At Weatherhead, small MBA class sizes mean one-on-one interaction with academic pioneers and industry leaders. Our faculty excel in teaching as well as research, and the opportunity to share their insights and excitement in the most up-to-date and creative areas of management studies is one that Weatherhead students prize.
Each student enrolled in the four-semester, 60-credit, full-time MBA program partners with faculty and staff to draft a personalized learning plan that fuses core curriculum with individually applicable electives.
Distinctive Classroom Experiences: First Year
- Leadership Assessment and Development (LEAD): LEAD facilitates the discovery of your personal management strengths and weaknesses through a series of self-assessments. Based off of the assessment results, you will develop a personal learning plan to help improve your abilities.
- Integrative core curriculum: You will master the core areas of accounting, finance, strategic issues and applications, marketing and supply chain management, operations and supply chain management, statistics and decision modeling, and economics.
- Management Perspectives and Dialogues: In this course, you will engage with area executives regarding problems their organizations have faced or anticipate facing in the future. This second-semester course encourages you to apply the knowledge and skills you’ve acquired in core courses to real-life scenarios with senior managers who have experience drawing on all areas of management disciplines in order to address complex issues.
Distinctive Classroom Experiences: Second Year
Year-Long Practicum: In your second year, you will participate in one of two year-long practicums recognized by publications like Forbes and Businessweek for their hands-on approach to mastering design practices and sustainable value. During each of these courses, students consult with client organizations—from national companies like Sherwin-Williams or Progressive Insurance to venerable nonprofits like the Cleveland Orchestra or the Cleveland Clinic—to explore innovation-oriented, generative methods by which to address business issues in the real world.
- MBA Institute in Sustainable Value and Social Entrepreneurship: students innovate solutions that provide social and environmental value as well as business value.
- Design in Management: Concept and Practices: leverage design skills, such as reframing questions and challenging standard protocols—to imagine powerful new ways to solve hard problems.
You will select nine electives within your own focus areas and specializations without the limiting structure of formalized concentration areas. Bring our Career Management Office into the conversation when you begin to specialize; they can help you position yourself for your ideal post-MBA employment.
General electives offered include:
- BAFI 404 – Financial Modeling
- BAFI 420 – Health Finance
- BAFI 428 – Financial Strategy and Value Creation
- BAFI 429 – Investment Management
- BAFI 430 – Derivatives and Risk Management
- BAFI 431 – Fixed Income Markets and Their Derivatives
- BAFI 432 – Corporate Risk Management
- BAFI 440 – Financial Decisions, Contracting & Value
- BAFI 450 – Mergers and Acquisitions
- BAFI 460 – Investment Banking
- MGMT 464 – Business Ethics
- MGMT 467-1 – Commercialization and Intellectual Property Management
- ORBH 450 – Executive Leadership
- ECON 421 – Health Economics and Strategy
- BLAW 417 – Legal Environment for Managers - M.B.A.
- MKMR 410 – Marketing Insight Management
- OPRE 433 – Probability, Statistics, and Forecasting
- OPMT 420 – Six Sigma and Quality Management
- MKMR 475 – Supply Chain Logistics