Office: Columbia Campus, Room 355
Assistant Dean: Susan Hasler
Director of Graduate Cohort Programs: Kelly Fader
The Emerging Leaders MBA (ELMBA) is a full-time, accelerated Master of Business Administration for exceptional students who have recently completed their undergraduate degrees, those with early career experience, and those making a career transition. It is a cohort program designed for the academically talented individual with a keen interest in experiencing a rigorous MBA program that blends classroom coursework and experiential learning.
The 48-credit program includes 15 three-credit courses in addition to experiential learning. The program builds on the academic talents of its students and introduces them to a wide range of learning environments, including an international study tour. Internships, consulting projects, business plan development, and live cases which are all components of the program.
The ELMBA curriculum is designed around a central question: How do competent, credible, and confident emerging leaders contribute to sustainable value creation for all stakeholders? Highlights of the program include:
- Highly skilled faculty who offer "stretch" assignments—demanding and challenging assignments that allow students to develop a power base of competence and credibility.
- Courses that provide deep grounding in functional/ technical skills, as well as opportunities for deep reflection about how employees can partner with employers to work toward improved social and economic conditions.
- The curriculum design, combined with a cohort of high potential students, increases the rate of learning, motivation, and self-confidence in program participants. High potential students will commit and recommit to excellent performance throughout the program.
- Experiential opportunities that place students in high-quality, high-trust positions that make possible high-consequence successes.
- Sellinger faculty and administrators who monitor the distribution of and pathways to opportunity, and facilitate the formation of developmental relationships that are likely to enhance early careers and provide takeoff to a fast, steady career trajectory.
The ELMBA program meets Sellinger School learning aims that focus on effective communication, analytical and critical thinking, knowledge and integration of functional area content, ethical leadership, and global awareness. The program also meets expectations set by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business by offering management-specific knowledge and skills in the following areas: ethical and legal responsibilities in organizations and society; financial theories, analysis, reporting, and markets; creation of value through integrated production and distribution of goods, services, and information; group and individual dynamics in organizations; statistical data analysis and management science as they support decision-making processes through an organization; information technologies as they influence roles and techniques of management; domestic and global economic environments of organizations; and other management-specific knowledge and abilities that the Sellinger School has identified.
Detailed admission information (application procedures, required documents, deadlines, etc.) can be found under Admission .
Student loans and limited scholarship aid are available. All applicants should file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for aid. Inquiries concerning loans should be directed to the Financial Aid Office, 410-617-5149.
Prerequisites and Basic Competencies
An entering student must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university and should be able to communicate well both orally and in writing.
An entering student also must have facility in algebra and the graphing of mathematical functions, graphic interpretation, and probability. Proficiency in these areas will be assumed with recent college or graduate level credit (grade of B or better in a single course) in finite mathematics, precalculus, or mathematical models for business. Proficiency may also be established through superior GMAT performance or a score of 80 percent or better on the Math Proficiency Exam.
It is assumed that students will receive assignments using spreadsheets, employing specialized software, and accessing online databases. Therefore, students should be proficient at an intermediate level with spreadsheet, presentation, and word processing software applications and be able to design and manipulate data using these tools.