Academics

At The University of Alabama’s Executive MBA Program, we understand the challenges busy professionals face as they try to balance careers and families while achieving an educational milestone. We recognize the obligations you have, and we structure our program offerings in Tuscaloosa and Huntsville to allow you to continue working while attending the EMBA program. Not only does this accommodate your schedule, it maintains consistency and keeps you in contact with your professors and peers.
Orientation
As preparation for the program, an orientation is required before the Tuscaloosa and Huntsville programs begin. During orientation, students will meet fellow classmates and faculty, take part in team-building exercises, and gain an understanding of what to expect during the program. To get started, request information now!

HEMBA Orientation: August 2-3     

TEMBA Orientation: November 16

November 17, 2017 HEMBA and TEMBA students meet together for a special Disney Institute Workshop
Disney’s Approach to Leadership Excellence and Employee Engagement

Today’s successful leaders provide a clear vision, create a structure for executing work, and engage people in the purpose of the organization. Walt Disney himself was a firm believer in this inspirational style of leadership; he used it throughout his long career and taught it to the leaders who succeeded him. During this session Disney will unveil the fundamental leadership philosophies behind Walt’s great success. Students will see firsthand the principles that are at the core of Disney’s organizational strength. Students will also discover how to hire the right people to fit your company values and create a work culture where desired behaviors are consistently demonstrated.

  • Adapt time-tested Disney business insights to assess and improve your organization.
  • Identify the personal and organizational values that drive you as a leader to carry out your organization's vision.
  • Establish an alignment of personal values and organizational values to enthusiastically support your organization’s vision.
  • Understand a leader’s values-infused role in operationalizing culture-building and team support.
  • Develop strategies to sustain your organization’s values and vision during turbulent times as well as good times.
  • Build your own personal legacy as a leader.
  • Shape your organization's culture based on desired employee behaviors, and select people who are a right-fit for your culture.
  • Adapt training strategies that ensure employees are confident in their roles by creating a holistic plan that drives employee engagement.
  • Develop high-quality communication that strengthens your organization's culture and engages your employees.
  • Create a supportive environment through genuine care, including employee recognition and the elimination of workplace hassles.

HEMBA – ON LINE Edge

The Huntsville EMBA Program blends online with in-class learning. This program is ideal for candidates with heavy travel schedules or who live outside the state. Classes meet 1 weekend per month with additional online components* 21 months / 5 semesters, 3-4 classes per semester (Friday 4:00-8:00 p.m., and Saturday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) Leadership component spread throughout the program Classes held in the BA Building, UAHuntsville campus, Huntsville, AL *Includes videotaped sessions.

TEMBA – FACE2FACE Interaction

The Tuscaloosa EMBA Program gives you more face-to-face time with your classmates. More time to interact with classmates and faculty, more time to discuss, debate and problem solve and more time to socialize and network.

Classes every other weekend + 2 immersion weeks
17 months/4 semesters, 4 classes per semester (Friday evenings, 4 to 8 p.m., and Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.)
Classes held in the Bryant Conference Center, UA campus, Tuscaloosa, AL

*(During the final semester, the Tuscaloosa and Huntsville EMBA classes come together for a one-week international immersion study-abroad trip.)

International

During the final semester, usually in February or March, students from both campuses join together for an international study abroad trip.  This trip develops further understanding of global economies, businesses and cultures through company visits and meetings with business and government leaders, touring significant cultural and historical sites as well as working on an international corporate consulting project. In 2017 EMBA students delivered two NGO consulting projects to Mekong Quilts and La Petite Epicerie in Saigon, Vietnam.

In addition to the international trip the EMBA Program offers an optional post trip to allow students more time to further explore the culture and community.  Trip locations are announced at the end of the summer semester prior to students taking their trip in spring. In 2017 EMBA students visited Saigon, Vietnam and Singapore with an optional post trip to Koh Samui, Thailand. To read more about the 2017 trip, click here.

The mandatory trip is a once-in-a-lifetime event that expands global awareness. Past international trips: Marrakech, Casablanca, Madrid, Barcelona, Istanbul, Panama City, Sao Paulo, Lima, Berlin, Beijing, Amsterdam, Brussels, Buenos Aires, Santiago, Bogota, Vienna, Stuttgart, Munich, Prague, Budapest, Dublin, Waterford, Galway and Limerick.

Curriculum

16 Courses - 3 Credit Hours - 48 Hour Program

Our team-intensive EMBA curriculum provides a thorough education in business skills, theories and practices with an emphasis on financials, strategy, global initiatives and leadership. Our strategic boardroom approach to learning uses case studies, simulations and encourages open debate, discussion and in-depth projects and presentations. This teaches our professional students to make decisions in the face of conflicting data, complex policies, and intense time and fiscal pressures.

