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August 19, 2011

Most prospective Executive MBA students have already experienced great success in their career—but business is always changing, and continuous learning and a global perspective is essential to developing strategic management competencies that will help leaders realize their professional goals in a challenging, complex, and competitive marketplace.

Students in Loyola's Executive MBA program work closely with Academic Director Gloria Phillips-Wren, Ph.D., assistant professor and chair of information systems and operations management.  As a '98 graduate of Loyola’s MBA Fellows program who worked as a civilian engineer with the Army prior to her MBA, Wren understands the needs of our Executive students in a very personal way. In addition to her management experience, Wren brings her research expertise in decision-making to the role.

We recently caught up with Wren who lists the top five value-adds in the Executive MBA program that will help continue your growth as an engaged, effective, and responsible business leader:  

  • Accessible faculty who are internationally known for their expertise
    We offer a rigorous and challenging curriculum in a supportive learning environment. Our faculty are accessible experts with research and real-world experience. In addition to teaching in the classroom, they are trusted advisors who can—and will—offer you an expert opinion, provide valuable connections, and increase your personal and professional effectiveness.
  • Work/life…and education balance
    Classes are offered on a flexible, weekend schedule with summers off. Students also regularly Skype or Moodle to collaborate on projects in between team meetings and professors use some distance learning between class time—offering you the opportunity to build relationships with one another while providing the flexibility to balance family and personal time.
  • International and domestic field studies included in the tuition
    Today's increasingly global business environment requires leaders with cross-cultural sensitivities who are knowledgeable of business practices both here and abroad. We'll take you to an emerging country where you will learn about the opportunities and challenges of the global marketplace through on-site visits and executive briefings. Our domestic field study will provide an experientially-based learning opportunity to further integrate your functional knowledge of business.  Examples include Walt Disney World and the New York Stock Exchange.
  • Electives for a deep dive into special topics
    A unique element in most Executive MBA programs that gives our students a chance to drill down to a topic of interest such as Enterprise Risk Management, Mergers & Acquisitions, Innovation, or Sustainability.  You will have access to explore a current management issue in more depth.
  • Focus on ethics and corporate social responsibility
    Business leaders do well by doing good. As leaders in your community and role models to your successors it is important to be apprised on how to make ethical, sustainable decisions that contribute to the greater good.

Our Executive MBA program begins each September. Contact the office of graduate business programs today at 410-617-5067 or to talk through next steps to apply to the Executive MBA cohort.


For more information or questions regarding this story, contact Media Relations Manager Nick Alexopulos at or 410-617-5025.