Core Courses

The Fisher core courses are designed to provide you with the fundamentals of business and help you develop the managerial thinking skills you will need to become a competitive advantage for your firm.

Students enrolled in EMBA-Energy are required to take the Energy Specialization Courses.

In addition to the core curriculum, each cohort selects the five elective courses to complete the program.


Strategy Formulation and Implementation

Examines the nature of corporate strategy, development of a conceptual framework for understanding competition in industries and factors that shape competitive success or failure.

Organizational Behavior

Overviews the foundations of human behavior in organizations. Topics include group and teamwork effectiveness, managing performance, power and influence, leadership, conflict management, and organizational culture.

Managerial Economics

Applies microeconomic and econometrics theories to analyze the firm’s immediate economic environment, including industry demand and rivalry, and the firm’s production and cost functions.

Business Statistics

Introduces descriptive statistics, statistical inference, and regression. Major emphasis is placed on achieving an application-oriented understanding of data analysis tools and techniques.


Examines fundamental accounting concepts and techniques that are employed by entities to facilitate planning, performance evaluation, and control.

Marketing Management

Focuses on the interrelated elements of the marketing mix, its relationship with the other functional areas of management and marketing responses to consumers and to the external environment.

Financial Management

Deals with important managerial decisions, such as project selection and financing, starting with the fundamental concepts of valuation and risk return.

Operations Management

Considers strategic issues in managing operations as a means for competing in global markets, analyzes processes, capacity, quality, and improvement policies in both service and manufacturing settings.

International Business

Emerging Markets: Integrates a diverse body of knowledge to address the issues faced by the multinational firm. (This course meets in July, August and concludes in November after the international experience abroad).

International Trip - October (tentative)

As a part of the International Business course, students participate in a global immersion experience, by visiting organizations abroad to gain first-hand knowledge of operations in the global marketplace.

Professional Development: Your Leadership Legacy

A practical review of the drivers of success in executive leadership roles, with a heavy emphasis on individual assessment, personal development, and career goals. (This course meets once in September and concludes in Module 4)

Elective Topics

Each cohort takes five elective courses to complete the EMBA curriculum. The courses are carefully chosen by EMBA faculty members based on students' interests.

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In Their Words

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    "I knew I made the right decision when my boss sent me the Wall Street Journal article touting the Fisher EMBA’s incredible return on investment.

    What I learn during each on-campus session is 100% applicable to the challenges I face on a daily basis. The EMBA faculty urges us to bring our own business problems and decisions into the classroom and actually integrates these concerns into the curriculum.

    But the best surprise has been what I continue to learn and gain from working with my classmates. The team approach truly simulates an executive environment where people with very different perspectives and experiences must come together to make things happen.

    I’ve learned more about myself as both a leader and team member than I thought possible."

    Elizabeth Newman
    Executive MBA Class of 2011
    Senior Advisor
    EquaTerra, Inc.