. This course connects the students with companies and organizations throughout the world, allowing them to customize their Executive MBA experience through project-based work in an international setting.

Business Law (ONLINE)

2.0 credits

The central objective of this course is to provide both entrepreneurs and executives in established businesses a rudimentary working knowledge of certain key areas of business law. Our focus will be on practical legal considerations in launching and sustaining a startup business (though many of the issues considered are generally relevant to established businesses as well). These issues include entity organization, corporate securities, commercial leases, intellectual property, and employment matters. Attention will be given to certain issues in finance that, while not strictly legal in nature, have legal implications and are of more than passing interest to all entrepreneurs.

FALL (Third Semester)

Leadership and Decision Making

2.0 credits

Studies leadership theory and practice and considers case studies of effective and ineffective leaders. Goal is to answer the question — What makes a great leader and how can I become one? Explores how leaders gather and use power and influence, manage change, and make difficult decisions.

Systems Thinking and Advanced Tactics

2.0 credits

Systems Thinking and Advanced Tactics deepens your capacity to simultaneously analyze and consider multiple strategic initiatives. Students learn to frame problems holistically, using judgment to make decisions on multiple (potentially conflicting) perspectives. The course helps students develop a rigorous yet resilient approach to solving complex business issues.

Strategic Marketing

2.0 credits

This course covers the topics of company and competitor analysis, customer needs analysis, industry and its evolution, sources of market growth, firm position, and firm growth opportunities. After the course, students should be able to conduct and effectively present analyses of a firm's internal and external environments, explain patterns of dynamic competitive and customer behavior in markets, and identify growth strategies.

Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation

3.0 credits

This course builds upon the financial accounting course to study the principles of value creation. Students learn the variables on which executives should focus, and how specific actions tend to affect those variables to create or destroy value. Analysis of corporate value drivers; measurement of value-added and other performance metrics; and mergers and acquisitions will be discussed through a mixture of lecture and case study.

Global Finance

2.0 credits

Acquire a framework in which to understand problems facing financial managers in a global arena; examine international financial instruments and foreign exchange exposure management.


Current Themes/Electives Week

4.0 credits

In January of the second year, students select two elective courses to take during their weeklong residency at Notre Dame. This is a unique opportunity for students of both programs to come together and network with a larger group of professionals.
Elective courses change annually and are reflective of the current needs of our students. Recent courses include Mergers & Acquisition, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, Marketing Implementation, Leadership Communications, Strategic Growth and Business Foresight.

SPRING (Fourth Semester)

Strategic Planning for Growth

2.5 credits

Introduces concepts of strategy development, business integration, and problem solving; frameworks to assist in framing threats/opportunities, problem diagnosis, solution development, and recommendation implementation. We will practice using these integrative frameworks to facilitate problem solving in multiple business cases from identification of problem, to recommendation, to implementation plan. Cases emphasize different aspects of problem solving and integration including: microeconomics, game theory, finance, market estimation and competitor assessment, customer segmentation and economics, product pricing, positioning and branding, and operations. Students will bring all the concepts together in the development of a business plan.

Design Thinking and Innovation

1.5 credits

The Design Thinking and Innovation course introduces tools and approaches helpful in the facilitation of change and innovation. Developed in conjunction with a national design firm, the course leads students through a project that develops a concise model for seeing an issue, developing knowledge and insights, and using that information to drive innovation.

Emerging Trends in Business and Society

2.0 credits

This course teaches you to identify, understand and addresses major shifts that will affect the United States and the world for years to come. You'll learn to view your organization in a broader global context. Tools and perspectives will be offered that enable us to "upgrade" our meaning-making systems. The course uses a combination of lectures, project presentations, guest speakers, and case "stories" to provide you with the opportunity to reflect on the way we think, work, and live.

Change Management

1.5 credits

Change Management teaches EMBA students to effectively implement the strategies and innovations they develop in their organizations. Through case study and simulations, students learn to juggle the demands of diverse constituencies, motivate employees, employ influence and cope with resistance to change.

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