Inspired Curriculum By Design

The structure, content, and faculty of our leadership-intensive curriculum set our program—and our graduates—apart. Thoughtfully designed with courses grouped into five broad themes, our EMBA curriculum will expand your perspective through multidisciplinary and multi-industry exposure, as well as through coursework, reflection, rigorous application, and dedicated one-on-one executive coaching.

Our Leadership Executive MBA (LEMBA) begins with the Executive Leadership Certificate (ELP) program, a two-quarter deep dive into leadership. Following the ELP, you'll continue to refine your leadership outlook and skills as you move into the business curriculum for the remaining four quarters of the program.

First year EMBA courses focus on accounting, economics, data analytics and statistics, adaptive leadership and vision, team building, leading responsible organizations, ethics, negotiations, the role of business in the community, communications, and executive coaching.

Second year EMBA courses explore the connections between operations, strategy, and execution. Courses topics include global strategy, strategic marketing, economics of the firm, financial strategy and management, organizational performance and change management, and the role information and communications technology plays in enabling new ways of doing business. Finally, to demonstrate the skills they've acquired, each student designs and implements a strategic, executive project that integrates the two years of learning.

Curriculum Overview

The five overarching themes driving the design of our curriculum mirror the responsibilities and challenges business professionals will face in the course of their careers: leadership, effectiveness, strategic thinking, execution, and impact. Courses covering these topics are delivered over a 6-quarter period (two academic years). Detailed course descriptions can be found in our Graduate Catalog

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Leadership EMBA Program

Ranked #16 Nationally

The top-ranked program in the Northwest 10 years running

The first two quarters focus exclusively on personal leadership and the remaining four quarters are jam-packed with everything you need to be a well-rounded business person. It was completely integrated with our work as professionals; we were tasked with applying the concepts we were learning--both leadership and business--to our own environments, not a fictitious company or situation from a textbook.

Jessica Bishop, LEMBA '17 Senior Program Manager, Edifecs

Learning Outcomes

Seattle University's tradition of educating the whole person means that the Leadership Executive MBA program delivers more than an increased level of business acumen. The rigorous instruction in core business concepts together with a highly personal exploration of leadership results in graduates that possess:

  • A deepened consciousness of Self as a leader.
  • Superior leadership acumen (ability to influence individuals and orchestrate organizational change).
  • Strong knowledge of business concepts and disciplines.
  • The ability to inquire/source quality information, and synthesize knowledge via situational analysis and risk assessment.
  • Superior and integrative analytical competence in strategy and decision making.
  • The ability to lead with conscience and competence within the local and global Commons.


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