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, but it also 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 7-8, 2019 (Held in Tuscaloosa)

TEMBA Orientation: November 14-15, 2018

November 16, 2018, 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 – ONLINE 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, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., and Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 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. In 2018, graduating students will travel to Cusco, Machu Picchu, Lima, Peru and Guayaquil, Ecuador. The optional post-trip will be to the Galapagos Islands.

The mandatory trip is a once-in-a-lifetime event that expands global awareness. Past international trips: Saigon, Singapore, 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 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.

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