M.B.A. for Executives Program

The Yale School of Management offers an M.B.A. for Executives (EMBA) program leading to the degree of Master of Business Administration. The EMBA program is designed for working professionals and combines the rigor of the Yale SOM integrated core curriculum and leadership development program with advanced study in a chosen area of focus: asset management, healthcare, or sustainability. Students spend three weeks in residence (two weeks in year one and one week in year two) and every other Friday and Saturday on the Yale SOM campus over the course of the twenty-two-month program.

To learn more about the M.B.A. for Executives program, visit http://som.yale.edu/emba.

The EMBA Curriculum

The EMBA program follows essentially the same curriculum as the M.B.A. program (see M.B.A. Curriculum in the chapter Full-Time M.B.A. Degree Program). In the first year, students devote the majority of their time to the core courses. In the second year, in addition to advanced management courses, students take courses in their respective focus areas—asset management, healthcare, or sustainability—and wrap up their core classes.

In addition, the curriculum includes:

  1. A colloquium speaker series;
  2. Self-directed study options;
  3. The EMBA Global Network Week.

The Colloquium

The Area of Focus colloquium is a credited course, and students’ grades are based upon attendance and participation. A student who receives a grade of Fail must take another credited Yale SOM elective or complete other work—approved in advance by the faculty director from the respective focus area—to make up for the lost credit in order to graduate on schedule.

Self-Directed Study Options

EMBA students have the opportunity to customize their learning experience through self-directed study. Students have a number of options by which to fulfill a four-credit-hour self-directed study graduation requirement for the M.B.A. for Executives program. Students are welcome to combine two two-credit options, such as a two-credit Faculty-directed Project and an elective.

Faculty-Directed Project

Students are able to undertake a research project under the supervision of a Yale professor. The project is meant to allow students the opportunity to expand and develop their understanding of a particular challenge or question in their area of focus, or to pursue an academic question in another discipline or disciplines with any Yale University professor.

Area of focus project Students have the opportunity to collaborate with Yale SOM faculty on a research paper or project related to their area of focus during the second year of the program. This option should build on knowledge and skills obtained in the student’s area of focus. Students must submit a Petition for Self-directed Study that includes the project proposal, the name of the proposed faculty adviser/supervisor, and the signature of the respective focus area faculty director. The proposal must indicate the means by which the student’s performance is to be evaluated (e.g., final paper, etc.) as well as the scope of the project and a timeline. Projects can carry either two or four credits, commensurate with the breadth and depth of the research undertaken.

Open academic project Students also have the ability to collaborate with a member of the Yale faculty to complete a project outside of their area of focus within the second year of the program that touches on any academic discipline that will contribute to the intellectual or professional growth of the student. Students must submit a Petition for Self-directed Study that includes the project proposal, the name of the proposed faculty adviser/supervisor, and the signature of the deputy dean. The proposal must indicate the means by which the student’s performance is to be evaluated (e.g., final paper, etc.) as well as the scope of the project and a timeline. Projects can carry either two or four credits, commensurate with the breadth and depth of the research undertaken.


Students may also enroll in electives, including EMBA Thursday evening electives, Yale SOM and Yale University electives, and SNOCs offered through the Global Network for Advanced Management.

Credit will not be given by Yale SOM for any course taken outside Yale University during the period of the student’s enrollment in the program.

EMBA Thursday evening electives A small portfolio of electives are customized and taught in a format specifically for EMBA students. These may also be taken to fulfill the self-directed study option. Students will receive information about electives from the EMBA program office.

Yale SOM and Yale University electives EMBA students may enroll in elective courses at SOM, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and any professional school of Yale University. Students interested in taking an SOM elective should contact the EMBA program office.

Students interested in enrolling in a course offered by another school at Yale University must comply with the enrollment procedures of the school offering the course. In addition, the student must file the appropriate forms with the School of Management, as described below. Students will not be granted permission to take a course that conflicts with the EMBA class schedule, but it is up to the student to ensure that there is no conflict. It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that they do not sign up for electives that conflict with each other. Students wishing to enroll in a course in the Graduate School or in one of the other professional schools at Yale must receive permission from the course instructor. Enrollment in a Yale Law School course also requires subsequent authorization from the registrar of the Law School.

In some schools, students may be offered the individual option of taking a course on a Pass/Fail or Credit/D/Fail basis. Yale SOM students are not permitted to elect such an option.

The credit to be awarded for courses offered by Yale College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, or one of the other professional schools at Yale will be determined by the registrar. Unless a course is taken to fulfill the self-directed study requirement, credits earned for Yale courses outside of the EMBA curriculum will not count toward fulfilling EMBA program requirements.

