Academic Plan

A Flexible Blend Of Teaching Styles

Unlike other schools that are committed to a single teaching style, Smith's Executive MBA uses a blend of class instruction, case studies, simulations and real-world projects to create the optimal learning approach.

An Integrated Approach

The Smith Executive MBA curriculum has been designed as a highly integrated series of courses and experiences that provide a solid grounding in management fundamentals and a thorough understanding of how management decisions can have an impact across an organization.


The Smith Executive MBA is designed to go well beyond the teaching of leadership skills. Throughout the program, you will gain valuable insights into your personal leadership style and ways to improve your effectiveness as a leader. Team-based projects provide exceptional opportunities to put this learning into action.

Global Perspective

The program has a strong global perspective. The core curriculum, Global Business Project, and optional International Study trip provide exceptional and unique opportunities to strengthen your ability to manage effectively in a global economy.

Major projects

Participants in the program are required to complete two major projects: the team-based global Business Project and one of two individual projects – either the new venture Project or the Management Consulting Project. A Project advisor will be assigned for both major projects.

  • Global Business Project

    Your team will complete a comprehensive analysis of a real global business issue or opportunity anywhere in the world outside of North America. To complete this “live case”, your team will travel to an international location to interview business managers and conduct field research prior to writing your final report. This provides an outstanding opportunity to put all that you have learned into practice. The program covers travel and accommodation costs for the global Business Project up to $4,000 per person.
  • New Venture Project

    The objective of this individual project is to create a business case and comprehensive business plan for a new stand-alone business, or a new line of business within an existing organization. The new venture Project will give you an opportunity to use the management concepts and tools you have acquired in the program to create a business plan for a new venture. You will identify market opportunities, investigate business potential, consider financing options, and create a business plan.


    Management Consulting Project

    The objective of this individual project is to analyze a business challenge and develop a comprehensive set of recommendations and implementation plans to address it. Participants are given a wide scope in the nature of the project. Typically projects focus on performance improvements in operating processes, supply chain management, customer service, information systems, profit margin improvement, or the business planning process.

Core Curriculum

Strategic Leadership and Team Building
  • Role of the General Manager
  • Creating High-Performance Teams
  • Executive Leadership
Foundations Of Management
  • Foundations of Accounting and Analysis
  • Financial Accounting and Analysis
  • Managerial Economics
  • Analysis-Based Decision Making
  • Managing Human Capital
  • Negotiations and Conflict Management
  • Global Business Environment
Creativity and Innovation
  • Management of New Ventures
  • Structuring the New Venture
  • Leading Innovation & Creativity
  • New Venture Project or Management Consulting Project (Individual)
Creating Successful Enterprises
  • Management accounting and Control
  • Financial Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Operations Management
  • Global Business Strategy
Integration and Execution
  • Information Technology Management
  • Execution and Implementation
  • Managing Change
  • Global Business Project (team)

Personalized Curriculum

Optional One-Week International Study Trip
Strategic Electives

Choose one of three electives:

  • Financial Strategy
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Project Leadership