As the area's leader in executive education, the Lubar College of Business STEM-Designated Executive MBA (EMBA) program offers business professionals a transformative 16-month educational and life experience designed especially for the experienced manager. The Lubar EMBA builds deep professional relationships with corporate executives and managers, and with an active network of successful Lubar Executive MBA alumni.

The cohort format fosters a highly bonded network of peer professionals. Attending classes every other week - Friday evening and Saturday - provides the flexibility needed to balance a career while pursuing an Executive MBA degree.

The program includes collaborative technologies, advanced management research, applied learning projects, and an international trip.

Admission Requirements 

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines vary by program, please review the application deadline chart for specific programs. Other important dates and deadlines can be found by using the One Stop calendars.


Applicants for the Executive MBA Program must meet Graduate School requirements and additional program standards as specified below:

  • Ten or more years of professional experience preferred, including at least 7 years of management experience, or nomination of the employing organizations.
  • Applicants are reviewed by the Master’s Program Committee of the Lubar College of Business. The admission recommendations are based upon:
    • Academic achievement and ability to do intensive graduate-level work.
    • Nature of managerial experience.
    • Contribution to the varied skills of the class.
    • Ability and willingness of the individual and the employer to make a 16-month commitment to the program.
  • Applicants must submit a statement of purpose (1 to 2 pages on why you would like to earn your degree at the Lubar College of Business and your plans after graduation).

See the program website for additional information.

Credits and Courses

Students admitted to the Executive MBA Program will take the following courses:

BUSMGMT 704Accounting Analysis and Control3
BUSMGMT 705Corporate Finance3
BUSMGMT 706Managing in a Dynamic Environment3
BUSMGMT 707Information Technology Management in International Businesses3
BUSMGMT 708Marketing Strategy: Concepts and Practice3
BUSMGMT 709Predictive Analytics for Managers3
BUSMGMT 711Global Supply Chain Strategies & Competitive Operations3
BUSMGMT 712Strategic Management 13
or BUSMGMT 720 Strategic Management in Health Care Organizations
This course must be taken for a total of 3 credits:3
Seminar-in-Management: (Topics: International Business Simulation, Corporate Simulation, and Strategy Formulation)
Complete a concentration in Global Strategic Leadership or Integrated Health Care Leadership, or select 4 courses from the list below: 2
Corporate Economics
Health Care Administration and Delivery Systems
Managed Care and Integrated Health Networks
Entrepreneurship: Venture Creation and Management
Leadership, Team Building, and Effective Management
Health Care Accounting, Law and Ethics
Total Credits39-42

Global Strategic Leadership students must take BUSMGMT 712 and Integrated Health Care Leadership students must take BUSMGMT 720.


BUS ADM 795: Seminar-in-Management topics "HR Law and Ethics" and "Cross-Cultural Management" may also be taken as elective options.

Additional Requirements

Proof of competency in the three foundation requirement areas of financial accounting, mathematics review, and team building and business communications through coursework, or through examinations as approved by the Master’s Program faculty committee. Students are also assumed to have basic proficiency in the use of word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and Web-browsing software.

Major Professor as Advisor

The student in the Executive MBA Program is not assigned an advisor or major professor. Questions about the student’s program of study, courses or regulations should be directed to the EMBA Director, Lubar N471, (414) 229-6045.


Not required.

Comprehensive Examination

Not required.

Transfer Credit

No more than 20% of the required credits may be taken at an institution other than UWM. A maximum of one three-credit course from another AACSB-accredited graduate program may be transferred. These courses are subject to Graduate School transfer policy.

Time Limit

The Executive MBA must be completed in 3 years from initial enrollment date.