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Executive MBA (Chicago)

Course Description

Invest in yourself and achieve your potential as an innovative leader, deeply connected to the world of opportunity that surrounds you. The Executive MBA at Illinois is a high-impact, game-changing experience that leverages cutting-edge knowledge and your own ideas - elevating your leadership position.

Today's business world is marked by astounding rates of non-linear change. It's not like playing chess, where you can reasonably anticipate your opponent's moves. It's like poker, where you're always unsure of what opponents hold up their sleeves. That's why senior managers need innovative strategies to compete. The Executive MBA at Illinois, among the nation's oldest and most well respected programs, teaches you to understand the dynamics of today's competitive business environment and to leverage your own innovative ability. You will contribute more significantly to your company's success and you will lead with unparalleled ideas.

Returning to school at Illinois is an investment that pays dividends for the rest of your life. We're top ranked for financial ROI by the Wall Street Journal, but the dividends are also paid heavily in confidence, opportunity, and intellectual fulfilment. The Illinois experience will change how you leverage business opportunities for the rest of your career - you'll think differently, and others will think differently about you.

Invest in yourself. Redefine your potential. Change the game.

Every course in the Executive MBA program will challenge you to think strategically and innovatively about a broad range of critical business issues relevant to the executive.

These aren't standard college classes repackaged for experienced professionals. They're highly tailored modules created specifically for the Executive MBA program. Although courses are differentiated by subject matter, they're tightly bound by principles of leadership, innovative thinking, faculty, and global sensitivity.

Our curriculum is comprised of four essential levels of learning, layered to enable you to build your knowledge.

One: Leadership and business strategy. Nothing is more central to our mission than preparing you for your next leadership role. The first step begins with understanding that innovative leadership depends on strategy, as well as learning key leadership concepts that effective change agents must master.

Two: The complexity of business. Successful CEOs run entire enterprises, not narrow business functions. Your ability to lead depends on your ability to communicate your company's challenges across the organization. Here, we focus on teaching you the diverse "language" critical to working across your organization: accounting, economics, finance, and marketing.

Three : Solution creation. Develop a rich, more robust view of the problems facing businesses today. Delving deeper and broader, Level 3 focuses on cross-functional and enterprise-level problem solving, shaping strategic critical-thinking skills required for innovative leaders.

Four : The capstone global experience. The most comprehensive final exam one might imagine - truly a defining aspect of our Executive MBA. Throughout your second year, you'll work on an international consulting project in which your team will tackle real problems in a real company based overseas, culminating in a presentation to your client abroad.

[[Tuition and financing]]
Tuition and fees for the cohort beginning fall 2015 are $97,000 - all inclusive of tuition, meals, accommodations during regular class sessions in Chicago and the immersion weekends in Champaign, airfare to China, a laptop computer, textbooks and other pedagogical materials. Compared to other Executive MBA programs where costs of lodging, travel, and equipment are tacked on throughout the program, our all-inclusive tuition ensures that you know the bottom line going in, and that you maximize your return on investment.

Entry Requirements

*A minimum 7 years of business experience (the typical student has about 12-15 years of post-baccalaureate experience)*Company sponsorship letter*Completed application and three letters of recommendation*A successful personal interview*A commitment to pursue The Executive MBA with a high level of motivation and to set aside at least 15-20 hours per week for study time

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