The Rutgers Executive MBA curriculum is 57 credits—45 core credits and 12 elective credits. With the exception of the summer China program, all electives (3 courses, 9 credits) are taken in the final semester of the program. Additionally, you may choose to purse a concentration by taking all of your electives in the same area.
Fall Term - 1st Year - 12 credits
Click on each course title to learn more about the course.
Aggregate Economic Analysis (3 credits)
This is a highly applied Macroeconomic Policy analysis course, where the students typically analyze fiscal and monetary polices from articles which may be just a few hours old! Current global fiscal and monetary policies, budget and trade deficits, global capital flows and their effects on inflation, output, employment, interest rates, stock prices, housing bubbles, commodities, and exchange rates, are analyzed. The course is highly global in nature, and extremely relevant and current. Some topics are: What is Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) and why is it so important following the Global Pandemic? What is a global Liquidity Trap and why is it important? Why do stock prices often have little to do with the real state of the economy? How reliable is Kindleberger-Minsky in predicting the lives of bubbles? This course, along with the Managerial Economics (Pricing) course in Semester 2 have been ranked #2 in the world for the third time, by Financial Times, and in their Global Top 10, at least 8 times.
Business Statistics (3 credits)
This course introduces the use of statistical methods and probability in the analysis and modeling of business problems. Cutting-edge software applications coupled with a strong focus on the interpretation of computational results, yields powerful applicability to real-world decision-making. Examples are drawn from such settings as supply chain management, pharmaceuticals, health care, market research, quality control, and production.
Business Law for Managers (2 credits)
An overview of business law within the context of law in general. Studies the interplay of law, business and society, with an aim to implementing responsible and successful management. Managers must develop legal literacy and an appreciation of the role of law in the effective and ethical management of their businesses. Students learn how managers can use the law tactically and strategically to create solutions for business objectives without incurring undue legal or business risk.
Executive Leadership (3 credits)
What is "Leadership" in the context of today's highly global and highly digital/virtual workplace? What is Change Management and how can you leverage Change in a rapidly evolving technological landscape? How do you motivate your team? Your company? Yourself? How do you assign accountability to high-powered teams that are in, say, four different time zones with four highly diverse business cultures? Do you know how to effectively plan for a negotiation, and how to make sure that your ideas get heard?
A recently added component on Innovation Management is designed to help students understand the importance of innovation to the performance, and indeed, the survival of their companies. Is there an Innovation Ecosystem? Or is Innovation endogenous? Or should Innovation be outsourced if it is not a Comparative Advantage for your company? Or does it pay to not be an Innovator---maybe it is best to focus on a standardized product? If Innovation is to be cultivated at work, then how do executives optimally manage an ongoing innovation system?
This course is taught by a team of veteran professors, with each one being a well-recognized subject matter expert in a particular aspect of Executive Leadership. The course deploys class discussions, role playing, case analyses, simulations and projects to give participants hands-on skills to be deployed at work right away. Many of the topics also synergize strongly with the Powerhouse Advantage courses in Presentation Skills since the REMBA program really emphasizes ultra-strong proficiency in verbal and written communication skills.
The following are brief synopses of the modules conducted by individual professors:
Art Certosimo: Crisis Leadership and Change management.
It is 9/14 three days after one of the darkest days in the history of the United States. Smoke still hangs in the air from the attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11. CEO of Broker Dealer Services and Executive VP at Bank of New York-Mellon, Art Certosimo, Rutgers grad and former Rutgers football player is in the meeting of his life. On the phone are General Colin Powell, Vice President of the US, Dick Cheney, and in the room with Art is Art's boss, President and CEO of BNY-Mellon, Tom Renyi (another Rutgers graduate). Also on the phone are the top generals of the US armed forces; the big brass are all there. The issue? The global market for US Treasuries---the safest investment on the planet---is about to melt down! The data is not moving from the safe-house in NJ to Wall Street. All normal data communications are down. And time is running out. If the market melts, so does American credibility, and so does our global financial standing. It is a terrifying prospect. Art 's job it is to fix this. Fast! What to say? What to do? How much to delegate? What comes first--family or country? How to operate without sleep for 3 days under intense global scrutiny? How to navigate the debris and chaos of 9/11.
