2014-15 General Bulletin

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Full-Time MBA

The full-time MBA is a four-semester, 60-credit program. The Weatherhead experience starts where many MBA programs end up: in conversation with top executives. Weatherhead's first-year Management Perspectives and Dialogues course brings business leaders into the classroom, where they work on real management issues with the help of students. Students also complete a leadership development course that puts them in touch with their strengths and identifies areas that can be improved through a personal learning and career plan. And during their second year, candidates are immersed in studio-based courses in design practices or sustainable value; the MBA Institute in Sustainable Value and Social Entrepreneurship was touted in Forbes as one of the 10 most innovative business school courses, while Businessweek named the Weatherhead School of Management MBA as one of the 30 best design programs in the world.

Independent Study

MBA students are limited to six credit hours of elective credit as independent study. Any student wishing to take more than six credit hours of independent study must petition the faculty director of the full-time MBA.

Other courses at the university may be eligible for MBA elective credit. Contact the faculty director of the full-time MBA for additional information.


All of the core courses in the following tables are required.

First YearUnits
Financial and Managerial Accountancy (ACCT 401)3  
Corporate Finance (MBAC 504)3  
Statistics and Decision Modeling (MBAC 511)3  
Economics (MBAC 512)3  
Leading People and Organizations (MBAC 515)3  
Marketing and Supply Chain Management (MBAC 506)  3
Operations and Supply Chain Management (MBAC 507)  3
Strategic Issues and Applications (MBAC 508)  3
Management Perspectives and Dialogues (MBAC 517)  3
Elective  3
Year Total: 15 15
Second YearUnits
MBA Institute In Sustainable Value and Social Entrepreneurship I (ORBH 430A)
or Design in Management: Concept and Practices (MIDS 420A)
MBA Practicum in Sustainable Value and Social Entrepreneurship II (ORBH 430B)
or Design in Management: Concept and Practices (MIDS 420B)
Elective  3
Elective  3
Elective  3
Elective  3
Year Total: 15 15
Total Units in Sequence:  60

Either the year-long course Design in Management: Concept and Practices or the year-long course MBA Institute in Sustainable Value and Social Entrepreneurship is required. Students must take both semesters of either Design in Management: Concept and Practices or MBA Institute in Sustainable Value and Social Entrepreneurship. Students may take both semesters of both courses, but they may not change courses mid-year, taking Design in Management: Concept and Practices in the fall followed by MBA Institute in Sustainable Value and Social Entrepreneurship in the spring, for example.


The program provides space for taking nine elective courses.

Cleveland Clinic Health Management Scholars Program

Cleveland Clinic has joined forces with Weatherhead to create the Health Management Scholars Program. This innovative partnership gives four students the unique opportunity to participate in Weatherhead’s full-time MBA program and in a specialized experiential learning assignment at the Cleveland Clinic. Qualifying scholars will also receive the following benefits:

  • Partial tuition scholarship
  • Prestigious paid summer internships at Cleveland Clinic

For additional information about this program, contact Deborah Bibb, senior director of admissions, at 216.368.6702.

Part-Time MBA

The Weatherhead part-time MBA is a 48-credit-hour, three-year cohort-based program that combines a core of fundamental business classes with elective options to create an integrated experience focused on honing general management skills. Students develop a personalized learning plan through the MBAP 401 Leadership Assessment and Development (LEAD) course.

A Leadership Speaker Series provides an opportunity to hear from a variety of executives who bring current business experience to the classroom. Most classes meet one evening a week. Summer semesters may include more intensive formats.

The part-time MBA program also features cutting-edge classes in applying design ideas to management issues and in understanding sustainable business practices. These classes will help students break from the norm of viewing every challenge through the standard spreadsheet-based prisms common to so many MBA programs.

The first summer semester begins with the intensive offering of LEAD and moves through the rest of the core offerings within the first two years of the program. The majority of the third year is devoted to electives.


