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Washington University in St Louis Olin Business School

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A Curriculum Centered on Leadership Development

From your first day of classes on, you acquire business models and methods with real-time application to your challenges, tools you can use to improve your performance as well as the performance of your organization. The curriculum is designed to build on blocks of knowledge: managerial decision making based on clear understanding of business fundamentals, formal and informal leadership, innovation, and global perspectives.
Continuous Professional Development Planning
PDP provides benchmarks you revisit on a regular basis to help you define your personal leadership profile and direct your career path. Olin’s Executive MBA team helps you make career choices that fit your goals and create value for your organization.More

Foundational Core

Opening Residency

Strategic Management
At the this residency held in Suzhou, China, you'll form study groups and examine management strategy.
Organizational Behavior & Design
Focuses on processes to organize, motivate and lead people engaged in collective activities.
Introduction to Financial Accounting
Focuses on understanding and interpreting financial statements, the effects of managerial decisions on those statements, and the limitations of financial reporting.
Managerial Economics
Examines the decisions of consumers and firms and to bring clarity to the important tradeoffs that every business faces.
Data Modeling & Decision Making
Designed to develop quantitative analysis skills and reasoning abilities as they apply to business situations and decision-making contexts.
Marketing
Focuses on key marketing strategies and tactics that enable a business to attract, satisfy, and retain customers by creating real customer value while growing profitability.
Managing Operations
Deals with the process by which organizations convert inputs (e.g., labor, material, equipment, knowledge) into outputs (goods and services).
Strategic Cost Analysis
Focuses on the analysis of cost information to support tactical and strategic managerial decisions. Considers traditional tools and modern methods of management control.
Corporate Finance
Examines the financial analysis of projects, including cash flows, how cash flows are discounted, and the cost of capital.

Leadership Module

Managing Power & Influence in Organizations
Develops competency in understanding and managing power and influence in organizations using cases, exercises, and the experiences of classmates.
Leadership
Develops the capacity to manage relationships and acquire a realistic understanding of your own strengths, weaknesses, and leadership style.

Advanced Core

Midprogram Residency

Competitive Strategy
Held in a location selected by students, sessions focus on competitive strategy. More

Fudan Thought Leaders

Fudan University faculty share insight into the China business landscape.

Driving Profitable Growth Module

Valuation, Merges, & Acquisitions
Applies financial valuation in corporate capital and budgeting and firm valuation for mergers and acquisitions.
Advanced Marketing
Focuses on evaluating marketing effectiveness, value capture and go-to-market, new product management, and managing markets and consumers.

Competing in a Global Environment Module

Global Supply Chain Management
Introduces an integrated enterprise approach to the flow of goods and services and information and financial flows from suppliers to customers.
International Economics
Explores how to shape and execute a business response to the opportunities and risks. Topics include penetration of emerging markets, management of global supply chains and financial, currency, and country risk.

Capstone Residency in the United States

Global Business Planning & Strategy, Strategic Management of Innovation
Two weeks of intensive study in the areas of Innovation, Business Planning, and International Economics. It culminates in a formal graduation ceremony in the historic Graham Chapel on the Washington University campus, followed by a reception honoring the graduates and their families.

Four-level grading system

If you’re like most students, you want to know how you’ll be graded in the program. To keep the focus on learning rather than GPAs, faculty members use a four-level grading system: high pass, pass, low pass, and no pass. Every class grade is a combination of your individual and team performance on tests, presentations, and special projects. The exact breakdown is up to each professor. Some tests are graded numerically.