Small network online courses (SNOCs) SNOCs, or Small Network Online Courses, are electives delivered virtually by a Global Network for Advanced Management member school. Students must apply to and be accepted by the instructor of the SNOC. Details for the application process can be found on the SOM course directory. SNOCs are open to students from across the Global Network. Students log in through an online platform and participate in video conferencing for synchronous lectures and discussions. Students collaborate on team projects, developing virtual teamwork skills, and benefit from cross-cultural perspectives in lectures and discussions.

EMBA Global Network Week

All EMBA students are required to participate in the EMBA Global Network Week at the end of their first year. Each June, students attend a week of programming at another Global Network for Advanced Management school that is participating in Network Week. Students are responsible for airfare, visa costs, required vaccinations (if applicable), and ground transportation. The cost of hotels and some meals is included in EMBA program tuition and fees.

Students unable to participate in the Global Network Week designated for their class will have the opportunity to participate in the EMBA Global Network Week of the following class. Please note that EMBA students cannot satisfy this requirement with an M.B.A. Global Network Week or International Experience.

EMBA Program Degree Requirements

The program adheres to all requirements for the M.B.A. as designed and administered by Yale SOM (see M.B.A. Degree Requirements in the chapter Full-Time M.B.A. Degree Program). Any exception to the requirements must be approved by the faculty. The following requirements are specific to the EMBA program.

Enrollment Requirement

A student must complete all program requirements in twenty-two consecutive months, unless a student receives advance permission for a leave of absence (see Leaves of Absence in the chapter General Information).

Distribution of Courses

To graduate, a student must:

  1. Achieve credit in each of the following year-one courses:
    • Managing Groups and Teams (2 units)
    • Basics of Accounting (2 units)
    • Basics of Economics (3 units)
    • Probability Modeling and Statistics (3 units)
    • Modeling Managerial Decisions (2 units)
    • Power and Politics (2 units)
    • Competitor (2 units)
    • Customer (2 units)
    • Investor (2 units)
    • Sourcing and Managing Funds (2 units)
    • Introduction to Negotiation (1 unit)
    • The Global Macroeconomy (2 units)
    • Employee (2 units)
    • Operations Engine (2 units)
    • State and Society (2 units)
    • Innovator (2 units)
    • Area of Focus Colloquium (1.5 units)*
  2. Complete the EMBA Global Network Week requirement (2 units).
  3. Achieve credit in each of the following year-two courses:
    • The Executive (2 units)
    • Designing and Leading Organizations (2 units)
    • Leadership Development Practicum (2 units)
    • Corporate Finance (2 units)
    • Policy Design or Managerial Controls (2 units)
    • Marketing Strategy or Legal Context of Management (2 units)†
    • Entrepreneurship and New Ventures or Financial Reporting (2 units)
    • Competitive Strategy (2 units)
    • Business Ethics (2 units)
    • Area of Focus Colloquium (1.5 units)*
    • Asset Management Track courses:
    • Investment Management (2 units)
    • The Future of Global Finance (2 units)
    • Financial Market Regulation (2 units)
    • Behavioral Finance (2 units)
    • Portfolio Management: Alternative Portfolios (2 units)
    • Entrepreneurial Finance (2 units)
    • Healthcare Track courses:
    • Healthcare Policy, Finance, and Economics (2 units)
    • Healthcare Economics (2 units)
    • Global Health (2 units)
    • Population Health and Health Equity (2 units)
    • Healthcare Operations (2 units)
    • Sustainable Innovation in Healthcare (2 units)
    • Sustainability Track courses:
    • Sustainable Systems (2 units)
    • The Theory and Practice of Sustainable Investing (2 units)
    • Corporate Environmental Management and Strategy (2 units)
    • Corporate Finance and Risk Management in Sustainability (2 units)
    • Climate Change: Law, Policy, and Opportunity (2 units)
    • Managing Sustainable Operations (2 units)
  4. Achieve 4 units of credit via the self-directed study options.

*EMBA Class of 2020 students will receive 1 unit for the Area of Focus Colloquium.

†EMBA Class of 2020 students will complete both Marketing Strategy (2 units) and Legal Context of Management (2 units) in year two.

Quality Standard for the M.B.A. for Executives Program

A student falls short of the Quality Standard if the student:

  1. Accumulates Pass or Fail grades in more than 14 units of year-one courses; or
  2. Accumulates a grade of Fail in more than 4 units of core courses; or
  3. Accumulates Pass or Fail grades in 24 or more units of core and/or elective courses.