First YearUnits
Leadership Assessment and Development (MBAP 401)3    
Financial and Managerial Accountancy (ACCT 401)  3  
Statistics and Decision Modeling (MBAP 403)  3  
Managing People in Organizations (MBAP 404)    3
Financial Management I (MBAP 405)    3
Year Total: 3 6 6
Second YearUnits
Economics for Managers (MBAP 406)3    
Managerial Marketing (MBAP 407)  3  
Operations Management (MBAP 408)  3  
Strategic Issues and Applications (MBAP 410)    3
Elective    3
Year Total: 3 6 6
Third YearUnits
Sustainability and Social Entrepreneurship (MBAP 409)3    
Identifying Design Opportunities (MBAP 411)  3  
Dialogues in Leadership (MBAP 412A)  1.5  
Elective Option   3  
Dialogues in Leadership (MBAP 412B)    1.5
Elective Option     3
Elective Option     3
Year Total: 3 7.5 7.5
Total Units in Sequence:   48

Open Electives

Students in the part-time MBA program have the opportunity to choose four electives. Students determine their own focus areas and, with the help of our Career Management Office, learn how to best position themselves for post-MBA career advancement.

Traditional Students

Part-time students are those who entered the part-time MBA program in fall semester 2009 or prior, transferred in during summer semester 2010 or prior, or transitioned from non-degree to degree-seeking status prior to fall semester 2010. Students must complete 48 credit hours, consisting of 10 core required courses and 6 electives. The 48 hours must be completed within six years of starting the program.

For additional information about this program, contact Deborah Bibb, senior director of admissions, at 216.368.6702.

Executive MBA (EMBA)

For candidates with 10 years of experience and the endorsement of their organization, the Executive MBA (EMBA) is tailored to those poised to move into a more prominent leadership role. Indeed, Weatherhead's renowned Organizational Behavior Department structured the EMBA around an exploration of the four levels of leadership, amplifying students' ability to effect change at the personal, team, organization and societal levels. The program is based around periodic residencies in the company of intimate cohort groups.


Students attracted to the Weatherhead EMBA aspire to senior leadership roles within organizations. The curriculum opens horizons, fusing that aspiration with Weatherhead's expertise in turning good leaders into great ones. At every stage in the program, students build their knowledge of how business works while strengthening their personal leadership capacity. Each course is taught in the format that best facilitates learning its content.

Requiring only 16 total residencies on campus, the 48-credit-hour Weatherhead EMBA program is designed to be manageable for busy executives, allowing students from around the world to participate in a one-of-a-kind leadership program. The curriculum is delivered over five semesters, or 21 months. Both fall and spring semesters are comprised of four three-day residencies. The summer semester is delivered abroad through the EMBA 475 International Tour. The EMBA requires a serious time commitment from each participant. Although individual study habits vary, students should anticipate devoting a minimum of 20 hours per week to study outside of classes.

The Weatherhead EMBA is a lock-step cohort program. Participants self-select learning teams which represent essential study partnerships over the course of the program as well as invaluable resources for networking and organizational support. Learning teams meet weekly outside of the classroom, either face-to-face or remotely, to achieve course objectives and enhance the learning experience. In addition, faculty often host optional study and review sessions, which are also recorded for virtual access.


First YearUnits
Leading Change: Self (EMBA 441)2.5    
Accounting for Business Executives (EMBA 436)2.5    
Business Statistics and Quantitative Analysis (EMBA 438A)1.25    
Managerial Marketing (EMBA 450)2.5    
Business Model Design (EMBA 451)2.5    
Leading Change: Teams (EMBA 473)  2.5  
Expanding Boundaries (EMBA 445)  2.5  
Business Statistics and Quantitative Analysis (EMBA 438B)  1.25  
Corporate Finance (EMBA 439)  2.5  
Economic Analysis for Managers (EMBA 437)  2.5  
International Tour (EMBA 475)    3
Year Total: 11.3 11.3 3
Second YearUnits
Leading Change: The Organization (EMBA 472)2.5    
Managing Risk and Real Options (EMBA 446)2.5    
Legal Environment (EMBA 464)2.5    
Leading Design in Organization (EMBA 478A)1.25    
Supply Chain Management (EMBA 443)2.5    
Corporate Governance (EMBA 476)  2.5  
Leading Change: Society (EMBA 479)  2.5  
Innovation (EMBA 442)  2.5  
Leading Design in Organizations (EMBA 478B)  1.25  
Contemporary Issues in Management (EMBA 449)  2.5  
Year Total: 11.3 11.3  
Total Units in Sequence:   48

 Year totals have been rounded up to 11.3, but the correct units are 11.25.

