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Participants in the Executive MBA in Aerospace-Defense (EMAD) can complete the program of study in a single year while continuing to work, which will enable them to acquire a broad base of Aerospace-Defense business knowledge and a deep understanding of the industry. The average time commitment is about 20 hours per week for readings and assignments. Assignments relate directly to work participants perform on the job to help students best retain and immediately apply new concepts.

Approximately 40 percent of the program’s teaching occurs during three 1-week residence weeks (RWs). Two of the RWs take place at the University of Oklahoma, with the third being a study abroad experience that allows participants to engage with aerospace and defense organizations in other locations. The remaining 20 credits of the program are earned during distance-learning classes worth two hours each, held between the RW sessions.

Residency Weeks at the University of Oklahoma run from Sunday to Saturday. During each session, participants take classes, meet with faculty advisors and leadership development coaches, and work on team projects with peers. Each RW ends with synthesis presentations in which students apply what they have learned in the program to date as part of a focused case study.

Online distance-learning sessions are two days a week for two hours each. Courses are 2-credit hours each and last for 8 weeks. During a typical semester there will be two online modules (OMs) of 7-8 weeks each. During the OMs, the entire class gathers online at the same time, holding discussions just as it does during the RWs. Sessions may also include guest speakers and participants communicate with each other and faculty between classes regarding assignments.

The program also includes asynchronous distance-learning for material best delivered through a traditional instructor-centered lecture. Participants may watch these lectures at their convenience and as often as needed to master the content.

Our 32-hour Executive MBA in Aerospace & Defense curriculum is structured to allow for flexibility, so it can be tailored to the needs of those seeking the certificate while still meeting the needs of their employers. The general sequence of courses will draw from core courses and a wide variety of electives to teach students financial management, critical thinking, strategy development, and innovation in a dynamic, industry-specific environment. The courses will be focused on applying business and leadership principles to the Aerospace & Defense industry and could result in additional professional qualifications such as Lean Six Sigma and Project Management certification.

The program can be completed in a year, with students starting in Fall or Spring, thereby allowing them a flexible format to bring together the skills, concepts, and knowledge needed to succeed in the dynamic Aerospace and Defense sector. Through faculty and guest lecturers, rigorous coursework and applied projects the EMAD will provide the foundations for a career of leadership roles in the A&D industry.  

 

 

 

Module

 

Duration

 

Format

 

Location

 

Courses

     

1

1 week

In-person

Oklahoma City, OK

  • Organizational Behavior
  • Lean Six Sigma Tools

2

8 weeks

Online

Online

  • Financial Management
  • Legal Environment

3

8 weeks

Online

Online

  • Information Technology in Aerospace & Defense
  • Managing Supply Chain and Logistics

4

8 weeks

Online

Online

  • Project Management
  • Data Analytics

5

10 days

In-person

Europe

  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Global Aerospace & Defense Strategy

6

8 weeks

Online

Online

  • Quantitative Methods & Models
  • Advanced Corporate Finance

7

8 weeks

Online

Online

  • Marketing
  • Mergers & Acquisitions

8

1 week

In-person

Oklahoma City, OK

  • Managing Aerospace & Defense Government Contracts
  • Data Management & Security

Study Abroad Residency Period

This study abroad experience allows participants to engage with aerospace and defense organizations in international locations. Students will travel to select A&D organizations, chosen for their breadth of A&D business activities, to engage in real-world projects. The trip will occur for 1-2 weeks halfway through the EMAD program.