Remediation of Failing Grades in Courses

A student who fails a core course must remediate the failing grade either by retaking the course and achieving a passing grade; by passing a proficiency examination, if offered; or through alternate activity as specified by the instructor. In no case will a grade higher than Pass be recorded when a failed core course is remediated. A student who has not remediated a failing grade in a core course is unable to graduate. A student who fails an advanced management or focus area course must remediate the failing grade through a process proposed by the instructor.

Students who choose to take an elective outside of the EMBA curriculum as a means of fulfilling the self-directed study requirement must receive a passing grade in order to receive credit. In the case of a failing grade, where credit is not awarded, the student will be required to make up the credits needed for graduation.

Academic Policies

Request for Change of Focus Area

The EMBA program combines the rigor of our integrated core curriculum and leadership development program with advanced study in a chosen area at the nexus of business and society: asset management, healthcare, or sustainability. Students are admitted to a focus area during the admissions process. Generally, a switch will not be considered. However, in the event that a student requests a change in area of focus, the student must meet the admissions criteria specific to that area of focus. Students informed during the admissions process that they were not eligible for an area of focus will almost certainly not be admissible for that change during the program.

All students who submit a request must have a track record of relevant work experience in the area of focus sectors that they are requesting to switch into, must have demonstrated potential for leadership in those sectors, and must be employed in those sectors.

Students with questions about whether or not they meet the criteria for the area of focus should speak to a member of the EMBA program office or the faculty director to discuss their professional background. Verbal encouragement from any party does not equate to approval of the request; students must submit an official request by the deadline in order to be considered for a change.

The official request should include an updated résumé along with an essay of not more than 500 words outlining the reasons for the request and how the proposed area of focus aligns with the student’s background and future career plans. This request should be submitted via e-mail to emba@yale.edu by Friday, April 17, 2020. The program office, in consultation with the faculty director, assistant dean, and deputy dean, will review requests and will provide a written response via e-mail by Monday, April 27, 2020.

The program office reserves the right to contact the student for additional information. All decisions are final and cannot be appealed.


EMBA students are expected to attend all classes and colloquium sessions, be on time, and be prepared to contribute. Students who receive one or more unexcused absences may, at the discretion of the faculty, receive a final course grade of Pass or Fail. We recognize that there are times when circumstances may cause a student to miss class or a colloquium. For example, absences due to religious observance, unplanned hospitalization, or an illness that directly affects the student or an immediate family member would be considered excused. In the case of an extended medical absence due to illness, the student must provide a program director with written confirmation of the disabling condition from a healthcare professional providing treatment. Whenever students are unable to attend class or a colloquium, they are required to notify a program administrator, their respective faculty director, and the course instructors. If the circumstances make advance notice impossible, an e-mail as soon as possible after the missed class is the next best alternative. At the discretion of the faculty, absence can negatively impact academic performance if a student misses more than one class session of a course, regardless of whether the absence is excused or unexcused. Several absences, regardless of whether the absence is excused or unexcused, can even lead to a failing grade.

Extended Classroom

Via the extended classroom, students are able to attend some class weekends remotely, using computer technology to participate in classes and team breakout sessions. At the request of faculty, Thursday evening electives and some class weekends are not available for extended classroom. These dates will be shared as soon as they are identified.

Students should familiarize themselves with extended classroom guidelines and requirements (including supported operating systems, browsers, and bandwidth) before signing up for the extended classroom. Detailed information is available on Campus Groups. Questions may also be directed to the EMBA program office, EMBA@yale.edu.

