New EMBA Curriculum at Weatherhead

Posted by: Louis Lavelle on July 7, 2010

Case Western Reserve’s Weatherhead School of Management (Weatherhead Executive MBA Profile) already has a good thing in its executive MBA program—it was ranked No. 21 in 2009, the last time Bloomberg Businessweek ranked EMBA programs. But apparently it thinks it can do better. The school is launching a new EMBA curriculum. The application deadline for the first class is July 31. Weatherhead is looking for applicants with at least 10 years of work experience, including five in a managerial capacity.

The program, which is focused on leadership, requires only 12 visits to campus over five semesters, or 21 months. The fall and spring semesters each require one-week immersions plus two three-day visits, while the summer semester is delivered through a ten-day international experience.

A hallmark of the program is the Application Project, which has EMBA students working on real-company problems, and Weatherhead claims that alone is worth the cost of admission (since the added revenues or spending cuts that result exceed the cost of tuition 85% of the time). Each EMBA participant also gets an executive coach. The new curriculum itself is organized around four elements: leadership skills, the sociopolitical structures in which leadership is most needed, the language of business, and achieving change in organizations. More details are available here.



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