Executive MBA Courses

Expect a Rigorous Curriculum Focused on Executive Leadership

The RIT online Executive MBA is an accelerated degree program that delivers 47 credit hours in 17 months of study. This rigorous program teaches you to employ advanced strategic thinking to influence the best possible business outcomes. Coursework combines with an international immersion experience and a real-world capstone project to help you become a more well-rounded and well-educated graduate who is ready to take on the business world.

During this program,  hand-selected faculty bring strong practical experience and a unique perspective to each course. Recognized as leaders in their field of expertise, RIT faculty members are committed to sharing their knowledge, insight, and guidance with their students. In addition to the usual foundational courses in finance, accounting, marketing, statistics, and ethics, among others, the RIT Saunders EMBA curriculum also explores fast-cycle developments in technology management, innovation, and product commercialization from the perspective and needs of senior management.

Course Descriptions

MGMT-806 Team Building and Ethics
Each incoming student joins a study group of four or five students selected for diversity of skills and experience. During this one-week course, students focus on how to motivate and lead teams as well as how to support the leadership of others. Students will undertake a critical evaluation of the ethical responsibilities of managers and corporations. This course also provides students with an overview of the rest of the EMBA program. 1 Credit

ACCT-801 Accounting and Organizational Goals
This course provides an understanding of how accounting helps organizations achieve their goals. Special emphasis is given to the resolution of controversial accounting issues within the context of the firm’s goals. Topics include standards and practices of financial reporting, financial statements, inventories, long-term assets, bonds and other liabilities, and stockholders’ equity. 2 Credits

ACCT-802 Managerial Accounting
Managerial Accounting emphasizes identifying and applying the techniques used by managerial accountants to measure the cost of goods and services produced by the firm. The course focuses on understanding how managerial accounting is used to help organizations achieve their goals. 2 Credits

MGMT-810 Leadership
This course focuses on the role of the general manager as a leader in an organization. The course addresses analytical and behavioral strategies and techniques for leadership by examining problem-solving models, personal values, and communications. The emphasis is on the interpersonal skills needed to express different leadership styles and behaviors. Cases, exercises, and class discussions are used to examine and explore opportunities for managers to become more effective as leaders in modern organizations. 2 Credits

DECS-810 Statistical Analysis for Managers
This course introduces concepts and tools for analyzing complex business decisions and for interpreting and analyzing data. Topics to be covered include descriptive statistics, basic probability, probability distributions, sampling distributions, interval estimation and testing. 2 Credits

MGMT-800 Leadership Development I
Each student participates in a 360-degree leadership assessment process. Based on this formal review, personal development plans are created and serve as dynamic documentation of individual professional progress. Students arrange individual counseling sessions with a leadership coach. Co-requisite: MGMT-810. 1 Credit

FINC-845 Valuation and Capital Budgeting
The course introduces financial concepts of risk, return and valuation. The main application studied in this course, capital budgeting, arises in the corporate setting where managers allocate scarce resources to projects. Basic issues of capital budgeting covered include cash flow estimation and valuation techniques; advanced topics include sensitivity analysis and the consideration of real options. 2 Credits

FINC-846 Financial Planning & Analysis
This is the second part of a two-course corporate finance sequence for EMBA students. The overall theme is one of strategic control of corporate assets and liabilities. The five topics covered in this course are (a) long-term financial planning, corporate financing and cost of capital, (b) short-term financial planning and the analysis of short-term assets and liabilities, (c) risk management and the corporate use of derivatives, (d) the analysis of international activities, and (e) corporate control activities. Explored in depth are short-term financial management (including credit analysis, financial forecasting and planning, working capital management, and cash flow management), capital structure and dividend policy, and risk and hedging. 2 Credits

ESCB-840 Microeconomics
Models and applications that describe the efficient allocation of resources within a firm are discussed in detail. Topics include supply and demand, consumer behavior, production, cost and pricing. 2 Credits

MGMT-862 Power and Influence
Power and influence processes are pervasive and an important part of organizational life. The objectives of this course are to enhance students’ understanding and skill at using these processes. Topics include the conditions under which power and politics are more likely to dominate decision processes, assessing the relative power of various actors, understanding the basis for their positions on issues, the sources of both individual and departmental power, power and influence strategies and tactics, and some functional and dysfunctional aspects of organizational politics for both individuals and the organizations involved. 2 Credits

MGMT-818 Strategic Thinking I
The primary theme of this course is to examine how corporations can achieve superior financial performance through the establishment of sustainable competitive advantage. Contemporary theories of strategic management will be discussed and critically examined for their relevance to the problems facing many of today’s managers. Topics include analysis of industry attractiveness, value-chain analysis, resources and capabilities, and business-level strategies. Prerequisites: ESCB-840, FINC-845. 2 Credits