For more information, contact Michelle Wilson, program manager of the EMBA, at 216.368.6411.

Global MBA

The Global MBA will allow students to directly experience classrooms and cultures in the United States, China and India. Students will go far beyond a tourist’s experience of these countries and economies by participating in substantial company-based projects on teams drawn from their cohort group.

Each cohort will be comprised of about 20 students from Weatherhead and 20 students from each of the two partner organizations, Tongji University's School of Economics and Management (SEM-Tongji) in Shanghai, China; and Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI) in Jamshedpur, India. These students will be taught together in lock step and mixed in teams for projects. Students will spend one semester at each school before returning to their home school for the final semester. There, they can choose five electives.

This level of experiential learning at multiple international locations is a feature that sets this program apart from others. The Global MBA is ideal for individuals seeking a top management role, because it addresses the need to engage directly with areas of significant economic growth around the world.

The Global MBA curriculum will be integrated across the three campuses for a seamless experience, covering core MBA skills and knowledge while drawing upon each partner school’s areas of international renown. The curriculum is organized into five themes.

Language of Management
Students must understand the way business communicates through financial and management accounts. This theme explores the fundamentals of accounting and finance and includes mastery of concepts in finance relating to valuation and risk management.
Management Analytics
Modern managers use analytical skills across various functional disciplines to solve issues of project management, appraisal, market analysis and strategy. These analytical skills include basic statistical analysis, econometric modeling and forecasting. This theme also includes operations management techniques (such as linear programming), simulation and behavioral analysis including change management.
Strategic Thinking
Students will develop critical and strategic thinking skills and master core conceptual material relating to markets, competitive positioning and strategy. They will explore sustainable value, entrepreneurship, and business planning and associated managerial challenges. Functional disciplines such as economics, marketing and psychology, as well as core strategic management approaches, are also covered in this thematic area.
Managing Teams and Leadership
Students will learn about the management of high-performing, internationally diverse teams. They will strengthen their capacity for effective leadership, entrepreneurship, and change management and learn about international human resource management issues.
Global Environment
This theme provides a thorough exposure to the social, legal and economic environment of the three partner schools. Through interaction and dialogue with executives, students will learn of the challenges facing today’s global firms and discover the importance of integrated thinking to address these challenges. Project work immerses student teams in corporate sites, and students learn by doing as they address significant business problems.


First YearUnits
Language of Management I (GMBA 401A)3    
Management of Analytics I (GMBA 402A)3    
Strategic Thinking I (GMBA 403A)3    
Managing Teams and Leadership I (GMBA 404A)3    
Global Environment I (GMBA 405A)3    
Language of Management II (GMBA 401B)  3  
Management of Analytics II (GMBA 402B)  3  
Strategic Thinking II (GMBA 403B)  3  
Managing Teams and Leadership II (GMBA 404B)  3  
Global Environment II (GMBA 405B)  3  
Language of Management III (GMBA 401C-1)    1.5
Language of Management III (GMBA 401C-2)    1.5
Management Analytics III (GMBA 402C-1)    1.5
Management Analytics III (GMBA 402C-2)    1.5
Strategic Thinking III (GMBA 403C)    3
Managing Teams and Leadership III (GMBA 404C)    3
Global Environment III (GMBA 405C)    3
Year Total: 15 15 15
Second YearUnits
Year Total: 15    
Total Units in Sequence:   60

For additional information about this program, contact Deborah Bibb, senior director of admissions, at 216.368.6702.