Students work in study teams while in the program, and coursework is a mixture of individual and team assignments. Cases, projects, simulations, presentations and written assignments are typical class assignments. Teams generally choose to meet each week face-to-face or via conference call or online. Blackboard, an online tool integrated into the curriculum, allows for students to interact with classmates and instructors and serves as an online data repository for class materials.
In order to provide additional insights on business issues, the faculty may also invite guest speakers into the classroom or set up company visits.

 

Basic Accounting for Managerial and Financial Control (AC 501) — A study of the fundamentals of financial accounting, including attention to the interpretation and uses of information contained in financial statements.

TEMBA ONLY — A study of the principles, aims, applications, and limitations of accounting, as well as analysis of management’s need for accounting information beyond that provided by financial accounting. Attention is given to the preparation, analysis and interpretation of the information manager’s need for planning, evaluation and control. Emphasis is placed on activity-based costing to maximize profitability measures

An introduction to the foundations of both micro- and macroeconomic analysis, including consumer demand, production and cost analysis, price determination, and macroeconomic theory and policy. Emphasis is on interpreting economic theory to be able to apply to individual work situations and projects.

A survey of corporate financial planning and decision-making. The course presents the tools and techniques of analyzing investment expenditures of the firm; measuring and managing risk; establishing optimal capital structures; and implementing effective working capital management procedures

This course is designed to introduce students to a potent negotiating model that blends traditional competitive negotiating techniques with cooperative negotiating skills to provide them with the tools necessary to maximize the value they capture in every negotiation. One-on-one and multi-party role-playing to help students master critical negotiating skills will be included.

This course covers different economic, social, cultural, legal, and other environmental conditions and their influence on both the formulation and execution of business policy of firms engaged in multinational business. Evaluation of global practices in individual business environments is included and seen through the yearly international trip taken by the class to incorporate the teaching into reality.

TEMBA ONLY— This class focuses on providing a managerial perspective of best practice supply chain management; and encompasses the collaborative strategies and planning processes needed to build and manage supply chains for systemic effectiveness and efficiency.

This course integrates project-related knowledge and theoretical concepts required by today's project managers. You will acquire and apply the ability to analyze, design, implement, and document a project. The course assumes knowledge of prior material and functional field business courses. You will expand skills and competencies to include the application and integration of project management: processes of initiating, planning, executing, monitoring, controlling and closing projects. Knowledge areas of integration, scope, time, cost, quality, human resources, communication, risk and procurement. Completing project(s) requirements, and professional requirements (high performing Project Manager).

The class focuses the student on understanding what leadership is, what leaders do, and the difference between management and leadership. Objectives include discovering personal leadership style and developing that style, identifying hazards to effective leadership (including ethical, personal and organizational issues), creating awareness of the importance of power and influence in shaping effective leadership, and understanding the importance of followers in the leadership equation.

Methodology for understanding both written and oral presentations. This skill is vital for upward mobility in organizations and CEOs cite this as a critical skill. By developing these core competencies practiced in this class, students will be able to communicate more effectively and efficiently. There is also a focus on listening with hands-on activities to refine communication.

A combination of lectures and cases is used to examine and analyze the marketing process. Emphasis is on decision-making, the refinement of skills needed to recognize and solve marketing problems, and effectively communicating recommendations both within and without the organization. The following components of the marketing mix are examined: product management, pricing, promotion, personal selling, buyer behavior, marketing channels, distribution, and segmentation

Operations research concepts and applications in decision making. Emphasis is on problem formulation and interpretation of results using computer-based solution procedures.

n analysis of the managerial activities associated with processes for converting inputs into outputs. The major aim of the course is to understand the design, operation and control of production systems using computer-based solution procedures. There is a focus on inventory control, six sigma and lean manufacturing principles.

Supply chain management focuses on developing an understanding of the end-to-end manufacturing enterprise that delivers value to customers. The course presents a framework for analyzing the interactions occurring among the numerous elements in an integrated enterprise and examines the mechanisms by which product development and design, demand variability, marketing initiatives, globalization strategies, customer location and distribution networks, supplier contracts and ERP systems contribute to the design of a company’s supply chain. The course spans both commercial industries and defense logistics.

An introduction to basic statistical techniques and concepts useful in managerial decision-making. Emphasized topics include problem formulation, forecasting, analysis of data, and interpretation of the results.

HEMBA ONLY – System level concepts, methods, tools and techniques for model-driven, data-intensive decision making. Topics include: structuring data, information and knowledge in data warehouses and data marts, data visualization and analytic procedures

HEMBA ONLY – This course provides an opportunity to develop a business plan for a new venture or for expansion of an existing company. Students are expected to acquire skills in evaluating business ventures; to learn alternative financing sources; to develop ideas for differentiating products; and to develop an understanding of what is required to harvest the profits of a growing business

An integrated study of strategy formulation and administration, using case analysis and a management simulation game. The focus is on the broad sweep of entrepreneurial and administrative decisions that shape the directional choices and realities of an enterprise. Students will learn how to complete an Industry Competitive Analysis and to craft an effective strategy for their organization