Learn the Art of Crisis Management in its purest form from a true leader, a financial guru, a story-teller extraordinaire, and a true friend of the Rutgers EMBA program, in his session in Semester One in the Executive Leadership course in the REMBA program.
Art's session will be comprised of two parts: (i) Leadership in a Crisis situation, described above, and (ii) Change Management. In the latter section, Art will draw upon his extensive experience in the world of high finance to underscore real, practical techniques for enacting effective change. He will synthesize cutting-edge theory to his years of experience and allow participants to experience first-hand the art and science of Change Strategy.
Jerry Kim: Innovation Strategy for Senior Executives
Session 1 – DESIGN THINKING: Organizing Creativity and Avoiding Strategic Inertia
Fostering creativity throughout the organization is one of the most critically important jobs of an organizational leader. While our culture and society celebrate the heroic genius of the individual inventor (e.g., Steve Jobs, Elon Musk), research suggests that having the right organizational structures and processes has a far bigger impact on innovative outcomes. In this session, we will examine the team and organizational-level conditions that enable leaders to maximize organizational innovation and creativity. In particular, we will focus on “design thinking” as a methodology that can foster creativity and innovation. A deeper understanding of the core principles behind “design thinking” will further help us understand why organizations and leaders often fail to change despite disruptive threats and environmental changes, and provide a framework for how leaders can overcome strategic inertia.
Session 2 – Building Resilient and Innovative Organizations in Times of Crisis
In times of crisis, innovation may seem like a luxury for many organizations. Yet, crisis situations are exactly when the capability to generate new approaches and solutions are most valuable. Building on the notion that “crisis management is innovation on steroids”, the session will examine what leaders must do to navigate novel threats and highly uncertain environments by leveraging innovation within and across organizations. Using a case study on the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, we will explore the common mistakes leaders make in high-stakes crisis situations, and discuss how leaders can build organizational cultures that prevent large scale errors, and exhibit resilience in the face of challenges.
Terri Kurtzberg: Executive-Level Negotiations, and Managing Virtual Interaction
Associate Professor of Management and Global Business Terri R. Kurtzberg focuses on three areas of Executive Leadership in REMBA: (i) Executive Negotiations, (ii) Virtual Interactions, and (iii) Navigating Leadership Blind spots (this with Prof. Ameri described in the following blurb). In Executive Negotiations, Prof. Kurtzberg offers a glimpse into the methods of master negotiators, including the following: What must you do before you even walk into the room? What tactics and strategies will work for you, and how do you deflect those of others? How do you handle disputes? Can you effectively influence others?
The Virtual Interaction module aims to uncover blind spots in communicating with others to become more effective in both day-to-day and big-picture interactions, whether across the hall or around the globe. In this module, Prof. Kurtzberg will focus on helping each EMBA student become more effective at leading and participating in virtual team interactions. Both common virtual team problems and realistic solutions will be discussed. Topics will range from early team interactions and building trust, to coordination difficulties and leadership challenges over global supply chains. Problems created by electronic communication will also be addressed.
Terri Kurtzberg/Mason Ameri: Navigating Leadership Blindspots
How does an organization communicate with its employees? How do you, as a leader, signal to your direct subordinates? When something goes awry, can you identify the causes and address them at different levels? Each of these issues stems from the culture of an organization. The saying “culture eats strategy for breakfast,” by management expert Peter Drucker describes the idea that a leader needs analytical skills to realize the organization’s vision and strategic goals, as well as an understanding of the psychology of the workplace to create and enact a prosperous culture. Disconnecting the two may put an organization’s success at risk. The goal of this session, conducted by Professors Kurtzberg and Mason Ameri, is to help you understand how an organization’s culture can be a source of competitive advantage and can influence outcomes at the individual, group, and organizational levels (e.g., employee attitudes, innovation, market share, and more).
