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Premier Academic Instruction for Business Leaders

Executive MBA

Move Forward with Confidence

Prepare for the next step in your career, enhance your leadership skills and learn more about generating innovative new ideas and business strategies in the Opus College of Business Executive MBA program.

Designed for experienced professionals with at least 5 years of management or leadership experience, the comprehensive Executive MBA program offers concierge-style service, focuses on best practices in business strategy, and is taught by faculty with significant business experience who are revered practitioners in their fields. 

In our experiential learning model, you’ll gain real-world knowledge and skills through group projects, labs, simulations, guest speakers and practical exercises. You’ll solve actual business challenges for your employer organizations and learn by examining case studies with your cohort of peers.

During the program, you’ll be on-campus two days per month and complete interactive online coursework between sessions. This proven distance learning design offers the executive-style format and flexibility needed to pursue your educational goals while continuing to meet the demands of your professional and personal commitments.

The Executive MBA program follows a cohort learning model, which means you’ll join other experienced professionals from various industries in all classes and group projects. A typical cohort has 25 to 30 students who exhibit a high level of leadership or managerial responsibility. The cohort’s wealth of experience enriches class discussions and team projects as different perspectives emerge.

Another important part of the Executive MBA program is Executive Leadership Development and Coaching. We tailor coaching to help you maximize your leadership effectiveness and achieve your professional goals. Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to see how business works in different markets through the International Residency, a 7- to 10-day international trip that visits multinational and local companies.

Class Size

Class size: 25-30 students

Individualized

Individualized executive leadership development and coaching

Alumni

1200+ Executive MBA alumni

Program Overview

  • Format & Schedule
  • Admission Requirements
  • Cohort Learning Model
  • Applied Learning
  • Personalized Service
  • Career Impact
  • Format & Schedule

    The 21-month Executive MBA program delivers a comprehensive curriculum in a collaborative learning environment. All Executive MBA students are required to complete 14 Executive MBA courses, earning a total of 42.5 credits.

    Courses are scheduled on-campus two days per month with interactive and collaborative online coursework in between.

    You’ll also have opportunities to learn and apply your knowledge in the real-world at off-campus events, including a 7 to 10 day International Residency associated with the Global Systems course.

    Through five integrated modules delivered over 21 months, you will become a highly principled leader, a technically nuanced decision-maker, a creator of value, a global operator and a critical strategic thinker.

    Admission Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree in any subject
    • Application form and essays
    • 5 years’ significant management or leadership experience
    • 2 letters of recommendation
    • Admissions interview
    See Application Checklist

    Cohort Learning Model

    As part of a 25-30 student cohort, you’ll form strong connections with the same group of business leaders as you move together through the program. You and your peers will draw upon your diverse experiences to provide meaningful examples and real-life case studies to the course dialogue and team projects. Your cohort members will be a valuable network upon the completion of your program, as well.

    Applied Learning

    As a student in the Executive MBA program, you will gain knowledge you can apply at work the next day. The program immerses you in hands-on curriculum and provides you the opportunity to dive deeper into important business topics through:

    • Global Residency
    • Executive Leadership Development & Coaching
    • Group Projects
    Explore Applied Learning Opportunities

    Personalized Service

    Our Executive MBA student services team helps busy executives like you save time and focus on your studies. We take care of all the administrative details, from handling class registration to purchasing textbooks for you and having them ready for you in class. We understand the many demands on your time, and we don’t want the details to stand in your way. Best of all, it’s included with your tuition.

    Career Impact

    While all Executive MBA students start the program fully employed, they experience significant career advancement as a result of earning this degree. Executive MBA students often receive promotions and new opportunities while they’re still enrolled, as well as after graduation.
    See Career Impact Facts and Figures

    Format & Schedule

    The 21-month Executive MBA program delivers a comprehensive curriculum in a collaborative learning environment. All Executive MBA students are required to complete 14 Executive MBA courses, earning a total of 42.5 credits.

    Courses are scheduled on-campus two days per month with interactive and collaborative online coursework in between.

    You’ll also have opportunities to learn and apply your knowledge in the real-world at off-campus events, including a 7 to 10 day International Residency associated with the Global Systems course.

    Through five integrated modules delivered over 21 months, you will become a highly principled leader, a technically nuanced decision-maker, a creator of value, a global operator and a critical strategic thinker.

    See Career Impact Facts and Figures

    Admission Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree in any subject
    • Application form and essays
    • 5 years’ significant management or leadership experience
    • 2 letters of recommendation
    • Admissions interview
    See Career Impact Facts and Figures

    Cohort Learning Model

    As part of a 25-30 student cohort, you’ll form strong connections with the same group of business leaders as you move together through the program. You and your peers will draw upon your diverse experiences to provide meaningful examples and real-life case studies to the course dialogue and team projects. Your cohort members will be a valuable network upon the completion of your program, as well.
    See Career Impact Facts and Figures

    Applied Learning

    As a student in the Executive MBA program, you will gain knowledge you can apply at work the next day. The program immerses you in hands-on curriculum and provides you the opportunity to dive deeper into important business topics through:

    • Global Residency
    • Executive Leadership Development & Coaching
    • Group Projects
    See Career Impact Facts and Figures

    Personalized Service

    Our Executive MBA student services team helps busy executives like you save time and focus on your studies. We take care of all the administrative details, from handling class registration to purchasing textbooks for you and having them ready for you in class. We understand the many demands on your time, and we don’t want the details to stand in your way. Best of all, it’s included with your tuition.

    See Career Impact Facts and Figures

    Career Impact

    While all Executive MBA students start the program fully employed, they experience significant career advancement as a result of earning this degree. Executive MBA students often receive promotions and new opportunities while they’re still enrolled, as well as after graduation.
    See Career Impact Facts and Figures

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    Food Trucks Serving the Common Good

    This 3M executive uses food trucks to help support the Twin Cities homeless community.
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    Getting Innovative in Global Health Care

    Amanda Knutson networked with high-level leadership at Fairview Health Services.
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    Caroline Ndungu, an executive MBA alum, talks about the program's impact on her career and life.

    St. Thomas Executive MBA

    The Executive MBA delivers a comprehensive business curriculum in a collaborative learning environment. Gain the tools, strategies and insights to lead your organization to success without putting your career on hold.

    Curriculum

    Featured Courses

    Executive Leadership Development

    This course is a unique executive leadership development workshop held during on-campus sessions that offers personal assessment, development opportunities and executive coaching.

    Decision Making for Executives

    Complex decisions in an ever-changing environment demand an integration of creative, critical, ethical, rational, strategic and systems thinking. This course explores the impact of psychology, mathematics, statistics and technology on our ability to expand an organizational decision maker’s knowledge base.

    Strategic Management

    An integrative approach to the formulation and implementation of organizational strategy and policy, this course focuses on organizational performance as it relates to mission, goals and objectives. Students will get practice defining multi-faceted problems and determining their causes; analyzing internal and external environments; reviewing key corporate and business strategies; formulating alternative strategic options; and addressing the challenges of implementation.
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