ELMBA students engaging a group discussion during orientation

The MBA degree with a concentration in executive leadership is designed to help you develop the skills and abilities required to effectively and ethically lead in dynamic and highly competitive business settings.

If you are a mid-level manager with a minimum of five years of professional work experience and are interested in advancing into a leadership role, the executive leadership concentration is made for you.

About the Executive Leadership Concentration

The executive leadership concentration is designed to focus on "Leading Through Change." Our curriculum has a strong and highly engaging leadership focus, providing you with the hard and soft skills necessary for a successful transition into high-level positions.

In addition to addressing the critically important issues in all functional business disciplines, this program has a particular emphasis on:

  • Stakeholder leadership
  • Understanding, leading and creating change across your organization
  • Crisis management
  • Global competitive issues
  • Supply chain challenges

Emphasizing both in-class and experiential activities, learning takes place face-to-face as well as synchronously, using the latest online technologies. The program is a hybrid of live virtual classes and in-person residencies that meet once every other month on a Saturday in Northern Virginia*.

Executive Coaching 

All executive leadership students have access to executive career coaches Michael O’Brien, a TEDx speaker and author, and Marvin Chambers, a coach with over 25 years of experience working with executives. The coaches will host optional leadership workshops throughout the program and are available for 1:1 sessions with MBA students. 


of MBA alumni would recommend this program to a friend.

Joe Rishell - 2019 MBA Graduate"When I was about 3/4 of the way through the MBA program I took a leap of faith at work and switched career paths from an internal HR business partner to a client-facing strategy and management consultant. Although I had built a reputation for myself within my firm, having the MBA credentials behind my name certainly made the career switch and the soon-to-follow promotion a lot easier. "

Joe Rishell, MBA '19

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