Farrokh Langdana: The Cycle of One. Unconventional Leadership for a Conventional World
The Rutgers Executive MBA program abides by a philosophy called the "Cycle of One," originally developed by Prof. Langdana. It is embedded into your learning experiences here. More than ensuring that you acquire the necessary business and management tools, we are committed to growing you as “unconventional” leaders so that you can apply what you've learned in the classroom to the decisions you make in the boardroom.
What is the Cycle of One?
Managers often begin their careers as lonely interns and then power through their mid-career by mostly working in teams. But at the end, when they make it to the corner office at the C-level, they often have to make hard decisions alone—it is indeed “lonely at the top”. This progression—the lonely intern, then the team player and then finally the CEO making difficult and poignant decisions alone—is our “Cycle of One.”
How it works
Rutgers Executive MBAs are trained to think on their feet—to think fast and to be bold enough to make rapid-fire decisions alone, if and when they have to. Often these decisions involve leaning towards more humanistic and compassionate (and unconventional) choices, and to “throwing away the rule book”.
To foster this, throughout the program, students participate in short Cycle of One exercises where an urgent situation demanding a quick decision, is presented to the participants. Many of these situations are embedded in historical context; there is a huge emphasis on Leadership in History in this program.You play the part of the CEO, and are given moments to quickly respond. There is no team discussion, no coach, no mentor, no “break out” session, no internet—this critical decision must be yours and yours alone, and must be made expeditiously.
Welcome to the Cycle of One, a concept that will be continuously developed by multiple professors right through your four-semester EMBA experience.
Jessica Methot: Leveraging Organizational Networks
While managing human capital is a critical competency for leaders, it is no longer effective to simply manage individual employees.Leaders operating in dynamic and boundary-less environments must manage webs of connected assets in order to find, utilize, and coordinate employees’ knowledge, skills, and expertise.This “networked” approach has implications for the way individuals share knowledge, generate ideas, and collaborate.In this session, Prof. Methot will focus on an array of topics related to how leaders can best leverage organizational network analysis (ONA) tools to achieve strategic outcomes. Topics will include:
(i) identifying critical relationships that should exist to ease workflow and support strategic objectives, (ii) pinpointing central players and key opinion leaders to alleviate collaborative overload and effectively distribute resources, (iii) coordinating employee expertise and bridging silos, and (iv) building agile and resilient organizational networks.
Jim Smith, Jr.: Ultra-Powerful Presentation Skills
Dr. Jim Smith, Jr., CSP, a highly sought-after presentations skills specialist, speaker, author, and coach, comes on board to ensure that Rutgers EMBAs learn the art of making exceptional, high impact business presentations. Professor Farrokh Langdana had been searching for a veritable superstar to train the EMBAs to make memorable presentations, and he finally found him, thanks to Brian Warrick (Metlife Executive, EMBA 2008).
In this session, Dr. Jim focuses on voice projection, eye communication, audience engagement, storytelling, modulation and optimal PowerPoint presentations (i.e., bringing out the story in each slide so that your audience members can hear, see and feel what you’re saying). Additionally, there is a session in which he will teach Executive MBAs how to open, close and structure business communications to diverse audiences such as potential investors, boards of directors and hostile audiences. Dr. Jim’s exposure to EMBA has recently been increased to give students greater opportunities to present in class. If you are transitioning from a world of Research, Medicine, Finance, IT, etc., to another world in which you will be client-facing, or moving to the C-level and making high-level presentations to your stockholders, your Boards, the Media, and so on, then this module will be transformative! Dr. Jim has presented to both national and international audiences of all sizes.
John Tintera: The Art of Strategic Writing
One of the less glamorous but absolutely necessary areas of “heavy lifting” in the business world—or any world, for that matter—is really effective writing. Beyond the speeches, the schmoozing, the PPT presentations and the conference calls, is the real written report. And this simply must be perfect; it has to draw readers to the main points, and then reinforce them by making precise, concise, and convincing arguments. The written document has to ensure that readers with limited time and often limited attention are “getting your point”.
