Curriculum


The Executive MBA Americas program will prepare you to respond to global business challenges, adapt to new markets, and lead in a constantly changing environment.

The Americas curriculum provides a solid foundation in:

  • Management fundamentals
  • International business
  • Strategic thinking
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Leadership

Because these themes are woven throughout the curriculum, you will leave the program with the ability to approach issues from a multidisciplinary perspective—the way the world works.


EMBA Americas course requirements

The Executive MBA Americas program features an integrated series of courses that provide a solid grounding in both fundamental and advanced management topics. You’ll complete 60 credits of required courses, electives, and two major projects.

Sequenced courses

The courses in the Americas program are taught in an integrated sequence, building upon one another and delivering a complete general management toolkit designed to prepare you for the next steps in your career.

Elective options

During the last portion of your time in the Americas program, you will complete two electives, giving you the opportunity to dive deeper into topics relevant to your career interests.


Two major projects

In the Americas program, you will complete two major projects—one on your own and one as part of a team.

New Venture or Consulting Project

This individual project requirement allows you to explore either entrepreneurship through a new business idea or consulting as related to an organization of your choice. While completing your individual project, you will be assigned to an experienced advisor.

Global Business Project

This team-based project at the end of the program provides hands-on, practical global business experience. You and your team will complete a comprehensive analysis of a real international business issue and travel internationally to do on-the-ground work and research with your partner organization.


Typical course sequence and descriptions

The EMBA Americas program is 17 months (plus a project) and combines weekend classes and residential sessions.


June: Opening residential session

The four courses below begin during your first residential session on the Cornell and Queen’s campuses.


July–January: Class weekends

You’ll complete the five classes below over the next seven months during class weekends in your local boardroom. Two courses are typically presented each class weekend.


February: Winter residential session

The following three courses begin during a 10-day residential session at the Tata Innovation Center on the Cornell Tech campus and at a Queen’s facility in Toronto.


March–November: Class weekends

The eight courses below are taught during your final set of class weekends, with two courses typically taught each weekend.


November: Closing residential session

The remaining three courses in the Americas program are completed during the closing residential session at the Cornell and Queen’s campuses.


December–May: Individual project

You will work on your individual project on either consulting or a new venture from December to May as you finish your time in the Americas program.


Final capstone: Global Business Project

You will complete the Americas program with a team-based Global Business Project. It is due in February, and degrees are conferred at Commencement in May.