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Curriculum & Course Information for the Full-Time Emerging Leaders MBA Program


The ELMBA program is a set curriculum comprised of 45 credits:

Pre-program Competency

Math Proficiency
Online resources provided.


Program Orientation
Accounting for Decision Making
Leading & Managing People 
Managerial Economics 
Applied Business Statistics
Emerging Leaders Sustainability Colloquium
Law, Ethics, & Corporate Social Responsibility


Operations and Process Strategies
Marketing Strategy
Financial Strategy
Emerging Technologies and Analytics
Domestic Field Study  
Emerging Leaders Sustainability Colloquium
International Field Study


Strategic Management
Internship (May be completed in Spring.)
Final Retreat
 Elective Options

Two Free GB Electives
Recommended 1 in Spring, 1 in Summer

Additional Information about the Emerging Leaders MBA curriculum and experience:

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, case studies, and overviews of businesses
  • Leadership development workshops 
  • Networking opportunities
  • Team building exercises
  • Panel discussions with alumni and other Baltimore/DC area professionals
  • 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 previously 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 Electives

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

SAS Joint Certificate Program and Badge

The Sellinger School of Business offers an academic certificate in business intelligence and data mining in partnership with SAS Institute, Inc. Students must complete four identified courses, with a B or better in each course. This is an academic certificate of completion and not equivalent to the professional certifications offered by SAS Institute, Inc., that require testing at specific locations. Learn more about our SAS joint certificate program and badge.


You will complete either a part-time spring internship or full-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.
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.
I sought out this program looking for increased opportunities, and the ELMBA program has already exceeded my expectations.