Courses & Plan of Study

A creativity-focused management curriculum, world-class faculty, global perspective, intimate class sizes, and flexible scheduling—Drucker’s Executive MBA (EMBA) program offers the perfect learning environment for you, the working professional, with a strong emphasis on leadership and strategy—skills that are critical for senior managers.

You’ll study a mix of management core, strategy, leadership and electives that enable you to customize your education. The EMBA program requires 48 units of coursework, including 16 units of core courses, 8 units of courses that emphasize strategy or leadership, and 24 units of electives. You may take up to 8 elective units outside of the Executive Management Program.


EMBA Unit Breakdown

Core Courses 16 Units
Strategy + Leadership Courses 8 Units
Elective Courses 24 Units
Total Degree 48 Units


Curriculum Breakdown

Course formats:
7-week (2 unit) courses or 14-week (4 unit) courses
1- to 2-week intensive courses (2 to 4 units)
2 consecutive weekend courses (2 to 4 units)

Flexible course scheduling with options ranging from part-time to accelerated full time evening, Saturday and intensive classes.

Time to complete:
Two and a half years (8-12 units per semester)
Five years (2-4 units per semester)


Core Courses

Approximately one-third of your Executive MBA (EMBA) curriculum (16 units) is dedicated to the required core courses that provide a solid base in the traditional business disciplines.

All students must take courses in Financial Accounting, Corporate Finance, Quantitative Methods, Marketing Management and Organizational Behavior with course options in Creating Effective Organizations and Leadership in the 21st Century.


Strategy and Leadership Courses

As an executive-level student, you will have access to a wide range of courses in Strategy and Leadership. Not all courses are offered every semester.

Strategy Courses

Introduction to the Global Economy
Current Issues in the Global Economy
Industry & Competitive Analysis
Marketing of High Technology Products & Innovations
Strategy (S/L)
Economics of Strategy
Sustainability for Strategic Advantage
Strategic Brand Management
Marketing Strategy
Global Business Strategy
Improving Strategic Decision Making
Critical Issues in Strategic Management
Financial Strategy and Valuation
Decision Making & Game Theory
Managerial Accounting
The Drucker Difference (S/L)
Transforming and Creating Markets to Generate Growth
Global Supply Chain Management

Leadership Courses

Creativity & Innovation
Leadership in the 21st Century
Leadership & Organizations
The Allure of Toxic Leadership
Revitalization (L/S)
Corporate Governance
Drucker on Management
Hot Groups
Crisis Management
Project Management: A Systems Perspective


Executive MBA Certificates

During your academic advising session, you may choose to earn three optional certificates that count towards your Executive MBA degree.


Elective Courses

The EMBA degree requires 48 units of coursework, including 24 units of electives. You may also take up to 8 elective units outside of the Executive Management Programs; courses in other Drucker programs, CGU, or within the Claremont Consortium.


Global Immersion

Global Immersion
Drucker students on the Great Wall of China.

Global Immersion courses are open to all Drucker students. These 4-unit intensive courses meet in Claremont then students travel to a country of focus for one-week. During the immersion week, you will meet with business executives, visit different companies, meet with alumni, and participate in cultural activities. Past Global Immersion opportunities include:

  • Doing Business in a Culture of Political and Economic Change in Prague
  • Doing Business in Asia in Beijing and Shanghai, China
  • Doing Business in a Culture of Sustainability in Costa Rica
  • Doing Business in New Zealand: Competing in the Asia Pacific Rim

Requirements: Executive MBA students must have completed one semester and have with a minimum 3.0 GPA.