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High Touch, High Caliber Learning Environment

Everyone in an Olin executive education classroom wants to be there and to get the most out of the subject matter. An EMBA alumna says she “was surprised how much I loved going back to school.” Once a month, she’d put on jeans and a sweater and head to the Charles F. Knight Executive Education & Conference. It was a privilege, she adds, to spend time with such “great, smart people.”

A collaborative yet highly charged atmosphere

High touch and high caliber is how a lot of executive education participants describe the Olin learning environment. The atmosphere is collaborative, yet highly charged, fueled by spirited discussions and diverse perspectives. And it’s a safe haven for professional exploration and experimentation.

Olin’s Executive MBA and cohort certificate programs promote a “we’re-all-in-this-together” sense of solidarity among classmates. Another EMBA alumna remembers returning to school after breast-cancer surgery. “My entire class – Team 34 – was wearing pink and so were the professors and team.”

Executive education and St. Louis EMBA courses are held in the Knight Center. They’re often followed by informal networking or special events or by relaxing with professors and classmates in the fourth-floor pub.

Other Washington University amenities

When you’re on campus, you also can enjoy other Washington University amenities. The Edison Theatre attracts national and international touring companies and artists. The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum houses 19th and 20th century American and European artifacts and sponsors special events throughout the year. You can work out in the Knight Center’s exercise room or in the Athletic Complex, which includes the Tao Tennis Center, Francis Gymnasium, and Francis Field – the site of the 1904 Summer Olympics.

Linda Haberstroh | EMBA 34

"The team approach is what makes the very high standards attainable."

Read Linda's Story