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Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2015-2016 
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2015-2016 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Executive MBA

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Director of the Executive MBA Program: Richard M. Stafford

Contact Information

Office Location: Conrad N. Hilton Center for Business; Center for Executive Learning

Telephone: 877.LMU.8585 (877.568.8585)

Fax: 310.338.1890

E-mail: emba@lmu.edu

Website: http://emba.lmu.edu


The LMU EMBA is designed for accomplished working professionals to build the core business competencies and insights required for executive leadership. The 20-month program offers:

  • First rate faculty comprised of academic and industry leaders
  • Rigorous curriculum that melds the latest research and industry best practices
  • Small, collaborative class with successful, highly motivated peers
  • Saturday-only classes that minimize work conflicts
  • Professional and career development fully supported by executive coaching
  • Conveniently-located campus in the heart of “Silicon Beach”
  • Unique OnBoarding Program that prepares you to go back to school and get the most out of your EMBA

The current program begins August 2015 and ends in May 2017.

Application Process

The Executive MBA program requires a Bachelor’s degree with an acceptable level of scholarship from an accredited institution of higher learning and six or more years of increasing responsibility in professional, management, or entrepreneurial positions.

Admission to the Executive MBA program is individualized and based on a candidate’s potential to pursue graduate study. Each candidate is evaluated on the cumulative evidence received including, but not limited to, work and management experience, career accomplishments, potential for advancement, letters of recommendation, personal interview, information provided in the application form, undergraduate and graduate (if any) record, and GMAT (if required). Selection is based on academic potential without regard to race, creed, color, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, or disability.

How to Apply

Application deadline is July 1. Applications received after the deadline will be considered if spaces are available.

  • Schedule your personal interview
    Candidates for the Executive MBA must have an interview with a member of the admissions committee. If you are considering candidacy, you are encouraged to interview early in the admissions process to assess the fit between the program and your experience, expectations, and personal development needs, and to determine if you are required to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).
  • Complete the application for admission
    Please type or print clearly. Give your full legal name.
  • Include a $100 application fee (non-refundable)
    Your check should be made out to Loyola Marymount University. If a check is written for you by someone else, please make sure your name appears on it. Application fee is waived for active duty military members and veterans.
  • Send for official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    Official records must be sent directly from the registrar of the issuing institution to EMBA Admissions. Transcripts submitted will not be returned, nor will copies be forwarded by LMU to other institutions.
  • Request two letters of recommendation
    You should request these from persons with whom you have closely worked and who can evaluate your abilities, accomplishments, and potential. Where applicable, at least one letter should come from your supervisor. Recommenders should use one of the postage paid envelopes provided by EMBA Admissions to send their letters directly to EMBA Admissions.
  • Provide the official score of your Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), if required
    The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is required only if your prior academic work and professional experience does not show clear evidence of strong quantitative and analytical reasoning skills. A determination that the GMAT is required will be made after your personal interview and application screening. If the GMAT is required, your results should be sent to EMBA Admissions (ETS code 4403).
    The GMAT is a computer-adaptive test (CAT) that is available year-round at test centers throughout the world. Visit the MBA Explorer ® website at http://www.mbaexplorer.com for quick answers to most of your questions and the latest GMAT information. If you have additional questions, contact an Educational Testing Service customer service representative at 609.921.9000. Telephone lines are open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., EST.
  • Review and Notification
    A formal notice will be sent to each candidate after the application and complete records are received, the interview conducted, and the admission committee has made its recommendation. If you are admitted, you will be expected to confirm your commitment with a non-refundable payment of $1,000. This pre-payment will be applied to tuition charges and will reserve one of the LMU EMBA positions for you.

Summary - The Application Essentials

SCHEDULE INTERVIEW: Early interview suggested

SEND: Application with $100 fee


  • Transcripts
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • GMAT Score, if required


EMBA Admissions
Center for Executive Learning
Loyola Marymount University
1 LMU Drive, MS 8386
Los Angeles, CA  90045-2659

The Executive MBA Curriculum

The Executive MBA curriculum employs a modular structure with the focus shifting from analysis and evaluation in the first half of the program to strategic application and execution in the second half of the program. The 20-month, 55-credit-hour program is presented in four modules. The learning process is accomplished through three levels of integration.

Knowledge Content: To enhance relevance of core business concepts to the workplace, knowledge content (finance, accounting, economics, statistics, marketing, leadership, performance management, and strategy) is presented by instructors with significant real-world experience in theme-based modules that closely approximate their application in real-world situations.

Managerial Competencies: Core managerial competencies (problem solving and decision making, communicating and interpersonal relations) are used to integrate and enhance the application of knowledge, experience, and learned concepts into the workplace.

Integrated Learning Environment: Relevance and enhanced retention are enabled through action-based assignments, illustrative real-world cases studies, integrated skill application projects, and on-scene domestic and international field trips.

The major components of the program are the Classroom Experience, Skills Application Projects, and off-campus Learning Experiences.

Classroom Experience

Classroom sessions are comprised of presentations by highly-qualified faculty and business leaders. Learning is facilitated through interaction between participants and faculty, exercises approximating real management issues, case studies, and exploring management concepts found in readings and text materials. Individual skill development is stressed, with the aim of equipping executives with strategies they can use to improve their own decision-making and leadership capabilities.