Registration and Deadlines

  • The Extended Classroom will not be available during residence weeks and Thursday evening electives.
  • Classes cannot be accessed remotely over two consecutive weekends regardless of whether a student has participated for only a portion or all of the weekend. Exceptions will only be made in the event of an emergency (i.e., circumstances that are unforeseen, unexpected, and beyond the student’s control, such as sudden illness, a major accident, extreme weather, or family bereavement).
  • Eight spaces per class will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and can be reserved once the dates are posted to Campus Groups. A waitlist will be used once capacity for any given weekend is reached.
  • Students must register on Campus Groups by 11:59 p.m. on the Monday before a class weekend. On Tuesday, the program office will begin making arrangements to deliver the Extended Classroom.
  • Students who wish to cancel their reservation must do so as soon as possible but no later than the Monday deadline to allow other classmates on the waitlist an opportunity to participate via the Extended Classroom. A canceled Extended Classroom reservation after the deadline will count toward an Extended Classroom weekend, and students will not be allowed to participate in the Extended Classroom the following class weekend.
  • The program office will cancel all Omni accommodations for Extended Classroom users by noon on Tuesday. The program office cannot guarantee a new hotel reservation after the reservation has been canceled; those students who wish to reinstate their reservation should contact the Omni Yale reservation specialist.
  • If there are no requests to use the Extended Classroom by the registration deadline, the Extended Classroom will not be set up during the coming weekend.
  • Once registered for the Extended Classroom, students will receive an e-mail confirming their reservation. Two days prior to the class weekend, students will receive an additional e-mail reminding them of their upcoming reservation.
  • Students who have not registered may be disconnected from the session.
  • Students who have an emergency (i.e., circumstances that are unforeseen, unexpected, and beyond their control, such as sudden illness, a major accident, extreme weather, or family bereavement) and need to register for the Extended Classroom after the deadline and/or once capacity has been reached should contact the program office immediately. The program office cannot guarantee access to the Extended Classroom.
  • The EMBA program office reserves the right to deny a student’s participation based on academic performance.
  • Students participating in the optional March or October Global Network Week will not be able to connect if the courses conflict with GNW academic and social obligations. Priority is given to participation in the GNW. Students may, however, participate in the Extended Classroom after their GNW obligations are fulfilled.

Extended Classroom Protocol

  • Students are responsible for notifying their faculty and learning team that they will be participating remotely. Students are also responsible for making arrangements to connect with their learning team remotely for in-class group work.
  • Students must connect thirty minutes prior to each session in order to test their connection with the SOM Media Control Center. If the student does not participate in the test and experiences issues with sound or video, the Media Control Center may not be able to offer assistance until the break.
  • Camera feed goes live fifteen minutes prior to the start of class. Students should stay connected for the full half hour before the start of class.
  • It is imperative that the Internet connection is stable and the remote location is quiet, ideally a home or office. Students may not connect in transit or while in public areas, such as airports or restaurants.
  • The camera must be on at all times. A student whose camera is turned off will be disconnected from the session.
  • To ask a question of the faculty member, students should physically raise their hand. Students should unmute their microphone while speaking and mute once they have posed their question. If a faculty member does not see a remote student raising their hand, the student should unmute to get the faculty member’s attention.
  • For questions or issues with the technology, students should use Slack to alert the SOM Media Control Center.

Extended Classroom Etiquette

  • The Extended Classroom is meant to replicate the classroom environment; please be mindful of all guidelines listed above.
  • Please be on time. Logging in late distracts the faculty and your peers.
  • Keep in mind that your image will be displayed on the screens installed in the classroom and you will therefore be visible to the faculty as well as your peers at all times.
  • The room from which you are connecting should be clutter-free and should not cause any distractions for faculty or your peers. Similarly, you should be in a quiet area without background noise.
  • The room from which you are connecting should also be well-lit; please avoid sitting in front of windows.
  • Please do not sit too close or too far from the camera.
  • Please refrain from eating on camera.


Students are expected to take all examinations at the scheduled time and submit all take-home exams on the assigned due date. Exams may be rescheduled only in exceptional circumstances such as a religious observance, incapacitating illness, or serious family emergency. Travel arrangements, mild illness, work-related obligations, and the like are not acceptable reasons to change an exam time or miss a deadline.

If there is a need to change the date or time of an exam, written approval must be obtained from the instructor prior to the date and time of the exam, unless the nature of the emergency is such that advance notice is impossible. In the case of delay due to illness, the student must provide a program director with written confirmation of the disabling condition from a healthcare professional providing treatment.

Deadlines for Deliverables

Students are expected to adhere to all deadlines set by faculty. A student who is not able to meet a deadline for an assignment or exam must request an extension from the instructor. If an extension is granted, the student will submit the assignment by the extension date or risk receiving a grade of Fail for the assignment/exam. The instructor will determine if a late assignment/exam will affect a student’s grade. If a student fails to meet a deadline without notifying the instructor, the student will be in jeopardy of receiving a failing grade for that particular assignment/exam.

Incomplete Course Work

Students are expected to complete all assignments by the deadlines established by the instructor. Marks of Incomplete are rarely approved, and only in cases where incapacitating illness or serious family emergency prevents the student from completing class work on time. A student who anticipates a problem should contact the instructor and a program director before the last day of class. If the Incomplete is approved, the mark must be converted to a grade no later than sixty days after the date on which grades for the class are due. If no grade has been received by that date, a grade of Fail will be recorded automatically. Grades of Incomplete in the second year of the program may delay the awarding of a student’s degree.


