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Executive MBA (EMBA) Degree Requirements

Executive MBA (EMBA) Degree Requirements 

The Executive MBA program is a cohort-based 48-credit program designed to meet the needs of experienced professionals who are ready to take their careers to the next level. The program builds on students’ professional experiences by helping them master the fundamentals of business as well as develop functional knowledge in the core business disciplines of marketing, finance, accounting, information systems, and operations management. Building on that foundation, students take advanced and specialized courses in areas such as managerial strategy, international business, and leadership. 

The Executive MBA program leads to a Master of Business Administration degree. 

Admission Requirements 

  • Five or more years of professional/managerial experience. Generally, this experience should be post-undergraduate. 

  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited university or foreign equivalent. 

  • Appropriate quantitative skills acquired via academic training or professional experience. These skills may also be demonstrated through a satisfactory score on the Executive Assessment (EA), the GMAT, or the GRE. 

EMBA Curriculum 

The program has a total of 48 credits, offered over six consecutive trimesters. 




Required Foundational/Fundamental Skills (18 credits) 

ZEP 9220 

Communication Skills and Executive Presence 

ZEP 9410 

Managerial Economics for Executives 

ZEP 9520 

Business Law and Ethics 

MGT 9301 

Managing People and Organizations 

MGT 9600 

Strategy and Competitive Advantage 

STA 9708 

Managerial Statistics 




Functional Skills (9 credits) 

The executive degree programs are cohort programs in which all students take the same courses that are selected for them by the program’s Academic Director in consultation with the program’s faculty. Accordingly, they will select three courses from this list: 

ZEP 9120 

Financial Reporting for Executives 

CIS 9000 

Information Technology Strategy 

CIS 9557 

Business Analytics 

ZEP 9425 

Financial Analysis and Decision Making 

MGT 9700 

Managing Business Operations 

MGT 9973 

Managing Creativity, Ideation and Innovation in Startups and Corporations 

ZEP 9710 

Marketing Management for Business Development 

Electives/Topical Courses (18 credits) 

Elective courses are traditionally courses that students select individually. The executive degree programs are cohort programs in which all students take the same courses that are selected for them by the program’s Academic Director in consultation with the program’s faculty. These courses may include: (1) additional Functional Skills courses not included among the three required Functional Skills courses above; (2) any ZEP courses not included above; and (3) any 9000-level courses offered by academic departments in the Zicklin School of Business for which students in this program meet the prerequisites. 

ZEP 9470 

Mergers, Acquisitions, and Private Equity 

ZEP 9620 

Operations Management and Analysis 

ZEP 9630 

Leadership Development and Adaptive Performance 

ZEP 9695 

Managerial Consulting: Perspectives from Client Engagements 

ZEP 9230 

Special Topics in Business for Executives (1.5 Credits) 


ZEP 9240 

Special Topics in Business for Executives (3 Credits) 

Capstone Experience (3 credits) 

ZEP 9720 

Perspectives on Global Business 




Total for Program 


The program reserves the right to amend, modify and change the courses offered and/or the sequence of courses. 

Degree Requirements 

Students must earn a total of 48 credits for the MBA degree, maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.00, and satisfy all Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business and Executive Programs policies, rules, and regulations. 

A student whose GPA falls below 3.00 after taking 9 or more credits in the program will be on academic probation. He or she must comply with all Baruch College requirements of probation status to continue in the program. Please refer to the current Baruch College Graduate Bulletin, discussion of General Academic Regulations, for more information on these requirements. 

Because this is a cohort program, all students take the same courses together and in the same order. Any student who enters probation status may not be able to complete the EMBA program within the period of about 22 months. 

Students taking all of the courses offered in this cohort program will be registered for 9 or more credits each semester. 

EMBA Program Learning Goals 

Executive Leadership and Teamwork 

Executive students will develop an analytical and entrepreneurial mindset that prepares them to function effectively in teams and guide their organizations in the face of innovation and disruptive changes in the business and social environments. 

Executive Knowledge & Competencies 

Executive students will build on their prior business and organizational experience through carefully-tailored coursework to further develop and integrate their knowledge of the functional areas of business and strengthen their competencies as executive leaders. 

Executive Communication 

Executive students will demonstrate the effective, persuasive (1) oral and (2) written communication skills needed to articulate and convey shared meaning that leads to commitment and successful action. 

Global Awareness 

Executive students will gain knowledge of differences in perspectives, institutions, and practices from businesses and non-profit organizations around the world and understand how to build international strategies that benefit theirorganizations. 

Ethical and Social Awareness 

Executive students will develop clear understandings of the impact of their behavior; their responsibilities as business leaders to uphold ethical principles in their dealings; and the impact of their business practices on multiple stakeholders, including economic, social and natural environments, as well as inclusion and diversity. 

Contact Information 

Office of Executive Programs 

Zicklin School of Business 

Baruch College/CUNY 

One Bernard Baruch Way, Box B13-282 

New York, NY 10010-5585 


Phone: (646) 312-3100 

Fax: (646) 312-310