Prof. John Tintera, writer, publicist, publishing executive extraordinaire, and Rutgers EMBA alum, will lead this 3-hour intensive session. “What’s the best way for executives to sell their proposals internally when they’re competing with other proposals for limited funds? How should executives communicate news that might not be very good, to their Boards of Directors, or to the Media? What do you write to the head of HR who is threatening to shrink the size of your staff?
The perfect memo, report or even email can and does make all the difference, and conversely, we all know what a badly worded email can do---thud! We have all been there!” This intensive seminar will be completely hands-on. You will be guided through a series of writing exercises and given on-the-spot feedback. Grow your writing muscles and learn to say what you mean—and say it well, and say it fast—every time.
Dr. Bershad: Leadership Lessons from the Frontline
It all began with an EMBA class Project in Prof. Rosa Oppenheim's Analytic Techniques course; the course is really Data-driven Strategy, and Rosa teaches two courses in The Powerhouse.
In a remarkable display of adaptability and creativity, Dr. Josh Bershad, then CMO at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in NJ, had deployed Prof. Oppenheim's Queuing Theory models to Healthcare! Instead of minimizing assembly and procurement time for components in an engineering process, Josh had now re-engineered the models to minimize patient waiting time, to shorten reimbursement time form insurance companies, to cut waiting time in the inner office after seeing the nurse, to optimize the follow-up scheduling, and so on. It was fascinating! It takes a lot for Rosa to be impressed---and she was impressed!
Fast forward to the present. Dr. Josh Bershad has created a C-level position at RWJBarnabas, the mega-hospital conglomerate in NJ, to run operations systems based on his original Rutgers EMBA project. Currently he is the Executive Vice President of Physician Services and also the Chief Medical Officer of the Rutgers Athletic Program, along with too many other activities and Board memberships to include here.
Josh has addressed the Powerhouse several times in the past, but now he will be featured on a regular basis in the newly engineered "Executive Leadership" course. Josh will conduct a session, "Leadership Lessons from the Frontline", based on his experiences in Healthcare from physician to CMO to EVP. The session, while embedded in Healthcare, will have Leadership lessons for every discipline. Furthermore, participants will connect with one of our all-star alums, and will also observe Josh's Presentations Skills, at the C-level.
Spring Term - 1st Year - 15 credits
Data Driven Analysis For Decision Making (3 credits)
Introduces model-building and analysis techniques for business applications. Topics include the use of regression analysis for forecasting, linear programming, inventory management, and queuing (waiting line) analysis. Examples are drawn from many functional areas, including supply chain management, health care and the pharmaceutical industry, and production and service operations.
Financial Management (3 credits)
Provides managers with a strong foundation in the essentials of financial management. Topics include discounted cash flow, stock and bond valuation, risk and return, capital budgeting, cost of capital, capital structure, working capital management and international finance.
Financial Accounting (3 credits)
A core class that teaches the language of business. It focuses on reporting, understanding and the use of accounting information to support valuation resource allocation, planning, capital management, production, costing, marketing, control, and performance evaluation decisions.
Managerial Economics (3 credits)
Explores the fundamental principles of different pricing strategies to achieve the objectives of a firm. What price should we use to maximize profit? Is it the same that will maximize our market share? What role do costs play when choosing a pricing strategy? How do we react to a competitor's price cut? This class will help you navigate through these and other related questions.
Supply Chain Logistics (3 credits)
In conjunction with the Executive Education department, this re-engineered online based course covers key supply chain strategies; Role of the Cloud in SCM, SCM Finance, Robot Processes, and the Green Value Chain, all of which are essential in today's world-class global business. Additional topics covered include network design, forecasting, inventory management, strategic alliances, supply chain integration, procurement and outsourcing, customer value, international issues, and a review of supply chain software strategies. This course discusses in detail how today’s companies “live and die” by their supply chains.
Fall Term - 2nd Year - 15 credits
Special Topics: China: Opportunities & Challenges (3 credits)
Summer China Program
The 10-day China Experience program happens the summer following the second semester, and brings students to Beijing and Shanghai for a unique business education experience. Because the trip occurs between semesters 2 and 3, credits are applied to semester 3.
*This course counts as one of 4 required electives.
