LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 15, 2014) — Twenty students are taking their first classes this week in the new University of Kentucky-University of Louisville joint master of business administration program for executives, and the early returns are excellent.
The University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics and the University of Louisville College of Business have teamed up on the executive MBA program (EMBA) aimed at preparing mid-level executives at profit, non-profit and government organizations for senior leadership positions.
Seven women and 13 men are in this inaugural cohort. The average age of the students is 42, and the average work experience is 18 years. Four vice presidents and two doctors are among the students in the class.
(To see a video from one of this week’s first classes, please click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kS9YOpjmKfY&feature=youtu.be).
The schedule, which kicked off with a full week of classes while the students are in residence, calls for a 17-month program. After this week, students will attend classes every other weekend, allowing them to keep their existing jobs, while preparing for more senior roles. About half of the classes will take place in Louisville and half in Lexington, with courses offered in three- to four-week terms that alternate between the two campuses.
The program’s 46-credit-hour curriculum includes 22 course hours on management, six on current business issues, four each on accounting, economics, finance and marketing and two on quantitative methods. Total program tuition is $67,500.
“We’re very excited about this initial cohort that we have assembled for the EMBA,” said Joe Labianca, Gatton Endowed Chair in Management and director of the Don and Cathy Jacobs Executive Education Center and the Executive MBA Program. “These 20 executives are all excellent, averaging 18 years of workplace experience at high levels of a wide variety of industries and functions. They will set a very high standard for this program.”
Rohan Christie-David, interim dean of UofL’s College of Business, agreed.
“The EMBA program is getting off to a good start,” he said. “It’s wonderful to see the interest and enthusiasm for this degree.”
UofL and UK officials have said the program will allow students to learn from the best business educators in the state and will boost Kentucky’s business climate by providing an advanced education to emerging leaders who might otherwise leave the area.
The recruiting process already is underway for the next cohort, which will begin the program in August 2015.
For more details, visit http://execmba.biz.