Why an Executive MBA?
When you look at great executives in business today, you see more than broad experience and hard work. You see leaders who seem a step ahead and have a firm grasp of today's complex business environment. To advance forward, you need that edge -- an edge that gives you the knowledge, strategic perspective and confidence you need to reach new levels in your professional career. The ILLINOIS Executive MBA is tailored to give you that edge.
Our curriculum is carefully structured in layers. We start by providing you a key strategic view on leadership and teams and then quickly transition you into the foundation courses you need to learn the board language of business in areas like marketing, accounting, economics, finance and management. More advanced courses highlight connections between these various areas and allow much greater insight into business.
Perhaps the most distinctive aspect of the ILLINOIS Executive MBA is our approach to global business. Not only do our students study international business, they practice and experience it first-hand. Throughout the second-year of our program, students work in teams on a real business consulting assignment for a real company based in a foreign country. At ILLINOIS, we've been providing this intense, global cap-stone experience for years, an approach our students thrive on. This approach not only builds your understanding of global business and society, but shapes, in a very hands-on way, your strategic perspective that all leaders need and rely upon.
The ILLINOIS Executive MBA is one of the oldest and most established Executive MBA programs in the world. For decades we have delivered a specially designed curriculum for experienced professionals. Classes meet only four days per month on alternating Fridays and Saturdays and are structured in a way to minimize disruption to your busy work schedule and personal life. Classes start in September and are completed in an employer-friendly 20 months.
Should your work involve regular travel or if your company transfers you, our strategic location in downtown Chicago enables you to easily continue with your studies. With our advanced technology and team-based learning approach, you can bridge the gap between school and work no matter how wide the distance.
In some cases, that gap between work and school is not so wide. Our degree compliments many of the issues you face in your firm. Nearly all students report that the Program gives them a very different perspective of their company and many students report that the tools they learn in the classroom often quickly apply in their work-life.
Unlike most full-time or part-time programs, the Executive MBA is a lock-step curriculum in which students remain as a cohort, taking all classes together. Our team-based learning approach means you and your classmates will learn with and from each other in a supportive class environment. You'll be on a study team with four to six other students of diverse professional backgrounds who will broaden your perspective and push you in new directions. Likewise, you will push them.
Executive MBA students have more work experience including in-depth managerial responsibility than typical part-time or full-time students. At ILLINOIS, our Executive MBA students have on average 10 to 15 years of work experience. They often come from managerial roles, direct operational roles, or in some cases already work as a major company officer. Aside from for-profit enterprises, some students are preparing to be leaders in the public, not-for-profit sector where the same demanding, strategic leadership challenges exist.
At the ILLINOIS Executive MBA, you'll be challenged in a dynamic and collegial learning environment and you'll find, just as The Wall Street Journal has recently noted, that our Program provides a meaningful return on investment, well worth the time and resources you'll invest. Graduates of the ILLINOIS Executive MBA put their learning to work, at work. That's an edge that has real personal and professional value.
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