Preparing you to take the next step as part of a dynamic EMBA experience in suburban Philadelphia.

First Year

The first-year core curriculum of the Penn State Smeal Executive MBA Program concentrates on the three fundamentals of business: principled leadership, strategic analysis, and financial management.

Courses were developed in partnership with some of the world's leading companies and senior executives. They are also subject to the continuous input of Smeal industry councils that advise our faculty in functional areas such as marketing, finance, and supply chain management. This ensures our curriculum reflects the skills businesses demand.

You will learn the specific tools and techniques to apply to any situation in order to reach the right business decision. The curriculum is also highly pragmatic: no one can become an expert overnight, so we make sure you learn how to ask the right questions as well.

At the end of year one, you get to apply these skills on the Strategic Assessment Project, which is your chance to tackle some of the more challenging issues and opportunities facing your firm.

Strategic Analysis

  • Business Strategy
  • Marketing Management
  • Supply Chain Leadership
  • Business Simulation


  • Working in Teams
  • Ethical Leadership
  • Managing People in Organizations
  • Strategic Leadership

Financial Management

  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Financial Management
  • Economics for Managers
  • Risk and Decisions

In the News: Associate Professor of Business Economics Anthony Kwasnica enlists the help of some cutting-edge technologies to help students prepare for his BA 512 Risk and Decisions final exam. "This was a great way to provide EMBA students with a thorough, interactive review of the course material," he said.