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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.

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

Leadership

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

Course Descriptions