Skill Application Projects

Skill application projects provide important experiential learning by using business concepts learned in the classroom to solve real business problems. Each module or major curriculum focus uses a team project to facilitate the transference of knowledge into practical application. Projects are real business issues faced every day, such as a merger or acquisition, ethical decisions, opening new markets, major reorganization, or a functional business problem. Web-based group interaction and e-mail are used to facilitate completion of group assignments.

Learning Experiences

Learning experiences provide unique educational opportunities that augment classroom instruction. These are fully integrated into the curriculum and also provide experiential learning in the actual practice of management.

  • Executive Leadership Retreat
    You begin the Executive MBA program with a four-day residential retreat where we help you set learning goals, form study teams, and engage in a variety of workshops and team-building exercises. We also include a workshop for our students and their spouses/significant others addressing the importance of achieving balance between family, work, and school.
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurialism
    After completing Modules 1 and 2 in Year One, students will study innovation and entrepreneurialism during a structured summer program. The innovation component will explore the key organizational factors that facilitate innovative process, including a domestic field trip to some of the nation’s most innovative companies. The entrepreneurialism component will examine the new venture start up process, identifying the elements critical for success.
  • International Trip
    Toward the end of the program, you will take a field trip to one or more major, non-U.S. business centers that will broaden your understanding of what it takes to manage in today’s global business environment. In recent years, we have traveled to South America, China, India, Southeast Asia, and Europe. Our students regularly cite the visit as a highlight of the program.

Expectations for Executive MBA Students

The Executive MBA is a cohort program where students proceed through a fixed curriculum as a group. Learning is facilitated through collaborative assignments where students work closely with each other, with faculty, and within study teams. A significant and critical part of the learning is achieved through open and honest dialog with fellow students and faculty.

Learning in the program depends heavily on how students interact with and work with other classmates. Students are expected to develop an awareness of self that requires a willingness to engage in self-discovery, to look at oneself objectively and honestly, and to respect the opinions and perspectives of fellow classmates, faculty, and administrators. Students agree to and accept the following guidelines:

  • Fully engage and participate in class discussion
  • Actively participate in regular team meetings and activities
  • Fulfill commitments made to the team including homework and team projects
  • Support other team members
  • Actively work to create a high performance team
  • Be open to feedback from faculty, team members, and class members
  • Provide feedback to team members and class members
  • Treat fellow students, faculty, and administrators with dignity, decency, and mutual respect

Failure to adhere to these guidelines may result in dismissal from the program.

The EMBA Curriculum Sequence

The EMBA is built and organized around key business challenges, with courses that integrate core business concepts and tools with real business situations to address these challenges. Credit hours for an individual course may vary from .5 to 4 semester hours, and some courses may not be offered for each class, or in the module indicated; however, total credit hours is 55 semester hours. The MBA degree is awarded by the College of Business Administration at the successful completion of the program.

The LMU EMBA program consists of 55 semester hours taught over four modules and a summer session between the first and second years. Each module approximates a normal semester. The curriculum is integrated, which means that key concepts are addressed across courses and across modules. The sequence moves from acquiring business knowledge, to applying knowledge in real-world settings at the organizational level, to using knowledge and skills for making strategic decisions and leading change at the firm level.

Module 1: Leadership and Language of Business

This module introduces fundamental leadership principles and to develop skills for assessing the impact of the global economy on the economic value of the firm. Courses aim at improving decision making by laying a solid foundation in leadership, quantitative and analytical skills.

The module includes:


The coursework is applied in a real-world skill application project, MBAP 611 Corporate Expansion Analytics , which ties the course work together and provides actual practice in using quantitative data to support a major financial decision.

Module 2: Building and Leading High Performance Organizations

The focus of this module is to enable executives to maximize human potential for building and leading high performance organizations. Courses expand learning through application of core concepts learned in the previous module. Students will develop an understanding of their own leadership and decision-making styles.

The module includes:

Summer: Innovation and Entrepreneurialism

The summer learning experience focuses on gaining an understanding of the leadership, organizational, and individual factors that facilitate innovation and entrepreneurialism. Classroom learning is supplemented with a domestic field trip that examines the management practices of leading companies.

The program includes:


By the end of the program, students will have gained insights into the organizational dynamics and capabilities required to foster innovation. The entrepreneurial perspectives gained are applicable to both start-ups or new ventures within large firms.

Module 3: Strategy in the Global Business Environment

This module expands learning and perspective beyond functional and internal topics to global approaches, presenting a variety of complex and interrelated issues confronting firms in today’s global and uncertain business climate.

The module includes:


By the end of this module, students will have acquired both the knowledge and skills required of sophisticated managers. The focus to this point has been mastery of concepts and application of those concepts.

Module 4: Leadership and International Experience

This experience is the capstone application of previously learned knowledge and skills. The courses’ focus is strategic assessment of opportunities and threats facing a firm; and then in light of this assessment developing strategic approaches that can lead to a competitive advantage for the firm. The major emphasis is on the leadership required to execute strategic direction with specific focus on change management.

The experience includes:

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