Loyola University Chicago

Quinlan School of Business


As a student in Quinlan's EMBA program, you will participate in an equivalent of 16 3-credit-hour courses focused on building your leadership, management, decision-making, and analytic skills.

What distinguishes a Quinlan EMBA?

Quinlan's Executive MBA goes above and beyond curriculum requirements. We focus on developing the general management qualities that are respected and much sought after in today’s global business environment. Quinlan's EMBA is:

  • Values Based
    Today's business environment demands that professionals lead with integrity. Quinlan's Executive MBA will help you stand out with an array of skills that focus on management and leadership.
  • Focused on Theory and Practice
    Classroom topics are outcome-focused and team projects emphasize interdisciplinary collaboration. As a result, you'll acquire tools and knowledge that you can use on the job immediately.
  • Global
    A global perspective has never been more important to have in business. Quinlan's Executive MBA prepares you for the worldwide business arena with an in-depth international trip.
  • An Exceptional Value
    As a nationally recognized program, Quinlan's Executive MBA delivers an outstanding return on investment. You'll earn a degree—and an experience—that will transform your career.

Course Descriptions

The advanced knowledge and skills the Quinlan EMBA helps you develop are invaluable to any business. Many companies recognize this and therefore sponsor EMBA training (either in part or whole) for promising managers, directors, and executives at our business school.

1Business Fundamentals

  • Financial Statements Analysis
    This course is an introduction to the accounting function that is used to measure and communicate business transactions. The focus is on understanding financial information to facilitate better decisions.
  • Managerial Economics
    This course guides managers in recognizing, analyzing, and solving managerial problems related to firms and to markets under conditions of uncertainty. There is an emphasis on the development of practical, useful skills for the business manager by building on economic theory in pricing, game theory and decision making.
  • Financial Management
    This course covers the essentials of business finance and investments. Topics will include the time value of money, financial decision making, capital budgeting, risk and return, the cost of capital, portfolio theory and practice, and behavioral finance. This course also emphasizes computational skills with a rigorous, analytical approach to financial decision making.
  • Marketing Management
    This course introduces use of strategic research, customer analysis, target market, and the application of marketing tools to a variety of case problems. Emphasis is placed on product planning, pricing policies, promotional methods, and distribution channels. Considers cultural, governmental, economic, business, and environmental factors affecting the marketing of goods and services globally.
  • Performance Improvement
    The course focuses on teaching students how to successfully analyze a business process, research methods of improving a process, and adapt/integrate the improvement methods into the business process in a prioritized and actionable manner. The course attempts to do this through the concepts of benchmarking, best practices, and performance improvement principles.
  • Strategic Cost Accounting
    This course is designed to teach you how to evaluate and use strategic cost management tools and techniques. We focus on traditional and contemporary managerial accounting practices. Specific points of learning include: understanding the match of cost flows to product flows, applying relevant costing tools and techniques, conducting activity analyses, and evaluating capital investing risk.

2Business Analytics

  • Quantitative Methods
    This course is designed to help students build a solid base of math skills sufficient for MBA finance, accounting, economics, and statistics.
  • Business Data Analytics
    This course emphasizes how companies and organizations gain genuine business insight from their data analytics efforts by leveraging modern computing architectures and technologies, modern data visualization methods and tools, statistical and forecasting methods, as well as fundamental data mining techniques. Students will gain a working knowledge of fundamental data analytic methods and approaches for detecting and analyzing patterns across large amounts of business-related data.
  • Managerial Statistics
    This course provides managers with statistical and data analysis tools useful in business. The course emphasizes all the steps and procedures required to use data to understand and manage business problems. We cover how data can be used to define a managerial problem, analyze its impact, and inform the decision making process.

3Human Resource Management

  • Strategic Human Resource Management
    As a leader or manager, it is your job to find the right people, engage and motivate them, and structure and operate the organization in a way that enables and inspires people to perform at their best. And, you have to do this in a way that preserves the organization’s financial health and protects it from legal risks. Your professional success depends directly on your ability to make the right strategic human resources decisions, and effectively carry out your people-related accountabilities. This course is designed to enhance your ability to do this.
  • Performance Management
    This course is designed to provide both current and future managers an in-depth understanding of performance appraisals and related issues, goal-setting, feedback and the rating process.


  • Business Ethics and Values
    This course considers the ethical challenges faced by business leaders and options for responsible management and resolution of those challenges. It is also designed to reveal common patterns of success and failure in managing ethics. Learners will engage in a critical evaluation of business ethics and increase skill in developing a perspective about the role of ethics in business. Class sessions will consist of lectures, case analysis, exercises, presentations, general discussions, and a team based project.
  • Values-Based Leadership and Vocation
    This course enables students to exam major approaches to leadership that are based on personal and organizational values. Students will have an opportunity to explore their own values and approach to leadership and be challenged to identify opportunities for improvement.
  • Business Communications
    Effective business communication is vital in today’s complex business environment. This course is designed to help students hone their business writing techniques and oral presentation skills.


  • Strategic Management
    This course introduces and develops strategic techniques to facilitate an organization's articulation of its mission and goals and its formation, implementation, and evaluation of key strategies. Additional topics include: strategic thinking, competitive advantage, vertical and horizontal integration, and planning horizon.
  • Organization Change and Development
    This course seeks to enhance the experienced manager's effectiveness as a change agent through learning about the organizational change framework, strategic change and its relationship to organization development (OD), and outcomes of organizational change. The course integrates strategic issues with "people" issues in studying effective change management, including key factors such as resistance to change, responsible change leadership, and implementing change in a diverse global environment
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
    This course focuses on the best practices in Entrepreneurship (emphasizing “Lean Startup” principles), and applies them in the development and testing of an initial business model for a start-up.
  • Executive Legal Liability
    This course is designed to provide managers with a better understanding of the American legal system and the legal environment in which business is conducted. Managers also gain an appreciation for the manner in which legal issues are already built into the way in which companies do business, as well as the legal risks associated with many strategic and tactical decisions. Managers gain a better appreciation of the legal framework in the substantive areas of business organizations and entities; the duties and responsibilities of officers and directors of organizations; corporate governance; securities law; mergers and acquisitions; and antitrust law.
  • Project Management
    This course explores the art and science of project management as applied to a variety of large and small project situations in commercial, public, and private sectors.
  • Capstone: Business Design
    This course brings all of the learning together from the program as it concludes. This course builds on the Entrepreneurship course by having teams prepare a complete business plan for the concept they have developed.

6International Business

  • Global Economics
    This course analyzes topics in international economics, international specialization and comparative advantage, balance of payments and foreign exchange, elements of commercial policy and international investment. Monetary aspects of international economics will be emphasized. Trade topics are placed in the setting of recent international developments such as the European Union and NAFTA. The recent Global Financial Crisis with its impact on world financial markets is reviewed and analyzed in detail. The role of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank as global institutions whose goal is to provide global financial stability is evaluated and the need to design a new global monetary system is also investigated.
  • Global Supply Chain Management
    This course explores the current business revolution in global logistics and partnering by members of the supply chain to more effectively provide products and services to customers.
  • International Financial Management
    This course examines foreign exchange rate exposure and hedging techniques to deal with exposure. Other topics include capital budgeting in an international framework and international financial markets.
  • International Immersion
    Students take an international trip to two countries to gain a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges related to international business endeavors.

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