Executive MBA

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Master of Business Administration

About the Program

Cultivate your leadership skills through Weatherhead School of Management’s Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA). In our residency-based program, you’ll join a small, diverse cohort of up to 35 students—all of whom have a wealth of professional experience—and learn concepts such as emotional intelligence, managing by designing, and experiential learning models from world-renowned faculty. Ranked #1 in Ohio and #11 in the U.S. by Fortune, Case Western Reserve University’s EMBA program produces graduates who lead organizations with exceptional confidence and competence—enabling their teams to function more effectively.

What to Expect

This program’s residency-based format makes this degree possible no matter where you’re located. Over 20 months—and 16, three-day on-campus residencies—you’ll take a wide variety of courses from the faculty who developed some of the leadership principles you’ll study, such as appreciative inquiry, intentional change theory, and sustainable value. Each course is specifically designed to prepare you to excel as a business leader in your current organization or a new company.
Students come into the EMBA program with an average of 15 years of professional experience. But they leave having gone through a series of courses on how to lead change within themselves, their teams, their organizations and society.

Mastering your impact in these four areas will forever influence your career—and the careers of those you lead.

I knew that an EMBA from Case Western Reserve wasn’t only going to give me the skillset to control my destiny, but it would also open up more doors.

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Beyond the Classroom

Your coursework is enhanced by executive coaching, industry site visits, an application design project, international immersion, and in-depth discussions of topics such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and blockchain. Our learning environment is specifically designed to inspire innovative ideas, incorporate design thinking, and leverage the corporate connections of our city.

At Weatherhead, our many collaborative relationships with corporations in the greater Cleveland community grant you the opportunity to work on projects and earn internships with top companies. Additionally, our location in Cleveland is home to nearly 40% of Fortune 500 companies and more than 150 international companies—giving you the chance to thrive in a diverse industry landscape.

All EMBA students also benefit from an overseas learning experience to explore business practices abroad. Past cohorts have chosen to visit countries such as South Africa, Argentina, China, Vietnam, Germany, England and Romania.

By the Numbers


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Admissions Details

Our program thrives when we have students with diverse perspectives and a range of educational, professional and life experiences. We look forward to learning more about you!

To apply, you’ll need:

  • Online application, including video essays
  • Four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited university (exceptions may be granted for individuals with outstanding professional experience and GMAT or GRE scores)
  • 8+ years of professional experience preferred
  • Current resume/CV
  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • $100 application fee
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency (for applicants whose native language is not English)

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Brock C. Schroeder, PhD, MBA (He/Him)
Director of Admissions & Senior Recruiter for the Specialty Master's Programs
Weatherhead School of Management

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