Required Courses

Executive MBA

Consult with your adviser, review the USF Catalog, and email the admissions team for more information.

Classes meet one weekend per month on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for the duration of 20 months.

Example EMBA Required Courses
Negotiations EMBA 6901

Provides an introduction to the theory and processes of negotiation as practiced in a variety of business settings. Negotiation is the art and science of creating and securing an agreement between two or more interdependent parties. The course is designed to expose students to negotiation problems in both domestic and international settings. This is a highly interactive course built around hands-on experiences, presentations, discussion, and reflection.

Leadership and Teams EMBA 6902

Integrates the theory and practice of effective leadership. A leader's on-going learning experience integrates thinking at the individual, team and organization levels. Students learn to bring imaginative and disciplined thinking to complex problems to see differently and to act effectively through teams.

Financial Accounting EMBA 6903

Focuses on the financial reporting system that business entities use to convey information to parties external to the firm. The emphasis is on understanding the financial statements, what they impart about a business entity, and how to use this information to make decisions. Students learn the accounting principles, conventions and concepts underlying financial reporting with the objective of developing the ability to analyze and interpret financial statement.

Managerial Accounting EMBA 6904

Illustrates useful management accounting concepts and analytical techniques. Distinct from financial accounting, managerial accounting uses accounting data for internal management decisions via operating budgets, balanced scorecards, and other key performance metrics for financial monitoring and controls.

Finance EMBA 6905

Addresses the underlying logic of the quantitative techniques applied in making informed and sophisticated financial decisions within the business world by managers and executives. This course is designed to develop the executive's knowledge of the fundamental principles and concepts covered in finance. In addition, this course applies case study analysis to real world examples so students acquire a working knowledge of finance with a strong emphasis on business applications.

Global Business Conditions EMBA 6906

Develops the analytic skills and perspective necessary to systematically analyze changes in domestic and international business conditions. Students are introduced to selected principles of macroeconomic theory through lectures, exercises, class discussions and case studies based on current events. In the process, students gain an understanding of how economic theory can be used to assess the potential business impact of changes in the macro economy.

Executive Strategic Communications EMBA 6907

Presents communications strategies, frameworks, examples, and role play opportunities executives need to achieve their objectives, be more effective in their current and future roles, and feel comfortable communicating across a variety of channels. Whether in-person, online, live-streamed or with the media, the ability of communicate effectively is vital to an executive’s success.

Using Technology Trends to Shape Organizational Strategy EMBA 6908

Builds competency by exploring a diverse set of technological trends within a variety of industries, as understanding and preparing for the impact and opportunities of technology trends is a vital executive skill. This course uses case studies and incorporates discussions with current Silicon Valley tech leaders to highlight major technological shifts underway that can quickly destroy business models while inventing new ones.

Business Law EMBA 6909

Presents law as a social institution with a focus on increasing the legal literacy of business executives. This course, which is structured into two parts, explores how law affects business strategy and decision-making   The first part builds a foundation and includes an overview of the nature of law and its relationship to ethics, as well as an introduction to legal infrastructure—both procedural and substantive.   The second part explores a selection of legal areas of particular interest to business leaders. Discussion topics are chosen -- based on pressing, current controversie -- from areas such as corporate and securities law, antitrust, employment law and commercial law.

Managerial Economics EMBA 6910

The course includes an examination and application of those microeconomic tools essential to the management of organizations. This component of the EMBA program is aimed at informing managerial decision-making vis-à-vis: resource allocation; identifying optimal pricing points; strengthening the firm’s value chain; and maximizing profitability. In this course we review supply-and-demand analysis; the market environment in which firms position themselves; dissect patterns of consumer preferences; assess consumption and production functions; revenue and cost estimation; and illuminate the expanding role of information in driving competitor behavior at the global level.

