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Washington University in St Louis Olin Business School

Olin Business SchoolOlin Business School

A Curriculum Centered on Leadership Development

Olin offers one of the most academically comprehensive Executive MBA programs in the country, with 60 credit hours required for graduation. The curriculum combines management practice, business fundamentals, and forward-looking strategies. The goal is to help you become a more competent, confident, and intuitive decision maker and problem solver.
Continuous Professional Development Planning
PDP provides benchmarks you revisit on a regular basis to help you define your personal leadership profile and direct your career path. Olin’s Executive MBA team helps you make career choices that fit your goals and create value for your organization.More

Year One Curriculum

Go! Week Residency

Strategic Management, Team Development & Assessment, Business Ethics
Emphasizes strategies that deliver competitive advantage. Develops the conceptual tools and basic skills needed to manage people in organizations. Imparts an understanding of how law, ethics, and public policy affect modern business. More

Foundational Core

Financial Accounting
Focuses on understanding and interpreting financial statements, the effects of managerial decisions on those statements, and the limitations of financial reporting.
Negotiations & Conflict Management
Designed to improve students’ abilities to diagnose conflict situations and to analyze, plan, and conduct negotiations.
Business Analytics and Decisions
Designed to develop quantitative analysis skills and reasoning abilities as they apply to business situations and decision-making contexts.
Managerial Economics: Incentives, Markets, and Competition
Examines the decisions of consumers and firms and the ways in which they interact in various market settings.
Strategic Cost Accounting & Control
Studies the nature, design, and decision-facilitating role of cost systems. It focuses on the effects of strategy, technology, and the environment on cost system designs.
Navigating the Macroeconomic Environment
Focuses on current economic events and issues, and how the interaction among households, producers, government, central banks and financial markets affects performance.
Managing Operations
Deals with the process by which organizations convert inputs (e.g., labor, material, equipment, knowledge) into outputs (goods and services).
Market & Consumer Focus
Focuses on key marketing strategies and tactics that enable a business to attract, satisfy, and retain customers by creating real customer value while growing profitability.
Corporate Financial Management
The central topic of this course is the financial analysis of projects. There are three principal questions we will answer in the course: what are cash flows, how do you discount cash flows, and what is the cost of capital?
Enterprise Risk Management
Offers a unifying framework for thinking about Enterprise Risk Management. Overarching is a process that impels discussion of major risks as an integral part of strategy deliberations at the board level.

Year Two Curriculum

Leadership Residency

Leadership & Influence in Organizations
The leadership theme is designed to provide an appreciation for, an understanding of, and tools for dealing effectively with the different relationships that affect one’s success as a leader – and to personalize this knowledge to one’s own situation, organization, and personality.More

Growth & Sustainability Theme

Organizations & Incentives
Designed to provide a framework for the analysis of a variety of challenges that face businesses in managing internal labor markets, both at the organizational and individual employee levels.
Managing Growth & Sustainability
Addresses the challenges and dilemmas posed by growth, the need to achieve efficiencies while maintaining corporate responsibility in a global economy driven increasingly by consolidation, competition and cost pressures.
Growth through Corporate Strategy
Focuses on the strategic decisions that confront the senior-most managers in multi-business corporations; and finding ways to add rather than destroy value at the corporate level can be a difficult task.

Innovation & Global Markets Theme

Managing the Innovation Process
Developed to help our students develop the needed skills in managing the complex, multi-stage process of innovation under highly uncertain conditions.
Opportunities & Challenges of the Global Economy
Provides participants with an opportunity to learn in an integrated fashion how to shape and execute their business’s response to the opportunities and risks presented by the increasingly globalized world.

International Residency

Near the end of the program, you participate in an eight-day residency in Shanghai.More

Capstone Project

A final project that pulls together the cumulative learning of the last 20 months.

Four-level grading system

If you’re like most students, you want to know how you’ll be graded in the program. To keep the focus on learning rather than GPAs, faculty members use a four-level grading system: high pass, pass, low pass, and no pass. Every class grade is a combination of your individual and team performance on tests, presentations, and special projects. The exact breakdown is up to each professor. Some tests are graded numerically.

Qualified EMBA students may join the business program international honor society Beta Gamma Sigma.