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Second Year

The second year, of the Penn State Smeal Executive MBA Program features a series of thematic courses teaching the unique skills that prepare you to enter or move up within the executive management ranks of your firm.

The first year in the Penn State Smeal Executive MBA Program provides the fundamentals. In the second year, we introduce the Leadership Core, a series of thematic courses teaching the unique skills that prepare you to enter or move up within the executive management ranks of your firm. These themes require a combination of skills across the fundamentals of business. To gain the most from these courses you must apply what you learn. To that end, each course presents the opportunity for you to pursue your own agenda as you tackle substantial projects based on challenges facing your firm or those of your classmates.

Past students have developed ideas that have opened up new revenue streams, launched new business ventures, or solidified substantial savings for their firms. You and your firm will get the benefit of working with your project team and getting guidance from an expert teacher. The themes in the executive core include:

  • Executive Leadership

  • Topics in Management

  • Topics in Marketing

  • Topics in Finance

The courses are delivered to the class from some Smeal's top professors from our program and executive education offerings tailored for the executive MBA audience.

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