Business Strategy (3 credits)
Prof. Langdana, Director, Rutgers EMBA: "Most Strategy courses in EMBA programs are mainstream Strategy courses with a token gesture to IT developments like Big Data and Artificial Intelligence. Others are mainly IT courses that attempt to incorporate Corporate Strategy, almost as an aside. This Strategy course taught by Harvard PhD., Prof. Jerry Kim, is unique in one major respect: Jerry thoroughly integrates hard-core Corporate Strategy with really serious IT such as Big Data, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence. Both the areas are "baked-in" and incorporated consistently, and not just inserted as some after-thought. This course, taught by this professor, in this program, makes for a truly unique combination."
This course develops a general management approach to strategic management. Integrating ideas and concepts from all across the EMBA program, the course has two broad goals.
- To understand how managers can devise a set of actions (“the strategy”) and design processes that allow their company to obtain a financial advantage over competitors.
- To gain a broader understanding of how new technologies and business models are changing the competitive dynamics of markets, and how firms’ strategies must evolve to sustain competitive advantage in the new (digital) environment. To ground the concepts and analytic tools in real-world settings, we will study the decisions and strategies of companies in many different industries, including media (e.g., Disney), shipping (e.g., Maersk), life-sciences (e.g., Gilead Sciences), toy (e.g., LEGO), and technology (e.g., Uber, eHarmony) firms. To further hone the communication and persuasion skills critical to strategy-making leadership positions, the class will rely on intense, real-time debate and role-playing.
Topics include, but are not limited to:
- What are the key factors that differentiate financially successful firms and others that fail to sustain profits?
- How should an incumbent firm respond to “disruptive” innovations from new entrants?
- When does it make sense to acquire, partner with, or compete against other industry players?
- How do new technologies re-organize existing markets (i.e., network externalities), and what are the different capabilities necessary to execute business models (e.g., multi-sided platforms) that are suited for these markets?
- How will Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning alter competitive positioning and the strategic decision-making process? Can strategy formulation be digitized (i.e., “Strategy-in-a-box”), and what does this mean for future leaders?
Financial Statement Analysis (3 credits)
An advanced course that uses concepts from all aspects of business to understand and analyze the data being reported in financial statements. It also integrates aspects of forensic analysis. Special sections on mergers and acquisitions and taxes are also included in the syllabus, as well as a module titled "Models of Bankruptcy." The general principles, techniques, and tools taught in this course are fundamentally designed to judge the performance of any business corporations (big or small) anywhere in the world –public or private, in the manufacturing, retailing, or services sectors.
Instructor: Suresh Govindaraj
International Business (2 credits)
Covers strategies for penetrating foreign markets, how changes in the global economic and cultural environment impact company decision making, and introduces basic analytical tools, such as country risk assessment, and hedging of foreign exchange risk. The approach is to translate theory and concepts into real-world management practice. Issues such as outsourcing, offshoring, inshoring, and global supply chain strategy will be discussed in detail.
Marketing for Decision Making/Marketing Management (3 credits)
Presents the latest marketing tools and concepts that drive customer perceptions, purchase decisions, willingness to pay, and loyalty. Segmentation, positioning, and marketing mix decisions are discussed in detail. This core marketing course includes presentations by industry experts in Social Media Marketing and is the foundation for the marketing electives in the fourth semester that include Marketing Strategy, Digital Marketing Analytics, Brand Management and Marketing Research.
Spring Term - 2nd Year - 15 credits
Digital Transformation, Disruption & Design Thinking: D3
This unique course delivers interdisciplinary perspectives on breakthrough ideas, innovation concepts, and the phenomena of creativity. It is a visual experience of entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial insights through engaging case studies. Through design-thinking, EMBA students will explore and analyze entrepreneurial mindsets, game-changers, technology trends, social networks, disruption, innovation for corporate enterprises, and "future-casting."