Strategic Marketing EMBA 6911

Examines marketing environments and the impact marketing activities have on organizational operations in competitive, global, multicultural business settings. This course discusses both domestic and international frameworks of the fundamental marketing strategy functions of product, pricing, distribution and promotion. Also explored and analyzed are modern marketing problems and solutions from conceptual, legal, and ethical perspectives. Marketing information systems and the use of advanced technologies in marketing decision-making are explained.

Decision Modeling & Data Analytics EMBA 6912

Conveys key knowledge to (1) identify characteristics of the revolutions in data science and “big data"; (2) give examples of how data science is creating new (or transforming old) industries, services, or products; and (3) discuss new ethical conundrums that are emerging as a consequence of the revolutions in data science and "big data". This course creates an understanding of some of the conceptual underpinnings of simple linear regression models, logistic regression models, decision trees, and basic clustering algorithms. These models will be applied to business problems through business case studies.

Supply Chain Management EMBA 6913

Explores the major topics for various operational issues encountered in real life supply chain processes including purchasing, operations and distribution issues. This course focuses on how firms attempt to improve their competitive positions by strategically managing the flow of raw materials, work-in-process inventories and finished goods. A supply chain simulation exposes students to the operational and financial management challenge to better understand the interrelationships and integration between end customers as well as respective members of the supply chain.

Ethics & Social Responsibility EMBA 6915

Operates under the belief that graduate education, specifically that within the executive realm, must go beyond the simple identification of ethical violations and move towards an understanding of how an individual’s ethics are constructed, how to actively construct and contribute to an organization’s ethical framework, and finally how to manage organizations and their respective members within such ethical boundaries.  This class aims to move beyond the simple presentation of ethical scenarios that force a dichotomous choice of something being either  "good" or "bad" and instead instill an appreciation of the complexity involved in "being ethical".

Entrepreneurship EMBA 6917

Integrates a dynamic and rapidly changing field dedicated to the founding and deployment of innovative solutions. This course is more than a set of tools and techniques for starting and growing a new venture. It is a mindset, a way of looking at the world in an opportunity focused and creative way. Students focus on the ideas, steps, and strategies required for creating a new venture.

Strategic Management EMBA 6919

Applies integrative and multi-disciplinary approaches to introduce and discuss cutting edge strategic management knowledge. Students gain a familiarity with significant concepts, issues and perspectives to enable them to understand the strategic challenges facing organizations today. The course also aims to increase students' knowledge about how to create competitive advantage and to enable students to become a more effective contributor to the strategic process.

Applied Innovation Applied Innovation EMBA 6920

Focuses on “the discipline of innovation” – habits of mind and follow-through that will allow students to “see differently,” and to act upon that sight in ways that will vault them ahead of the pack as both a creative problem-solver and positive option-builder. This course is specifically designed to teach a targeted set of innovation skills and applied creativity tools that can be learned, practiced, and used to generate fresh products, services, processes, and systems.

Change Management EMBA 6929

Exposes students to the methods, models, and processes specifically related to diagnosing and planning for organizational change and effectiveness in today's business world. In addition to traditional lectures and readings, this course provides additional insights via students' own planned change initiatives.

Multicultural Leadership EMBA 6952

Develops the skills and knowledge required of executives to effectively lead culturally diverse working environments. This course covers the theoretical foundations of diversity and multiculturalism through the application of intercultural skills and knowledge necessary for teams of people to work together for a common goal while respecting each other’s cultures, values and identities.

Global Business Practicum EMBA 6997

Offers students the opportunity to further develop their understanding of international global and stakeholder management. Over 11 days, students visit corporations and organizations in two international destinations. This course is designed to enhance the program's curriculum while challenging students to apply the principles and knowledge they have gained throughout the program to a real world, international business topic or case. The course has the potential to enrich the students’ lives as they explore a foreign culture together with their peers.

Contact Info

Executive MBA

University of San Francisco
Downtown Campus
101 Howard Street, Suite 100
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 422-2715