MGMT-819 Strategic Thinking II
This course is a continuation of MGMT-818 and emphasizes corporate-level strategy and strategy implementation of the firm as a whole, and the interrelations between different divisions. Topics include related and unrelated diversification, and the various means of engaging in diversification: mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and strategic alliances. Prerequisite: MGMT-818. 2 Credits

MKTG-851 Marketing Strategy
This course offers a general management perspective on the critical impact of marketing in organizations. Topics include an overview of the marketing process, market research, segmentation, and target markets. The focus is on the process of creating, communicating and delivering customer value through the marketing mix. The course is structured around the managerially controllable elements of the product, price, promotion and distribution, plus the interrelationships of these elements. 2 Credits

DECS-864 Systems Support for Operations
This course focuses on the application of information technology to gain greater efficiency and effectiveness from operational and managerial processes and systems. The conceptual foundations of operations, supply chain management and information technology are surveyed and contemporary approaches analyzed from a managerial perspective. 2 Credits

DECS-875 Business Simulation
Teams of students manage a company in a computer–simulated oligopoly industry, competing against companies managed by other student teams. The overall purpose of the Business Simulation Course is to enhance the participant’s ability to make effective business decisions, encourage cross-functional thinking, foster strategic and systems thinking, and enhance team building and reinforce continuous improvement opportunities. Workshops on change management and consulting give students the skills needed for their capstone projects. 3 Credits

MGMT-801 Leadership Development II
This course is a continuation of MGMT-800. Leadership Development Skills II requires students to explore and expand their potential as leaders. Through self and peer assessment, one-on-one coaching, career counseling and written assignments, students develop leadership goals and create a plan to realize them. Students arrange individual counseling sessions with a leadership coach. 1 Credit

MGMT-861 Managing Technology, Innovation and Research
This course deals with the responsibilities and management challenges faced by managers responsible for research and innovation within high technology firms. Topics include the critical role of innovation, internal technology assessments, technology transfer, the selection and management of R&D projects, and the identification of and management of disruptive technologies and business models. Particular attention is given to overcoming systemic barriers to innovation. 2 Credits

MKTG-865 Managing New Product Commercialization
This course emphasizes the marketing and product strategy activities required to create, develop and launch successful new products. Topics covered include identifying the market opportunity for new products, defining the product strategy, understanding customer requirements, developing and updating the product business plan, the role of marketing in the product development process, developing a marketing plan for launching new products and managing the product life cycle. Best practices in activities required for successful new product commercialization (introduced in MKTG-851) are reviewed. 2 Credits

MGMT-889 Capstone Consulting Project I
Teams of students analyze specific operational problems or improvement opportunities in client organizations. Teams identify relevant issues, collect data, develop alternatives and make recommendations to the client. The project, a two–course equivalent, is the capstone experience of the Executive MBA program. Prerequisites: MGMT-819 and MKTG-851. 3 Credits

INTB-820 International Business
The primary objective of the course is to examine the strategies, concepts, theories and practices associated with conducting international business. It seeks to develop practical and theoretical problem–solving skills needed in the international environment. 2 Credits

INTB-825 International Seminar
This international event is an integral part of the quarter-long focus on the strategic and operational issues facing organizations in a competitive, global environment. Students engage in lectures, plant visits and interviews with international corporate managers. Students will apply the insights gained from previous and concurrent coursework. This seminar offers student an inside view of individual companies and industries, and some of the broader economic, political, social and cultural factors that influence business opportunities and practices in a particular region of the world. 2 Credits

FINC-850 International Finance
This course examines how the international environment affects the practice of corporate finance by using a combination of theory and cases. Topics include an examination of the international environment the firm operates in, international investment, exchange rates and the management of risks arising from shifting exchange rates, and the problems of short and long-term asset and liability management. Prerequisite: MKTG-846. 2 Credits

MGMT-860 Executive Leadership
The course explores leadership topics with an emphasis on current management and leadership issues. During each class, a guest speaker lectures on topics of leadership. Past speakers have included senior-level executives from local industry, government, and not-for-profit organizations. 2 Credits

MGMT-890 Capstone Consulting Project II
Teams of students analyze specific operational problems or improvement opportunities in client organizations. Teams identify relevant issues, collect data, develop alternatives and make recommendations to the client. The project, a two-course equivalent, is the capstone experience of the Executive MBA program. 3 Credits

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