Full Time MBA Courses for the Emerging Leaders MBA Program

Core Courses

The ELMBA program is a set curriculum comprised of 45 credits. Students will complete the following:

Pre-program Competency

Math Proficiency
(online resources provided)


Program Orientation
Applied Business Statistics
Accounting for Decision Making
Leading & Managing People 
Communicating in the Legal & Regulatory Environment of Business
Managerial Economics
Emerging Leaders Sustainability Colloquium


Domestic Field Study
Business Ethics & Corporate Social Responsibility
Information Technology & Analytics for Competitive Advantage
Marketing Strategy
Financial Strategy
Operations & Process Strategies
International Field Study
Emerging Leaders Sustainability Colloquium 


Strategic Management
Internship (may also be completed during the spring term)
Final Retreat
 Elective Option  Free Elective (take 1 in any term)

Program Orientation

Students meet classmates and staff, engage with the curriculum, and become familiarized with the key elements of the program. Orientation prepares students to successfully launch their programs by participating in various team building workshops, strategic management exercises, and case simulation.

Sustainability Colloquium

Students dive into experiential learning opportunities on a variety of topics via:

  • "First Friday" tours and overviews of businesses
  • Leadership development workshops 
  • Networking opportunities
  • Team building exercises
  • Panel discussions with alumni and other professionals from the Baltimore and DC metro area
  • Career development
  • Service opportunities
  • Reflection activities

Domestic Field Study

Domestic Field Study destinations are also reviewed each year by the faculty and administration of the Sellinger School. Students have traveled to San Francisco and Silicon Valley, Ca. to study emerging technology and to Washington, D.C to study the intersection of business and policy.

International Field Study

International Field Study destinations are reviewed each year by the faculty and administration of the Sellinger School. ELMBA students have traveled to Spain, China, Chile, Panama, Peru, and Vietnam. An example of a past international field study involved students traveling to Beijing and Shanghai, China. Students compared American and Chinese approaches to foreign direct investment, and studied how law, affinity group regulation, ethical precepts, the media, and civil society incentivize companies to work toward improved social and economic conditions. 

Free Elective

ELMBA students may specialize their degrees through a variety of elective options. Students may take a free graduate business elective in any term for which they have the appropriate pre-requisites and are encouraged to discuss options with a program advisor.


You will complete a part-time summer internship in a field aligned with your career goals (minimum of 150 hours required).

This was the highlight of the program for me, the development of self: understanding what I excelled at, what I needed to work on, as well as really discover what I could see myself doing in the upcoming years.

—Joey Pustejovsky ’13

After college, I wanted to make an impact but I didn't feel like I was progressing--this program gave me a strong business foundation and opened up a lot of opportunities early in my career.

—Megann Daw ’11

I sought out this program looking for increased opportunities, and the ELMBA program has already exceeded my expectations.

—Michelle Esposito ’11

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