Students may, with the permission of the instructor, audit Yale SOM elective courses or courses in another school in Yale University. The normal expectation for auditors is attending all class meetings; instructors may set additional conditions. Audited classes will appear on the transcript only if the instructor certifies that the conditions for auditing have been met. Auditing of SOM core courses is not permitted. No student may take for credit a course that the student has previously audited.

Any person who is not a degree candidate at Yale University and who wishes to audit an EMBA course must obtain written permission from the SOM faculty member teaching the course and the assistant dean. SOM does not issue transcripts for courses audited under this arrangement. The charge for non-Yale students to audit a course is one-ninth of the SOM tuition for the year.

Course Evaluations

At the end of each course, students are asked to evaluate the course and instructor. The course evaluation results are given to the instructor, relevant department chairs, assistant dean for academic affairs and student life, deputy dean, and dean of the School, and the aggregate results are available for review on the SOM portal after the grades have been submitted.

Use of Career Development Office (CDO) Resources

The Career Development Office (CDO) at Yale SOM provides career management assistance and coaching to EMBA students, once they have created a Career Management System (CMS) profile. The CDO has a number of resources available to EMBA students in their career management, including coaching, workshops, and an online recruitment system. The Career Development Office can be reached at 203.432.5900.

Housing Requirements

Yale EMBA tuition covers housing during residence weeks and Friday evenings of class weekends at the Omni New Haven Hotel. During residence weeks (two weeks in year one; one week in year two) and through December of year one, all students are required to stay at the Omni New Haven Hotel. For subsequent terms, students who do not wish to stay at the Omni are eligible to opt out of the housing requirement and have their room fee adjusted. This adjustment will appear on their student account. This change must be requested by the stated deadline. Students who have opted out of housing and who then change their mind must contact the Omni directly to arrange for their accommodation, and will be billed directly by the Omni.

Students may choose to include a Thursday evening (Wednesday evening on three-day weekends) accommodation at the Omni on all class weekends at the Yale Omni rate. This additional cost will appear on their student account. This change must be requested by the stated deadline.

All reservations booked through the EMBA/Omni New Haven contract are charged to student accounts and are nonrefundable.

Per the housing agreement with the Omni New Haven, rooms are reserved for single occupancy. Students may not share rooms (double occupancy) during class weekends under the housing contract. Room reservations cannot be transferred to another guest. Students should alert the Omni if they have guests joining them for the class weekend, per fire code.

More information about the Omni New Haven Hotel can be found at www.omnihotels.com/hotels/new-haven-yale.

Rights and Responsibilities of EMBA Students

In general, the policies in the chapter Rights and Responsibilities of Students apply to all students, including EMBA students. The following policies are specific to the EMBA program.

Required Leave of Absence

A student who demonstrates insufficient commitment to the program—as evidenced, for example, by an accumulation of absences, frequent tardiness on deliverables, and/or disengagement from required group work—may be required to take a leave of absence at the discretion of the assistant dean. A leave of absence is granted for one year, and the return to the program will depend on the approval of the assistant dean. Once the return has been approved, the program office will support a student’s return.

For more information on policies related to leaves of absence, see Leaves of Absence in the chapter General Information.

Electronic Devices

All EMBA students receive a tablet upon arrival at orientation. This device is the personal property of the student; if it is lost or damaged, the device will not be replaced. The SOM-IT webpage offers students videos and instructions to self-configure their personal laptops, and our SOM-IT staff are able to offer hands-on help as well.

Laptops and tablets are not to be used in the classroom or during the colloquium unless explicitly permitted by the instructor or faculty director. Using cell phones, browsing the Internet, or reading e-mail during class distracts the instructor and classmates and interrupts the learning experience. Cell phones and other electronic devices are to be turned off during class and the colloquium.

See Policies on the Use of Information Technology Facilities in the chapter Rights and Responsibilities of Students for more information.

Class Recordings

EMBA classes and Thursday evening electives are recorded with the permission of the faculty member. Recordings are posted to the class course site in Canvas. There are times when faculty will request that a session not be recorded. In such instances, the program office will notify students of this request.

Academic Support

Students who feel they are in need of additional academic support may either contact the course teaching assistant or the instructor. The program office can provide a list of tutors for year-one core courses if additional tutoring is desired.

Honor Code Committee

In instances when an EMBA student is referred to the Honor Committee, there will be at least one student representative from the EMBA program serving on the committee.