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2014-2015 Graduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Executive Master of Business Administration


Graduate Business Programs
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Faculty director:
Janell Townsend
238A Elliott Hall
(248) 370-2544


Program Description:

The Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) degree is designed for professionals who are already engaged in successful careers (seven or more years of experience) and want to broaden their business knowledge and gain additional leadership, management and business operation skills. This program will offer the depth and rigor of a traditional MBA with the schedule flexibility required of executives who do not want to step out of their careers at this time. In response to market demand, two specialized industry concentrations are available: 1) EMBA in health care management or 2) EMBA in information systems leadership.

The program value is enhanced by the cohort class structure. Applicants are notified in August of each year regarding their admission to the fall cohort group. Each new cohort group moves through the 21-month program together. In doing so, the classroom dynamics, commitment to the program and resulting learning experience is greatly enhanced. This format also leverages the wealth of knowledge resident with each cohort group.

Likely candidates for the program concentrating in health care management include physicians; middle managers at hospitals, HMOs, and other health care facilities; registered nurses; insurance company administrators; and corporate benefits administrators.

Likely candidates for the program concentrating in information systems leadership include IT managers from any industry, computer science engineers, computer programmers and network managers.

Program delivery

The EMBA is designed to meet the needs of busy professionals by meeting on Friday afternoons and all day Saturday on alternate weekends. In order to assure effective instruction and interaction, classes will be strictly limited to a maximum of 30 students.

Program tuition

The total cost for the EMBA program is $37,500. This includes all course registrations, textbooks and course materials. The program provides lite meals on Fridays and Saturdays when classes are scheduled to meet. The total cost will be due in six installments, a $1,000 deposit due when accepting admission, and five payments due at the beginning of each term. Students may apply to receive Financial Aid by contacting the University Financial Aid Office.

Admission terms and application deadlines

Applicants are admitted fall semester only. Before an applicant’s file can be reviewed for full program admission, all application documents must be received in Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning by the semester deadlines listed below. Incomplete applications will not be sent to departments for admission review.

  • July 15 for fall semester

Application requirements

To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must submit all Graduate Application Requirements and additional department requirements by the published application deadlines:

  2. Additional department application requirements
  • Supplemental Program Form or Resumé
  • Official Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores. The GMAT scores must be five years or less at the time of the applicant’s intended enrollment at Oakland University.
    • Applicants who have earned a master’s degree (or higher), have extensive mangement experience, or have earned additional certifications during their career may request a waiver of the GMAT score. To request a waiver, an applicant must include a GMAT waiver form for consideration as part of their admission packet. The request for waiver is subject to the approval of the Graduate Admissions Committee.
  • A minimum of seven years of experience in a field related to one of the concentration areas
  • An undergraduate degree in any discipline

Admission review and assessment

Admission to graduate study at Oakland University is selective. In making admission recommendations to Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning, each department assesses the potential of applicants for success in the program by examining their undergraduate records, goal statement, letters of recommendation, prerequisite courses, experience and any other admission requirements established by the academic department.

Degree requirements

The Executive Master of Business Administration degree consists of 39 credits taken over 21 months. Twenty-nine of the 39 credits consist of foundation courses completed by the entire cohort. Additionally, the cohort may split into two groups to complete 10 credits of electives related to their field of concentration. Courses are designed and taught by a combination of full-time faculty from Oakland University’s School of Business Administration who are respected scholars within their field and experienced professionals and practitioners from the related areas of concentration.

Course requirements

b. Concentrations (10 credits)

Each student will be expected to complete 10 credits of elective coursework in either the health care management concentration or the information systems leadership concentration. The interest and experience of the cohort will be considered in selecting the electives.

Satisfactory academic progress

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is the term used to denote a student’s successful completion of coursework toward a certificate or degree. Federal regulations require the Office of Financial Aid to monitor Satisfactory Academic Progress for all financial aid recipients each semester.

Students who fall behind in their coursework, or fail to achieve minimum standards for grade point average and completion of classes, may lose their eligibility for all types of federal, state and university aid. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for additional details.

Good academic standing

All graduate students are expected to remain in good academic standing throughout the entire course of their graduate program. To be in good academic standing, a graduate student must make satisfactory progress toward fulfilling degree requirements, including the completion of critical degree milestones as set forth by the academic program. The student must also maintain a minimum semester and overall GPA of 3.0.

Additionally, graduate students must meet all department academic standards which may be more stringent than the minimum set forth by the University.

Department requirements:  In accordance with the university requirements for graduate students, a grade-point average of 3.0 is required for graduation. Students, therefore, should maintain at least a 3.0 GPA. Students may be dismissed if they do not maintain a GPA of 3.0 or appropriate progress toward the degree as determined by the Office of Graduate Business Programs. Any course resulting in a grade below 2.0 must be repeated.  

Graduate students who are not in good academic standing for any reason are subject to probation and/or dismissal from further graduate study.

Related program information

Plan of study

All accepted applicants, in consultation with their assigned faculty program adviser, must develop a plan of study that details specific courses the students will use to satisfy their degree requirements. The plan of study must be approved by the faculty program adviser and submitted by the student to Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning.