Executive MBA (EMBA) Core Curriculum

The 23-month Executive MBA is 40 - 46 total credits:

  • 28 - 34 Core MBA credits
  • 12 Elective credits

FAU’s Executive MBA course curriculum is career-centered and aimed at advancing the quality of business management in the workplace while empowering students in their career aspirations. Online MBA coursework consists of core courses and electives.

*Students who have previously taken Financial Accounting Concepts (ACG 6027) and Corporate Financial Management (FIN 6406), or the undergraduate level equivalents, within the last five years and received a grade of “B” or better may have up to 6 foundation credits waived. The MBA core curriculum provides a comprehensive foundation in business management and exposure to a broad array of success-proven managerial skills and strategies.

Courses listed below are required as part of the core curriculum for the MBA program. All courses are three (3) credits except where indicated.

See “Specializations” for information on degree specializations and elective courses offered.


Financial Accounting Concepts (ACG 6027)


Principles applicable to the accounting cycle, asset valuation, income determination, financial reporting, basic business taxes, and owner's equity. Available only to graduate students lacking an undergraduate course in accounting.

Financial Management

(FIN 6406)

Tools and applications of corporate financial analysis and forecasting, investment policy, financing policy and working capital policy.

Communication Strategies for Business Professionals

(GEB 6217)


Writing and speaking strategies linked to (1) critical thinking for problem analysis/solution and persuasive proposals and (2) research for decision-making. Students submit papers and presentations from core courses. 

Contemporary Issues in Industry/Executive Forum  (GEB 6931) (1 credit)


Presentations by and seminar-like interaction with entrepreneurs and executives focusing on the practical nature of business development. Students and executives discuss current challenges facing business and industry today and consider alternative ways of meeting these challenges.


Global Environment of Management

(MAN 6937)


Topics affecting global managers: regulation and deregulation, technology, ecology, national industrial policy, social responsibility and ethical reasoning, human resource issues, the globalization of economic conditions, security issues, and environmentalism.

Advanced Analysis of Accounting Data

(ACG 6315)


Analysis of financial and managerial accounting data for users of those data. Meant to provide broad exposure to accounting to graduate students who are not pursuing accounting degrees and who do not have accounting backgrounds. 

Advanced Marketing Management (MAR 6815)


Coverage of how marketing managers research, communicate, price, and distribute product and service offerings to profitably satisfy targeted customer segments in a dynamically changing global environment.


Advanced Financial Management (FIN 6806)


Theory and practice of financial planning and management. Emphasizes the capital structure of business enterprise, its cost of capital and its evaluations. Applications of quantitative methods to capital theory.

Management of Information Systems and Technology

(ISM 6026)


Evaluations of information systems: types, development and use. Emphasis is on understanding information systems in the context of managerial use, problems, and opportunities.

Operations Management

(MAN 6501)


Introduction to major managerial problems and decision processes of operations management. Includes topics such as: forecasting, design or production systems, simulation, modeling, using decision trees and PERT, analysis of univariate and multiple time series, quality control, just-in-time systems, and decision support systems.

Leadership and Organizations (MAN 6296)


Foundation for understanding leadership in organizations. Topics include leadership in relation to motivation, communication, performance, group dynamics and organizational change.

Global Business Strategy (MAN 6721)

Strategy, its formulation, articulation, and implementation. Review of current theory and practices and case studies as well as the role and responsibility of the general manager in managing the business enterprise.



Accreditation & Rankings

AACSB Accredited

AACSB Accreditation

FAU Business is proud to be an accredited member of AACSB (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) International, the premier accreditation agency for Schools of Business worldwide.

FT Executive Education Rankings

FT Executive Education Rankings

FAU College of Business’ executive education professional development programs ranked #11 in the U.S. and #1 in Florida in the Financial Times Executive Education Rankings.

Online Grad Programs

Best Online GRAD Business Programs

#37 in Best Online Master's in Business Programs (Excluding MBA).

Online MBA programs

Best Online MBA Programs

FAU Business again ranked among the "Best Online MBA Programs" in 2020 by U.S. News & World Report.

Online Veterans

Best Online GRAD Veterans Programs

#19 in Best Online Master's in Business Programs for Veterans (Excluding MBA).

Online Veterans

Best Online Veterans MBA Programs

In 2019, U.S. News & World Report ranked FAU Business among the Best Online MBA Programs for Veterans. Florida Atlantic University has also earned the 2020-2021 Military Friendly® School "Gold Designation."

Sport Interantional Ranking

Best MBA in Sport Management Program

The MBA in Sport Management program is among the top 20 postgraduate sports business programs in the world, according to the latest rankings from SportBusiness.

Best Schools - Hospitality

Best Hospitality Program

FAU Business ranks on The 30 Best Hospitality Programs in the U.S.

Best For Vets

Best For Veterans

FAU Business was named one of the top business schools in South Florida for veterans by Military Times. Florida Atlantic University has also earned the 2020-2021 Military Friendly® School "Gold Designation."