Instructor: Mukesh Patel
Financial Strategy (3 credits)
Takes direct aim at providing a holistic exploration of how C-level executives manage the entire balance sheet, rather than just assets, in order to drive revenues by creating and sustaining comparative advantages in their product market. Even the most forward-thinking and innovative business strategies are worthless if the firm doesn’t have access to the funds to implement them. The class has a strong entrepreneurial focus and is particularly beneficial for those students who one day aspire to either run a company or own their own business.
Global Trade: Leading in a Protectionist-Nationalist World (1 credit)
"Back in the day, virtually all economists would be for 'free trade,'" writes, Professor Langdana who also is the Director of Rutgers EMBA. He calls this Global Trade Stage 1. "Then we had the globally connected economy, and the outsourcing thing happened, and virtual global workers started appearing in our living rooms via the internet---that’s Global Trade Stage 2," explains Prof. Langdana.
This new course is a highly applied cutting-edge course that focuses on the fact that global trade is now on the retreat everywhere. Global Nationalism-Protectionism (NP) is the order of the day, and certainly rampant here in Trump-USA, and with Brexit in the UK, in France, in Germany and India, and certainly in China. This Nationalist-Protectionist (NP) world is Global Trade Stage 3, according to Langdana. The new course will explore: How should executives run global supply chains in this environment? What really should be offshored or outsourced? Or in-shored now that the US is making it more attractive to produce here by trying to level the tax field and by trimming government regulation? How will cryptocurrencies affect the pre-eminence of the dollar in global capital flows? Was Ricardian Trade theory misapplied? Is this why we have so many globally-disillusioned Americans, Brits, French, etc.?
Strategy (1 credit)
This course builds on the Business Strategy course, and is concerned with strategic management in multi-business firms such as GE, J&J, Honda, and Danaher. Topics include: Dealing with technological disruption; Mergers and acquisitions; Vertical integration; and Relationships between corporate headquarters and the firm’s operating units. Balancing the need for speed with the requirement for thorough analysis, i.e. agility, is a recurrent theme.
Powerhouse Advantage III (1 credit)
Electives (9 credits)
In addition to the three core courses taken this term, you will also select 3 electives in the area of your choice. You may obtain a concentration by taking all three electives in a specific area—such as finance, marketing or supply chain management—or you may pursue a concentration in another available area of interest. Students may also concentrate in other areas offered by RBS (e.g., Pharmaceutical Management, Real Estate Finance, etc.) or customize their own concentration through a combination of a Research Seminar (Independent Study or Consulting Project) and other courses offered within RBS.
Sample Elective Course: Finance for the C-Suite
Learn more about electives here.
Our class schedule is built for executives and professionals with full-time jobs and responsibilities that extend far beyond work. Mid-week, late-night classes after a 10-hour work day just won't work for most of our students—you need a schedule that complements your work and personal life and where you get the most benefit from your time in the classroom.
Rutgers Executive MBA classes run on alternating weekend days.
Sample Class Schedule
|7:30-8:30||Breakfast is served! Students use this time to get settled in and meet with their study groups.|
|8:30- 10:15||Financial Accounting|
|10:30-12:15||Financial Accounting (part 2)|
|1:15-3:00||Supply Chain Logistics|
|3:15-5:00||Supply Chain Logistics (part 2)|
For one week at the beginning of each semester of the program, our students participate in a week-in-residence—an intensive week of classes hosted at The Heldrich Hotel, New Brunswick where you will learn, work and eat with the classmates in your cohort.
This week is academically intensive and rigorous, but allows you to complete roughly 25 percent of your coursework for the semester.
Beyond the academic rigor, however, this week of living together with your classmates builds teamwork, provides networking opportunities and creates friendships and bonds that extend beyond the completion of the program. The week-in-residence is a cornerstone of the Rutgers Executive MBA.
WIR Sample Schedule
|9:00-10:45||Morning Session starts with Data Driven Analysis|
|11:00-12:45||Continue with Morning Session|
|12:45-2:15||Lunch – Networking with first Year students and assigned mentors|
|4:15-6:00||Financial Accounting (part 2)|
|7:15-9:00||Evening Session, half session on Financial Accounting|
Learn more about electives available to you and the Powerhouse Advantage elective, a series of special courses and lectures that are a central part of your academic experience.