Curriculum

The BYU Marriott Executive MBA program requires 54 credit hours of coursework. Students in the program’s challenging curriculum approach management through six core areas of study: accounting, finance, international business, marketing, operations, and organizational behavior.

The program is designed to provide broad management training with a curriculum that supplements hands-on work experience and the opportunity to immediately apply and test management theories and newly acquired skills. The course schedule is structured to be accessible and relevant for working professionals and to help maintain a balance between work, school, and family commitments.

Current Courses

First Year

  • Leadership: Identifying and Developing Convictions, Strength, and Key Competencies — Exploring current topics and issues in leadership and management. Identifying convictions and strengths necessary for effective leadership in contemporary business settings. Creating a plan for developing key competencies.
  • Corporate Financial Recording — Analyzing financial accounting and reporting issues used by prospective managers.
  • Business Analytics — Introduction to both descriptive (data visualization) and predictive (forecasting) data analytics. Focus on using the analytical tools and skills needed to make better data-centered managerial decisions.
  • Human Resource Management — Introduction to theoretical principles and best practices for selecting, assessing, motivating and developing an organization’s most important asset: its employees.
  • Human Resource Management — Introduction to theoretical principles and best practices for selecting, assessing, motivating and developing an organization’s most important asset: its employees.
  • Marketing Management — Development of analytical marketing tools and techniques; their utilization in case analysis and decision making in marketing management.
  • Managerial Accounting 1 — Objectives and procedures of cost accounting. Topics include job costing, joint product costing, cost behavior analysis, standard costs, cost allocation problems, and cost data use in management.
  • Operations Management — Doing work efficiently and well within a company’s own operation and in the connected operations of a supply chain. Topics in the course include: strategic sourcing, operations fundamentals (bottlenecks, cycle times, throughput time, work in progress, etc.), operations strategy, cellular processes, product/process fit, continuous improvement/quality/lean, forecasting, supply chain coordination, operations and organizational transformation, and capacity planning.
  • Intentional Principles for Leading and Thriving: Razor’s Edge A — Principles and practices for intentionally thriving on three levels: 1) personally, 2) in their family, and 3) as business leaders. Review of the literature around the myths of happiness, and exploration of motivation (self-determination theory) and positive psychology (positive emotion, engagement, relationships, meaning and achievement). Implications of technology, nature, a three-day learning adventure provides an experiential context to live and experience the principles studied in a real world context. Each student creates a plan to thrive.

Second Year

  • The General Manager’s Role — Creating alignment among organizational elements of the firm; managing strategic change; the role of personal and business values in strategy.
  • Strategy – Application of strategic tools, insights, and frameworks designed to help organizations achieve optimal performance in competitive industries. The course uses business cases to analyze how and why specific strategies succeed or fail.
  • Business Ethics — Basic issues, concepts, and tools of management ethics; includes ethical theory, behavioral ethics, character ethics, leadership ethics and corporate social responsibility, all taught in a gospel context.
  • Introduction to Global Management — Foundations in global management integrating strategy, finance, operations, marketing, and human resource management.
  • International Business Tours — International experience focusing on in-depth tours of global firms in selected countries, including instruction by global business executives. Exposure to global business practices in management, finance, operations, marketing, and strategy.
  • Intentional Principles for Leading and Thriving: Razor’s Edge B— Building on principles and practices around happiness and positive psychology from part one, students will explore the implications for thriving personally, in families, and professional around time and energy, essentialism, GRIT, and physical and spiritual well-being. Using content from the entire course and their EMBA experience, students will build a Plan to Thrive (PTT) and in a two day experience, share, revise and present their plans in a culminating experience.
  • Five elective courses concurrent with their regular core classes