Today’s global business environment is complex. Executives face challenges that defy simple solutions.

The Cornell Executive MBA Americas will prepare you to respond to these challenges, adapt to new markets, and lead in a constantly changing environment. The experience is dynamic and comprehensive, blending theory with experience and knowledge with application. The curriculum provides a solid grounding in management fundamentals, international business, strategic thinking, innovation and entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, and 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.

Integrated and Sequenced

The Executive MBA Americas features a highly integrated series of courses that provides a solid grounding in the fundamentals of management and a thorough understanding of advanced management topics. The courses are sequenced so that each course builds on the content of the previous courses, allowing ample opportunity to apply your learning to real business situations. Throughout the program, your coursework will be augmented by guest speakers and other highly relevant hands-on opportunities in both the U.S. and Canada.

Customize Your MBA Experience

Throughout the program, individual assignments will allow you to apply course concepts and techniques. This means you can use your own organization as the context for much of this work, providing additional value to your organization and accelerating the payback for any sponsorship you may have received. You will have the opportunity to further customize your MBA experience through two major projects.

The New Venture Project

Understanding and practicing entrepreneurship is important in today’s business environment. During the second residential session, you will focus on new ventures, evaluating ideas, formulating a plan, finding sources of venture capital, and building an organization capable of sustained growth. These skills are applied and reinforced through the New Venture Project. The objective of this project is to provide you with an opportunity to use the management concepts and tools you have acquired in the program to create a business case and comprehensive business plan for a new venture. You will identify market opportunities, investigate business potential, consider financing options, and create a business plan.

The Global Business Project

This team project provides practical international business experience. Your team will complete a comprehensive analysis of a real international business issue or opportunity anywhere in the world outside of the U.S. and Canada. To complete this “live case,” your team will travel to the international location to interview business managers and conduct field research prior to writing your final report. This provides an outstanding opportunity to put all that you have learned into practice.

Alumni Spotlight

Anthony Wedo, Executive MBA Americas ’10
CEO, Ovation Brands

“I have created great relationships with the faculty at the school. And now, I have engaged with the faculty members on research on the company I’m running today.”


Justin Thormodsgard

“Working with companies to solve real problems gives you the experience to succeed in your own work.”

Justin Thormodsgard, Executive MBA Americas '15, Contractor, Deloitte Consulting